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 (one year, with classes on evenings and occasionally weekends)
- Part Time (two years, with classes on evenings and occasionally weekends)
Medium of instruction
- Candidates 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 relevant working experience in the criminal justice system, social-welfare agencies or in other work with offenders.
- Candidates must pass a written test and a face-to-face interview, and if necessary a language test will be scheduled to assess their English proficiency.
- You may need to satisfy visa restrictions (for non-local applicants) and English language requirements.
For study commencing in academic year 2023/24, the programme tuition fee is HK$162,000. 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
Tel: 3917 2309
This Masters programme was an eye opening experience that provided me with detailed theoretical knowledge in understanding crime and criminal justice.— Deborah, Alumna of Criminology
This course gave me new knowledge and academic insights, revolutionising my appreciation of crime problems and complementing my professional career.— Emily, Alumna of 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
SOCI8003 (Unavailable this year)
Law and society
SOCI8004 (Unavailable this year)
Punishment and society
SOCI8006 (Unavailable this year)
Youth and delinquency
SOCI8008 (2nd semester)
Special topics in criminology – Crime and the city
SOCI8011 (1st semester)
Media and crime
SOCI8013 (1st semester)
Gender, crime and social control
SOCI8015 (Unavailable this year)
Crime and deviance in PRC
SOCI8017 (Unavailable this year)
SOCI8020 (Unavailable this year)
White collar and corporate crime
SOCI8024 (2nd semester)
Digital media, moralities and cultures
SOCI8032 (1st semester)
Drugs and society
SOCI8033 (2nd semester)
Co-presence - Human-animal relationships in modern cities
Final year (compulsory)
Courses offered vary each year based on availability of teachers and student demand. Please see the MSocSc regulations and syllabus for definitive course options and requirements.
See full details of the programme structure and requirements.
Applications period: normally mid-December to February each year
Programme commencement date: early September following close of application period
Full Time: 12:00 noon (GMT +8), January 31, 2024
Part Time: 12:00 noon (GMT +8), January 31, 2024