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 theUniversity'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

Through a combination of lectures, seminars and project work you will

  • enhance your understanding of relevant theoretical approaches, concepts, debates and techniques of criminological enquiry as they relate to the study of transnational crime and security in a globalised context
  • develop your appreciation of the routines and structures of the global criminal economy, including contemporary developments in transnational organised crime and the illicit global economic activities of states, corporations and white-collar criminals
  • apply criminological knowledge to critically analyse contemporary social, legal, political and policy issues in transnational crime and security
  • develop the analytical skills to contribute to public debate on crime and security issues
  • gain an advanced understanding of criminological perspectives on transnational crime and justice, relevant to your further careers or academic studies.

Core courses

  • Understanding and explaining crime and social harm   
  • Criminological perspectives on security and globalisation 
  • Research and enquiry in criminology and criminal justice
  • The global criminal economy: white-collar crime and organised crime.

Optional courses

  • Crime, media and popular culture
  • Criminal justice: global challenges
  • Crime and community safety
  • Rehabilitation and desistance from crime
  • Punishment and penalty.

Background and aims

Study and learn with world-class researchers in a leading crime and justice research centre at one of the world’s top 100 universities

Recognising the challenge for politicians, policy makers and practitioners in the criminal justice fields, the University of Glasgow’s postgraduate Masters programmes address the complex problems that crime and security threats pose for contemporary societies. Drawing on the combined strengths of academic staff at the University of Glasgow, who are also members of the Scottish Centre for Crime & Justice Research, the breadth and diversity of expertise represented within the teaching teams are a key strength of the programmes.

All teaching staff are currently actively engaged in research into crime and criminal justice, and have experience and supervisorial expertise in diverse areas such as crime prevention, community safety, youth crime and youth justice, white collar crime, organised crime, transnational crime, the governance of security, violence, gender and criminal justice, social work with offenders, offender management, punishment, penology and sentencing.

We offer three taught MSc Criminology programmes:

All three are available part-time and full-time, and we welcome applicants from across the UK and abroad. The courses will be of interest to those who are concerned to understand the contemporary critical social and political challenges posed by crime and security threats, and are suitable for those who have studied criminology at undergraduate level and for those who are new to the subject. The programmes are directly relevant to those considering, or already working in, professional careers in criminal justice, and public, private and third sector agencies concerned with crime prevention, security and criminal justice locally, nationally and internationally. For those with a research or teaching career in mind, they can be a precursor to further study at doctoral level.

Teaching on our Masters programmes normally takes the form of weekly seminars in which student reading and active participation are very strongly encouraged. In line with advances in educational theory and practice, student assessment can take a number of forms although we favour written essays which incorporate personal research.

SCCJR

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.

Our programmes benefit from extensive links to the worlds of policy and professional practice. We have regular contributions to programmes from high-calibre speakers from the UK and abroad

What our students say

Muhammad Nawaz, Pakistan (2013-2014)

‌'Being a British Chevening Scholar, it was a great opportunity to study at the University of Glasgow. I selected the university because of its leading academic stature in the world. Professionally, I worked as a white-collar crime analyst. For me, understanding and explaining crime became a challenging task because of the developing transnational character of crime nowadays. Therefore, a thirst to understand, to explain and to counter crime systematically, logically and justly arose in me. In this regard, the programme  almost met my objectives. Studying in SCCJR and interacting with its academic staff, I feel myself now more confident and capable to address crime and justice on policy level, in practice, and in public discourse. 

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The best thing of the course that clearly stood it out among other similar type of courses was its global economic and multi-disciplinary approach on crime.  For example, the programme of combined classes of criminology students with students of museum studies provided an opportunity to understand and share two different views on motivations and typologies of crime in cultural objects. Further, the course provided an opportunity to attend international conferences on crime and justice and to interact with scholars who were working on projects of global importance such as European Union-funded projects on crime.

Apart from education, the museums, parks, vibrant night life, multi-culture, excellent food, satisfactory transport system and above all peaceful environment multiplied the pleasure of studying and living in Glasgow city. I bet that when you leave Glasgow, even though you are going back home, you would be more sad than happy.

Regarding job opportunities, this course opens the doors of prestigious organisations such as NGOs, financial industry, Police, universities, and AML/CFT global bodies such as UNODC, FATF, APG and MENA. Therefore, in view of the above, I would highly recommend every international student aspirant of career in criminology to join this course and enjoy the life in the city of Glasgow.'

Isabelle Brantl, Germany (2013-14)

 ‘After finishing my undergraduate studies in sociology I wanted to expand my knowledge into a new field and was quickly set on criminology. Being new to the field, the University has offered me the possibility to integrate my existing knowledge within criminological theories. The University of Glasgow stood out to me, because of the variety of courses within criminology, which enables students to focus on their personal field of interest within a broader academic study. Additionally, the members of staff have proven to be extremely helpful and approachable even before the beginning of the programme by answering my numerous questions patiently and helping me with all my problems.

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I decided to study Transnational Crime, Justice and Security because of my interest in international issues and the unique insights the University has offered through its courses. The seminars are often not restricted to students of the Transnational Crime MSc, but are also frequented by students from other disciplines. This ensures an in-depth discussion under various perspectives, thereby enriching the experience of all participating students. Additionally, the international student cohort within the programme offered different visions on the discussed topics, thereby elevating the experience of every individual.

