Transnational Crime, Justice & Security MSc

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This programme considers pressing contemporary global issues from a criminological perspective, including organised crime, trafficking, terrorism and environmental crime.

Key facts

Why this programme

  • You will gain access to a wide range of potential careers and further academic pathways related to understanding international crime and developing strategies and policy for its prevention.
  • You will benefit from the combined strengths of staff from the University's Scottish Centre for Crime & Justice Research. The breadth and diversity of expertise represented within the teaching team is a key strength of the programme.
  • There will be a number of guest lectures, presentations and seminars throughout, with high-calibre speakers from the UK and abroad.
  • You will have the opportunity to link up with a criminal justice organisation for your dissertation work.

Programme structure

You will take four core and two optional courses, as well as submit a dissertation.

Core courses

  • Criminological perspectives on security and globalisation 
  • Criminological theory in context
  • Research design
  • The global criminal economy.

Optional courses

  • Antiquities trafficking
  • Crime, media and popular culture
  • Gender, crime and criminal Justice
  • Punishment and in/justice
  • Rehabilitation and desistance from crime.

What our students say

Lilian Baker, UK (2016-17)

'I was attracted to the University of Glasgow because of the programme content, the centrality of the SCCJR (Scottish Centre for Crime & Justice Research) within the programme and Glasgow’s reputation. Judging by the programmes from other universities, this one at Glasgow seems to place more emphasis on the sociological construct of crime. I had previously studied and Philosophy at the University of Oxford and found that this programme overlaps with my career interest. It also harnesses and builds upon the skills that I acquired during my undergraduate degree, while also bringing in new perspectives that challenge these. The different options to choose from are diverse but work well in tandem with each other. I also like that we are able to choose and audit classes. The tutors / lecturers also have different and interesting backgrounds which they bring to the classes, making for varied learning environments that demonstrate real world applications. The attraction of Glasgow itself is that there is so much to do and the people have a great sense of humour.'

Kevin Schlenker, Germany (2016-17)

'I had previously studied law as an undergrad in Berlin and realised I didn’t intend to practise as a lawyer but wanted to remain in the sphere of criminal law / crime and justice. The unique programme in transnational crime, the beautiful campus and also the amount of international students all attracted me to Glasgow. I wanted to study somewhere that had a campus culture, unions and plenty of societies in a close-knit environment. I chose this programme because of the global component of studying criminology and the small seminar groups which allow for rich discussion. I was drawn by two courses in particular: Antiquities trafficking and The global criminal economy. The best thing about the programme is the individual readings for each week. The courses I took each had a carefully planned and curated reading list with some great material that I used to dig deeper into topics of my interest. Also the flexibility of being able to choose my own essay topic is great and allows me to explore my own interests. The classes in antiquities trafficking, in criminological theory and the criminal economy have been stimulating and useful in combining a range of theories and approaches to criminology.

Being at the University of Glasgow has been an amazing experience; from Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple visiting the University to working lunches with PhD students and staff from the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research. The programme itself is unique because each member of staff with whom I interacted brought their unique background; whether in archaeology, policing, Asia, or prisons, it gives students a chance to dip their toes into each area through the experiences and anecdotes of staff. The attraction of Glasgow itself is the friendliness of the people. My encounters have only been positive, whether that’s asking strangers for directions or talking to students, people here are always ready to help you or have a chat with you. Scottish banter is something you’ll only find here. I would recommend this course to anyone interested in branching out in policing, IR, public policy or academia with an interest in criminology and justice. The programme lets you choose your path whether that is security, criminal markets, organised crime, gangs and at the same time injects a global perspective or a local one if the student is interested in a particular area.'

Clara Voyvodic Casabo, Italy (2015-16)

Clara Voyvodic Casabo'I have an undergraduate degree in International Relations and have worked in private security, international development and a women’s NGO. I found the programme gave an interesting, new perspective on both criminological and international political studies. It provided new avenues of theoretical approaches to global issues, as well as having a diverse range of students with different backgrounds to contribute to the discussion. There is a lack of programmes that approach these issues directly. Most dealing with transnational issues of crime and justice focus either only on the international security side or the criminogenic side, which tends to be less transnational or global in perspective. The University of Glasgow provides a very engaging and resourceful environment to do this in.'

