Master’s Programme in Cultural Criminology Program By Lund University |Top Universities
  • QS World University Rankings
    87
  • Degree MSc
  • Study Level Masters
  • Study Mode On Campus
  • Duration 24 months
  • Scholarships Yes
  • Start date Sep, Aug
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. 

Instead of focusing on statistics such as increases in crime or correlations of numbers, which 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 anticorruption 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 in 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.

As a student on the programme, you will acquire: 

• Knowledge and understanding within criminology, social 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.


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About University

Lund University is the #1 choice for international students in Sweden, with one third of all students choosing Lund University programmes. International students appreciate the University because of its wide range of more than 140 international degree programmes, as well as exchange and Ph.D. studies, and strong rankings performance. In the QS World University Rankings 2021 Lund University was ranked 97th in the world. In the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020, the University also received high world rankings for several subject areas, including geography, development studies, environmental sciences, nursing, finance, and social policy and administration.   

Student life

The University’s campus is located in the charming, medieval university town of Lund. Because of its unique combination of traditional student organisations, academic societies and student unions, Lund is considered by many to be the best student city in Sweden. This vast number of student groups ensures that there are plenty of events and activities all year round. Lund University also has campuses located in the nearby cities of Helsingborg and Malmö.

In Lund, students can experience the rich history and cultural heritage of a Swedish medieval university town and, at the same time, be part of the dynamic and international atmosphere created by Lund University students and staff. Moreover, Lund is only 10 minutes away from Sweden’s third largest city Malmö and 35 minutes from the international airport in Copenhagen, making it a great hub for travel throughout Sweden and Europe.

International students

Lund University offers a global class environment where students gain multicultural perspectives and have the opportunity to network with people from around the world. The institution aims to provide an open and informal study experience. Currently, Lund University has 40 000 students, 20% of which are international students (60% on Master's programmes). In Lund, you will find a truly international campus, with students of as many as 130 different nationalities. 

Financial aid

The Lund University Global Scholarship is the University’s main scholarship and is open to international students who are citizens of non-EU/EEA countries. This is a merit-based scholarship that students can apply for after they have applied for degree studies with the University.

National scholarships, such as the Swedish Institute Study Scholarship, are another type of financial aid. It should also be mentioned that the University also accepts US and Canadian student loans.

Employability

Proving its dedication to high-quality education, the University was ranked as a top 100 university for graduate employability in the Global University Employability Ranking 2018.

Students in Lund are given excellent opportunities for business interaction, as the city, with its unique, world-class environment for technology, knowledge, innovation and entrepreneurship, hosts an impressive breadth of global companies.

Studying at Lund University

Lund University offers over 100 Master's programmes, nine Bachelor’s programmes in English and around 700 courses suitable for exchange students, covering the following subjects:

  • Architecture & design
  • Business, economics & management
  • Engineering & technology
  • Environment & sustainability
  • Fine & performing arts
  • Humanities & theology
  • International studies & social sciences
  • Law
  • Medicine & health
  • Science


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