Another advantage is the close connection to the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research (SCCJR). This allows students not only to gain insight into the professional criminological community, by being made aware of guest lectures and conferences, but also ensures the active researcher role of the professors. Therefore, the professors are more likely to have recent practical understanding of various issues, which enriches their teaching with examples and first-hand experience. The professors have always been very willing to help in establishing the students both with coursework and the establishment of research interests. I was never denied any support or advise on academic as well as career questions that might arise during the course of a Masters programme and received all the help I could have wanted from all the members of staff equally. Glasgow offers a great opportunity for students to not only enjoy the merits of its great university, but also experience the city itself and the beautiful Scottish landscape surrounding it. In their free time, students can not only enjoy the close proximity of national parks, such as Loch Lomond, but also the lively music and culinary scene. Studying at the University of Glasgow is hence both a cultural and academic gain on a personal level.

Despite its seemingly narrow area of study, the programme offers a broad variety of seminars that managed to cover all my numerous interests. It sets students up to work in a range of different professional areas, but simultaneously offers the possibility to decide on a possible further career and focus on that path especially. Thanks to the competent and approachable staff, the students will both gain the needed knowledge and the confidence they need to succeed on their future career paths.’

Stephanie Buitelaar, Netherlands (2011-12)

Stephanie Buitelaar 'As an international student new to this discipline, I found that the programme excellently helped me integrate into the subject matter as well as the community. The MSc in Transnational Crime, Justice and Security supplied me with a theoretical understanding of criminological concepts and approaches. The program is tightly linked with the MSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice which gave me the opportunity to develop an in-depth perspective on empirical criminal issues as well. Paralleled with optional courses ranging from Rehabilitation to Crime in the Media and Popular Culture, you are encouraged to explore and choose a focus that interests you.

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A huge asset to this programme is the fact that it is run out of the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research (SCCJR). This allowed us as students to be completely immersed in the professional Criminology community, attending conferences and unique lectures. I found this to be a huge advantage as it provided us with access to information as well as with opportunity to make contacts in the Criminology field. Our professors are involved with current and relevant projects and studying in the SCCJR gives you first hand access to them. The professional staff in this programme go above and beyond to help their students and you always feel their support. I could not have asked for better mentors.

As an individual with a vast array of interests, this programme was able to give me the opportunities to work in both the private and public sector. Since finishing this MSc, I have completed internships in a private security company as well as at the European Union delegation to Indonesia. Both organizations found my academic background to be relevant to their industries. The freedom to pursue my international career is certainly due to this MSc programme. I highly recommend it to anyone looking to work in crime policy or prevention in the international job market.'

Research environment

Recognising the challenge for politicians, policy makers and practitioners in the criminal justice fields, the University of Glasgow’s postgraduate Masters programmes address the complex problems that crime and security threats pose for contemporary societies. Drawing on the combined strengths of academic staff at the University of Glasgow, who are also members of the Scottish Centre for Crime & Justice Research, the breadth and diversity of expertise represented within the teaching teams are a key strength of the programmes.

All teaching staff are currently actively engaged in research into crime and criminal justice, and have experience and supervisorial expertise in diverse areas such as crime prevention, community safety, youth crime and youth justice, white collar crime, organised crime, transnational crime, the governance of security, violence, gender and criminal justice, social work with offenders, offender management, punishment, penology and sentencing.

We offer three taught MSc Criminology programmes:

All three are available part-time and full-time, and we welcome applicants from across the UK and abroad. The courses will be of interest to those who are concerned to understand the contemporary critical social and political challenges posed by crime and security threats, and are suitable for those who have studied criminology at undergraduate level and for those who are new to the subject. The programmes are directly relevant to those considering, or already working in, professional careers in criminal justice, and public, private and third sector agencies concerned with crime prevention, security and criminal justice locally, nationally and internationally. For those with a research or teaching career in mind, they can be a precursor to further study at doctoral level.

Teaching on our Masters programmes normally takes the form of weekly seminars in which student reading and active participation are very strongly encouraged. In line with advances in educational theory and practice, student assessment can take a number of forms although we favour written essays which incorporate personal research.

SCCJR

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)

Entry requirements

for entry in 2015

Entry requirements for postgraduate taught programmes are a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification (for example, GPA 3.0 or above) in a relevant 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 (see below)

Common equivalent English language qualifications

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

  • ibTOEFL: 92; no sub-test less than 20
  • 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 (Person Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59

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 Language Centre Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:

FAQs

What do I do if...

my language qualifications are below the requirements?

The University's Language Centre 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: pgadmissions@glasgow.ac.uk

 

For further information about English language requirements, please contact the Recruitment and International Office: pgadmissions@glasgow.ac.uk

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2015-16 (subject to change and for guidance only)

MSc

Home and EU
Full time fee£6800
Part time 20 credits£756
International
Full time fee£14500

Funding opportunities

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.

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 pgadmissions@glasgow.ac.uk. 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:

Recruitment & International Office
71 Southpark Avenue
Glasgow
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) 24 July 2015
  • UK and EU applications 28 August 2015
    (with the exception of those programmes offering SFC funded places)

Classes start September 2015 for most programmes and you may be expected to attend induction sessions the week before.

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