This programme introduces the theoretical and conceptual resources relevant to the study of crime, criminal justice and crime policy. It provides advanced training in social research methods.
Why this programme
-This MRes will prepare you for a career as a researcher or for undertaking a PhD in criminological or criminal justice research. It is recognised for an Economic and Social Research Council 1+3 award through the Scottish Doctoral Training Centre. -You will be benefit from the combined strengths of staff from the Scottish Centre for Crime & Justice Research who are based at the University. -The breadth and diversity of expertise represented within the teaching team is a key strength of the programme. -There will be a number of guest lectures, presentations and seminars throughout, with high-calibre speakers from the UK and abroad. -You will have the opportunity to link up with a criminal justice organisation for your dissertation work. -This degree is taught alongside two MSc degrees: Criminology & Criminal Justice and Transnational Crime, Justice & Security. They have a stronger subject focus and less emphasis on research training.
The four core courses and two optional courses provide you with in-depth knowledge of current criminological issues and refine your social research abilities. For the MRes you will apply your analytical and research skills to a specialised topic and produce a dissertation.
Core courses -Understanding and explaining crime and social control -Research and enquiry in crime and criminal justice -Social science statistics 1 -Qualitative research methods
Optional courses - At least one must be taken from the following: -Criminal justice: global challenges -Rehabilitation and desistance from crime -Penology and punishment -Crime, media and popular culture -Crime and community safety -Criminological perspectives on security -The global criminal economy
The MRes is an ideal pathway towards a PhD and a career in academia. It will also prepare you for a career in research or policy development; especially with those public agencies and voluntary organisations concerned with crime prevention and community safety.