Earn a Masters in Criminological Research from Scotland’s top-ranked university for Criminology (The Guardian University Guide 2020). Gain expert training in the latest methods and approaches.
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This course provides you with expert training in the latest methods and approaches used in criminological research. We're ranked 1st in Scotland and top 10 in the UK for Criminology (The Guardian University Guide 2020).
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 criminology research and policymaking.
The course is recognised as research training by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and 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 MSc Criminological Research provides expert training to ensure you can:
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 as research training by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and is supported by staff from both the Scottish Centre for Crime and Criminal Justice Research and the Division of Law.
The MSc pathways' research training meets the criteria for accreditation from the ESRC, signifying our excellence in researcher training and development. 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.
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.
When you study Criminological Research at the University of Stirling, you’ll be introduced to leading-edge 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: