University of Surrey

University of Surrey

Criminology and Social Research (Corporate Crime and Corporate Responsibility)

Corporate and business crime presents one of the key contemporary challenges to society, not only in terms of the difficulties it poses to the criminal justice system, but also in relation to the wider social harm it furthers. The study of this highly relevant and rapidly developing area of criminological research prepares students to make a real contribution to shaping policy around corporate accountability and corporate control. The combination of analytic criminological knowledge and applied research skills on this programme will equip you with a sophisticated understanding of current challenges and perspectives in the area of corporate crime and corporate responsibility, whilst also enhancing your understanding of the main theories and ideas within contemporary criminology. The Masters in Criminology and Social Research (Corporate Crime and Corporate Responsibility) is aimed at graduates, professionals and practitioners with an appropriate first degree who have an interest in corporate crime or the fields of corporate ethics, governance and criminal behaviour. It will also suit graduates and practitioners considering a PhD in this area; and practitioners and professionals in companies, business organisations, the criminal justice system and related government and voluntary agencies who wish to apply knowledge of criminology, corporate crime and corporate responsibility within their present position.

Entry requirements

Master of Science - MSc (PG): Applications are welcomed from those who have an undergraduate degree (typically a UK 2.1 or equivalent) in criminology, social, behavioural or human sciences, business, law or a related discipline, or a professional qualification or experience relevant to the MSc degree. English language requirements: IELTS Academic: 7.0 overall, 6.0 in each component (or equivalent). For current entry requirements, please visit our website. The link is under Course contact details.

Course modules

Example module listing The following modules are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that not all modules described are compulsory and may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand. Corporate Crime and Corporate Responsibility Criminological Theories Corporate, Social and Environmental Responsibility Criminal Justice Systems Crime and Offending Law, Society & Social Control Data Analysis Field Methods Dissertation The department supports students in finding three-to-four-week research placements during spring and summer vacation periods, and this approach has recently been supplemented to include strategies of support for students seeking a wider range of opportunities for professional development in the first-hand experience of research organisation - including such activities as part-time internships over longer periods, workplace visits, or shadowing research professionals. This introduces further flexibility in a student-led process of professional development in light of increasing external pressures on students' commitments and responsibilities. All, however, involve opportunities to consider issues in career development and professional skills. The support process involves the department working closely with students on a one-to-one basis toward their goals and requirements, in association with the University's Careers Service, to offer pastoral advice and support. Organisations the department has worked with in the past have included the Office of National Statistics, Cabinet Office, HM Inspectorate of Prisons, Sussex Youth Offending team and Surrey Police. In some cases, the work experience may also be with projects in academic contexts. Students seek experiential learning opportunities with the support of the department's Senior Placement Tutor, and assistance from the Faculty Placement Office.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
Master of Science - MSc (PG) Full-time September 2018 7,900 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 12 Months
Master of Science - MSc (PG) Full-time September 2018 18,200 per Year 1 (International) 12 Months
Master of Science - MSc (PG) Part-time September 2018 9,100 per Year 1 (International) 24 Months
Master of Science - MSc (PG) Part-time September 2018 4,000 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 24 Months

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