About this course
Develop the skills to understand contemporary crime and criminal justice policy on this MSc Criminology degree. Explore concepts in crime, deviance and criminal behaviour to analyse the social issues facing our world.
This course will help you pursue a successful academic career, or roles with the police, the prison service, the NHS or security companies.
You’ll train in applied criminology, criminal justice, policing, penology and victimology on this master’s degree. Optional modules in related disciplines will help you specialise in your field of interest. You could focus on topics like:
- prisons and punishment
- modern policing
- cyber crime
- advanced policy analysis
Our Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) validated training ensures you'll produce a high quality research dissertation directly related to your interests.
You'll be taught and supervised by internationally recognised criminologists whose research and policy analyses are used by government departments, criminal justice agencies and the media.
This criminology master’s highlights the connections between research and professional practice to prepare you for a wide range of professional careers as well as for PhD studies.
You’ll cover international criminological research findings, modern criminal justice policy and practice, and the latest modern research methods. Learn to:
- analyse key crime trends
- carry out independent criminological research and analysis
- design and complete a research dissertation
- develop and present ideas, arguments and findings to different audiences
- use the latest research methods
If you prefer, you can apply to study this course as:
- a part-time master's - study the same course content over 2 or more years
Your modules and fees may vary if you choose a different study option.
Jenny Fleming is a Professor of Criminology and co-director of the Institute of Criminal Justice Research. Jenny’s work has explored the changing role of the police and the politics of law and order. She's worked with police agencies around the globe and is editor in chief of Policing and Society. Visit Professor Fleming's profile page for more on her research.
This course is based at Highfield.
This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.
Download the programme specification
The programme specification sets out the learning outcomes of this course and details how the course is taught and assessed.
You’ll need a 2:1 degree in social sciences, criminology or sociology.
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English language requirements
If English isn't your first language, you'll need to complete an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) to demonstrate your competence in English. You'll need an overall score of 6.5 and the following scores for reading, writing, listening and speaking:
IELTS score requirements
We accept other English language tests, find out which English language tests we accept.
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The taught part of this course is made up of 30 study weeks divided into 2 semesters. During this time you'll study 6 modules.
Once you’ve successfully completed the taught element of the course you’ll undertake a 3 month period of supervised research for your master’s dissertation.
Want more detail? See all the modules in the course.
For entry in Academic Year 2020-21
You must study the following modules in year 1:
You must also choose from the following modules in year 1:
Learning and assessment
You’ll be able to demonstrate a variety of master’s level skills when you complete this course including:
- using critical awareness to analyse competing theories
- showing the relationship between concepts, theories and research
- building and articulating your own robust arguments
- assessing how current challenges within the field can be applied to research
- judging research techniques to see if they can be applied to the conduct of social research
As well as lectures and tutorials your learning may include:
- individual reading
- seminar discussions
We’ll assess you through:
- coursework, laboratory reports and essays
- a dissertation
- group essays
- individual and group projects
- written exams
We’ll assign you a personal tutor, and you’ll have access to a senior tutor.
When you graduate from this master’s degree in Criminology you’ll be well prepared for further study, and a range of careers:
- security and crime analysis
- police and prison and probation service
- crime prevention and community safety
- courts service
- youth justice and youth work
- research and policy development
- pressure groups and non-governmental organisations
Careers services at Southampton
We're a top 20 UK university for employability (QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2019). Our Careers and Employability Service will support you throughout your time as a student and for up to 5 years after graduation. This support includes:
- work experience schemes
- CV/resume and interview skills workshops
- networking events
- careers fairs attended by top employers
- a wealth of volunteering opportunities
- study abroad and summer school opportunities
We have a vibrant entrepreneurship culture. You'll be able to take advantage of:
Fees, costs and funding
Fees for a year's study:
- UK/EU students pay £9,250.
- International students pay £18,812.
What your fees pay for
Your tuition fee covers the full cost of tuition and all examinations.
10% alumni discount
If you’re a graduate of the University of Southampton you get a 10% discount on your postgraduate tuition fees.
Postgraduate Master’s Loans (UK and EU nationals only)
This can help with course fees and living costs while you study a postgraduate master's course. Find out if you're eligible.
Funding your postgraduate studies
A variety of additional scholarships, grants and bursaries may be available to help you fund your master’s study, both from the University and from other organisations.
How to apply
You can apply directly through our online form by using the apply button on this page.
Applications must be received no later than 4 weeks before the start of the course. You must supply all supporting documentation at least two weeks before starting your course.
We recommend you apply at least 6 weeks before the start of the course to ensure you're able to meet our requirements and apply for a visa in time.
We cannot guarantee students who do not meet these deadlines will be able to begin their course.
When you apply you’ll need to submit a personal statement explaining why you want to take the course.
You’ll need to include information about:
- your knowledge of the subject area
- why you want to study a postgraduate qualification in this course
- how you intend to use your qualification
You'll also need to send 2 academic references.
Please include the required paperwork showing your first degree and your IELTS English language test score (if you are a non-native English speaker) with your application. Without these, your application may be delayed.
Learn more about how to apply with our postgraduate application guide.
What happens after you apply
You'll be able to track your application through our online Applicant Record System.
We will assess your application on the strength of your:
- academic achievements
- relevant professional experience
- personal statement
- academic references
We'll get back to you within 6 weeks with a decision about your application.
We may invite you to an interview, which will take place by phone if you live abroad. You'll get an email from the admissions tutor if we'd like to talk to you before offering you a place.
Equality and diversity
We treat and select everyone in line with our Equality and Diversity Statement.
Got a question?
Please contact us if you're not sure you have the right experience or qualifications to get onto this course.
Tel: +44(0)23 8059 5000