This MSc has been designed to run concurrently with the MSc Applied Social Research, a long-standing course in Applied Social Science that is recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) as meeting the standards of their Research Training Guidelines. The objectives are to:
* Provide you with the skills and knowledge base required to collect, analyse and report qualitative and quantitative data, taking account of ethics, reliability and validity
* Enable you to examine critically the theoretical foundations that underpin criminological and socio-legal research
* Enable you to examine issues concerning comparative criminological and socio-legal research
* Develop your understanding of the relationship between criminological research and policy, and the meanings of evaluation, its terminology, practice and use
Career opportunities: 90.5% of Stirling students are in employment or further study six months after graduation.
Structure and content:
The MSc/Diploma in Applied Social Research (Criminology) comprises eight compulsory taught core modules, a group project and (for the MSc) a dissertation.
The modules are: The Nature of Social Enquiry; Research Design and Process; Introduction to Information Technology and Library Services; Quantitative Data Analysis; Qualitative Data Analysis; Comparative Social Research; Research Methods in Criminology and Socio-legal Studies; Criminological Perspectives.
In addition to the modules, you will complete both of the following:
* Group Project: An opportunity to obtain first-hand experience of research techniques, data collection strategies and group work with the guidance of staff
* Research Dissertation: MSc students must undertake an original criminological or socio-legal research study and complete a research dissertation with academic supervision
Examples of recent dissertation topics include:
* Explaining Crime through Narrative
* Nurses Perceptions of Workplace Violence and Aggression within an A&E Department
* Policing a Democracy
* The Effect of Anti-Terror Legislation on Liberty
Delivery and assessment:
Teaching methods are designed for each module to facilitate your acquisition of skills and progressive development. You are expected to participate in lectures, seminars, tutorials, computer-based workshops and group work.
Full-time and part-time MSc/Diploma students experience a range of different forms of assessment across the compulsory taught modules. These include essays, critical review essays, book reviews, research proposals, a computer lab-based assessment for quantitative data analysis, group project reports and the research dissertation. There are no examinations.
Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).
Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.
All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.
ESRC quota awards are available on a competitive basis for students who wish to pursue the MSc plus a PhD on a 1+3 basis. Please contact Applied Social Science for details.
In the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), 95 percent of research in Applied Social Science at Stirling was 'Internationally Excellent' with the top 10 percent of that judged to be 'World-leading'.
The course is recognised as research training by the ESRC for those who are studying or going on to study for a PhD (+3), and is also recognised by the ESRC for Masters Course plus Research Studentship (1+3) purposes.