Taught course

Criminological Research

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

The course is suitable for applicants who see their future career in research, research management and commissioning or using research. Graduates are well equipped with the necessary competencies and knowledge to forge successful careers in the public, private and third sectors. With newly obtained skills in critical thinking, research methodologies, and analytical and communications skills.‌


The course has been recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) as meeting its requirements for postgraduate research training.


The course is recognised as research training by the ESRC for those who are studying or going on to study for a PhD (+3), and is also recognised by the ESRC for Master’s Course plus Research Studentship (1+3) purposes.

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 577/233/90 (Paper/Computer/Internet)

Fees and funding


Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
27 months


full time
9 months
part time
21 months

Course contact details

Dr Richard Simmons
+44 (0) 1786 466 314