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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


Entrance requirements
  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. You may need to satisfy visa restrictions (for non-local applicants) and English language requirements.

For study commencing in academic year 2024/25, the programme tuition fee is HK$172,000 (subject to approval). Payments are split into two instalments over one year (full-time study), or four instalments over two years (part-time study).

Tuition fee

Dr Peng Wang

Programme director

Tel: 3917 2309

General enquiries

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
Student experiences

Compulsory courses


Criminal justice: Process and politics

1st semester

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Methods of research for criminology

1st semester

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Theoretical criminology

2nd semester

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Global and comparative criminology

2nd semester

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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.

Elective courses


Law and society

Unavailable this year


Punishment and society

Unavailable this year


Youth and delinquency

Unavailable this year


Special topics in criminology – Crime and the city

2nd semester


Media and crime

1st semester


Gender, crime and social control

1st semester


Crime and deviance in PRC

Unavailable this year


Cultural criminology

Unavailable this year


White collar and corporate crime

Unavailable this year


Digital media, moralities and cultures

2nd semester


Drugs and society

1st semester


Co-presence – Human-animal relationships in modern cities

2nd semester

Final year (compulsory)


Dissertation in Criminology

Full-year course

Important dates

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


Click here for online application

Applications Deadline:

Full Time: 12:00 noon (GMT +8), January 31, 2024 (Extended to February 15, 2024)

Part Time: 12:00 noon (GMT +8), January 31, 2024 (Extended to February 15, 2024)

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