Criminology at University of Southampton - UCAS

Course summary

On our MSc Criminology programme you’ll gain the substantive and methodological skills you need to understand contemporary crime and criminal justice policies and practices.

  • Ranked 10th for Criminology in the UK (Sunday Times Good University Guide, 2023)
  • ESRC validated methodological training to ensure you produce a high-quality research dissertation directly related to your career/professional interests.
  • Taught and supervised by internationally recognised criminologists whose research and policy analysis are sought by government departments, criminal justice agencies and the media
With a thorough methods-based education you’ll gain an in-depth understanding of innovative research methods and the ability to utilise them in different contexts. This research-led approach will support you to analyse the key crime problems currently confronting 21st-century societies. You’ll explore concepts in crime, deviance, and criminal behaviour alongside internationally respected academics who are all central members of the Institute of Criminal Justice Research (ICJR). We’ll support you 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
  • develop and present ideas, arguments and research findings through different means of communication to different audiences
You’ll join a close-knit and diverse learning community, we offer an exceptional academic experience, with small-group teaching that allows you to explore topics in-depth and plenty of support to ensure you achieve your potential. With an emphasises on the connections between research and professional practice our MSc Criminology programme will prepare you for a wide range of professional careers as well as for PhD studies. You’ll graduate with the skills required to undertake independent criminological research and analysis to understand the complex social issues confronting a globalised world.


You must study the following modules: Criminal Behaviour - Applied Perspectives, Criminal Justice: Policy and Practice, Dissertation (Crim), Philosophy of Social Science Research, Qualitative Methods 1, Quantitative Methods 1, Research Design and Practice, You must also choose from the following modules: Contemporary Policing, Cyber Crime, Insecurity and the Dark Web (Cyber Security), International Social Policy, Key Topics in Social Science: Measurement and Data, Life Behind Bars, Qualitative Methods 2 or, Understanding Social Change.

Assessment method

We’ll assess you through: coursework, laboratory reports and essays, a dissertation, essays, group essays, individual and group projects and, written exams.

How to apply

International applicants

If English is not your first language, you will need to demonstrate your English ability by meeting our Band C requirements: IELTS 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 6.0 in all components. For information on other accepted English language tests, please see our website.

Entry requirements

An upper second-class degree or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University in relevant subjects like Criminology, Sociology, Social Policy, Politics, Law, Social Science subjects. In some circumstances, professional qualifications are considered

Fees and funding

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Criminology at University of Southampton - UCAS