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Overview

Hosted by the School of Law, this interdisciplinary programme is run in conjunction with the School of Politics and International Studies and the School of Sociology and Social Policy.

The programme offers an exciting opportunity to understand contemporary issues of security, conflict and justice from the perspectives of: Criminology; International Relations; Law; Politics; and Sociology. It will allow you to select from a broad range of modules to critically evaluate some of the most pressing contemporary issues of security, conflict and justice from an interdisciplinary perspective, as well as offering the opportunity to specialise in topics that relate to your future career choice or academic interests.

You will gain in-depth understanding of how security, conflict and justice intersect, and how they are experienced at the local, national and transnational levels. You will gain skills and knowledge that inform a wide appreciation of security, conflict and justice, as well as receiving training in research methods drawn from across a range of disciplines.

MSc Security, Conflict and Justice enables you to learn from experts from within the Security and Justice Research Group, with all the facilities that a leading research-led university offers. The Security and Justice Research Group is an interdisciplinary research hub that aims to develop new knowledge, analysis and policy to address the major social and economic challenges facing contemporary societies across the globe. The hub draws upon the research strengths of a variety of participating schools including Law, Politics and International Studies, and Sociology and Social Policy. Each school has centres of world class research in areas such as the ‘Responsibility to Protect’, Policing and Criminal Justice.

Modules

Compulsory modules

  • New Frontiers of Security, Conflict and Justice
  • Researching Crime, Security and Justice
  • Security, Conflict and Justice
  • Dissertation Security, Conflict and Justice

Optional modules (selection of typical options shown below)

  • Criminal Justice Processes
  • Globalisation and Crime
  • International Human Rights
  • Global Governance through Law
  • Conflict, Complex Emergencies and Global Governance
  • Gender, Globalisation and Development
  • Terrorism
  • Critical Security Studies
  • Global Justice

Learning and teaching

Compulsory modules are taught in lectures and seminars. The taught components are delivered across two semesters. The remainder is spent focusing on your dissertation, conducted under the direct supervision of an individual staff member. Support for the dissertation is provided via two group sessions, one-to-one meetings and comments on draft work.

Assessment

You will be assessed by a variety of methods depending on your module choice, but primarily through coursework essays during each module. Your dissertation will be assessed through submission of an extended written piece of work. The exact criteria for assessment will reside with the school you choose to undertake your dissertation within.

Applying, fees and funding

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

Improve your English

International students who do not meet the English language requirements for this programme may be able to study our postgraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.

This pre-sessional course is designed with a progression route to your degree programme and you’ll learn academic English in the context of your subject area. To find out more, read  Language for Law (6 weeks) and Language for Social Sciences and Arts: Law (10 weeks).

If you need to study for longer than 10 weeks, read more about our postgraduate pre-sessional English course.

How to apply

Application deadlines

UK/EU students: 31 July

International students: 30 June

Documents and information you need

  • A completed application form
  • A copy of your degree certificate or equivalent, as well as a copy of the transcript of your grades (or partial transcript if you’re still studying) certified by the awarding institution
  • Two academic references
  • Evidence of your English language qualifications, if English isn’t your first language.

Interviews

The School of Law doesn’t typically interview applicants. However, in certain circumstances programme leaders may require some form of written assignment from you to show that you have the necessary skills for Masters study. Additionally, you may also be invited for an interview as part of the selection procedure. If invited to an interview, you’ll receive an email invitation from the School to attend or be interviewed by Skype on a specific date.

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Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

Scholarships and financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There may be help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more at Masters funding overview.

The School of Law offers a number of scholarships. Find out more about what we offer on the School's scholarships page.

Career opportunities

The truly interdisciplinary nature of the MSc syllabus will provide you with valuable tools to pursue a wide range of career paths relevant to security and justice. The MSc programme is ideal if you plan to work in professions that relate to criminal justice, global governance, policing, social policy, international relations, international security, and academia. By developing the ability to think broadly and to connect complex issues, you will be well equipped for the future. This degree programme will provide you with the skills and knowledge to enter into further academic research or to pursue a professional career in areas such as, civil service, media and publishing, teaching and training, policy, or international agencies and NGOs.

Vocational posts in organisations such as the United Nations, North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) and the armed forces are also potential destinations for graduates.


Visit the MSc Security, Conflict and Justice page on the University of Leeds website for more details!

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