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What will I learn?

Criminology programmes are hosted within our Department of Sociology. We offer supervision that covers a wide range of topics and we take a global approach to the subject, with particular expertise in diverse regional settings. You will work with a supervisor whose role is to guide you through the different stages of your research degree. In some cases, you may have joint supervision by two members of our staff and where appropriate with staff from other departments.

The Criminology group is the largest in the Department, with 11 full time members of staff who have particular research strengths in:

  • crime and the media
  • drug use and markets
  • women, crime and criminal justice
  • green criminology and crimes against the environment
  • organised crime
  • prisons and rehabilitation
  • sexual labour, regulation and human rights
  • histories of crime, punishment and victimisation
  • security
  • surveillance
  • terrorism and counter-terrorism

Reflecting this, the Department is home to the Centre for Criminology, as well as three other research centres: the Centre for Research in Economic Sociology and Innovation (CRESI), the Migration Research Centre, and the Centre for Intimate and Sexual Citizenship (CISC). The Centre for Criminology runs seminars throughout the year, both by itself and in collaboration with others such as the Human Rights Centre. It also works with others on local, regional and national conferences and events.

Which department am I in?

Sociology

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
£16,230.00 (US$ 22,330) per year
Fees will increase for each academic year of study.

This is a fixed fee

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

Expected August 2022

Start date

Expected October 2021

Venue

Colchester Campus

University of Essex,

Wivenhoe Park,

Colchester,

Essex,

CO4 3SQ, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

The majority of our Postgraduate Taught Masters will consider applicants with GPA 2.50 from Bachelor degree.

For international students

Students normally require a good Masters degree, or equivalent, in Criminology, Sociology or a related subject. A well-developed research proposal is also essential. Students need to have an IELTS 6.5 overall, with no component score below 6.0, or equivalent; TOEFL IBT 88 overall with minimum component scores: Listening: 24 Reading: 24 Writing: 24 Speaking: 24.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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  • Foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate degrees
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