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Master of Science in Cultural Criminology

NEW PROGRAMME! Starting autumn 2019
2 years, full-time, 120 ECTS credits
Department of Sociology
Lund campus
Application deadline: January
Programme start: August 2019

Programme overview

The MSc in Cultural Criminology leads to a Master’s degree in Cultural Criminology with a major in Sociology or Social Anthropology.

The programme gives the students a solid understanding of criminological phenomena from a cultural perspective. The programme enables students to develop critical thinking, analytical skills and the ability to conduct cultural analysis.

The programme helps students to develop their own specialised expertise in cultural criminology for advanced professional work or to prepare them for PhD studies in anthropology or sociology.

The programme also allows students freedom to select courses, an internship or studies abroad according to interests and future needs.

In the programme, students will aquire:


  • Knowledge and understanding within criminology, anthropology and sociology, including knowledge of the disciplinary foundation of the fields and general knowledge of current research issues
  • Specialised knowledge of research methods in cultural criminology
  • The ability to critically and systematically integrate knowledge and analyse, assess and deal with complex cultural criminological phenomena, issues and situations
  • The ability to identify and formulate research questions critically, autonomously and creatively as well as to plan and, using appropriate methods, undertake advanced tasks within predetermined time frames and so contribute to the formation of knowledge as well as the ability to evaluate this work
  • The skills required for participation in research and development work or autonomous employment in some other qualified capacity

Programme modules/courses

Courses and number of credits:

  • Cultural Criminology: Theories, Concepts and Perspectives (15)
  • Methods and Social Analysis (15)
  • Applied Cultural Criminology (15)
  • Ethnography in Social Science or selected courses in theory of science and research methods (in total 15 credits)
  • Elective courses/study abroad/internship (30)
  • Master’s thesis (30)

Career prospects

Crime and punishment are continuously topical in public debate. Furthermore, they constitute the basis for many of modern society’s professions and professional activities: prison officers, crime prevention officers, case workers, university lecturers, police officers, social analysts, etc. Internships allow students the opportunity to apply the knowledge they have acquired in the programme in practice. The internship organisations are interested in the broad cultural criminological expertise students will have.

Entry requirements and how to apply

Entry requirements and how to apply to the Master of Science in Cultural Criminology on


Study Advisor
soc_sva [at] soc [dot] lu


Department of Sociology
Lund University
Visiting address: Paradisgatan 5, House G, Lund
Postal address: Box 114 , SE-221 00 LUND, SWEDEN
Telephone: Student Office +46 46-222 88 44, Lund University Switchboard +46 46-222 00 00

Faculty of Social Sciences