Master in Criminology


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Program Description

Why do people commit a crime? What can we do to prevent crime? What are the connections between mental health and substance use in relation to offending and victimisation? These are a few of the questions criminologists strives to answer.

Criminology at Malmö University is a multidisciplinary subject that includes a broader range of study areas than just crime; utilising diverse theories as well as empirical research. It is a subject area that encompasses individual, societal, and situational aspects with a focus on processes and events throughout an individual’s life.

Our students independently, critically and systematically analyse complex topics relevant to social and behavioural science generally, and criminology more specifically. The programme is composed of students from different fields and cultural backgrounds, it encourages students to discuss subjects in both a Swedish and an international context. This provides a chance to develop - emphasising multi-disciplinary, multi-professional and international work.

The programme highlights international perspectives and encourages student mobility. All courses can be taken independently and are open to national and international students, free-movers as well as exchange students.

Programme structure

Our department profile specialises in the areas of risk assessment, prevention, geography and crime, juvenile offending, criminal careers and victimology. The department also hosts guest researchers from both Swedish and international universities in order for our students to broaden their perspectives. Students receive supervision in writing their thesis and have the opportunity to explore research topics of their own choosing. This is an opportunity for students to establish contact with employers and identify new research projects that meet the needs of contemporary society.

The programme is based on independent study, group work, journal clubs, seminars and workshops as well as lectures. Valuing the benefits of two-way communication and collaboration in the classroom, students are encouraged to discuss, question and think critically in all learning activities. In line with the Swedish academic model of teaching in higher education, students are responsible for their own learning development, and we provide an open and interactive teaching environment in our programme that varies between courses.

If you have not studied Criminology before

If you are new to Criminology, one or all of the following books can be useful as an introduction and or reference during the programme: Criminology by Tim Newburn, Introduction to Criminology by Frank Hagan, The Oxford Handbook of Criminology by Mike Maguire, Rod Morgan and Robert Reiner.

Career possibilities

There is a substantial demand in today’s labour market for knowledge in the field of criminology.

For example, the need for collaboration between actors in the society that offenders and victims come in contact with, for instance, the prison and probation services, the social services and the justice system, as well the psychiatric sector and other sectors involving individuals with substance use and mental health problems. This programme seeks to improve the competence of students entering existing professions within the municipality, county council and state administrations as well as institutes and organisations within the private sector and thus builds upon the students’ earlier experiences and academic studies.

Since the programme is taught in English, our students will be well-prepared for the labour market both within and beyond Swedish borders.

Entry requirements

  1. Bachelor’s degree with a major in social or behavioural science or medicine.
  2. The equivalent of English B, or English 6, in Swedish secondary school


The programme is full-time and will lead to a Master’s degree in criminology upon completion of the course requirements for terms 1–4. There is an opportunity to take an intermediate exit point for a one-year Master’s degree after term 2. The whole programme is given in English.


Course list:

  • Criminology, Master's Programme (Two-Year), 120 credits - Autumn 2020 (Malmö day-time 100%)
  • Criminology, Master's Programme (Two-Year), 120 credits - Autumn 2020 (Malmö day-time 100%)
Last updated Nov 2019

About the School

Malmö University strives to be part of society at every level. Whether that is regionally, nationally or globally, its focus is making the world a better and fairer place.

Malmö University strives to be part of society at every level. Whether that is regionally, nationally or globally, its focus is making the world a better and fairer place. Read less