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Key information

Qualification type

MRes - Master of Research

Subject areas

Criminal Law Criminology Law / Legal Studies

Course type


Course Summary

The MRes in Criminal Justice is a pre-doctoral training programme designed to provide a critical, research led approach to the study of aspects of criminal justice together with training in the key research skills appropriate for Doctoral level study. Alongside a suite of substantive modules offered in conjunction with the School’s LLM, the programme includes core modules in research design and qualitative and quantitative methods taken jointly with social science students from a range of disciplines across QMUL, Kings College London and Imperial College as part of the training offered by the ESRC funded London Interdisciplinary Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership.

The MRes in Criminal Justice is an approved pathway for ESRC funding, enabling students to apply for ESRC 1+3 funding to cover both the MRes and a PhD, and successful MRes graduates to apply subsequently for ESRC +3 funding. The MRes Criminal Justice also caters more generally for those seeking to develop their ability to apply knowledge and understanding of the area of study and is an ideal preparation for those wishing to pursue more advanced research.

Different course options

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



Introduction to Social Science 2: Quantitative Methods and Data (30 Credits) - Core
Introduction to Social Science Research 1: Epistemology, Research Design and Qualitative Methods (30 Credits) - Core
Dissertation (30 Credits) - Core

Tuition fees

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Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need to have a first class (1:1) honours degree (preferred) or very high 2:1 honours degree in law. In addition to the other mandatory supporting application documents, students must submit the following documentation: two letters of reference, at least one of which must be from an academic reference, from a staff member who taught them on their most recent course of study (normally their undergraduate degree in Law or a Law-related subject; a research proposal of between 2,000 to 3,000-words. It should identify the question that they will attempt to answer through their research (simply identifying general topic areas or subjects is not sufficient). Students should also set out their research methodology (empirical, qualitative, library based etc,) and provide a bibliography of the works that they consulted in formulating their research question.