University of Stirling


Stirling Campus


This MSc Criminology course establishes clear connections between conceptual theories of crime and justice, and applied examples of how they affect contemporary societies. The course has an international focus that goes beyond UK or Scottish borders, making it appealing for a diverse student cohort.

The course content encourages pursuit of innovative and socially just responses to the problem of crime from crimes in the streets or at home, to crimes of the powerful, crimes across borders, or the much newer phenomenon of online crime. Throughout the course, there's an emphasis on the need for a strong critical understanding of how research is framed, used and developed, which is delivered via modules in data analysis and research design, as well as criminological and socio-legal research methods. You’ll have the opportunity to explore concepts of criminal justice, the social contexts of crime, and a variety of criminological theoretical perspectives as well as applied insights.

With elective modules in specialist subjects such as rehabilitation and criminal justice work; drug policy and interventions; and criminalisation, social control and human rights, students can acquire and develop a range of skills which will significantly enhance both their confidence in criminology and their employability.

You can exit after stage 1 with PgCert Criminology.

You can exit after stage 2 with PgDip Criminology.

Entry Requirements

A minimum of a second class Honours degree (2:1 preferred) in a relevant subject or equivalent is required. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with relevant work or life experience are encouraged to apply.

INTO University of Stirling offers a Graduate Diploma if you don’t meet the required criteria for this course. If you successfully complete the Graduate Diploma in Media, Humanities and Social Sciences and meet the required progression grades, you’ll be guaranteed entry onto this Masters degree.

Start Date



Postgraduate Master's



Study Method

Part time (day)

Course Length

24 months


Social Sciences

SCQF Level