Research environment


The Scottish Centre for Crime & Justice Research (SCCJR) is an academic research centre forged from a unique partnership between Glasgow, Edinburgh, Stirling and Glasgow Caledonian Universities. The University of Glasgow hub of SCCJR is a friendly, informal place in which to study for a postgraduate degree. Staff are knowledgeable, approachable and enthusiastic and there is a thriving and welcoming research culture.

Our regular seminar series draws visiting speakers from around the world to give talks on their research and to meet students; and our postgraduates organise events through the year, including mini conferences, away days and social events.

SCCJR has strong links with criminal justice, government and third sector agencies in Scotland and beyond. Our postgraduate students can benefit from these knowledge exchange networks. Possibilities include dissertation projects conducted in collaboration with such partners, and our developing internship programme for students who want to gain practical experience in a professional criminal justice setting. There are diverse employability prospects following the programmes.

Scottish Centre for Crime & Justice Research (SCCJR)

Career prospects

You will be well equipped for careers in public, private and third sector agencies concerned with crime prevention policy and strategy, especially with international and cross-border agencies.

Entry requirements

2.1 Honours degree or non-UK equivalent (e.g. a GPA of 3.0 or above) in a relevant social science or humanities subject.

International students with academic qualifications below those required should contact our partner institution, Glasgow International College, who offer a range of pre-Masters courses.

English language requirements

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)

  • overall score 6.5
  • no sub-test less than 6.0
  • or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification:

Common equivalent English language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:

  • ibTOEFL: 90; no sub-test less than:
    • Reading: 20
    • Listening: 19
    • Speaking: 19
    • Writing: 23
  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English):  176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII at Distinction with Distinction in all sub-tests

For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use these tests to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level programmes. The University is also able to accept an IELTS test (Academic module) from any of the 1000 IELTS test centres from around the world and we do not require a specific UKVI IELTS test for degree level programmes. We therefore still accept any of the English tests listed for admission to this programme.

Pre-sessional courses

The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the English for Academic Study Unit Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:


What do I do if...

my language qualifications are below the requirements?

The University's English for Academic Study Unit offers a range of Pre-Sessional Courses to bring you up to entry level. The course is accredited by BALEAP, the UK professional association for academic English teaching; see Links.

my language qualifications are not listed here?

Please contact the Recruitment and International Office:


For further information about English language requirements, please contact the Recruitment and International Office:

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2017-18


Home and EU
Full time fee£7700
Part time 20 credits£856
Full time fee£16000

Fees are subject to change and for guidance only

Additional fees

  • Fee for submission by a research student: £460
  • Fee for re-assessment of a dissertation (PGT programme): £300
  • Submission for a higher degree by published work: £1,000
  • Submission of thesis after deadline lapsed: £200
  • Submission by staff in receipt of staff scholarship: £680
  • Research students registered as non-supervised Thesis Pending students (50% refund will be granted if the student completes thesis within the first six months of the period): £260
  • Registration/exam only fee: £110
  • General Council fee: £50

Alumni discount

A 10% discount is available to University of Glasgow alumni applying to the MSc. This includes graduates and those who have completed a Junior Year Abroad, Exchange programme or International Summer School at the University of Glasgow. The discount is applied at registration for students who are not in receipt of another discount or scholarship funded by the University. No additional application is required.

Funding opportunities

How to apply

We ask that you apply online for a postgraduate taught degree. Our system allows you to fill out the standard application form online and submit this to the University within 42 days of starting your application.

You need to read the guide to applying online before starting your application. It will ensure you are ready to proceed, as well as answer many common questions about the process.

Guide to applying online

Do I have to apply online for a postgraduate taught degree?

Yes. To apply for a postgraduate taught degree you must apply online. We are unable to accept your application by any other means than online.

