Criminology: Degree Project


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)


credits 100%


Syllabus for students spring 2021, spring 2020, spring 2019, spring 2018, spring 2017, spring 2016

Course Code:
KA742E 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 fourth 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. independently, under supervision, 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, and
5. publicly defend the degree project.


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.
To receive a Passing Grade (C, D or E) it is required that the student fulfill the learning outcomes by actively taking part in seminars and lectures. Achievement of the Grade of Distinction (A or B) requires that of the passing grade and additionally that the examined course work is characterized by originality and meta-theoretical understanding.

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 schedule.

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 at an advanced level.

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 material for review and peer review other students’ material. At the final examination the student will defend the degree project.

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 two course evaluations will be conducted for the course. A preliminary course evaluation will be conducted upon the completion of half of the course. The results will be compiled and relayed to the students as soon as possible. The results will be presented on the course website and will be relayed to students during lesson time. A summary course evaluation will be conducted in connection with the completion of the course. The course coordinator will relay the 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: 040-6657968
Claes Andersson, Course Responsible
Phone: 040-6657905


21 January 2019 - 07 June 2019 Day-time 100% Malmö Application period for this offer starts 17 September 2018.

20 January 2020 - 27 March 2020 Day-time 100% Malmö Application period for this offer starts 16 September 2019.

18 January 2021 - 26 March 2021 Day-time 100% Malmö Application period for this offer starts 15 September 2020.

15 January 2018 - 01 June 2018 Day-time 100% Malmö

Tuition fees

for non-EU students only

First instalment: 53000 SEK
Full tuition Fee: 53000 SEK