Published: 07 May 2024

Top jobs with a masters in criminology

Find out what you could do with our masters in criminology and discover some of the jobs our postgraduates have secured.

Ninety per cent of our postgraduate students are in employment or further study after they graduate from the Department of Sociology. The most popular sectors they work in are those concerning public order and safety, as well as in general public administration activities (Graduate Outcomes 2023, HESA).

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Dr Maria Adams, Programme Leader

“A masters qualification in Criminology, Cybercrime and Cybersecurity or Corporate Crime and Corporate Responsibility doesn't just provide an opportunity to engage with fascinating theories and ideas about the criminal world, it offers a range of potential career pathways.

The wide portfolio of subject pathways available on our MSc programmes provide for some amazing work opportunities. Whether it the rapidly developing technical and social challenges presented by cybercrime and the cybersecurity response to this, or cutting edge work in developing business ethics and social responsibility at the corporate level, you will find yourself well prepared to develop a fruitful and rewarding career.”

Graduate roles

Some of our postgraduates have gone on to start their careers in the following roles:

  • Crime journalist
  • Crime researcher
  • Crime scene investigator
  • Police officer
  • Prison officer
  • Probation officer.

Alumni apply the social research methods they have learned in their degree and gone onto pursue careers in and outside of the criminal justice system as:

  • Data analyst
  • Market researcher
  • Office for National Statistics researcher
  • Social researcher
  • Survey interviewer.

Related professions 

The skills you gain are also highly relevant in other roles, including:

  • Civil service administrator
  • Community development worker
  • Human resources officer
  • Policy analyst
  • Social worker
  • Youth worker.

Some of our postgraduates go on to complete a PhD investigating criminology and criminal justice or a related area.


Discover more about our postgraduate criminology courses, and what it’s like being a postgraduate student at Surrey in the Department of Sociology.

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