Taught course

Global Crime, Justice and Security Master of Laws (LLM)/MSc

Liverpool John Moores University · Faculty of Arts, Professional and Social Studies

Entry requirements

Entry requirements (Home)

An appropriate honours degree e.g. in Law, Criminal Justice, Politics, Finance, Banking or Accounting or a professional qualification deemed to be equivalent to an appropriate honours degree.

Degree classification: minimum 2:2

Qualifications and previous work experience deemed to be equivalent to the above entry requirements and in suitable areas linked to the award. IELTS: 6.0 or equivalent required, with a minimum of 5.5 in each component

Entry requirements (International)

LJMU welcomes applications from international students. In addition to normal entry requirements, you will be expected to demonstrate a very good level of English language competence, for example an IELTS score of 6.0-6.5 or equivalent. Please note: specific courses may require higher levels of English language competence. If you have applied to study a full-time taught Masters, MRes, MPhil or PhD at LJMU, you should check if you require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate. It can take four to six weeks to receive an ATAS certificate, so please make sure you apply as early as possible. You can find out more on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website. Alternatively, contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for guidance. Please note: international students entering on a Tier 4 visa cannot study part time. Students entering the UK on alternate types of visa may be in a position to study part time. Please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for further details before making your application. In order to obtain a visa you will also need to show evidence that the money required to cover your tuition fees and living expenses has been in your bank account for at least 28 days prior to submitting your visa application. So please make sure that your finances are in place before applying. For more details, go to our international website.

For advice on any aspect of the application process, please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team.

Months of entry


Course content

This Masters degree is based on internationally recognised research and is delivered by its expert authors. You will extend your knowledge of issues of global crime, justice and security within an international legal context through the study of a selection of specialist areas of law and policy.

  • Course available to study full time (1 year) and part time (2 years)
  • A contemporary Masters degree focusing on key issues in a global context
  • Course recognised by the Solicitors Regulation Authority
  • Flexible entry points mean you can opt for either an LLM (if you choose exclusively law modules) or MSc (if you decide to take a mix of law and social science modules) award
  • Develops critical analysis and assesses legal frameworks from an international perspective
  • Can be studied by professionals from a non-law background

Governments and authorities in the 21st century are facing major challenges as they deal with terrorism and complex organised crime which crosses borders and poses difficult issues for legal practitioners and organisations across a variety of sectors.

The MSc/Master of Laws programme in Global Crime, Justice and Security is designed to develop your advanced scholarship and research skills enabling you to progress, academically and intellectually, in a discreet area of international law.

You will critically analyse and understand the complexities of this highly specialist and complex field – both challenging and informing global and comparative perspectives. This course is underpinned by significant engagement with new and established research and advanced scholarship.

For those with a limited knowledge of law, there is a comprehensive induction in the first semester. ‘Law for Non-Lawyers’ covers the essential nature and sources of law and the necessary elements to prepare you for advanced study in this area. The optional final awards (LLM or MSc) are designed to give you flexibility when deciding which modules to study. For students wishing to take a more legally focused programme by choosing exclusively legal modules, a Master of Laws (LLM) award will be given upon successful completion of the programme. For students who have more interest in the social science modules and weight their choices in this direction, a Master of Sciences (MSc) qualification will be awarded.

Information for international students

International applicants are required to demonstrate equivalent qualifications to the standard requirements for entry when applying for courses at LJMU.

Students must also demonstrate a proficiency in communicating through English, for example via an IELTS tests or equivalent.

Please note: UK visa restrictions mean that international students are only permitted to study on a full-time basis.

Please contact LJMU’s International Team for more information and advice.

Fees and funding

Please see the course page for more information.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
0151 231 5090