Taught course

Criminological Research

University of Liverpool · School of Sociology and Social Policy

Entry requirements

Please see the course page on the University website for full details.

Months of entry


Course content

This MRes builds upon both the nationally and internationally established research interests and expertise of contributing staff from the Department of Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology. Our research over the past five years has led to changes in criminal justice policy and procedure, changes in how public bodies are audited, and the establishment of best practices in the evaluation of large-scale arts and cultural programmes.

We’ll introduce you to the politics and practice of social research. You’ll explore the following aspects of the research process: the context of the modern university; the role of the social scientist; power, critique and reflexivity in the social sciences; the constraints, benefits and limitations of social science.

This MRes will specifically prepare you to specialise in criminological research to better understand how to conduct advanced research on crime-related topics. Your research project will give you valuable experience, whether you’re preparing for a career or seeking continuous professional development.

This programme is aimed at a wide variety of careers within national and local Government, commercial research, charitable, public or private sectors. Regional Development Agencies have noted the rapid rise in demand for graduates who qualify in the full spectrum of research design and analysis techniques.


  • How to plan and conduct a large criminological research project
  • A critical understanding of epistemological, methodological and ethical approaches in criminological research
  • Training in general research skills
  • Skills in scholarly presentation, documentation, critical evaluation and the communication of ideas
  • How social, public and civil policy can be influenced by Criminological knowledge
  • Project management and problem-solving skills

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

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