M.Sc. On Campus


University of Southampton

12 months
21000 GBP/year
9250 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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Develop the skills to understand contemporary crime and criminal justice policy at this Criminology MSc course offered by the University of Southampton. Explore concepts in crime, deviance and criminal behaviour to analyse the social issues facing our world. This course will help you pursue a successful academic career, or roles with the police, the prison service, the NHS or security companies.


Course Details

You’ll train in applied criminology, criminal justice, policing, penology and victimology on this Criminology MSc course offered by the University of Southampton. Optional modules in related disciplines will help you specialise in your field of interest. You could focus on topics like:

  • prisons and punishment
  • modern policing
  • cyber crime
  • advanced policy analysis
  • terrorism

Our Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) validated training ensures you'll produce a high quality research dissertation directly related to your interests.

You'll be taught and supervised by internationally recognised criminologists whose research and policy analyses are used by government departments, criminal justice agencies and the media.

This criminology master’s highlights the connections between research and professional practice to prepare you for a wide range of professional careers as well as for PhD studies.

You’ll cover international criminological research findings, modern criminal justice policy and practice, and the latest modern research methods. Learn to:

  • analyse key crime trends
  • carry out independent criminological research and analysis
  • design and complete a research dissertation
  • develop and present ideas, arguments and findings to different audiences
  • use the latest research methods

Career Opportunities

When you graduate from this master’s degree in Criminology you’ll be well prepared for further study, and a range of careers:

  • security and crime analysis 
  • police and prison and probation service 
  • crime prevention and community safety 
  • courts service 
  • youth justice and youth work 
  • research and policy development 
  • pressure groups and non-governmental organisations

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Criminal Behaviour
  • Criminal Justice
  • Philosophy of Social Science Research
  • Research Design and Practice
  • Qualitative Methods 
  • Quantitative Methods 
  • Life Behind Bars
  • Contemporary Policing
  • Cyber Crime, Insecurity and the Dark Web
  • Contemporary Security Challenges

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • You’ll need a 2:1 degree in social sciences, criminology or sociology.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    21000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 21000 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.
  • National

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9250 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.

EU and international students pay £21,000.

Living costs for Southampton

697 - 1093 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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