Taught course

Criminology and Criminal Justice

Durham University · Department of Sociology

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Entry requirements

Normally an upper second class honours degree (2:1) or equivalent.

We are keen to consider applications from a professional range of criminal justice backgrounds and experiences.

Months of entry


Course content

This course critically addresses a range of key issues and debates relating to crime and the criminal justice system. You will have the opportunity to develop an in-depth understanding of crime, deviance and criminal justice from critical, theoretical, policy, legal, political and practical perspectives and will address issues of historical and contemporary concern such as terrorism, sex work, legal and illegal drugs, crime in the night-time economy, forced migration, gender and crime, domestic violence, crime prevention, prison and punishment, policing, youth crime and justice, law enforcement and the use of new technologies. You will also study issues of theoretical and social importance with lecturers who are international experts in their fields.

Course Structure

You will take a range of taught modules primarily in the first two terms of the academic year. You will also undertake two research modules, which will enable you to develop a research proposal for your dissertation.

Core modules:

Theorising Crime and Criminal Justice (30 credits)
  • Apply theories of crime and justice to topical issues
  • Theory and practice of criminal justice
  • Analysis of contemporary politics
  • Governance of criminal justice.
Perspectives on Social Research (15 credits)
  • Introduction to social scientific research
  • Establishing cause and interpreting meaning in social sciences
  • Essentials of quantitative and qualitative research in social science research.
Research Design and Process (15 credits)
  • Formulating research questions
  • Ethical review procedures
  • Research proposal design, evaluation, and development
  • Conversational analysis in practice
  • Qualitative interviewing.
Dissertation (60 credits)
  • A dissertation of up to 15,000 words on a topic of your choice.

Fees and funding

UK students
£9,800.00 per year
International students
£22,790.00 per year


Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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