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MSc International Law Enforcement

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Full time | City Campus | 1 year | SEP-23

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Full time


1 year

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Security / Police / Armed Forces International Law

Course type


Course Summary

International law enforcement operates within an increasingly complex and interconnected world. Crime too is complex and is in constant flux, changing in type, scale, spread and impact. Traditional borders and boundaries are increasingly irrelevant, and law enforcement organisations respond by locating their efforts within an international frame of reference, and with a workforce that demonstrates high-quality, specialist law enforcement education.

This course will see you develop conceptual and critical insights into contemporary issues in the theory, policy and practice of law enforcement, and apply your learning to your own jurisdictions.

You'll explore local, regional and international perspectives on a range of law enforcement issues and provides you with the multi-disciplinary knowledge, understanding and skills in law enforcement within an international context.

This course is specifically designed for those working in, or seeking to work in a career in law enforcement.

What you'll study

This course aims to develop an advanced understanding of investigation and intelligence, as well as a sound theoretical and practical understanding of the contextual, ethical and justice issues related to law enforcement.

It will equip you with the knowledge and skills needed to become a leader in the field of law enforcement and to drive continual improvement in law enforcement policy and practice in your jurisdiction.

You'll work alongside academics and external organisations to develop specialist knowledge and skills, and you may have the chance to apply these during your studies through real-world case examples. Students will also achieve PgCert and PgDip exit awards during this course.

How you’re taught

Teaching methods will include, lecturers, group workshops, problem-based learning, guided independent study and a Capstone Project.

Assessment methods

Assessment on the course involve written assessments, report writing, presentations and group work. All modules will have at least one formative assessment, which will not count towards your final grade, these assessments will give you the opportunity to get feedback to help improve your work.

To encourage and facilitate independent learning the course will take full advantage of NTU's online workspace (NOW).

Careers and employability

The industry-focused nature of this course will ensure that you stand out from the crowd when it comes to job applications and pursuing your future career. You'll benefit from our strong links with the criminal justice sector both nationally and internationally and course content being influenced by consultants and specialists in the field.

This course is suitable for those who currently work in the criminal justice field or law enforcement organisations. It's also suitable for those looking to enhance their career opportunities and if you're seeking employment in criminal justice agencies operating at international, central, regional and local government levels, such as the Home Office, and local government. Graduates may go on to pursue a range of professional careers in criminal justice related work in either the statutory, commercial or community voluntary sectors.


During this module, you'll be paired with an academic supervisor who will help you complete research that generates new evidence and insight on a topic of your choice.

Tuition fees

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Entry requirements

You will need an undergraduate degree equivalent to a UK undergraduate honours degree (normally 2.2 or above). Applicants with non-standard entry qualifications and/or relevant experience will be considered on an individual basis. You will be required to demonstrate how your experiences and knowledge would enable you to study this course at Masters-level in your Personal Statement.

University information

Nottingham Trent University (NTU) is one of the biggest and most popular universities in the UK offering a number of benefits for postgraduate students. The University offers a variety of taught postgraduate courses and a wide range of research degree options across their eight academic schools. There are many types of postgraduate study on offer including taught postgraduate courses, professional courses and research degrees. Whether you...more

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