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This programme provides an excellent path to the advanced study of new global developments in the field of crime, criminal law, justice and security. Read more

Programme description

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

The MSc is suitable both for students familiar with law, politics or criminology from undergraduate study and for those who are new to these subjects.

The programme draws on the latest research in the field of crime, security and justice. Two courses introduce students to a range of theoretical perspectives on global crime, justice and security and the ways in which these issues play out in specific contexts.

Knowledge and understanding gained from core components complement specialist options in areas such as policing, cyber-crime, EU and international law, migration, and criminal justice policy. Students intending to go on to doctoral study will be guided to appropriate research skills training.

Programme structure

This programme offers a wide range of courses from law, criminology, social sciences and international policy. You can tailor the degree to meet your specific interests.

The 2016/17 programme structure for will consist of 180 credits, comprising taught courses worth 120 credits and a 10,000 word dissertation worth 60 credits.

In each semester you will take 60 credits of mandatory, core and option courses.

Mandatory courses (40 credits):

Global Crime and Insecurity (20 credits, semester 1)
Responding to Global Crime and Insecurity (20 credits, semester 2)

Core courses (40-80 credits):

Criminological Research Methods (40 credits, full year)
Fundamental Issues in International Law (40 credits, full year)
International Criminal Law (40 credits, full year)
General Principles of Criminal Law (20 credits, semester 1)
Theoretical Criminology (20 credits, semester 1)
Criminal Justice and Penal Process (20 credits, semester 1)
International Human Rights Law (20 credits, semester 1)
Current Issues in Criminal Law (20 credits, semester 2)
Cybercrime (20 credits, semester 2)
Surveillance and Security (20 credits, semester 2)
Inter-State Conflict and Humanitarian Law (20 credits, semester 2)
Human Rights and Conflict Resolution (20 credits, semester 2)
Human Rights Law in Europe (20 credits, semester 2)

The remaining credits can be taken from a selection of courses provided by the School of Social and Political Sciences (list to be made available soon) or optional Law School courses, including those listed above.

Learning outcomes

Students who complete the MSc 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 their research and analytic skills.

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This programme provides an excellent path to the advanced study of new global developments in the field of crime, criminal law, justice and security. Read more

Programme description

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

The MSc is suitable both for students familiar with law, politics or criminology from undergraduate study and for those who are new to these subjects.

The programme draws on the latest research in the field of crime, security and justice. Two courses introduce students to a range of theoretical perspectives on global crime, justice and security and the ways in which these issues play out in specific contexts.

Knowledge and understanding gained from core components complement specialist options in areas such as policing, cyber-crime, EU and international law, migration, and criminal justice policy. Students intending to go on to doctoral study will be guided to appropriate research skills training.

Programme structure

This programme offers a wide range of courses from law, criminology, social sciences and international policy. You can tailor the degree to meet your specific interests.

The programme structure for 2017/18 is currently being finalised. You will take a total of 120 credits in taught courses, 60 in each semester, which may include the following:

Global Crime and Insecurity
Responding to Global Crime and Insecurity
Criminological Research Methods
Fundamental Issues in International Law
International Criminal Law
General Principles of Criminal Law
Theoretical Criminology
Criminal Justice and Penal Process
International Human Rights Law
Current Issues in Criminal Law
Cybercrime
Surveillance and Security
Inter-State Conflict and Humanitarian Law
Human Rights and Conflict Resolution
Human Rights Law in Europe

You will also complete a 10,000 word dissertation worth 60 credits.

Learning outcomes

Students who complete the MSc 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 their research and analytic skills.

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This programme provides an excellent path to the advanced study of criminology. The MSc is suitable both for those who have studied criminology at undergraduate level and for those who are new to the subject. Read more

Programme description

This programme provides an excellent path to the advanced study of criminology. The MSc is suitable both for those who have studied criminology at undergraduate level and for those who are new to the subject.

All members of teaching staff are active researchers and on this programme you will learn about and engage with the latest criminological research.

Programme structure

This programme offers a range of subjects across the fields of criminology, criminal justice, law and social sciences, allowing you to tailor an interdisciplinary programme to suit your interests.

The programme structure for 2017/18 is currently being finalised. You will take a total of 120 credits in taught courses, 60 in each semester, which may include the following:

Criminological Research Methods
Theoretical Criminology
Criminal Justice and Penal Process
Global Crime and Insecurity
Cybercrime
Mental Health and Crime
Police and Policing
Responding to Global Crime and Insecurity
Surveillance and Security

You will also complete a 10,000 word dissertation worth 60 credits.

See our programme structure and courses information for more details.

Learning outcomes

Students who complete the MSc have the opportunity to acquire a more sophisticated understanding of major contemporary debates in criminology in both its theoretical and applied aspects, and to achieve enhanced understanding and skills in research practice and method.

Career opportunities

Graduates from this MSc have gone on to a wide range of careers, including working with offenders and victims, for various agencies including police, prisons/correctional services, and governmental and non-governmental agencies.

Many have gone on to careers as academics or criminology researchers.

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