University of Glasgow: Criminology MRes

InstitutionUniversity of Glasgow View institution profile
Department School of Social and Political Sciences View department profile
Telephone 0141 330 4515
Study type Taught


This programme introduces the theoretical and conceptual resources relevant to the study of crime, criminal justice and crime policy. It provides advanced training in social research methods.

Academic contact: Admissions enquiries: September start MRes: 12 months full-time; 24 months part-time


This programme will prepare you for a career as a researcher or for undertaking a PhD in criminological or criminal justice research. It is recognised for an Economic and Social Research Council 1+3 award through the Scottish Doctoral Training Centre.

You will be taught by leading scholars from the Scottish Centre for Crime & Justice Research, a centre of excellence for criminology in the UK. Throughout the year will have access to guest lectures, presentations and seminars with high-calibre speakers from the UK and abroad.

There will be opportunities to connect with non academic partners for your dissertation work.


You will take four core and two optional courses which provide you with in-depth knowledge of current criminological issues and refine your social research abilities. You will also apply your analytical and research skills to a specialised topic and produce a dissertation.

Core courses - Criminological theory in context

  • Qualitative research methods

  • Quantitative data analysis

  • Research design.

Optional courses may include - Antiquities trafficking

  • Crime, media and popular culture

  • Criminological perspectives on security and globalisation

  • Gender, crime and criminal justice

  • Offending lives: The consequences of criminal justice

  • Punishment and in/justice

  • The global criminal economy.

Programme alteration or discontinuation The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme. For more information, please see: Student contract.

CAREER PROSPECTS The programme is an ideal pathway towards a PhD and a career in academia. It will also prepare you for a career in research or policy development; especially with those public agencies and voluntary organisations concerned with crime prevention and community safety.

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The University of Glasgow’s School of Social & Political Sciences  links core social science disciplines to deliver high-quality teaching and cutting-edge research. We offer a wide variety of programmes for those interested in the development and impact of economies and societies globally.

Founded in 1451, the University of Glasgow is the fourth oldest university in the English-speaking world. The University has a history of changing the world and the School of Social & Political Sciences is committed to nurturing the people who make it happen.

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