University of Stirling

University of Stirling

Criminological Research

This course prepares students for undertaking social research and evaluation, leading to careers in research, research management and commissioning or using research.

Entry requirements

A minimum of a 2nd Class Honours degree (2.1 preferred) or equivalent in a relevant subject. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply.

Course modules

The compulsory modules are: The nature of social enquiry; research design and process; quantitative data analysis; qualitative data analysis; criminological perspectives; criminalisation, social control and human rights; research methods in criminology and socio-legal studies. You must also take one further module from a list including the following: Research placement; advanced quantitative data analysis; advanced qualitative data analysis; policy analysis and evaluation research; discourse analysis. In addition to the above modules, MRes students will complete the following: Research dissertation - MRes students must undertake an original social science research study and complete a research dissertation with academic supervision.

Assessment methods

Assesment is based on: Essays, critical review essays, book reviews, research proposals, a computer lab-based assessment for quantitative data analysis, group project reports and the research dissertation.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MRes Full-time £ 4,000 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MRes Full-time £ 11,400 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MRes Part-time £ 4,000 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years
MRes Part-time £ 11,400 per Academic year (overseas fees) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Stirling Campus Stirling FK9 4LA Scotland

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