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Course content

Recognising the challenge for politicians, policy makers and practitioners in the criminal justice, and criminal law fields, this programme addresses the complex problems that crime poses for contemporary societies.

Why this programme

  • You will develop analytic and research skills, an interdisciplinary knowledge base, and a practical understanding of the settings in which crime and justice policies are devised and implemented.
  • You will be taught by leading scholars from the Scottish Centre for Crime & Justice Research, a centre of excellence for criminology in the UK.
  • Teaching on the programme is cutting edge, responding to current affairs and world events.
  • Throughout the year will have access to guest lectures, presentations and seminars with high-calibre speakers from the UK and abroad.
  • There will be opportunities to connect with non academic partners for your dissertation work.

Programme structure

You will take two core and four optional courses, as well as submit a dissertation on a subject of your choice.

Core courses

  • Criminological theory in context
  • Research design.

Optional courses may include

  • Antiquities trafficking
  • Crime, media and popular culture
  • Criminological perspectives on security and globalisation
  • Gender, crime and criminal justice
  • Offending lives: The consequences of criminal justice
  • Punishment and in/justice
  • The global criminal economy.

Programme alteration or discontinuation

The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme. For more information, please see: Student contract.

Career prospects

You will be well equipped for careers in public, private and third sector agencies concerned with crime prevention and community safety. The programme provides an excellent professional development choice for social workers and social work managers, prison governors or officers, police officers and lawyers.


Visit the Criminology & Criminal Justice (MSc) page on the University of Glasgow website for more details!

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