M.Sc. On Campus


University of Stirling

12 months
16775 GBP/year
6600 GBP/year
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The MSc Criminology programme at University of Stirling 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.

The Criminology programme at University of Stirling is ideal for those who are keen to continue their studies at postgraduate level, as well as for practitioners who wish to consolidate existing experience and training with a Masters qualification.

Career opportunities

As a Masters graduate in criminology, you’ll have the opportunity to pursue a number of career routes in the public, private and voluntary sectors.

Graduates in criminology can go onto roles including:

  • police
  • prison service
  • probation and community justice
  • courts
  • human rights advocacy
  • youth work
  • women’s justice and recovery services
  • victim support

Programme Structure


  • Our course involves a wide range of assessment choices, providing stimulus and variety, but also stretching students with assessments that test a wide breadth of skills and competencies.
  •  In addition to conventional essays and critical report writing, you'll also be assessed through presentations, the production of poster presentations, blogs, observation-based reflective reports, drafting briefing papers, and a professional writing exercise.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General 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.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    16775 GBP/year
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    Based on the tuition of 16775 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    6600 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 6600 GBP per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Stirling

660 - 1140 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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