Taught course

International Criminology and Criminal Justice

Cardiff University · Cardiff School of Social Sciences

Entry requirements

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Months of entry


Course content

Develop your understanding of crime and criminal practice in an international context and consider how digital technologies are creating ‘new crimes’.

Globalisation and the digitalisation of society pose new challenges in the fight against crime. To respond to these challenges, our MSc International Criminology and Criminal Justice takes an international approach to the study of crime and crime control.

You will explore:

  • international and transnational crimes – for example, organised crime, drug trafficking, fraud and corruption, terrorism, hate crime;
  • more traditional crimes – for example, domestic violence, child sexual abuse, violence, sex work and property crimes;
  • crimes of the powerful – for example, environmental harms, health and safety negligence, war-related crimes, corruption, and money laundering;
  • crimes that are committed in the digital world – for example hacking, the spread of malware, cyberbullying, cyberstalking, cyber frauds, and online hate speech.

You will question how we define ‘crime’, at a local, national and global level, as well as the international and national responses to these types of crimes. You will consider the key challenges facing criminal justice and law enforcement agencies in an increasingly globalised context.

In addition, you will receive social science research methods training tailored to criminological research, learning to critically evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of quantitative and qualitative methodological approaches when undertaking research on international crime-related issues.

This programme also offers a Professional Practice in Criminology and Criminal Justice module and provides access to placement opportunities to support your entry into an increasingly globalised job market.

Fees and funding

UK students
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International students
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‘If you’re a home-fee paying student, you can apply for a £3,000 Master’s Excellence Scholarship from Cardiff University to help cover the cost of this programme.’

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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