Taught course


University of Southampton · Social Sciences

Entry requirements

The normal criterion for admission is an upper second class honours degree in a relevant subject (social sciences, criminology, sociology etc) from a UK university or an equivalent qualification.

Months of entry


Course content

Crime, deviance and criminal justice are endlessly fascinating. By studying Criminology at the University of Southampton, you will be engaging in a discipline that is one of the oldest in the Social Sciences, and with the topic of crime, a central feature of human behaviour. This fascinating course will help you establish a successful academic or professional career with the police, the prison service, the NHS or security companies.
MSc Criminology is one of the most exciting postgraduate masters courses available. It will expose you to important international criminological research findings and help you develop the skills to analyse the complex social issues confronting a globalised world.

Core training in applied criminology, criminal justice studies; policing, penology and victimology is complemented by optional study in a range of disciplines allied to criminology at the University of Southampton.

Our ESRC validated methodological training ensures that you will produce a high quality research dissertation directly related to your career/professional interests.

You will be taught and supervised by internationally recognised criminologists whose research and policy analysis are sought by government departments, criminal justice agencies and the media.

This innovative applied criminology degree emphasises the connections between research and professional practice. It will prepare you for a wide range of professional careers as well as for PhD studies.

The programme aims to provide you with:

  • Thorough knowledge of the most important international criminological research findings
  • In-depth understanding of contemporary criminal justice policies and practices
  • The ability to analyse the key crime problems currently confronting 21st century societies
  • An in-depth understanding of innovative research methods and the ability to utilise them in different contexts
  • The skills required to undertake independent criminological research and analysis
  • The ability to design and complete a research dissertation in criminology, criminal justice or a related field
  • The capacity to develop and present ideas, arguments and research findings through different means of communication to different audiences

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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