Taught course


University of Southampton · Social Sciences

Entry requirements

First- or upper second-class degree or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University in a relevant discipline. In some circumstances, professional qualifications are considered

Months of entry


Course content

On our MSc Criminology programme you’ll gain the substantive and methodological skills you need to understand contemporary crime and criminal justice policies and practices.

  • Ranked 10th for Criminology in the UK (Sunday Times Good University Guide, 2023)
  • ESRC validated methodological training to ensure you produce a high-quality research dissertation directly related to your career/professional interests.
  • Taught and supervised by internationally recognised criminologists whose research and policy analysis are sought by government departments, criminal justice agencies and the media

With a thorough methods-based education you’ll gain an in-depth understanding of innovative research methods and the ability to utilise them in different contexts. This research-led approach will support you to analyse the key crime problems currently confronting 21st-century societies.

You’ll explore concepts in crime, deviance, and criminal behaviour alongside internationally respected academics who are all central members of the Institute of Criminal Justice Research (ICJR).

We’ll support you to:

  • analyse key crime trends
  • carry out independent criminological research and analysis
  • design and complete a research dissertation
  • develop and present ideas, arguments and findings to different audiences
  • use the latest research methods
  • develop and present ideas, arguments and research findings through different means of communication to different audiences

You’ll join a close-knit and diverse learning community, we offer an exceptional academic experience, with small-group teaching that allows you to explore topics in-depth and plenty of support to ensure you achieve your potential.

With an emphasises on the connections between research and professional practice our MSc Criminology programme will prepare you for a wide range of professional careers as well as for PhD studies. You’ll graduate with the skills required to undertake independent criminological research and analysis to understand the complex social issues confronting a globalised world.

Information for international students

For applicants whose first language is not English, the IELTS requirement will be an overall score of 6.5 with no individual score below 6.0.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Scholarships, bursaries, sponsorships or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    27 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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