Criminology, Master's Programme (Two-Year)

Summary

Admission requirements

1. Bachelor’s degree with a major in social or behavioural science or medicine.
2. The equivalent of English B, or English 6, in Swedish secondary school

Selection:

credits 100%

About

Why do people commit crime? What can we do to prevent crime? What are the connections between mental health and substance use in relation to offending and victimisation? These are a few of the questions criminologists strives to answer. 

Criminology at Malmö University is a multidisciplinary subject that includes a broader range of study areas than just crime; utilising diverse theories as well as empirical research. It is a subject area that encompasses individual, societal, and situational aspects with a focus on processes and events throughout an individual’s life. 

Our students independently, critically and systematically analyse complex topics relevant to social and behavioural science generally, and criminology more specifically. The programme is composed of students from different fields and cultural backgrounds, it encourages students to discuss subjects in both a Swedish and an international context. This provides a chance to develop - emphasising multi-disciplinary, multi-professional and international work.

The programme highlights international perspectives and encourages student mobility. All courses can be taken independently and are open to national and international students, free-movers as well as exchange students.

Programme structure 

Our department profile specialises in the areas of risk-assessment, prevention, geography and crime, juvenile offending, criminal careers and victimology. The department also hosts guest researchers from both Swedish and international universities in order for our students to broaden their perspectives. Students receive supervision in writing their thesis and have the opportunity to explore research topics of their own choosing. This is an opportunity for students to establish contact with employers and identify new research projects that meet the needs of contemporary society. 

The programme is based on independent study, group work, journal clubs, seminars and workshops as well as lectures. Valuing the benefits of two-way communication and collaboration in the classroom, students are encouraged to discuss, question and think critically in all learning activities. In line with the Swedish academic model of teaching in higher education, students are responsible for their own learning development, and we provide an open and interactive teaching environment in our programme that varies between courses.

If you have not studied Criminology before

If you are new to Criminology, one or all of the following books can be useful as an introduction and or reference during the programme: Criminology by Tim Newburn, Introduction to Criminology by Frank Hagan, The Oxford Handbook of Criminology by Mike Maguire, Rod Morgan and Robert Reiner.

Career possibilities

There is a substantial demand in today’s labour market for knowledge in the field of criminology.

For example, the need for collaboration between actors in the society that offenders and victims come in contact with, for instance, the prison and probation services, the social services and the justice system, as well the psychiatric sector and other sectors involving individuals with substance use and mental health problems. This programme seeks to improve the competence of students entering existing professions within the municipality, county council and state administrations as well as institutes and organisations within the private sector and thus builds upon the students’ earlier experiences and academic studies.

Since the programme is taught in English, our students will be well-prepared for the labour market both within and beyond Swedish borders.

 

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Syllabus

Syllabus for students admitted autumn 2018

Programme Code:
VAKRE revision 5.1
Language:
English
Date of establishment:
01 October 2009
Date of ratification:
21 August 2013
Decision-making body:
Faculty of Health and Society
Enforcement date:
03 September 2018
Replaces Syllabus ratified:
21 August 2013

Entry requirements

1. Bachelor’s degree with a major in social or behavioural science or medicine.
2. The equivalent of English B, or English 6, in Swedish secondary school

Organisation

The programme is full-time and will lead to a Master’s degree in criminology upon completion of the course requirements for terms 1–4 below. There is an opportunity to take an intermediate exit point for a one-year Master’s degree after term 2. The whole programme is given in English.
Scholarly dissertation
For the Master´s degree (60 credits), the student is required to produce a degree project corresponding to 15 course credits during term 2. For Master´s degree (120 credits), the student may either complete two degree projects in criminology each corresponding to 15 course credits during terms 2 and 4, or a degree project comprising 30 course credits during term 4.
Access to later courses
Entry to term 4 requires that the student has achieved a passing grade in terms 1 and 2.
Credit transfer for courses taken elsewhere
Credit transfers are tested in accordance with the regulations laid down in Chapter 6, Sections 6–8 of the Higher Education Ordinance (1993:1000) as of 1st January 2007.
Examination
Examination takes place individually and in accordance with the description contained in the relevant course plan.
The right to re-examination
A student who fails to achieve a pass grade in the examination for a certain course or part of a course will be given the opportunity to be re-examined twice on the same course content and with the same requirements. In addition, students also have the right to be examined on the same course on subsequent occasions when the course is given, with the same rule applying. If a course has been discontinued or undergone major changes, the student has a right to re-examination on two occasions within one year of the introduction of the changes, based on the syllabus that was in place at the time the student registered for the course. Examination and re-examination takes place at the times specified in the schedule of each course respectively.
Grades
A, B, C, D, E, and U.
Degree and course certificates
Degree and course certificates are issued in accordance with the regulations laid down in Chapter 6, Sections 9–11 and 20 of the Higher Education Ordinance (1993:1000) as of 1st January 2007.

