Entry requirements (Home)
Applicants for International and Transnational Policing will normally be expected to have a good first degree (2:2 or above) in Policing, Criminology, Criminal Justice or a related subject.
Applications are welcomed from highly motivated non-standard entry students with relevant experience, but without the necessary formal qualifications. Prospective applicants are advised to contact the Programme Leader for further information.
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
The International and Transnational Policing MSc from LJMU looks at the implications of policing across geographical and political boundaries.
- Discover how policing is carried out across geographical boundaries
- Explore policing issues arising from differing jurisdictions, policies and procedures
- Ideal for serving officers and those about to embark on their policing or academic career
- Excellent career opportunities across the criminal justice system and international policing organisations
- A valuable foundation for progression to PhD
This MSc gives you the rare opportunity to pursue academic interests in policing from an international and transnational perspective in a nurturing and multi-disciplinary environment.
Under the guidance of specialist supervision and among a diverse community of fellow researchers, you will gain a valuable foundation, building skills in research, analysis, conceptualisation, argument and presentation – all highly prized in many areas of employment.
The programme combines supervised independent research with specialist training in research methods and academic skills, while also helping students become aware of emerging approaches currently practiced in the discipline.
Over the course of the programme you will be introduced to key developments in policing studies and given the skills necessary to produce a successful postgraduate research project. You will work individually with a supervisor throughout the year, as well as taking part in taught modules with fellow Policing Studies students and/or students from other disciplines/Faculties. In addition, you will be part of the wider research activities of the Liverpool Centre for Advanced Policing Studies.
You will receive specialist supervision and study within a diverse community of fellow researchers. Staff are active in a wide range of fields including: Crime Prevention, GIS, People Trafficking, Public Order, Mental Health, Multi Agency and Partnership Working in the Public Sector, Computer Crime, Investigation, Terrorism and Counter-terrorism, Port Security, Risk Management and Education.
Please see guidance below on core and option modules for further information on what you will study:
As core you will study in the areas of:
- International and Transnational Policing - provides a context to identify and explore opportunities for professional training and development. Through the examination of International and Transnational Policing, the module enhances and develops professional knowledge, skills and understanding, and prepares you either for career development or as a researcher for further doctoral study
- Advanced Research Skills (including Quantitative and Qualitative methods) - develops your generic research skills and guides you as you undertake individual research projects, helping you to: develop productive research questions, define the parameters of your research, apply suitable methods and present findings in a manner appropriate to your field. The module will also give you the opportunity to see yourself as part of a community of postgraduate researchers, and present your ideas to your peers accordingly
- Dissertation - will assess your ability to present, in scholarly form, a sustained piece of research which demonstrates knowledge and understanding of a relevant field, appropriate methodologies and critical context. You will be expected to organise material into a clear and relevant argument, and demonstrate your ability to work independently
You will complete a dissertation based on your personal interest and to support this will be able to choose from a number of option modules that might cover such areas as:
- Transnational Organised Crime;
- Transnational Policing in Conflict Zones;
- Human Trafficking/Smuggling of Migrants;
- Terrorism and Counter Terrorism;
- Intelligence and Surveillance;
- Public Order and Protest.
Further guidance on modules
The information listed in the section entitled 'What you will study' is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.
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
Course contact details
- Course Enquiries
- 0151 231 5090