Criminological Research Methods

Module code: CR7146 (double module)

This module will provide a comprehensive grounding in the research methodologies employed in criminological research. In this module you will examine the advantages and disadvantages of using different research designs and data collection techniques for criminological research. We will introduce the main epistemological and ontological approaches used in criminological research. You will be coached in using a statistical software package for numerical analysis as well as learning about a range of methods across the traditions which are at the disposal of researchers. You will then go onto to use this knowledge to develop a research proposal which presents an effective, justified research design in response to a relevant criminological research problem, whilst considering the ethical implications of criminological research as a whole.


  • 28 hours of lectures
  • 5 hours of seminars
  • 8 hours of tutorials
  • 17 hours of practical classes and workshops
  • 15 hours of fieldwork
  • 227 hours of guided independent study


  • Qualitative analysis assessment, 1,500 words (30%)
  • Quantitative analysis assessment, 1,500 words (30%)
  • Research proposal, 500 words (0%)
  • Research proposal, 2,000 words (40%)