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Global Crime and Justice (MA )

Course Description

Unique programme of study

The MA in Global Crime and Justice provides a unique programme of study on an increasingly important feature of today’s society: transnational crime as well as the responses taken to it by states and other actors.

The programme engages students with the contested ideas and realities of global crime from an interdisciplinary perspective – ideally situated within the Department of Social Policy and Social Work. Taught by leading experts in their field, it offers an advanced theoretical and empirical understanding of global crime and related notions of justice, as well as a solid training in research.
This MA programme is ideal for those working in, or wishing to work in criminal justice, international organisations, NGOs, academia and the media.


Our MA in Global Crime and Justice offers a combination of taught modules assessed through coursework and a supervised dissertation, giving you the opportunity to develop detailed knowledge of crime and justice in a global context and to examine, through your own guided research project, aspects of global crime in which you have a particular interest.
The programme is especially targeted at people seeking to develop a career in criminal justice, international organisations and academia. The programme provides training in crime policy analysis and research methods from a global perspective.

Who is the programme for?

*Graduates from social policy, politics, sociology, law, criminology, international studies or other social sciences.
*Graduates from other backgrounds who wish to develop an understanding of social research and global crime.
*Those looking to develop a career in social research, criminal justice and/or social policy.

Our programmes are designed for students and professionals who look to become active in global policy analysis, criminal justice and research. Graduates from the MA in Global Crime and Justice will head to a wide variety of destinations, but most will go into one of three key areas:
*policy analysts inside criminal justice agencies, NGOs or international organisations;
*researchers in the same fields; or,
*academic research, often following a further period of study at PhD level.

Themes and content

The unique MA in Global Crime and Justice is based around a combination of crime, social policy and research training modules. In the Autumn Term you are provided with an introduction to major theories, institutions and debates in global policy analysis and criminal justice, as well as a solid grounding in core methods of social research. In the Spring Term, you undertake a more advanced analysis of global crime and justice, exploring diverse substantive forms of global crimes, ranging from drug and human trafficking to corporate and state crimes. In addition, you choose an option from related Social Policy or Research Methods modules. Following completion of these modules, you will embark on your own individual research project, producing a 20,000-word dissertation under the guidance of your own individual supervisor. You will also have the opportunity to present your research in progress to a wider audience during a programme of dissertation workshops.
Read more detail here: http://www.york.ac.uk/spsw/postgraduate/ma-gobal-crime-and-justice/#tab-2


The MA Global Crime and Justice comprises of modules, which have been specially developed for the postgraduate programmes in the Department. We do not co-teach these modules with undergraduate students, and this allows you to study the themes and issues at a more advanced level. The modules on offer are a demonstration of our commitment to developing a high-quality, advanced programme of study which is focused in its aims, so that graduates and employers of graduates of the programme can be assured they have developed the appropriate knowledge and skills to analyse and tackle global crime and related policy issues.
Modules are taught through a combination of workshops, lectures and seminars. You will find that small group work and establishing your own perspective on global criminal issues will become a core part of your studying process.

Our calibre

In the latest national research evaluation exercise (REF 2014) our overall research performance was ranked third in the UK, with 54% of research activity rated as world leading. We were also ranked joint first in the UK for research impact.

The QS World University Rankings included a separate subject league table for Social Policy & Administration for the first time this year and our department was ranked 25th in the world.

The QS World University Rankings also ranked us 4th in the UK for social policy.

Talk to us

Our Virtual Open Days are the ideal way to find out more about postgraduate study at York. At the live event you can chat online with academic staff and current York postgraduate students as well as watch talks on finance and student life. Go to https://www.york.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/open-days/virtual-open-day/ to find out more.

Visit the Global Crime and Justice (MA ) page on the University of York website for more details!

Student Profiles

Maria Bourboulis Scholarship - Single Award

he Department of Social Policy and Social Work is honoured to announce the call of applications for the Maria Bourboulis Scholarship to prospective postgraduate taught students that receive offers for the following programmes: MA in Social Policy, MA in Comparative and International Social Policy, MA in Global Social Policy and MA in Global Crime and Justice.The scholarship is worth £12,000 covering fees (Home/EU) with the remainder paid as a stipend towards living costs. Only Home and EU applicants are eligible for this funding opportunity. The scholarship is available on an annual basis and lasts for one (1) year. To honour the memory of Maria Bourboulis we anticipate that the recipient of the scholarship will explore in their independent research study (Dissertation) historical and contemporary social and welfare problems in Southern Europe.The scholarship is awarded on the basis of academic and work excellence. Preference will be given to prospective students that demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of South European welfare debates, contemporary problems, social policy reforms and analysis.

Value of Scholarship(s)



- Have received an offer for one of the following programmes: :
MA in Social Policy, MA in Comparative and International Social Policy, MA in Global Social Policy and MA in Global Crime and Justice.
- Begin your studies in September 2017
- Have or expect to obtain a first or upper second class honours degree or equivalent prior to commencing the Masters programme.
If English is not your first language you should also read the English Language requirements 2016/17 for postgraduate study for each department. http://www.york.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/international/english/.

Application Procedure

Complete the form available on the website via the link below and email it to [email protected]

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Upper second-class honours degree or equivalent qualification. However, if you have relevant work experience with good academic potential you may also be considered.

Course Fees

UK Full time: £6,760, part-time £3,380; International, full-time:£16,290, part-time £8,145

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