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Whether you're already working in the field or eager to start a new career in the world of international criminal justice, our MSc International Criminal Justice degree course is the ideal next step towards achieving your ambitions. 

On this course, you'll develop your understanding of the internationalisation of criminal justice, the importance of comparative perspectives in the field, and learn about international criminal justice and institutions in the modern world.

When you graduate, you'll have the skills needed to advance in your career, whether in the UK police force, civil service or private sector, or as an intelligence analyst or international liaison officer with international organisations such as Europol or Interpol.

What you'll experience

On this course, you'll:

  • Examine national and international criminal justice in relation to international norms and standards, including human rights issues
  • Study the development and challenges of international and transnational offending from criminological, legal and political perspectives
  • Benefit from our local, national and international links with the criminal justice sector
  • Customise your degree to meet your career goals
  • Learn through our supported distance learning programme, which gives you the flexibility to fit your studies in around other commitments
  • Have 24/7 access to the extensive facilities in our university library, including books, ejournals and newspapers

Work experience and career planning

We'll help you to identify internships, voluntary roles and opportunities that will complement your studies.

When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the International criminal justice sector.

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.


Teaching methods on this course include:

  • online materials
  • online study support

How you're assessed

You'll be assessed through:

  • essays
  • case study
  • blogs
  • presentations
  • research proposal
  • dissertation or major project

Careers and opportunities

When you graduate from this course, your skills will be in demand in international policing and justice organisations, in roles such as intelligence analyst and international liaison officer.

Career opportunities include:

  • Europol
  • Interpol
  • International Office of Migration
  • International criminal tribunals/courts
  • Private sector investigation
  • National/international non-governmental agencies
  • International criminal justice
  • International policing

You'll also be qualified for a career within the UK police force, as a civil servant or a private sector investigator, with international and transnational criminal justice responsibilities.

We'll provide you with as much support as possible in finding employment through industry contacts, careers events, recruitment fairs and individual advice.

Visit the International Criminal Justice MSc page on the University of Portsmouth website for more details!





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