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Criminology and Global Security MA

Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Criminology Security

Course type


Course Summary


Would you like to specialise in a growing area of the modern criminal justice system? This Masters course will develop your knowledge of the increasingly important area of global security - incorporating counter-terrorism and organised crime - while enhancing transferable skills that can help you stand out to employers.

You will study at one of the few UK universities to offer specialised courses in this field, and learn from staff who are active in both research and practice.

We will support both your academic and professional development goals as you progress through this advanced course.

Course detail

Your Masters degree will combine academic rigour with professional skills development. Once you have successfully completed the course, you should be in a strong position to build your career in the growing fields of global security, counter-terrorism and organised crime.

The core elements of the course will give you an excellent grounding in criminological issues at Masters level. You will cover theory, methods of research and contemporary issues in criminal justice.

The course structure will also help you to strengthen those skills that are useful to a variety of potential employers. Your activities on the course will enhance your transferable skills in:

  • research
  • communication
  • analysis
  • creative problem-solving.

You will approach the subject matter through a range of teaching methods, with an emphasis on active learning. Our academic staff will use their current research and practical experience to inform your studies and support your development.

Study & career progression

On graduation you could pursue a career with a variety of organisations, including:

  • policing and police research
  • National Offender Management Service
  • Crown Prosecution Service
  • Home Office
  • intelligence services
  • policy development
  • digital security
  • global security.

Different course options

Full time | University of West London | 1 year | SEP-20

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



On this module you will explore the philosophical ideas that support criminological theoretical thought. You will also be introduced to the main theoretical debates within criminology.
Project Dissertation - Core
Research Methods - Core

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

To be confirmed

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

To be confirmed

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

You should have an honours degree (2:1 or above) from a UK university or equivalent with appropriate criminology or legal content. You can also apply if you have reached a high level in a criminal justice field of work (e.g. police inspector level or equivalent), or if you are a specialist in a criminal justice related occupation with extensive work experience. All applications are considered individually.

University information

The University of West London (UWL) is based in the heart of one of the UK’s most successful business regions, with a number of global organisations such a GlaxoSmithKline and Sky based locally. The University offers postgraduate courses in subjects ranging from nursing to music. Known as the ‘career university’, there is an impressive graduate employment rate, with courses specifically designed to enable students to secure work after...more

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