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Course summary

This masters is aimed at students who are interested in PhD studies in criminology and criminal justice, or developing a wide range of social science research techniques. It will equip you with the theory and practical skills that are needed to carry out independent research. You'll learn about methods and techniques used in social sciences research such as:

  • data collection and analysis
  • the philosophical, ethical and political issues that underpin social sciences research
  • theories of research design
You'll be lead by experts who are involved in projects that inform public and social policy, in areas such as criminal justice, social care, and identities. You'll graduate ready for research posts in academic, voluntary, private and third-sector settings.


You will complete 80 credits of core research methods modules, plus 20 credits of subject-specific training, a 20-credit elective module (or two 10-credit elective modules), and a 60-credit, 15,000 word dissertation. You will be assigned an appropriate dissertation supervisor who will oversee your progress.

Assessment method

Each module is individually assessed, giving you the opportunity to demonstrate a range of research skills including critical analysis, report writing, group work, verbal presentations, project development and completion.

Entry requirements

2:1 (or international equivalent) in a relevant subject in the arts, humanities, or social sciences; IELTS: 7.0 (no less than 6.0 in any element).

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

No fee information has been provided for this course

Additional fee information

For fee information, see
Social Science Research (Criminology) at University of Nottingham - UCAS