Degree Project in Criminology


Admission requirements

1. Bachelor’s degree with a major in social- or behavioural science or medicine.
2. English B.
3. Passing grades in semester 1 and 2 of the Criminology Master's Programme or equivalent (transferable credits)


Syllabus for students spring 2019, spring 2018, spring 2017, spring 2016

Course Code:
KA741E revision 1
Level of specialisation
Main fields of study:
Date of establishment:
01 October 2009
Date of ratification:
21 August 2013
Decision-making body:
Faculty of Health and Society
Enforcement date:
19 January 2014

Course description

The aim of the course is for the student to acquire advanced knowledge about the field of criminology, research methodology and research ethics.

Advancement in relation to the degree requirements

The course is given in the second term of the Masters Program in Criminology and is a course within the main field of study that may be counted toward the Masters Degree in Criminology. The course is also offered as an independent course.

Entry requirements

1. Bachelor’s degree with a major in social- or behavioural science or medicine.
2. English B.
3. Passing grades in semester 1 and 2 of the Criminology Master's Programme or equivalent (transferable credits)

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of the course, the student should be able to
1. conduct and document a degree project relevant to the study of criminology,
2. identify criminological research questions,
3. analyze scientific models, theories and methods,
4. apply principals of research ethics and regulations for an ethical review of an academic paper,
5. publicly defend the degree project, and
6. review other student degree projects as an opponent.


Student performance is assessed through activities in seminars, lectures, oral presentations and through the degree project. The attainment of the course goals are assessed based on the following assignments:
-active participation in discussions of different scientific approaches, research ethics and research methodological considerations at seminars and group tutorial sessions,
- explanations of and active participation in discussions regarding different theories, research ethical issues and research methodological considerations at seminars,
- present individually written material that are discussed and assessed at each seminar, and
- as an opponent on a fellow student’s paper.

Right to re-examination
A student who fails to achieve a passing grade in the course examination will be given the opportunity to be re-examined twice according to same course content and with the same requirements. In addition, students also have the right to be examined on the same course the next time the course is offered according to the same regulations. If the course has been discontinued or undergone major changes, the student has a right to re-examination on two occasions within one year, based on the syllabus that was in place at the time the student registered for the course. Examination and re-examination take place at the times specified in the course guide.

Course content

The course addresses the knowledge and the skills necessary for the student to be able to conduct and defend a degree project of high quality, which entails methodological, scientific and research ethical issues.

Learning activities

The teaching takes the form of lectures, seminars and supervision, individually as well as in groups. At every meeting the student will present their material for review and discussion. At the final examination the student will defend the paper and serve as opponent on another students’ paper.

Grading system

Excellent (A), Very Good (B), Good (C), Satisfactory (D), Pass (E) or Fail (U).

Course literature and other teaching materials

Lag (2003:460) om etikprövning av forskning som avser människor. Key issues from current literature will be discussed in class.

Additional articles from scientific journals will also be included.

Course evaluation

The course coordinator/examiner is responsible for ensuring that a summary course evaluation is conducted at the end of the course. The coordinator will relay these results to the students at a prearranged time. Memory notes from the feedback , including proposals for changes to the course, will be documented and made available on the course website, and will also be relayed to the students who begin the course the next time it is given.


The education is provided by the Faculty of Health and Society at the department Criminology.

Further information

Maria O´Driscoll, Student Services Assistant
Phone: 040-66 57968
Claes Andersson, Course Responsible
Phone: 040-66 57905


15 January 2018 - 23 March 2018 Day-time 100% Malmö Application period for this offer starts 15 September 2017.

21 January 2019 - 22 February 2019 Day-time 100% Malmö Application period for this offer starts 17 September 2018.