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

A new suite of MRes courses has been developed concurrently by six subject areas for the 2010-2011 session: Applied Social Science; Education; Film; Media and Journalism; Management; Nursing, Midwifery and Health; and Sports Studies. These programmes have a shared core of four modules in generic research skills, plus specialist disciplinary modules and a range of options. They aim to combine high quality with flexibility and choice for students. Employability is another important focus, with the opportunity for a research placement offered to all MRes students.

This course prepares students for undertaking social research and evaluation, leading to careers in research, research management and commissioning or using research. The MRes offers a combination of high quality, flexibility and choice. It is also focused on the employability of its graduates. Research work of the 100+ staff and postgraduate students at Stirling is supported by a state-of-the-art Information & Communication Technologies room, one of the best in the UK.

Course Objectives

The MRes/Postgraduate Diploma Criminological Research provides training in the methods and approaches used in criminological research. 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 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