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International Criminology

School of Law, Faculty of Social Sciences

One of only a few courses that uses comparative and international perspectives to explore the key issues in criminology today.
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Course description

This course includes elements of international criminology and research training. It is one of the very few courses that use comparative and international perspectives to explore the key issues in criminology today.

The course is flexible, you can choose the taught path or the research route. 

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Core modules

  • Responding to Crime in Europe
  • Issues in Comparative Penology
  • The Cultures of Criminology
  • The Research Process
  • Dissertation

Optional modules

A choice of several modules, including:

  • Critical Approaches to Terrorism and Counterterrorism
  • Policing and Society
  • Restorative Justice
  • Gender and Violence
  • Crime and Globalisation
  • Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods


Teaching in each module is through seminars.


Most modules will be assessed by 3,000 words of written work in the form of an essay. The dissertation will normally be 10-12,000 words long, reporting on research on a topic relevant to the course and agreed in consultation with a supervisor.


  • 1 year full-time
  • 2 years part-time

The University of Sheffield is the perfect place to study International Criminology because it has such a diverse range of staff and international students to develop rich debate and conversation. The support has been amazing with check-ups on how I’m doing and the teachers are happy to talk to you if you’re having issues understanding any topics.

Shannon Tighe
MA International Criminology

Entry requirements

We require a minimum 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, in law, social sciences or humanities. Other qualifications will be considered and relevant work experience will be taken into consideration alongside qualifications.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.


You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It's a quick and easy process.

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The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.