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    Full time available

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  • Course Duration

    1 year full-time

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  • Last Updated

    16 October 2018

This programme aims to provide you with an advanced training in social research methods which can be applied to practical and disciplinary contexts. It aims to train you in research methods to a level which meets core expectations of the Economic and Social Research Council postgraduate programme and the Doctoral Training Alliance.

Course details

The criminology pathway specifically aims to combine research skills training with an analytical understanding of issues in relation to crime, harm, victimisation and offending; thus providing you with expertise both in core criminological knowledge and skills and advanced-level research methods training.

This course is suitable for you if you are looking to improve or develop your ability to research and evaluate policy and practice ethically and professionally, and if you are wishing to conduct research in an academic setting or pursue a career as a social researcher.

What you study

Course structure

Core modules

  • Analysing Data
  • Criminological Theory
  • Foundations of Social Research
  • Methods of Data Collection
  • Studies in Criminology and Social Policy

and one optional modules

  • Contemporary Criminological Theory
  • Criminal Markets in the Twenty First Century
  • Drug Use in Contemporary Society
  • Policing and Security
  • Victims and Offenders

Modules offered may vary.


How you learn

You learn by: attending lectures and seminars; discussing key readings; through group and individual activities and exercises; through debate and discussion with staff and other students; through informal and formal feedback on assignments; and through one-to-one teaching with members of academic staff.

The programme draws heavily on learning strategies which encourage and promote independent learning and critical thinking. Taught sessions will be delivered as workshop-style classes which place emphasis on group and individual activities. The programme is designed to continually address the connections between theory and research practice. Therefore, experiential learning is a core element of programme provision and you will be expected to actively participate in class and preparation activities. This will include making use of practical methods for finding and retrieving information, examining methods of data collection and conducting analysis of data. 

How you are assessed

You are assessed through a wide variety of methods including qualitative and quantitative research and analysis exercises, written reports, essays, CV development and an original piece of research which is written up as an article or report (dissertation).


Graduates are equipped to work within local government, education, health, the cultural sector, or anywhere where policies and practices are evaluated and inform future development. Graduates also work in employment arenas where it is important to submit well-crafted and conceptualised bids and proposals for projects. It is an appropriate course for those wanting to progress their current careers by increasing their research skills.

Opportunities also exist in the criminal justice system (including the police, prison, probation and youth offending services). This programme is also ideal if you're interested in working (or already work) in social services and related voluntary agencies. Some of our MSc students continue to doctoral studies and/or work at colleges and universities.

Visit the Social Research Methods (Criminology) MSc page on the Teesside University website for more details!





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