Durham University

Durham University

Social Research Methods (Criminology)

The degree follows a logical progression in that perspectives on social research and statistical exploration and reasoning are taught in the first term. Research design and process' is also taught in the first term to help students develop a research proposal for dissertation. These modules provide introductions to the specific areas and are intended to provide a foundation for later work.

Entry requirements

Normally an upper 2nd Class Honours degree (2.1) or equivalent.

Course modules

Perspectives on social research (15 credits); introduction to social scientific research; establishing cause and interpreting meaning in social sciences; essentials of quantitative and qualitative research in the social sciences.; statistical exploration and reasoning (15 credits); spreadsheets and data analysis; populations, sample data and sampling distributions; point estimates and confidence intervals; significance tests, cross-tabulation, and chi-square tests; correlation and linear regression.; research design and process (15 credits); formulating research questions; evaluating and developing a research proposal; reviewing relevant literature; experimental vs. observational studies; sampling and selecting respondents; measurement. ; qualitative research methods in social science (15 credits); introduction to theory and research practice in qualitative methods; ethnography and grounded theory; group discussions; data analysis and management processes.; quantitative research methods in social science (15 credits); survey data versus experimental data; sampling and sample design, questionnaire design; numerical taxonomy and cluster analysis in practice; methods for representing complex systems.; theorising crime and criminal justice (30 credits); key criminological theories and concepts; theory and practice of criminal justice; application of theories and concepts to historical and contemporary issues and debates ; critical evaluation of criminological theories, evidence, practice and policy.; policy related and evaluation research (15 credits); relationship between theory and empirical research in evaluation; defining and measuring outcomes; case study analysis; poster presentation and participatory evaluation.; dissertation (60 credits); 15,000 word criminology dissertation based on a supervised criminological research project.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods include dissertation.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 6,100 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 14,900 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 6,100 per Academic year (EU fees) 1 years
MA Part-time - 2 years

Campus details

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

Key information

School of Applied Social Sciences
Telephone number: 
0191 334 1505