Taught course

Social Research Methods (Criminology)

Durham University · Sociology

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Entry requirements

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

Months of entry


Course content

he course 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.

This Masters degree is accredited by the Economic and Social Research Council for postgraduate research training through the Northern Ireland and North East Doctoral Training Partnership.

Course Structure

You will take a range of taught modules that will enable you to develop advanced understanding and skills in researching criminology.

Those taking this course will study modules totaling 180 credits. Part-time candidates take an equal balance of credits in each year. Indicative content is listed below, based on modules delivered in previous years incorporating anticipated changes (subject to approval):

Criminological Theory and Critical Issues (30 credits):

A thematic module providing an advanced education in a range of critical and theoretical approaches to the study of crime and criminal justice. This will include the application of these approaches to topical issues currently being researched by staff, such as (to provide indicative examples) gender, violence and abuse; forensics; cyber-crime; youth justice (exact topics subject to change based on current staff research). Establishing cause and interpreting meaning in social sciences Essentials of research approaches in the social sciences.

Fees and funding

UK students
£8,700.00 per year
International students
£21,360.00 per year

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    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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