Content

Course list:

Learning outcomes

Learning outcomes for a Master’s degree
Chapter 1, Section 9 of the Swedish Higher Education Act (1992:1434)
Education at the second cycle level shall involve a deepening of knowledge, skills and abilities in relation to the first cycle level and shall, in addition to what is required at the first cycle level,
- further develop the students’ ability to independently integrate and use knowledge in both English and Swedish,
- develop the students’ ability to deal with complex phenomena, questions and situations, and - develop the students’ qualifications for professional activities that make substantial demands on the individual’s ability to work independently or for research and development work.
Learning outcomes for a one year Master’s degree in criminology
Swedish Higher Education Ordinance (1993:1000)
Knowledge and understanding
To be awarded a Master’s degree in criminology, the student must demonstrate
- knowledge and understanding within the main subject area, criminology, both generally and specifically in relation to the area of crime prevention, and a specialised insight into criminological research and development work, and
- specialised knowledge of the scientific methods used in criminological research and related areas of research.
Skills and abilities
To be awarded a Master’s degree in criminology, the student must demonstrate
- the ability to integrate knowledge and to analyse, assess and deal with complex phenomena, questions and situations within the field of criminology,
- the ability to independently identify and formulate criminological research questions and to plan and, using appropriate methods, perform advanced tasks within a specified period of time,
- the ability both verbally and in writing to present and discuss his or her conclusions and the knowledge and arguments that form the basis of these in dialogue with other interested parties and target groups within the field of criminology, and
- such skills as are required in order to participate in research and development work or to fulfil another qualified professional role within the field of criminology.
Capacity for judgement and approach
To be awarded a Master’s degree in criminology, the student must demonstrate
- the ability, within the field of criminology, to make judgements taking relevant scientific, social and international factors into consideration and an awareness of ethical aspects of research and development work,
- an insight into the potential and limitations of scholarship, its role in society, and people’s responsibility for how it is used, and
- the ability to identify his or her needs for additional knowledge and to assume responsibility for developing his or her knowledge within the field of criminology.
Learning outcomes for a two year Master’s degree in criminology
Swedish Higher Education Ordinance (1993:1000)
Knowledge and understanding
To be awarded a Master’s degree in criminology, the student must demonstrate
- knowledge and understanding within the field of criminology, including both a broad knowledge of criminology and essential, specialised knowledge and understanding within the field of crime prevention, and a specialised insight into the work of criminological research and development, and
- specialised knowledge of the scientific methods used in criminological research and other areas of social science research.
Skills and abilities
To be awarded a Master’s degree in criminology, the student must demonstrate
- the ability to critically and systematically integrate knowledge and to analyse, assess and deal with complex phenomena, questions and situations within the field of criminology, even on the basis of limited information,
- the ability to critically, independently and creatively identify and formulate criminological research questions and to plan and, using appropriate methods, perform advanced tasks within a specified period of time, thereby contributing to the development of knowledge, and to evaluate this work,
- the ability both verbally and in writing and in both Swedish and international contexts to present and discuss his or her conclusions and the knowledge and arguments on which these are based in dialogue with other interested parties and target groups within the field of criminology, and
- such skills as are required in order to participate in research and development work or to fulfil another qualified professional role within the field of criminology.
Capacity for judgement and approach
To be awarded a Master’s degree in criminology, the student must demonstrate
- the ability, within the field of criminology, to make judgements taking relevant scientific, social and ethical factors into consideration and an awareness of ethical aspects of research and development work,
- an insight into the potential and limitations of scholarship, its role in society, and people’s responsibility for how it is used, and
- the ability to identify his or her needs for additional knowledge and to assume responsibility for developing his or her knowledge.
Local profile
Criminology at Malmö University has a multidisciplinary foundation and includes a broader range of study objects than “crime”, in the form of health-related factors and in particular mental illness. Criminology at Malmö University is furthermore a subject where the individual and societal levels – and thus several different subject areas – are clearly integrated. The Master’s programme is also characterised by international elements. The programme is thus constructed in a way that will promote the students’ ability to develop a transboundary competence with a major emphasis on multi-disciplinary, multi-professional and international work. The Master’s programme opens the way for improving the competence of existing professions within the municipal, county council and state administrations. The four terms provide top-level expertise in prevention and intervention within the fields of crime, substance abuse and mental illness. The programme prepares different types of professionals for the development and organisation of prevention work. Interventions, irrespective of whether they are preventive, treatment-oriented or rehabilitative, should proceed from a common, knowledge-based policy that is of relevance for practical/clinical work and for organisations with the goals of promoting health or preventing ill-health. The program also confronts the need to create better conditions for collaboration in relation to issues of crime, substance abuse and mental health, particularly within the public sector as well as in the field of healthcare provision and the justice system. The programme manifests an ambition to develop the students’ inter-professional competence, which means that upon completion of the programme, every student will understand the significance of, and be able to demonstrate the capacity to engage in, collaborations with different professions within the field of criminology.
Pedagogic approach
The programme has the objective of integrating different areas of knowledge and also theoretical and applied/practical elements. The theoretical studies are intended to ensure that the students develop both a framework for understanding and the analytical tools required for applications within the field of criminology.
The point of departure for the teaching is that both subsequent studies and future professional activities are based on the students’ ability to independently develop their own knowledge and to collect, work through and critically examine texts and other information. The teaching work has the goal of ensuring that the students will develop these abilities by means of active participation in, and assuming responsibility for, their own knowledge development and that of other students.

