Taught course

Criminology

Institution
University of Glasgow · School of Social and Political Sciences
Qualifications
MResPGDip

Entry requirements

2.1 Honours degree or non-UK equivalent (e.g. a GPA of 3.0 or above) in a relevant social science or humanities subject.

Months of entry

September

Course content

This programme introduces the theoretical and conceptual resources relevant to the study of crime, criminal justice and crime policy. It provides advanced training in social research methods.

Why this programme

  • This programme will prepare you for a career as a researcher or for undertaking a PhD in criminological or criminal justice research. It is recognised for an Economic and Social Research Council 1+3 award through the Scottish Doctoral Training Centre.
  • You will be benefit from the combined strengths of staff from the Scottish Centre for Crime & Justice Research who are based at the University.
  • The breadth and diversity of expertise represented within the teaching team is a key strength of the programme.
  • There will be a number of guest lectures, presentations and seminars throughout, with high-calibre speakers from the UK and abroad.
  • You will have the opportunity to link up with a criminal justice organisation for your dissertation work.
  • This degree is taught alongside two MSc degrees: Criminology & Criminal Justice and Transnational Crime, Justice & Security. They have a stronger subject focus and less emphasis on research training.

You will take four core and two optional courses which provide you with in-depth knowledge of current criminological issues and refine your social research abilities. You will also apply your analytical and research skills to a specialised topic and produce a dissertation.

Core courses

  • Criminological theory in context
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Quantitative data analysis
  • Research design.

Optional courses may include

  • Antiquities trafficking
  • Crime, media and popular culture
  • Criminological perspectives on security and globalisation
  • Gender, crime and criminal justice
  • Punishment and in/justice
  • Rehabilitation and desistance from crime
  • The global criminal economy.

You will take four core and two optional courses which provide you with in-depth knowledge of current criminological issues and refine your social research abilities. You will also apply your analytical and research skills to a specialised topic and produce a dissertation.

Core courses

  • Criminological theory in context
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Quantitative data analysis
  • Research design.

Optional courses may include

  • Antiquities trafficking
  • Crime, media and popular culture
  • Criminological perspectives on security and globalisation
  • Gender, crime and criminal justice
  • Punishment and in/justice
  • Rehabilitation and desistance from crime
  • The global criminal economy.

Career prospects

The programme is an ideal pathway towards a PhD and a career in academia. It will also prepare you for a career in research or policy development; especially with those public agencies and voluntary organisations concerned with crime prevention and community safety.

Information for international students

Please refer to our website for more information.

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)

  • overall score 6.5
  • no sub-test less than 6.0
  • or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification:

Common equivalent English language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:

  • ibTOEFL: 90; no sub-test less than:
    • Reading: 20
    • Listening: 19
    • Speaking: 19
    • Writing: 23
  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII at Distinction with Distinction in all sub-tests

For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use these tests to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level programmes. The University is also able to accept an IELTS test (Academic module) from any of the 1000 IELTS test centres from around the world and we do not require a specific UKVI IELTS test for degree level programmes. We therefore still accept any of the English tests listed for admission to this programme.

Pre-sessional courses

The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the English for Academic Study Unit Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:

Fees and funding

UK students
£7250
International students
£16000

Qualification and course duration

MRes

full time
12 months
part time
24 months

PGDip

part time
21 months
full time
9 months

Course contact details

Name
Clair Clarke
Email
Clair.Clarke@glasgow.ac.uk