Taught course

Applied Social Research (Criminology)

University of Stirling · Faculty of Social Sciences

Entry requirements

An Honours degree, or equivalent in a relevant subject, from a university in the UK, or equivalent academic or professional qualification or equivalent relevant experience. Preference is given to candidates with upper second class degrees or better. Candidates with other qualifications or experience may be admitted to the Diploma in the first instance.

Months of entry

September, February

Course content

This MSc has been designed to run concurrently with the MSc Applied Social Research, a long-standing course in Applied Social Science that is recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) as meeting the standards of their Research Training Guidelines. The objectives are to:

  • Provide you with the skills and knowledge base required to collect, analyse and report qualitative and quantitative data, taking account of ethics, reliability and validity
  • Enable you to examine critically the theoretical foundations that underpin criminological and socio-legal research
  • Enable you to examine issues concerning comparative criminological and socio-legal research
  • Develop your understanding of the relationship between criminological research and policy, and the meanings of evaluation, its terminology, practice and use

Information for international students

If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence of your proficiency such as a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 (minimum 6 in each skill), or TOEFL: Listening 23, Reading 23, Speaking 23, Writing 23.

Fees and funding

ESRC quota awards are available on a competitive basis for students who wish to pursue the MSc plus a PhD on a 1+3 basis. Please contact Applied Social Science for details.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
30 months


full time
9 months
part time
18 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment65
Dissertation35 (15000 words)

Course contact details

Dr Richard Simmons
+44 (0) 1786 466 314