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Entrants to the programme will normally have an Honours degree or equivalent. Recent graduates would generally have achieved an upper second class honours degrees in any field.
Applicants who are working for the police or other organisations with prevention or enforcement responsibilities in any aspect of rural or environmental crime may qualify for entry without holding a first degree.
Applications will also be considered from those with an interest in compliance who can demonstrate relevant career experience.
Months of entry
With growing public awareness, and concern, about rural and environmental crime, and how to mitigate it, there is increasing demand for specialist practitioners in this field.
Whether your interest is in an enforcement or compliance capacity our MSc in Rural and Environmental Crime and Policing will equip you with the skills and insights to help you prevent this multi-faceted form of offending and to tackle it when it happens.
Causes, context and legislation
The course looks closely at all types of rural and environmental crime, from theft from farms and hare coursing, through modern slavery and organised crime in the rural setting, to heritage crime and environmental offences such as fly-tipping or wildlife crime. You will consider the causes and context of such offending and the explanations offered by rural and green criminologies alongside the legislation in place to deal with it.
A unique focus on practical skills
Unlike other courses which focus primarily on the law, this master’s takes a strong practical perspective. Using case studies, and specialist insights from industry experts, you will explore how the relevant legislation translates into practical compliance and enforcement.
You will gain an appreciation of the complexity of rural and environmental crime, but also go away with the legal and enforcement practices increasingly sought after in this field.
Taught as a flexible-learning programme, the course culminates in an extended project, where you will research an area of particular interest to you or your employer.
Who is it for?
This master’s is for anyone with a professional or personal interest in rural and environmental crime, either in an enforcement, compliance, or management role.
This includes rural police officers and those working for organisations with an evidence gathering or prosecuting responsibility, such as environmental agencies, local authorities, charities, and other organisations responsible for tackling offending in the countryside or protecting our natural environment.
The course is also aimed at those with compliance responsibility, particularly businesses or agencies required to take environmental regulation and legislation into account in their day-to-day activities.
Information for international students
It is anticipated that this degree will also evoke interest from students overseas for whom such qualification is not available in their home country. Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate English language skills to IELTS 6.0 or equivalent.
Fees and funding
Qualification, course duration and attendance options
- part time24 months
- Distance learningis available for this qualification
Course contact details
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