About the Course

This Masters Degree in Sociology of Crime will give you a thorough understanding of social science philosophy with the psychology of crime at its core. It enhances your knowledge of various research methods, prepares you for diverse career opportunities, and fosters interdisciplinary approaches to research. The programme also focuses on deepening your expertise in psychology and criminology, developing your independent research skills, and cultivating dynamic leadership, collaboration, and networking abilities. It also offers opportunities to enhance verbal and written communication skills and assists you in sharpening your critical analytical and evaluative capabilities.

Course Highlights

  • Take your undergraduate degree further and prepare for a career in policing, the justice system, academia and more.
  • Enjoy the same close-knit learning experience that our undergraduate students benefit from.
  • Graduate with a Masters Degree awarded by the University of Surrey ready for your next step.

University Centre Farnborough graduates can take advantage of a £1000 fee discount when enrolling on this course.


This programme is designed for individuals who have various goals such as advancing in their current career, enhancing their job opportunities, pursuing a personal interest, pursuing a higher-level qualification like a PhD, entering a specific profession, or meeting the requirements of their current job.


Fee Per Year £9000

Paying for this Course

There are no up-front tuition fees for this course when taking out a student loan. Read more and find out if you are eligible.

Please note that while we make reasonable adjustments to remove any barriers to education, additional fees may be payable where this is not possible. For example, to provide additional support due to a disability. Please contact us if you believe you have any additional needs so that we can discuss your options before enrolling on a course.

Your Course

What modules are covered?

Social Science Dissertation

This module aims to develop your skills as social science researchers by enabling you to design, conduct, analyse, and report an original empirical study. Emphasising the interconnectedness of concepts, theory, and data collection, the module covers various aspects such as research paradigms, ethical considerations, qualitative and quantitative approaches, data collection methods, and reflective thinking. You will undertake ethical data collection, analyse the data, provide key findings, draw meaningful conclusions, and identify implications for future research, while maintaining a comprehensive list of references and resources used.

Social Science Research Method

This module aims to equip you with the necessary knowledge and skills to become social science researchers. It covers various aspects of research, including design, data collection, analysis, and ethics. You will learn about qualitative and quantitative methods, research paradigms, and data collection techniques. You will also explore philosophical approaches, literature review writing, and ethical considerations. The module focuses on discipline-specific research skills such as survey design, interviews, content analysis, observation, and digital research methods. You will apply your learning by writing a project proposal for your MSc dissertation research project.

History and Philosophy of Social Science

This core module provides you with an overview of the philosophy of social science and its historical development. It covers key debates, theories, and methodologies in the field, including the relationship between individual and society, feminist approaches, and the connection to natural science. The module also explores your future career prospects and requires you to showcase your understanding through a literature review, essay, academic CV, and presentation.

Critical Sociology 

The Critical Sociology module introduces you to various critical sociological frameworks and methodologies, exploring contemporary sociological thinking and its application to social dynamics. It challenges dominant societal systems, addressing topics like inequality, global divisions, political turbulence, power, and distribution. The module delves into the Marxist tradition and the Frankfurt School, examining critical theory's growth from the late 1960s. You will assess theoretical debates and traditions influenced by critical theory, including classical Marxist and feminist perspectives. The module also emphasises understanding dominant social systems to promote global social change, with a focus on research impact and alternative social and economic models. You will produce essays and policy papers reflecting their understanding. 

Sociology of Crime

This module provides you with knowledge of key sociological contributions to understanding crime, including demographic patterns, crime prevention, and punishment in contemporary British society. You will analyze the social construction of criminal acts, explore Marxism and Functionalism theories, and apply them to real-world cases in a 3,000-word essay. Demographic patterns, gender, ethnicity, and social class roles in crime will be studied, with a focus on potential discrimination in the Criminal Justice System, assessed through an academic poster. The module will also examine how globalization and the media influence crime trends, and evaluate crime prevention and punishment through Realist, Functionalist, and Marxist perspectives in a 1,500-word literature review.

What training will be provided?

The training provided covers a wide range of areas, including comprehensive knowledge of social science philosophy, understanding various research methods, preparing for research and career opportunities, promoting interdisciplinary approaches, deepening knowledge in a specific social science field, developing independent research skills, fostering leadership and collaboration, enhancing verbal and written skills, and strengthening critical analytical abilities. 

Your Future

What Next?

Jobs directly related to your degree include: 

  • Civil service administrator 

  • Community development worker 

  • Crime scene investigator 

  • Detective 

  • Police officer 

  • Prison officer 

  • Probation officer 

  • Social worker 

  • Youth worker 

Jobs where your degree would be useful include: 

  • Adult guidance worker 

  • Border Force officer 

  • Charity officer 

  • Counsellor 

  • Housing manager/officer 

  • Local government officer 

  • Paralegal 

  • Political risk analyst 

  • Social researcher 

  • Solicitor 

Entry Requirements

What previous qualifications and experience will I need?

Applicants should have either a second-class honours degree in the relevant field or relevant professional experience in the area of study. 

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We focus on giving you the skills and knowledge to kick-start your career, which is why many of our courses are more hands-on than you might expect.
Our class sizes are similar to college, which means you won’t get lost in the crowd or feel like just a number with us.
Our small campus is full of plants, natural light, and new facilities that will help you feel good while studying. Plus, you’ll have exclusive access to University Centre study spaces in the College.
Studying a degree at a small institution means your lecturers will know all your strengths and weaknesses, and give you valuable feedback and support to help you go further.
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