University of York

University of York

Criminology and Social Research

The programme is led by a team of academic specialists with practical knowledge in their respective fields, this course will provide you with the skills to understand and analyse crime and deviance and its effect on society. Within the criminology modules you will be introduced to wide ranging academic debates about crime, deviance and social control. You will develop an awareness of debates in the fields of criminology and the criminal justice system, allowing you to gain a deeper understanding of why some people are motivated to offend and how this behaviour can shape communities. In the social research methods modules you will develop practical skills and techniques, and learn to identify the most effective ways to conduct research projects. In qualitative research you will cover areas such as observation skills and the most effective way to conduct an interview. Quantitative modules include study of a range of packages from descriptive statistics to interpreting large scale data. You will then use these techniques to carry out your own research and analyse the findings. The Masters dissertation brings together the taught elements of the course and is worth a third of the final mark.

Entry requirements

You should have either an undergraduate degree (usually at 2.1 or above) in sociology, criminology or a cognate discipline, a professional qualification or relevant professional experience. If you are a non-native English speaking applicant you must provide evidence of your English language ability. You need to show enough fluency in all aspects of English (reading, writing, speaking and listening) to the required level of the course you are applying to.

Course modules

Modules include: Advances in criminological theory; critical perspectives on the criminal justice system; law and social control; qualitative methods; quantitative methods and data analysis; advanced methods in social research; dissertation.

Assessment methods

All assessments for the taught modules are by open essay and presentations. At the end of the course students write a 15,000 word dissertation.

Sponsorship information

A range of scholarships and studentships are available at postgraduate level. Some scholarships are funded by the University (such as the York Master's Opportunity Scholarship) and some are funded by Research Councils, alumni, businesses and charities. Please check with the provider for details.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time September 2016 - 1 years
MA Part-time September 2016 - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of York York YO10 5DD Yorkshire and the Humber

Key information

Postgraduate Administrator
Telephone number: 
01904 324743