Criminology and Socio-Legal Research

Study mode:On campus Study type:Part-time Languages: English
Local:$ 7.1 k / Year(s) Foreign:$ 17.4 k / Year(s)  
301–350 place StudyQA ranking:5142 Duration:12 months

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Our MSc Criminology and Socio-Legal Research forms part of our ESRC Doctoral Training Centre accreditation and combines training in current debates in criminology with a foundation in sociological research design, plus an introduction to legal theory and legal methods. It will provide a good basis for you if you wish to conduct criminological research with a socio-legal dimension.

Our MSc Criminology and Socio-Legal Research should also interest you if you are without a background in law, as we make good use of legal materials, in addressing our sociological and criminological research questions.

A Masters course is an academically rigorous programme during which you explore your subject in depth, reaching a high level of specialist knowledge. You draw on knowledge and skills from your undergraduate study or your professional life to produce work of a high academic standard, informed by current thinking and debate.
A Masters course lasts for twelve months (full-time), starting in October, and consists of taught modules during your autumn and spring terms, and normally a research-based dissertation or other project-based work submitted in September. Your balance of modules and research varies according to the subject but, typically, your research counts for 60 credits and there are 120 credits of modules, varying from 10 to 40 credits each. (If you are from the EU, then our Masters courses are regarded as second-cycle qualifications under the Bologna Declaration and consist of 90 ECTS credits).
In some subjects, Postgraduate or Graduate Certificates and Diplomas are available, which last for six to nine months (full-time) and consist of 60 or 120 credits, respectively. These include the modules and assessed work of a Masters, without a dissertation. Our Graduate Diplomas equip those with a Bachelors with knowledge to proceed to a Masters in a different subject.
Please note that module information on our course finder provides a guide to course content and may be subject to review on an annual basis.

Modules
Core modules
* Dissertation

Compulsory modules
* Current Controversies In Criminology And Criminal Justice Policy
* Sociological Research Design

Optional modules
* Advertising: Commerce And Creativity
* Citizenship, International Migration And Human Rights
* Colonialism, Culture And Human Rights
* Contemporary Debates In Sociology
* Critical Perspectives On Terrorism And Counter-Terrorism
* Current Controversies In Criminology And Criminal Justice Policy
* Digital Economy
* Dynamics Of Home And Work
* Ethnography
* Formative Debates In Criminology
* Gender, Sexuality And Feminist Theory
* Interviewing And Qualitative Data Analysis
* Introduction To Quantitative Analysis
* Introduction To Survey Methods
* Media Theory
* Organised Crime: Global And Local
* Panel Data Methods
* Sociological Research Design
* Sociology Of Human Rights
* Survey Sampling, Non-Response And Inference
* Texts And Documents

Core modules must be taken and passed.
Core with options modules selected from limited lists must be taken and passed.
Compulsory modules must be taken.
Compulsory with options modules selected from limited lists must be taken.
Optional modules are selected from course specific lists.

Upper second class honours degree, or equivalent, in relevant subject area.IELTS 6.5. English Language Requirements IELTS band: 6.5 IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

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