Study with Us


The individual researchers and partner institutions in SCCJR offer a wide range of criminology courses, sometimes as part of traditional academic programmes and sometimes as standalone CPD (continuous professional development) options for criminal justice practitioners and organisations. Increasingly these courses draw on SCCJR’s global networks and bring together the best of Scottish criminology with new developments in the field elsewhere.

We are always interesting in developing new courses of both sorts to support our goals, so if you have an interest in commissioning or partnering us in such developments, please contact us.

ESRC–funded PhD Studentships in Socio-Legal Studies/Criminology:

ESRC studentships in Socio-Legal Studies/Criminology are available at the Universities of Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Stirling and Strathclyde.   For full information, click here.

Postgraduate Taught degrees:

At the University of Glasgow:

MRes in Criminology
The Masters in Criminology 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.

MSc in Criminology & Criminal Justice
Recognising the challenge for politicians, policy makers and practitioners in the criminal justice, and criminal law fields, the MSc/PgDip in Criminology & Criminal Justice addresses the complex problems that crime poses for contemporary societies.

MSc in Transnational Crime, Justice & Security
This Masters in Transnational Crime, Justice & Security considers pressing contemporary global issues from a criminological perspective, including organised crime, trafficking, terrorism and environmental crime.

At the University of Edinburgh:

MSc Criminology and Criminal Justice
The MSc postgraduate degree is suitable whether you have studied criminology at undergraduate level or are new to the subject. The degree is also suitable whether you are coming directly from an undergraduate degree, or will be taking the Masters degree as part of your ongoing professional development (for example, as a practitioner in criminal justice, police, security, or social work).

MSc Global Crime, Justice and Security
This MSc is designed to equip students with an advanced, cross-disciplinary knowledge of the legal, political and policy issues in relation to crime, justice and security in a global context. The programme enables students to analyse and evaluate alternative explanations for international and transnational developments in crime and responses to crime.

At the University of Stirling:

MSc Applied Social Research (Criminology)
The programme prepares students for undertaking social research and evaluation in criminal justice and criminology, leading to careers in research, research management, and commissioning or using research.

MRes Criminological Research
The MRes/Postgraduate Diploma Criminological Research provides training in the methods and approaches used in criminological research, preparing students for undertaking social research and evaluation, leading to careers in research, research management and commissioning or using research.

Doctorate of Applied Social Research
Students on this programme follow a programme of study that will allow them to develop their skills as a researcher before working with experienced supervisors on the conduct of an original piece of research.