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Master of Science in Cultural Criminology

Advanced level. 120 credits. Start: Autumn. Preparing you for PhD studies and for advanced professional work.

What are the attractions in dealing drugs, being a graffiti writer, or trying to rehabilitate criminals? Cultural criminology aims to explain and understand how people involved in deviance, crime or social control go about their everyday life and how they interact with others.

  • SACCR, Master of Science Programme in Cultural Criminology, 120 credits
  • Second cycle degree programme requiring previous university study
  • 2 years, full-time, 120 ECTS credits
  • Department of Sociology, Lund campus
  • Application deadline: January
  • Programme start: August
  • De­gree: The MSc in Cultural Criminology leads to a Master's degree in Cultural Criminology with a major in Sociology or Social Anthropology.

Instead of focusing on statistics such as increases in crime or correlations of numbers, as criminology often has relied upon, we ask what governs relationships in the drug world or that of prostitution, among buyers, sellers and the police. We aim to get inside the experiences of committing or controlling crime and to grasp the biographical and emotional aspects.

If you are a graffiti writer, what are the thrills? What tools are you expected to use, what vocabulary and even what clothes are you expected to wear?

Investigating corruption we find important cultural themes governing both those involved in corruption and the anti-corruption movement. Actors navigate between different conceptions of what is considered a gift and a bribe, linked to differences between countries but also between professions and historical periods.

We are interested in how media represents crime but also personal experiences and detailed accounts of life inside institutions. We primarily use fieldnotes, interviews, texts, images and Internet data.

In short, Cultural criminology is about local cultures, subcultures and a multitude of cultural characteristics associated with crime or deviance.

What student Jack Lowe says about the programme

"I wanted a new perspective on studying crime..."

Screenshot of student Jack Lowe.




Focusing on the seduction of crime, deviance, and control

Article about the programme from last year.

Graffiti covered roof terrace. Photo Matteo Catanese, Unsplash.





Entry requirements and how to apply

The application period is 15 October – 15 January for our international master programmes.

See a programme overview, the structure of the programme, entry requirements and how to apply on Lund University's main website: