Taught course

Criminology & Criminal Justice

University of Glasgow · School of Social and Political Sciences

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for postgraduate taught programmes are a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification (for example, GPA 3.0 or above) in a relevant subject.

Months of entry


Course content

Recognising the challenge for politicians, policy makers and practitioners in the criminal justice, and criminal law fields, this programme addresses the complex problems that crime poses for contemporary societies.

Why Glasgow

  • The programme provides you with the key attributes for professions related to criminal justice.
  • You will be benefit from the combined strengths of staff from the Scottish Centre for Crime & Justice Research who are based at the University.
  • You will develop analytic and research skills, an interdisciplinary knowledge base, and a practical understanding of the settings in which crime and justice policies are devised and implemented.
  • 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 the MSc in Transnational Crime, Justice & Security, which provides more focus on the international aspects of crime. An MRes in Criminology is also available, combining a study of the subject with greater focus on research methods training.

Programme Structure

You will take core courses in criminological theory; criminal justice systems and processes; and research design and methodology. You also have the opportunity to take optional courses from a range of subject areas. In addition, the MSc programme requires you to produce a dissertation on a subject of your choice.

Core courses

  • Understanding and explaining crime
  • Research and enquiry in crime and criminal justice.

Optional courses include

  • Punishment and penology
  • Crime, media and popular culture
  • Rehabilitation and desistance from crime
  • The global criminal economy
  • Managing and controlling crime
  • Women and girls in crime and justice
  • International trafficking in cultural objects.

Information for international students

IELTS 6.5 (with no subtest less than 6.5): ; MML: IELTS 7.5 (with no subtest less than 7.0) iBT TOEFL 92 (with no subtest lower than 23) Cambridge ESOL Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) - B minimum

Fees and funding

UK students
International students


Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


part time
21 months
full time
9 months

Course contact details

Clair Clarke