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Social Research Methods (Criminology)

The programme covers conceptual and practical underpinnings and implications of research, looking at various research techniques and the rationale behind them. It will enable you to develop essential skills in both quantitative and qualitative work and to apply those skills to specific criminological issues. Please note that this course is currently a recognised pathway within the ESRC Doctoral Training Centre.

Course modules

Course modules: In previous years, typical modules offered were: Perspectives on Social Research (15 credits) Statistical Exploration and Reasoning (15 Credits) Research Design and Process (15 credits) Qualitative Research Methods in Social Science (15 credits) Quantitative Research Methods in Social Science (15 credits) Theorising Crime and Criminal Justice (30 credits) Policy Related and Evaluation Research (15 credits) Dissertation (60 credits).

Assessment methods

Modules are usually assessed through essays. Statistics modules may require you to complete specific analyses with more structured instructions. Some module conveners may allow you to submit formative assignments in order for you to obtain a sense of how well you understand the subject. Some modules' assessment may contain a proportion of presentations and group projects.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time October 2017 GBP 16,500 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2017 GBP 6,900 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 1 Years
MA Part-time October 2017 GBP 3,800 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2017 GBP 9,100 per Year 1 (International) 2 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Durham University DH1 3LG North East

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School of Applied Social Sciences
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