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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. 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.

For 2017/18 the programme consists of 180 credits, comprising taught courses worth 120 credits (60 credits per semester) and a 10,000 word dissertation worth 60 credits.

The 120 credits of taught courses are made up of the following mandatory, core and option courses.

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 new global developments in the field of crime, criminal law, justice and security. Read more

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

For 2017/18 the programme consists of 180 credits, comprising taught courses worth 120 credits (60 credits per semester) and a 10,000 word dissertation worth 60 credits.

The 120 credits of taught courses are made up of the following 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) 40 credit courses (Semesters 1 and 2)

  • Criminological Research Methods

20 credit courses in semester 1

  • Criminal Justice and Penal Process
  • General Principles of Criminal Law
  • Theoretical Criminology

20 credit courses in semester 2

  • Current Issues in Criminal Law
  • Cybercrime
  • Gender, Crime and Criminal Justice
  • Human Rights and Conflict Resolution
  • Human Rights Law in Europe
  • Media and Crime
  • Surveillance and Security

Option courses (0 - 40 credits)

  • There may be other course options available on this programme in 2017/18 offered by other Schools in the University of Edinburgh. These will be confirmed in September.

Students planning to go on to doctoral research may need to take specific courses to develop research skills. The Graduate School of Social and Political Science offer a range of these and students should contact the programme director to establish which would be most appropriate. Together the core theoretical and contextual courses should enable the students to get the most out of elective courses in a range of relevant areas.

We cannot guarantee that all courses will run each year, and will provide adequate notice of any changes to the programme structure and courses.

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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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. 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 a interdisciplinary programme to suit your interests.

For 2017/18 the programme consists of 180 credits, comprising taught courses worth 120 credits (60 credits per semester) and a 10,000 word dissertation worth 60 credits.

The 120 credits of taught courses is made up of the following mandatory, core and option courses.

Mandatory Courses (60 credits)

  • Criminological Research Methods (40 credits, semesters 1 & 2)
  • Theoretical Criminology (20 credits, semester 1)

Core Courses (20 credits)

EITHER

  • Criminal Justice and Penal Process (20 credits, semester 1)

OR

  • Global Crime and Insecurity (20 credits, semester 1)

Option Courses (40 credits)

  • Cybercrime (20 credits, semester 2)
  • Gender, Crime and Criminal Justice (20 credits, semester 2)
  • Media and Crime (20 credits, semester 2)
  • Mental Health and Crime (20 credits, semester 2)
  • Police and Policing (20 credits, semester 2)
  • Responding to Global Crime and Insecurity (20 credits, semester 2)
  • Surveillance and Security (20 credits, semester 2)

Please note that due to unforeseen circumstances or lack of demand for particular courses, we may not be able to run all courses as advertised come the start of the academic year.

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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