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Criminology

Master of Social Sciences in Criminology

The Master of Social Sciences in Criminology [MSocSc(Crim)] is the first and long established postgraduate criminology programme in Hong Kong. It offers a professional qualification for practitioners in criminal justice and related fields, and provides a foundation for advanced research degree studies in the  discipline. Offered since 1986, the programme is designed for people:

  • Who intend to start or already have a career in the police, the law, corrections, non-governmental organisations and related agencies;
  • Who want to complement their skills through the academic study of crime and criminal justice;
  • Who work in government, commerce, security and risk management, journalism, teaching, and other areas where a knowledge of criminology would be professionally helpful;
  • Who wish to increase their technical and conceptual skills through an advanced university education;
  • Who wish to pursue research studies in criminology.

On completion of the programme, students should:

  • Be able to apply a social-sciences approach to the study of crime and deviance;
  • Be able to understand a variety of contemporary developments in criminology and related social-policy issues;
  • Have possessed professional knowledge of the role of social sciences, including law and psychiatry, in understanding crime and criminal justice;
  • Be equipped with the theoretical and practical skills to investigate these core areas within criminology.

Mode of attendance

  • Full Time (usually one year, with classes on evenings and occasionally weekends)
  • Part Time (usually two years, with classes on evenings and occasionally weekends)

Medium of instruction

English

Entrance requirements

  1. You should hold a Bachelor’s degree, or another qualification of equivalent standard, preferably with a major in the social sciences or humanities discipline, or preferably have working experience in the criminal-justice system, social-welfare agencies or in other work with offenders.
  2. If you do not hold a Bachelor’s degree, but possess relevant working experiences, you may also be considered in exceptional cases, after sitting for a qualifying examination.
  3. You may need to satisfy visa restrictions (for non-local applicants) and English language requirements.

Tuition fee

For study commencing in academic year 2019/20, the programme tuition fee is HK$110,000 (subject to University approval). Payments are split into two instalments over one year (full-time study), or four instalments over two years (part-time study).

Admissions advisor

Prof Laidler, Karen A Joe

Email: kjoe@hku.hk
Tel: 3917 2059
Fax: 2559 8044
Email: kjoe@hku.hk

General applications enquiry

Ms Ko, Connie H Y

Tel: 3917 2309
Fax: 2559 8044
Email: msscrim@hku.hk
Website: http://sociology.hku.hk/programmes/taught-postgraduate/criminology

Student experiences

I wanted to know more about crime, society and criminal justice. This programme provided the best way to understand these components.

— Tin Cheung, Alumnus of Criminology

This programme has opened my mind in achieving a greater understanding of morality, justice, truth, and meaning.

— Felicity Lai, Alumna of Criminology

Courses

Compulsory courses

Elective courses

Final year (compulsory)

Not all courses will necessarily be offered each year.

See full details of the programme structure and requirements.

Important dates

Applications period: normally November to February each year
Programme commencement date: early September following close of application period

Apply

Click here for online application

Closing Date for Applications:

Full Time: 12:00nn (HKT), February 28, 2020
Part Time: 12:00nn (HKT), February 28, 2020

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