Normally an upper second class honours degree (2:1) or equivalent. English Language requirements Please check requirements for your subject and level of study.
Months of entry
The programme covers conceptual and practical underpinnings and implications of research, looking at various research techniques and the rationale behind them. It will enable you to develop essential skills in both quantitative and qualitative work and to apply those skills to specific criminological issues.
Please note that this course is currently a recognised pathway within the ESRC Doctoral Training Centre.
In previous years, typical modules offered were: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 the social sciences.
- Spreadsheets and data analysis
- Populations, sample data and sampling distributions
- Point estimates and confidence intervals
- Significance tests, cross-tabulation, and Chi-Square tests
- Correlation and linear regression.
- Formulating research questions
- Evaluating and developing a research proposal
- Reviewing relevant literature
- Experimental vs. observational studies
- Sampling and selecting respondents.
- Introduction to theory and research practice in qualitative methods
- Ethnography and grounded theory
- Group discussions
- Data analysis and management processes.
- Survey data versus experimental data
- Sampling and sample design, questionnaire design
- Numerical taxonomy and cluster analysis in practice
- Methods for representing complex systems.
- Key criminological theories and concepts
- Theory and practice of criminal justice
- Application of theories and concepts to historical and contemporary issues and debates
- Critical evaluation of criminological theories, evidence, practice and policy.
- Relationship between theory and empirical research in evaluation
- Defining and measuring outcomes
- Case study analysis
- Poster presentation and participatory evaluation.
- 15,000 word Criminology dissertation based on a supervised criminological research project.
Information for international students
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Fees and funding
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Course contact details
- School of Applied Social Sciences
- +44 (0)191 334 1505