Criminology & Social Policy at University of Strathclyde - UCAS

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Course summary

This course has been designed, and will be delivered by, a dynamic team of international scholars with globally-recognised expertise in Criminology, Criminal Justice and Social Policy in an inclusive learning environment to provide you with a critical understanding of contemporary theories, issues and debates in criminology, criminal justice and social and penal policy. This course will provide you with a cutting-edge understanding of the individual, relational, cultural and structural factors that intersect with, and underpin, offending and related social issues, locally and globally, drawing on critical arguments, theories and debates at the forefront of criminology and criminal justice, social and penal policy and practice. It will equip you with an understanding of social science research methods and skills which will enhance your research skills and enable you to undertake an independent research project on a topic of your choice. As a key partner in the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research, you'll benefit from the opportunities afforded to our thriving cross-institutional post-graduate community, including but not limited to additional training, participation in and access to knowledge exchange and public engagement opportunities, alongside the development of national and international academic, policy and professional networks. The School is also home to Strathclyde’s Criminal and Social Justice Research cluster – a vibrant, enthusiastic and collaborative team who produce world-leading, international and multi-disciplinary scholarship, applied research and consultancy on issues of criminal and social justice, social and penal policy and social work theory and practice. Ranked 3rd in the UK for Social Policy (Guardian 2023)


Compulsory classes: The Contexts of Criminal Justice Research, Contemporary Issues in Criminology, Prisons, Power & Punishment, Qualitative Research Methods, Dissertation in Criminology. Elective classes (choose two of the following): Perspectives on Social Research, Welfare Concepts and Ideas, Approaches to Welfare: Past, Present and Future, International Social Work: Themes and Perspectives

Assessment method

The distinct modules will be assessed using a variety of standard (for example, written assignments, examinations) and innovative, digital and creative methods applied across collective and individual projects.

How to apply

International applicants

If English is not your first language, we require IELTS 6.5 with no elements below 5.5.

Entry requirements

First or upper second-class Honours degree, or equivalent, in social sciences or related discipline. Applicants with other qualifications together with relevant professional experience may be considered.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Scotland £7300 Year 1
England £7300 Year 1
Northern Ireland £7300 Year 1
Wales £7300 Year 1
Channel Islands £7300 Year 1
International £16400 Year 1

Additional fee information

For information on tuition fees, additional costs and funding for this programme, please view the programme details on the University of Strathclyde website.

Sponsorship information

There are several scholarship opportunities available for students applying for this course. Please see website for further details.

Criminology & Social Policy at University of Strathclyde - UCAS