School of Social and Political Science

MSc Global Crime, Justice and Security

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The application deadline for this programme is 30 June 2022.

Study global developments in the field of crime, criminal law, justice, and security

The MSc in Global Crime, Justice and Security provides you with the opportunity to study global developments in the field of crime, criminal law, justice, and security.

Problems of crime, insecurity, and injustice can take many forms and can undermine well-being and the stability of domestic, international, and global institutions.

Study the MSc in Global Crime, Justice and Security to explore how issues of crime and security are manifest in an increasingly interconnected and global world, and how seeking justice in such a context is often highly contested and complex in ways that require inter-disciplinary reflection.


This programme provides an excellent opportunity to study global developments in the field of crime, criminal law, justice and security.

This MSc is ideal if you have a background in:

  • criminology
  • international relations
  • law
  • politics
  • governance studies
  • sociology

As a student on this programme, you will have access to the expertise and insight of our active community of researchers, international scholars and local practitioners. 

The two compulsory courses on the programme introduce you to different forms and contexts of global crime and how we respond to these, whilst the wide range of courses allows you to tailor the programme to your areas of particular interest.

You can benefit from top-quality training in research methods and skills essential both for doctoral study, or employment in the field of criminal justice and security.

In completing the MSc, you will acquire an advanced understanding of the major contemporary debates and theoretical perspectives on crime, justice and security in a global context, and will enhance your research and analytic skills.

Interdisciplinary learning

The programme is truly interdisciplinary, with teaching provided by academics from both the School of Law and the School of Social and Political Science.


You must complete 180 credits of study:

  • 60 credits are taken in the compulsory dissertation
  • the remaining 120 credits are taken in taught courses

Delivery of teaching

You will experience a range of teaching styles on these courses, led by members of the Law School academic community and experienced legal and industry practitioners.

You are expected to prepare in advance by reading the required materials and by reflecting on the issues to be discussed, and your participation in classes will be assessed.


For the dissertation you will have a supervisor from whom you can expect guidance and support, but the purpose of the dissertation is to allow you to independently design and conduct a piece of research and analysis.

Career opportunities

Our graduates have found employment in a range of settings including:

  • commercial security consultancy and management
  • banking and anti-money laundering work
  • cyber security research
  • civil service
  • third sector roles

Some have gone on to further professional or academic study in crime-related fields, and those with existing professional experience have been promoted in their workplace.

Applying and tuition fees

We monitor application numbers carefully to ensure we are able to accommodate all those who receive offers.

Please note that the deadline for meeting the conditions of an offer is 31 August 2021.

Tuition fees

Award Title Duration Study mode Tuition fee link
MSc Global Crime, Justice and Security 1 Year Full-time Tuition fees
MSc Global Crime, Justice and Security 2 Years Part-time Tuition fees
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