Do I need to complete and submit the application in a single session?

No. You have 42 days to submit your application once you begin the process. You may save and return to your application as many times as you wish to update information, complete sections or upload additional documents such as your final transcript or your language test.

What documents do I need to provide to make an application?

As well as completing your online application fully, it is essential that you submit the following documents:

  • A copy (or copies) of your official degree certificate(s) (if you have already completed your degree)
  • A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing full details of subjects studied and grades/marks obtained
  • Official English translations of the certificate(s) and transcript(s)
  • Two supporting reference letters on headed paper
  • Evidence of your English Language ability (if your first language is not English)
  • Any additional documents required for this programme (see Entry requirements for this programme)
  • A copy of the photo page of your passport (Non-EU students only)

If you do not have all of these documents at the time of submitting your application then it is still possible to make an application and provide any further documents at a later date, as long as you include a full current transcript (and an English translation if required) with your application. See the ‘Your References, Transcripts and English Qualification’ sections of our Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

Do my supporting documents need to be submitted online?

Yes, where possible, please upload the supporting documents with your application.

How do I provide my references?

You must either upload the required references to your online application or ask your referees to send the references to the University as we do not contact referees directly. There is two main ways that you can provide references: you can either upload references on headed paper when you are making an application using the Online Application (or through Applicant Self-Service after you have submitted your application) or you can ask your referee to email the reference directly to See the 'Your References, Transcripts and English Qualifications' section of the Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

What if I am unable to submit all of my supporting documents online?

If you cannot upload an electronic copy of a document and need to send it in by post, please attach a cover sheet to it that includes your name, the programme you are applying for, and your application reference number.

You may send them to:

Postgraduate Admissions
Marketing, Recruitment & International Office
71 Southpark Avenue
G12 8QQ
Fax: +44 141 330 4045

Can I email my supporting documents?

No. We cannot accept email submissions of your supporting documents.

What entry requirements should I have met before applying? Where can I find them?

You should check that you have met (or are likely to have met prior to the start of the programme) the individual entry requirements for the degree programme you are applying for. This information can be found on the ‘entry requirements’ tab on each individual programme page, such as the one you are viewing now.

What English Language requirements should I have met before applying? Where can I find them?

If you are an international student, you should also check that you have met the English Language requirements specific to the programme you are applying for. These can also be found on the ‘entry requirements’ tab for each specific programme.

Further Information

Please see the Frequently Asked Questions for more information on applying to a postgraduate taught programme.

Guidance notes for using the online application

These notes are intended to help you complete the online application form accurately, they are also available within the help section of the online application form. If you experience any difficulties accessing the online application then you should visit the Application Troubleshooting/FAQs page.

  • Name and Date of birth: must appear exactly as they do on your passport. Please take time to check the spelling and lay-out.
  • Contact Details: Correspondence address. All contact relevant to your application will be sent to this address including the offer letter(s). If your address changes, please contact us as soon as possible.
  • Choice of course: Please select carefully the course you want to study. As your application will be sent to the admissions committee for each course you select it is important to consider at this stage why you are interested in the course and that it is reflected in your application.
  • Proposed date of entry: Please state your preferred start date including the month and the year. Taught masters degrees tend to begin in September. Research degrees may start in any month.
  • Education and Qualifications: Please complete this section as fully as possible indicating any relevant Higher Education qualifications starting with the most recent. Complete the name of the Institution (s) as it appears on the degree certificate or transcript.
  • English Language Proficiency: Please state the date of any English language test taken (or to be taken) and the award date (or expected award date if known).
  • Employment and Experience: Please complete this section as fully as possible with all employments relevant to your course. Additional details may be attached in your personal statement/proposal where appropriate.
  • References: Please provide the names and contact details of two academic references. Where applicable one of these references may be from your current employer. References should be completed on letter headed paper and uploaded on to your application.

Standard application deadlines

  • International applications (non-EU): 21 July 2017 
  • UK and EU applications: 25 August 2017

Classes start September 2017 and you may be expected to attend induction sessions the week before.

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