Degree

Master's Degree (120 credits).

Master´s degree (120 credits).
Master´s degree (60 credits).
Upon completion of the programme, the degree requirements for a two-year Master’s degree (120 credits) are fulfilled. There is an opportunity for students to take an intermediate exit point for a one-year Master´s degree (60 credits) upon completion of 60 course credits. Malmö University issues degree certificates upon application. The Swedish degree certificate specifies either Magisterexamen i kriminologi or Masterexamen i kriminologi. The English translation of the degree certificate specifies either Master (One Year/ 60 credits) of Science in Criminology or Master (Two Years/120 credits) of Science in Criminology.

Other Information

The Masters programme in Criminology will provide you with specialist knowledge on criminal careers, prevention and risk assessment in the areas of crime, substance abuse and mental health problems.
There is a substantial demand on today’s labour market for knowledge in the field of criminology.
The psychiatric sector, the prison and probation sector, the social services and the justice system all expect different professions to collaborate on issues relating to crime, substance abuse and mental health problems.
Internationalisation is an issue that is being prioritised at both the national and international levels.
Since the programme is given in English, our students will thus be well-prepared for the labour market both within and beyond Sweden’s national borders.

Contact

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

Further information

Johanna Backman, Career Service
Phone: 040-66 57817
Maria O´Driscoll, Student Services Assistant
Phone: 040-66 57968
Marie Väfors Fritz, Programme Coordinator
Phone: 040-66 57829

Application

03 September 2018 Day-time 100% Malmö Application code: mah-85800

International application round

Tuition fees

for non-EU students only

First instalment: 90000 SEK
Full tuition Fee: 180000 SEK

Application deadline 15 January

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

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Tuition fees

for non-EU students only

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Full tuition Fee: 180000 SEK

28 August 2017 Day-time 100% Malmö Schedule

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for non-EU students only

First instalment: 90000 SEK
Full tuition Fee: 180000 SEK

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Tuition fees

for non-EU students only

First instalment: 90000 SEK
Full tuition Fee: 180000 SEK

29 August 2016 Day-time 100% Malmö Schedule

Tuition fees

for non-EU students only

First instalment: 90000 SEK
Full tuition Fee: 180000 SEK