Taught course

Criminology and Social Research

University of York · Department of Sociology

Entry requirements

You should have either an undergraduate degree (usually at 2.1 or above) in sociology, criminology or a cognate discipline, a professional qualification or relevant professional experience. If you are a non-native English speaking applicant you must provide evidence of your English language ability. You need to show enough fluency in all aspects of English (reading, writing, speaking and listening) to the required level of the course you're applying to.

Months of entry


Course content

The Department of Sociology provides an exciting and stimulating environment in which to study criminology and social research at an advanced level. This course will provide you with the skills to understand and analyse crime and deviance and its effect on society.

Within the criminology modules you will be introduced to wide ranging academic debates about crime, deviance and social control. You will develop an awareness of debates in the fields of criminology and the criminal justice system, allowing you to gain a deeper understanding of why some people are motivated to offend and how this behaviour can shape communities.

In the social research methods modules you will develop practical skills and techniques, and learn to identify the most effective ways to conduct research projects. In qualitative research you will cover areas such as observation skills and the most effective way to conduct an interview. Quantitative modules include study of a range of packages from descriptive statistics to interpreting large scale data.

You will then use these techniques to carry out your own research and analyse the findings. The degree consists of three criminology modules and three social research modules, followed by a 15,000 word research dissertation.

Information for international students

York is a research-intensive university and a proud member of the elite Russell Group of universities. Information about international fees can be found on our website.

Fees and funding

Department and University scholarships may be available, please check our website for details: Fees and funding

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Administrator
+44 (0) 1904 324743