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University of Southampton · Social Sciences

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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

The MSc Criminology will equip you with the substantive and methodological skills to understand contemporary crime and criminal justice policies and practices.

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


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.

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.

MSc Criminology 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.

• Ranked second in the UK for research quality (Times GUG, 2020)

• 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

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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