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  • Qualification

    MSc - Master of Science

  • Location

    Highfield Campus

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

About this course

Develop the skills to understand contemporary crime and criminal justice policy on this MSc Criminology degree. Explore concepts in crime, deviance and criminal behaviour to analyse the social issues facing our world.

This course will help you pursue a successful academic career, or roles with the police, the prison service, the NHS or security companies.

You’ll train in applied criminology, criminal justice, policing, penology and victimology on this master’s degree. Optional modules in related disciplines will help you specialise in your field of interest. You could focus on topics like:

  • prisons and punishment
  • modern policing
  • cyber crime
  • advanced policy analysis
  • terrorism

Our Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) validated training ensures you'll produce a high quality research dissertation directly related to your interests.

You'll be taught and supervised by internationally recognised criminologists whose research and policy analyses are used by government departments, criminal justice agencies and the media.

This criminology master’s highlights the connections between research and professional practice to prepare you for a wide range of professional careers as well as for PhD studies.

You’ll cover international criminological research findings, modern criminal justice policy and practice, and the latest modern research methods. Learn to:

  • analyse key crime trends
  • carry out independent criminological research and analysis
  • design and complete a research dissertation
  • develop and present ideas, arguments and findings to different audiences
  • use the latest research methods


When you graduate from this master’s degree in Criminology you’ll be well prepared for further study, and a range of careers:

  • security and crime analysis
  • police and prison and probation service
  • crime prevention and community safety
  • courts service
  • youth justice and youth work
  • research and policy development
  • pressure groups and non-governmental organisations

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 19,850per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of Southampton

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  • Campus address

    University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton, Hampshire, SO17 1BJ, England

Southampton is proud of its inclusive global community and welcomes students from over 130 countries, including 6,800 EU and international students.
Southampton's Students' Union (SUSU) has over 40 cultural and international groups that help with social connections for international communities.
Specialist careers support and paid Year in Employment and internship opportunities prepare international students for their future.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    22nd out of 105 4

  • Entry standards

    / Max 212
    141 73%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    65.0 65%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.69 74%



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