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Criminology - MRes

Course Description

The MRes Criminology will provide you with the expertise and skills necessary to undertake and evaluate socio-legal and criminal justice research.

Combining core research skills with specialist criminology and criminal justice teaching from research-active staff, this course will encourage you to critically examine the theoretical foundations that underpin applied criminological research.

You will develop a critical understanding of research methods and their application as well as specialist knowledge of the issues within contemporary criminological and criminal justice debates.

The dissertation component of this course will enable you to study an area of your interest in-depth, under the supervision of one of interdisciplinary team of sociological, legal and psychological experts.


-Meet national and regional demands for new research and policy oriented competencies in criminology or socio-legal studies
-Provide advanced, systematic and critical knowledge of research methods and theoretical arguments in criminology or socio-legal studies which are at the forefront of the subject area in the context of an vibrant research context
-Offer a course integrating a grounding in research methodology with understanding of the implications for policy
-Offer students the opportunity for developing their understanding of the key theoretical and epistemological debates within the subject area and to assist them to engage in theoretical debates at an advanced postgraduate level
-Provide a formal, comprehensive, multi-disciplinary training for students in research methodology and transferable employment related skills
-Prepare students for PhD level research careers in academic life or as professionals in government and voluntary agencies
-Contribute to the national need for skilled social science researchers in criminological, socio-legal and related matters
-Train students to appreciate the relationship between research on the one hand and the implementation and operation of policy and practice in the implementation of justice
-Provide graduates with the tools for further research/study in criminology and/or socio-legal studies

Special features

This acclaimed course has ESRC recognition as a Foundation Course for Research Training and is an essential step if you wish to progress onto doctoral studies or pursue a career in research in the public or voluntary sectors.

Teaching and learning

This course is taught by an interdisciplinary team of experts using a variety of delivery methods: lectures, workshops, student-led presentations and debate, group work and individual research.

Career opportunities

The degree is designed to appeal to recent graduates looking to work for local/central government, the criminal justice agencies e.g. as a criminal intelligence analyst within the police; probation, voluntary sector and NGOs, pressure groups and think-tanks -such as The Howard League Reform Trust, as well as for a private sector.

Visit the Criminology - MRes page on the University of Manchester website for more details!

Student Profiles

Criminology Masters funding - No. of awards TBC

The School of Law offers a range of funding opportunities for students continuing their education with a taught postgraduate master's course. Alumni Loyalty Bursary Scheme
£3,000 reduction on tuition fees for University of Manchester graduates
Available to students who have received a first class honours degree and apply for master's study within three years of graduating
Available for international, EU and home students who will study full-time, part-time or by distance learning
Scholarships for postgraduate Criminology students
Full and partial scholarships to cover tuition fees (£6,500 full time home, £3,250 part time home, £14,500 full time international) for the 2015-16 academic year
Available to applicants who have accepted an unconditional offer to study the MRes or MA by 30 June 2015, and have a first class honours degree or equivalent

Value of Scholarship(s)

Full and partial scholarships to cover tuition fees (£6,500 full time home, £3,250 part time home,


Full and partial scholarships to cover tuition fees (£6,500 full time home, £3,250 part time home, £14,500 full time international) for the 2015-16 academic yea

Application Procedure

For further information see the Alumni Loyalty Bursary page
http://www.law.manchester.ac.uk/fees/postgraduate-taught/alumni-bursary-scheme/For further information see the Scholarships for postgraduate Criminology students page http://www.law.manchester.ac.uk/fees/postgraduate-taught/postgraduate-criminology/

Further Information


Entry Requirements

A minimum Upper Second class honours degree, or the overseas equivalent, is required in your first degree. A social science subject is advantageous but not necessary.

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