MSc Criminological Research
Earn a Masters in Criminological Research from Scotland’s top-ranked university for Criminology (The Guardian University Guide 2021). Gain expert training in the latest methods and approaches.
- Award Masters / MSc, Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate
- Start date September 2021, September 2022
- Duration MSc full-time: 12 months, MSc part-time: 24 months
- Mode of study Full-time, Campus based, Stand-alone modules
This course provides you with expert training in the latest methods and approaches used in criminological research. We're ranked 1st in Scotland and 3rd in the UK for Criminology (The Guardian University Guide 2021).
We cover the principles of collecting, analysing and reporting on qualitative and quantitative data whilst also taking account of ethics, reliability and validity. You’ll critically examine the theoretical foundations that underpin criminology and socio-legal research, as well as exploring issues with comparative research and developing an understanding of the relationship between criminological research and policymaking.
The course is supported by staff from the Scottish Centre for Crime and Criminal Justice Research – a multi-university body with international influence and links to academics, policymakers and practitioners around the world. The course is recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) as meeting the research training guidelines for undertaking a PhD in the social sciences.
Top reasons to study with us
The MSc Criminological Research provides expert training to ensure you can:
- collect, analyse and report qualitative and quantitative data, taking account of ethics, reliability and validity
- critically examine the theoretical foundations that underpin criminological and socio-legal research
- examine issues concerning comparative criminological and socio-legal research
- understand the relationship between criminological research and policy, and the meanings of evaluation, its terminology, practice and use
The course is designed to be suitable for both novice and experienced researchers. No matter what your level of expertise may be, we’ll equip you with the necessary knowledge and abilities to become successfully employed as a researcher or enrolled as a PhD student.
You’ll study in a multi-disciplinary environment where internationally renowned staff introduce you to cutting edge empirical and theoretical research.
The course is recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) as meeting the research training guidelines for undertaking a PhD in the social sciences. As such, prospective students are eligible for the 1+3 studentship, providing you with funding for a one year research training Masters linked to a three year PhD.
The course is supported by staff from the Scottish Centre for Crime and Criminal Justice Research – a multi-university body with international influence and links to academics, policymakers and practitioners around the world.
Students can study full or part time and all modules feature live classes such as scheduled lecture and seminar sessions. Flexible learning arrangements can usually be supported in most situation, subject to agreement.
If you’re interested in studying a module from this course, the Postgraduate Certificate or the Postgraduate Diploma then please email Graduate Admissions to discuss your course of study.
Students taking this course are affiliated with the Faculty of Social Sciences. Scheduled classes use University teaching spaces such as lecture, seminar and lab venues when relevant.
When you study Criminological Research at the University of Stirling, you’ll be introduced to pioneering empirical and theoretical research in a vibrant, multi-disciplinary environment.
Underscoring the expertise of our staff, the University of Stirling scored highly in the most recent Research Excellent Framework (REF 2014) – a UK-wide assessment of universities’ research output. In the Social Work and Social Policy unit of assessment, highlights included:
- 78% of our overall research activity was assessed to be internationally excellent or world-leading
- 100% of research environment factors assessed as internationally excellent or world leading
- 100% of our research impact was assessed as world leading or internationally excellent
- we were judged to have the 2nd highest research power in Scotland and 13th highest in the UK
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MSc Criminological Research
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