Taught course


Anglia Ruskin University · Department of Humanities and Social Sciences

Entry requirements

A good honours degree (or equivalent), normally in a related subject. Applicants with professional experience are also encouraged to apply.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

Focusing on serious crime, you’ll explore the practice and theory of criminal activities, including how crime is detected and policed, methods of social control, and sanctions.

By examining different theoretical standpoints, you’ll form an understanding of different Western legal and social traditions and how they compare to each other.
You’ll investigate issues such as organised illicit trade and criminal enterprise, using case studies of criminal activities ranging from financial crime to human trafficking, and violence prevention.
Our modules will also let you specialise in other areas of interest too, such as the nature of violence, terrorism, and policing transnational crime.
Most of your teaching will take place in research-seminar formatto enable you to develop critical thinking, but your learning will also be supported by lectures, guest speakers and debates. And if you need advice, our experienced teaching staff will always be available to help you.

Information for international students

If English is not your first language you will be expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 6.5 (Academic level) or equivalent English Language qualification, as recognised by Anglia Ruskin University.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

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0845 271 3333; international: +44 1245 493131