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MRes Criminology

Course Description

This course provides students with the expertise and skills to undertake and evaluate criminological and criminal justice research. This acclaimed course has ESRC recognition as a Foundation Course for Research Training and is an essential step for students wishing to progress onto doctoral studies or pursue a career in research in the public or voluntary sectors. Combining core research skills with specialist criminology and criminal justice modules, this course enables students to critically examine the theoretical foundations that underpin applied criminological research. Students will develop a critical understanding of research methods and their application as well as a range of transferable skills (presentation, critical reading and writing).
Compulsory and optional courses allow students to gain a broad knowledge of research methods and issues within contemporary criminological and criminal justice debates while the dissertation allows in-depth study in an area of interest under the supervision of a member of academic staff.
The course is taught by an interdisciplinary team of research-active experts from sociological, legal and psychological backgrounds using a variety of delivery methods: lectures, workshops, student-led presentations and debate, group work and individual research.

To meet the requirements of the taught element of the course, all students must take course units totalling 120 credits. This is normally attained with eight 15-credit course units, as listed below, with 60 credits taken each semester. Students take 5 core units. The availability of individual optional course units is subject to change (due, among other factors, to staff availability to deliver the course units in any given year). Information that is sent to students in the month of August preceding registration onto the course will clearly state the course units that are available in the academic year ahead.
In addition, students who pass the taught element of the course and who are permitted to progress to the research element of the course, must also submit a dissertation of between 12,000 and 15,000 words worth 60 credits.
Part-time students take four out of the five compulsory course units in the first year, and then take the other one in year two. The remaining 60 credits of optional course units are selected and taken accordingly over the two years.

Compulsory units:
Designing Criminological Research (15 credits)
Qualitative Research Methods (15 credits)
Quantitative Research Methods (15 credits)
Advanced Theoretical Criminology (15 credits)
No optional units.
Compulsory unit:
Evaluating Policy and Practice (15 credits)
with a choice of three optional units:

Coursework and assessment
Most course units are assessed by 3500 word essay or by essay and presentation.

Supervised summer dissertation of 12-15,000 word.
Part-time Masters students undertake a dissertation in the summer months of year two. Please note that the part-time students can extend their registration for extra 3 months to submit their dissertations in December of their second year, instead of September (you will be advised of the exact date on the second year of the course).

English language
Students whose first language is not English are required to hold one of the following English language qualifications:
- IELTS: minimum overall score of 7.0, with 7.0 in Writing and 6.5 in all other sub categories;
- TOEFL (Internet-Based Test): minimum overall score of 100, with 25 in Writing and 22 in all other sub categories;
- Cambridge Proficiency: minimum grade of C;
- Pearson English: minimum overall score of 66, with 66 in Writing and 59 in all other sub categories.

Visit the MRes Criminology 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.

Course Fees

MRes (full-time) UK/EU students (per annum): £6,500 International students (per annum): £14,500 MRes (part-time) UK/EU students (per annum): £3,250

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