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MA Criminology and Social Research

Course Description

Led by a team of academic specialists with practical knowledge in their respective fields, this course will provide you with the skills to understand and analyse crime and deviance and its effect on society.
The degree consists of three criminology modules and three social research modules, followed by a 15,000 word research dissertation.
Within the criminology modules you will be introduced to wide ranging academic debates about crime, deviance and social control. You will develop an awareness of debates in the fields of criminology and the criminal justice system, allowing you to gain a deeper understanding of why some people are motivated to offend and how this behaviour can shape communities.
In the social research methods modules you will develop practical skills and techniques, and learn to identify the most effective ways to conduct research projects. In qualitative research you will cover areas such as observation skills and the most effective way to conduct an interview. Quantitative modules include study of a range of packages from descriptive statistics to interpreting large scale data. You will then use these techniques to carry out your own research and analyse the findings.
The Masters dissertation brings together the taught elements of the course and is worth a third of the final mark.


By the end of the course you will have developed the skills and knowledge to take the first step into a wide range of careers, some of the most popular options from a course of this type include:
*Academic institutions
*Criminal justice related institutions
*Central Government
*Local Government
*Commercial research
*Policy making

It is also ideal preparation for doctoral studies.

Visit the MA Criminology and Social Research page on the University of York website for more details!

Entry Requirements

An undergraduate degree (usually at 2.1 or above) in sociology, criminology or cognate discipline, or a professional qualification or relevant professional experience.

Course Fees

2015/16 Home/EU: £6,450; Overseas: £15,150

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