Taught course

Criminology & Social Policy

University of Strathclyde · Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Entry requirements

A first or upper second class degree, or overseas equivalent, in social sciences or related discipline. Applicants with other qualifications together with relevant professional experience may be considered.

Months of entry


Course content

Designed and delivered by a dynamic team of international scholars with globally-recognised expertise in Criminology, this course fosters an inclusive learning environment to provide you with a critical understanding of contemporary theories, issues, and debates in criminology, criminal justice, and social and penal policy.

You'll gain a cutting-edge understanding of the individual, relational, cultural, and structural factors that intersect with, and underpin, offending and related social issues, locally and globally, drawing on critical arguments, theories, and debates at the forefront of criminology and criminal justice, social and penal policy, and practice.
It'll also equip you with an understanding of social science research methods and skills which will enhance your research skills and enable you to undertake an independent research project on a topic of your choice.
As a key partner in the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research, you'll benefit from the opportunities afforded to our thriving cross-institutional postgraduate community, including but not limited to additional training, participation in and access to knowledge-exchange and public engagement opportunities, alongside the development of national and international academic, policy and professional networks.
The Law School is also home to Strathclyde’s Criminal and Social Justice Research cluster – a vibrant, enthusiastic, and collaborative team that produces world-leading, international, and multi-disciplinary scholarship, applied research, and consultancy on issues of criminal and social justice, social and penal policy and social work theory and practice.

Information for international students

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Fees and funding

UK students
International students

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Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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