Master of Social Sciences in Criminology
The Master of Social Sciences in Criminology [MSocSc(Crim)] has been running since 1986 and remains the only taught postgraduate criminology programme in Hong Kong. We offer a professional qualification for practitioners in criminal justice and related fields, and provide a foundation for advanced research degree studies in the discipline.
This programme is particularly ideal if you:
- intend to start, or already have, a career in the police, law, corrections, non-governmental organisations and related agencies;
- want to complement your skills through the academic study of crime and criminal justice;
- work in government, commerce, security and risk management, journalism, teaching, and other areas where a knowledge of criminology would be professionally helpful;
- wish to increase your technical and conceptual skills through an advanced university education;
- wish to pursue research studies in criminology.
In this programme, we aim to provide you with:
- advanced knowledge of research on criminological issues relevant to working in the field;
- training to facilitate understanding of current developments in criminology, and assessment of policy proposals and implementation strategies;
- skills for developing criminological analysis and research in Hong Kong, the region and beyond;
- opportunities for students to understand the working of agencies other than their own and of the criminal justice system as a whole.
This programme is internationally recognised, and has links with the Global Criminal Justice Hub at the University of Oxford.
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
- 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.
- 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.
- You may need to satisfy visa restrictions (for non-local applicants) and English language requirements.
For study commencing in academic year 2018/19, the programme tuition fee is HK$105,000 (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).
Prof Laidler, Karen A Joe
General applications enquiry
Ms Ko, Connie H Y
Tel: 3917 2309
Fax: 2559 8044
This Masters programme was an eye opening experience that provided me with detailed theoretical knowledge in understanding crime and criminal justice.— Deborah Mar, Alumna of Criminology
This course gave me new knowledge and academic insights, revolutionising my appreciation of crime problems and complementing my professional career.— Emily Cheung, 1st year Criminology
SOCI7001 (1st semester)
Criminal justice: Process and politics
SOCI7002 (1st semester)
Methods of research for criminology
SOCI7004 (2nd semester)
SOCI7009 (2nd semester)
Global and comparative criminology
SOCI8011 (1st semester)
Media and crime
SOCI8015 (1st semester)
Crime and deviance in PRC
SOCI8032 (1st semester)
Drugs and society
SOCI8004 (2nd semester)
Punishment and society
SOCI8013 (2nd semester)
Gender, crime and social control
SOCI8024 (2nd semester)
New media and digital culture
SOCI8003 (Unavailable this year)
Law and society
SOCI8006 (Unavailable this year)
Youth and delinquency
SOCI8017 (Unavailable this year)
SOCI8020 (Unavailable this year)
White collar and corporate crime
Final year (compulsory)
Not all courses will necessarily be offered each year.
See full details of the programme structure and requirements.
Applications period: normally November to February each year
Applications for admission to this programme in September 2018 are now closed. Applications for admission to this programme in September 2019 will open in November 2018.