Taught course

Socio-Legal and Criminological Research

University of Nottingham · Faculty of Social Sciences, Law and Education

Entry requirements

2:1 (or international equivalent) in law, humanities or social sciences; mature applicants without standard entry requirements but with substantial and relevant experience may be considered.

Months of entry


Course content

The MA in Socio-Legal and Criminological Research provides students with a systematic grounding in empirical research. Too frequently, legal researchers want to make claims about how law really works in society, only to realise that they lack the practical training in how to find that out. That training is what this degree is designed to provide. It introduces a variety of research methodologies, as well as providing an introduction to the theoretical bases of research in law and in the social sciences more broadly.

It is assumed that students taking the course will have an area of law of interest to them. To that end, two modules may be taken from the school's LLM programme. A dissertation in the final three months of the programme is intended to provide students with a project to try out the methods of interest to them, in their chosen legal subject.

Many students will wish to move from this programme on to doctoral studies. The programme is however also relevant to students wishing to have a more structured and systematic understanding of how research is conducted, and what research is reliable. As such, it will be relevant for people looking for a career in policy-making and similar social science disciplines.

For a more extensive overview, please visit the course page on the University of Nottingham's online prospectus.

Information for international students

English language requirements: IELTS 7.0 (with 7.0 in writing, 6.5 in reading and 6.0 in speaking and listening).

Fees and funding

The Graduate School at The University of Nottingham provides information on internal and external sources of postgraduate funding.

There is also funding information on the School of Law web pages.

For information on funding opportunities for international students, please see the International Office website.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiries
+44 (0)115 951 5559