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University of Stirling MSc Criminology
University of Stirling

MSc Criminology

Stirling, United Kingdom

12 Months


Full time, Part time

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Sep 2024

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Our MSc Criminology course establishes clear connections between conceptual theories of crime and justice, and applied examples of how they affect contemporary societies. The course has an international focus that goes beyond UK or Scottish borders, making it appealing for a diverse student cohort.

The course content encourages the pursuit of innovative and socially just responses to the problem of crime, from crimes in the street or at home, to crimes of the powerful, crimes across borders, the much newer phenomenon of online crime, and the drug problem. Throughout the course, there's an emphasis on the need for a strong critical understanding of how research is framed, used and developed, which is delivered via modules in data analysis and research design, as well as criminological and socio-legal research methods. You’ll have the opportunity to explore concepts of criminal justice, the social contexts of crime, and a variety of criminological theoretical perspectives as well as applied insights.

With elective modules in specialist subjects you can acquire and develop a range of skills which will significantly enhance your confidence in criminology and your employability. Subjects include:

  • rehabilitation and criminal justice work;
  • drug policy and interventions;
  • criminalisation, social control and human rights.

The course is ideal for those who are keen to continue their studies at postgraduate level, as well as for practitioners who wish to consolidate existing experience and training with a Masters qualification.

Top reasons to study with us

#1 Ranked 1st in Scotland and Top 5 in the UK for Criminology (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023)

#2 Our course showcases international perspectives on criminology and criminal justice, which go beyond a UK focus

#3 Our academics are members of an internationally leading research centre; the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research



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