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MScCriminology (Research Methods)

Why this course?

This course will provide you with a critical understanding of core contexts and critical arguments, theories and debates in penal policy and practice. You'll also gain a critical understanding of the major themes and topical issues that arise within criminology and criminal justice.

You'll have the opportunity to explore the political, economic and social factors that impact on criminological and criminal justice research and to develop an understanding of the impact that such research has on policy and practice and vice versa.

Overall, the course will provide you with both subject specific knowledge as well as an introduction to generic research methodology and core skills. This will enhance your ability to undertake a piece of independent research on a specific area by improving your knowledge and understanding of a range of different research approaches within criminology, criminal justice and social sciences more generally.

What you'll study

The programme offers six taught modules alongside a Masters dissertation, all of which are delivered on campus over the traditional academic year.

Classes for full time students will start in September. You'll take three 20-credit classes each semester.

The classes offered are taught over a 10-week teaching period with one two-hour seminar per week. All classes are convened on a seminar format. Approaches during the seminars will vary between group discussion, tutor led discussions, mini-lectures using power-point, and participatory techniques. You'll be given readings and a number of questions to prepare in advance of each seminar and you will be asked to come prepared to discuss your answers.

Facilities

You'll have access to the University's Graduate School, which brings together postgraduate students from the variety of disciplines within the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences.

The Graduate School frequently welcomes distinguished academics and external visitors to its Seminar Series, conferences and events. The school contains approximately 100 work spaces (around 60 spaces contain a desktop computer); six bookable quiet rooms; a laptop loan pool and a kitchen.

Course content

Contexts of Criminal Justice Research

This class provides students with a critical understanding of the core contexts and critical arguments, theories and debates in penal policy and practice.

Contemporary Issues in Criminology

This module Contemporary Issues in Criminology introduces students to the subject of criminology, tracing some of the major themes and topical issues that arise within this discipline.

MSc Dissertation in Criminology

The class will form the dissertation component of the MSc Criminology (Research Methods).

Perspectives on social research

This module will provide students with the philosophical underpinning of research methods practice in social science. It'll provide students with an understanding of social research from a range of different perspectives, considering how these perspectives inform the design of different research projects.

Qualitative methods

This module provides students with an introduction to a range of qualitative research methods, exploring the rationale for the use of these methods as well as the practical skills to use these methods effectively. This will include the examination of a wide variety of approaches, including case studies, ethnographies, historical research, and discourse analysis.

Quantitative methods

This module introduces the use of quantitative methods in social research. The module will ground students in the language of research methods and will introduce two types of quantitative data: official statistics and survey responses and their uses. It will also provide students with a statistical foundation to build on.

Evaluation & Policy Research

This module will consider the concept of evaluation considering the factors that influence evaluation research including the requirements of funders and the views of powerful interest and lobbying groups. Students will be introduced to outcomes and will be supported to understand how these are defined and measured, considering the associated challenges with this.

Learning & teaching

The course will be taught using a mixture of lectures, seminars and self-directed learning approaches. Students will be asked to prepare for the teaching by undertaking preparatory reading, with essential and optional reading materials clearly specified. Approaches during the seminars will vary between group discussion, tutor led discussions, mini-lectures using power-point, and participatory techniques.

Entry requirements

A first or upper second-class Honours degree in social science or equivalent qualification.

If English is not your first language, we require IELTS 6.5 with no elements below 6.0, or TOEFL IBt 92.

Pre-Masters preparation course

The Pre-Masters Programme is a preparation course for international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the entry requirements for a Masters degree at University of Strathclyde. The Pre-Masters programme provides progression to a number of degree options.

To find out more about the courses and opportunities on offer visit International Study Centre and discuss your education future. You can also complete the online application form. To ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers today.

Fees & funding

2018/19

All fees quoted are per academic year unless stated otherwise.

Scotland/EU

  • £6,250 (full-time)
  • £3,125 (part-time)

Rest of UK

  • £6,250 (full-time)
  • £3,125 (part-time)

International

  • £14,050 (full-time)

How can I fund my course?

To recognise academic achievement, the Dean's International Excellence Award offers international students a merit-based scholarship of up to £3,000 for entry onto a full-time Masters programme in the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences.

Check our Scholarship Search for more help with fees and funding.

Scottish and non-UK EU postgraduate students

Scottish and non-UK EU postgraduate students may be able to apply for support from the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS). The support is in the form of a tuition fee loan and for eligible students, a living cost loan. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

Students coming from England

Students ordinarily resident in England may be to apply for postgraduate support from Student Finance England. The support is a loan of up to £10,280 which can be used for both tuition fees and living costs. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

Students coming from Wales

Students ordinarily resident in Wales may be to apply for postgraduate support from Student Finance Wales. The support is a loan of up to £10,280 which can be used for both tuition fees and living costs. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

Students coming from Northern Ireland

Postgraduate students who are ordinarily resident in Northern Ireland may be able to apply for support from Student Finance Northern Ireland. The support is a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

International students

We have a large range of scholarships available to help you fund your studies. Check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

Strathclyde Alumni

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Alumni Discount

10% tuition fee discount is offered to all Strathclyde alumni completing a full-time postgraduate taught course in the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences.

Please note

The fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.

Careers

Graduates with a MSc degree in Criminology (Research Methods) will be able to choose between diverse career paths that include using the qualification as a pathway for PhD study and working in organisations and government bodies.

Employers value graduates and professionals who have a high level of research mindedness and critical thinking and analysis skills that enables them to use research to inform their practice. Graduates with the ability to conduct research studies and to evaluate specific interventions and practice are a highly valued asset.

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Criminology (Research Methods)

Qualification: MSc, Start date: Sep 2018, Mode of delivery: attendance, full-time

Criminology (Research Methods)

Qualification: MSc, Start date: Sep 2018, Mode of delivery: attendance, part-time

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