Organised Crime and Global Security – MA


Why study this course?

The Organised Crime and Global Security MA is the ideal choice if you have an interest in organised crime and security matters on a global scale.

This degree will provide you with the leadership, management and analytical skills needed to succeed in the field. You’ll gain valuable experience in research and the study of crime and politics.

You’ll critically assess current policies and practices related to national and international crime control, as well as the links between these and international relations and politics. Option modules will allow you to specialise in a field that interests you, these include international law and order, conflict resolution and contemporary issues in criminology.

By the end of the course you’ll be able to deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively, making sound judgements in the absence of complete data and communicating your conclusions clearly. The course is an opportunity to open up new thinking and to expand your career opportunities within the security industry.

More about this course

This degree is taught by specialists in criminology and international relations, many of whom are internationally recognised for their quality of work.

Practitioners regularly visit the University to share their expertise. We also organise a number of trips to public policy agencies, Non-Governmental Organisations, and relevant government bodies and international organisations.

The course will help prepare you for employment in the criminal justice and security sector. Those working in related occupations will benefit greatly from this course, as it provides the contextualisation with which to understand the complexity of varied agencies, departments and policies related to crime, criminology and criminal justice.

Accreditation of Prior Learning

Any university-level qualifications or relevant experience you gain prior to starting university could count towards your course.

Modular structure

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2022/23 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

Year 1 modules include:

Criminological Research Methods (core, 20 credits)

Human Security (core, 20 credits)

Organised Crime and Global Security Dissertation (core, 60 credits)

Terrorism and Counter Terrorism (core, 20 credits)

Transnational Organised Crime (core, 20 credits)

Contemporary Issues in Criminology (option, 20 credits)

Cybercrime and Cyber Security (option, 20 credits)

Human Rights and the International Order (option, 20 credits)

International Conflict Resolution (option, 20 credits)

International Law and International Order (option, 20 credits)

Policies, Regulatory framework for Safeguarding (option, 20 credits)

Political Violence in a Contemporary Context (option, 20 credits)

Psychology and Crime (option, 20 credits)

Radicalisation and counter-radicalisation strategies (option, 20 credits)

Religion and International Relations (option, 20 credits)

Security Studies (option, 20 credits)

Social Responsibility and Interventions (option, 20 credits)

Vulnerabilities and Risks (option, 20 credits)

Where this course can take you

Graduates from our masters programmes have found employment with the police, probation, prisons, the Border Agency, National Crime Agency, Europol and the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime, as well as academic or government research posts.