Taught course

Criminology and Social Research

University of York · Department of Sociology

Entry requirements

A 2:1 or equivalent in Sociology, Criminology, another cognate discipline or equivalent suitable experience. Alternatively, we may accept a 2:2 undergraduate degree supported by at least one year of relevant work experience.

Months of entry


Course content

Examine the nature and causes of crime from a sociological perspective.

On this course, you'll examine the motivations of people who commit crime and how societies attempt to control them. You'll learn how to analyse a wide range of data. You'll also gain a critical understanding and practical knowledge of a range of social research methods relevant to conducting criminological research.

After finishing your studies, you'll have the skills and knowledge required to pursue a successful career in academic research, criminal justice and related fields.

Information for international students

If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept the following qualifications:

IELTS 6.5, minimum 6.0 in each component.

For more information see our postgraduate English language requirements.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Dr Ruth Penfol-Mounce
+44 (0)1904 323045