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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas


Course type


Course Summary

The MSc Criminology will equip you with the substantive and methodological skills to understand contemporary crime and criminal justice policies and practices.

Introducing your course

Crime, deviance and criminal justice are endlessly fascinating. By studying Criminology at the University of Southampton, you will be engaging in a discipline that is one of the oldest in the Social Sciences, and with the topic of crime, a central feature of human behaviour. This fascinating course will help you establish a successful academic or professional career with the police, the prison service, the NHS or security companies.
MSc Criminology is one of the most exciting postgraduate masters courses available. It will expose you to important international criminological research findings and help you develop the skills to analyse the complex social issues confronting a globalised world.

Core training in applied criminology, criminal justice studies; policing, penology and victimology is complemented by optional study in a range of disciplines allied to criminology at the University of Southampton.

Our ESRC validated methodological training ensures that you will produce a high quality research dissertation directly related to your career/professional interests.

You will be taught and supervised by internationally recognised criminologists whose research and policy analysis are sought by government departments, criminal justice agencies and the media.

This innovative applied criminology degree emphasises the connections between research and professional practice. It will prepare you for a wide range of professional careers as well as for PhD studies.

The programme aims to provide you with:

Thorough knowledge of the most important international criminological research findings

In-depth understanding of contemporary criminal justice policies and practices

The ability to analyse the key crime problems currently confronting 21st century societies

An in-depth understanding of innovative research methods and the ability to utilise them in different contexts

The skills required to undertake independent criminological research and analysis

The ability to design and complete a research dissertation in criminology, criminal justice or a related field

The capacity to develop and present ideas, arguments and research findings through different means of communication to different audiences.


Security Analyst
• Crime Analyst
• Police Service
• Prison and probation Service
• Crime prevention and community safety
• Courts service
• Youth Justice and youth work
• Research and Policy Development
• Pressure groups and NGOs.

Different course options

Full time | Highfield Campus | 1 year | SEP-20

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



Criminal Justice: Policy and Practice - Core
Qualitative Methods 1 - Core
Research Design and Practice - Core
Philosophy of Social Science Research - Core
Quantitative Methods 1 - Core
Applied Perspectives - Core

Tuition fees

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Course fees for UK / EU students

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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

The normal criterion for admission is an upper second class honours degree in a relevant subject (social sciences, criminology, sociology etc) from a UK university or an equivalent qualification.

University information

The University of Southampton has a long history of tradition, prestige and success, having just celebrated 100 years of its Highfield Campus. A founding member of the Russell Group of research-intensive universities, the University is ranked in the Top 20 UK universities in the Complete University Guide, 2020 and is also a three-times winner of the Queen's Anniversary Prize. The University is spread across five campuses in Southampton,...more

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