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Criminology (MSc)

Master of Science
Typical Offer
2:1 degree View full entry requirements
1 year
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Course suspended

About this course

This course is now suspended to new applicants for 2024 entry. It has been replaced by International Criminology and Criminal Justice (MSc).

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
  • terrorism

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

Flexible study

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.

As a research-led University we undertake a continuous review of our courses to ensure quality enhancement and to manage our resources. As a result, this course may be revised however, any revision will be balanced against the requirement that the student should receive the educational service expected. Find out why, when and how we might make changes.

Course lead

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.

Course location

This course is based at Highfield.

Awarding body

This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.

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