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Global Crime, Justice and Security (MSc)

  • Full time & Part time available
  • £9,300 (UK/EU) £15,850 (International)
  • Law
  • September
  • 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time
  • MSc

Course Description

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.

Visit the Global Crime, Justice and Security (MSc) page on the University of Edinburgh website for more details!

Student Profiles

Tercentenary Awards for Excellence - 5 Awards

Edinburgh Law School is pleased to be able to offer five Tercentenary Awards for Excellence of £2,000 towards tuition fees in any LLM or MSc programme offered by the School, starting in September 2014 (including distance learning programmes, and also the MSc in European Union Politics and Law and the MSc in Global Crime, Justice and Security, both of which are offered jointly with the School of Social and Political Studies).

Value of Scholarship(s)

£2,000 towards tuition fees


Students should meet the criteria for entry to the LLM/ MSc programmes.

Application Procedure

Deadline: 30th April 2014.You must have already applied to study an LLM or MSc programme before you apply for this scholarship.Once you have applied for your chosen programme of study, you should download and complete the School Scholarships application form. This can be downloaded from the Law School website.Completed application forms should be emailed to [email protected] by the deadline date above.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

A UK 2:1 honours degree or its international equivalent.

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