The MSc/MRes Criminological Research

Uniquely, we offer you the opportunity to graduate with an MRes or MSc. Students undertaking the Master of Science or Master of Research follow the exact same pathways. The choice of award is designed to give students freedom in determining what outcome will suit their future aspirations.

The Master of Science is the ideal preparation for social research and evaluation in criminal justice and criminology and will suit those who wish to pursue a career in academia and wish to use the MSc as a precursor to completing a PhD. The Masters of Research is best suited for applicants who see their future career in research, research management and commissioning or using research.

We are looking forward to welcoming you onto the programme this year! Before you arrive, you may wish to take a look at the {vacation reading list} to give you a guide for the coming semester. This can be provided on request by the programme secretary. In your first week there will be a full induction session where you will get to meet key staff and a full range of materials will be provided. There is a student handbook and module guides, and you will be given an introduction to the University’s Library, Information and Technology systems. This includes an introduction to our online student resource platform, Succeed. We are keen to make sure you have everything you need, so please contact appliedsocialresearch@stir.ac.uk if you have any questions or requests for more information.

Reading lists

All available core texts for this programme can be found below. Further information will be posted here and on Succeed as soon as it is available. 

Core Texts

Chapter 1 and Chapter 2 of Garner, R. (2005). The Joy of Stats: A Short Guide to Introductory Statistics in the Social Sciences. Peterborough, Can.: Broadview Press.

Chapter 1 and Chapter 2 of Wright, D. B., & London, K. (2009). First (and Second) Steps in Statistics. London: Sage.

Core Texts

Biggam, J. (2015) Succeeding with your Master'sDissertation, Berkshire: Open University Press/McGraw Hill Education

Rudestam, K. & Newton, R. (2015) Surviving your dissertation: a comprehensive guide to content and process (4th Edition), London: Sage

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