University of Kent

Degree level: Postgraduate

Advanced Research in Criminology (Taught)

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Course summary

The International Master’s in Advanced Research in Criminology (IMARC) programme is a prestigious joint MSc programme of three European universities: Erasmus University Rotterdam, Ghent University and the University of Kent. Overview This interdisciplinary, full-time programme attracts many top international students to the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research (SSPSSR) at Kent. The programme brings together experts in the field of international criminology in one joint international educational programme. It is the only existing two-year mobility programme in criminology that focuses on border crossing, security and social justice from a European and global perspective. The course is designed to respond critically, scientifically and in a policy-oriented manner to social questions that have dramatically changed the agendas of crime, harm and control. Both from a theoretical and practical perspective, IMARC covers a range of themes, including theory and methodology, geopolitics, cities and urban transformations, inclusion and exclusion, power relations, migration, human smuggling and trafficking, culture and hybrid identities, radicalisation and extremism, European Union law and policy on justice and home affairs, and regulation and control. The added value of the IMARC programme is that you are able to do extended and in-depth research. IMARC brings together learning, research and practice through collaboration with a range of academic and non-academic partners. You have opportunities for research, internships and impact via connections with organisations in the field, including governmental bodies and NGO’s. Throughout the programme, you participate in intercultural and interdisciplinary exchange. The role of informal and peer-to-peer learning is especially important through participation in twice-yearly student conferences (Common Sessions) as part of the Common Study Programme in Critical Criminology.

Course details


The module list is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation. You will be required to study a combination of compulsory and optional modules. You may also have the option to take modules from other programmes so that you may customise your programme and explore other subject areas that interest you.

Assessment method

Assessment is by six coursework essays and the dissertation.

How to apply

International applicants

For detailed information see our English language requirements web pages. Please note that if you are required to meet an English language condition, we offer a number of pre-sessional courses in English for Academic Purposes through Kent International Pathways.

Entry requirements

A good honours degree in criminology, sociology, social policy, law or other related social science discipline, or substantial experience in social or political research or a relevant profession. All applicants are considered on an individual basis and additional qualifications, professional qualifications and relevant experience may also be taken into account when considering applications.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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Additional fee information

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Advanced Research in Criminology at University of Kent - UCAS