Taught course

Transnational Organised Crime

University of Buckingham · School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Entry requirements

The minimum entry level required for this course is as follows:

  • a first or second-class honours degree from a recognised university or,
  • a recognised professional qualification with relevant work experience

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

The MA in Transnational Organised Crime programme draws on the disciplines of policing and criminology. There is no doubt that the increasing development and level of sophistication of Transnational Organised Crime and the policy challenges it poses to all states will be right at the centre of top-level careers in strategic security policy in the coming years. A student who graduates will do so with a broad knowledge and perspective of Organised Crime, its operations and the methods and tactics used to counteract it and therefore will add considerable value within the sector they choose to enter. The programme aims to explain the key drivers and activities of organised crime in the context of globalization and the many parallels between the structures and operations of OCGs and big businesses.

Who is it for?

The PG Cert / MA in Transnational Organised Crime is aimed at the next generation of police and law enforcement leaders, including officers, detectives and analysts; as well as independent researchers looking for accreditation, retired professionals looking for stimulation, and those looking to gain a qualification that would enable them to build long-term careers in law enforcement, security and intelligence.

What does it deliver?

This programme provides students with an internationally-recognizable professional qualification in the field, while becoming a nexus for innovative and practically useful thinking. The unique blended-delivery approach, in which intensive contact teaching is supplemented by online learning, will encourage applicants from the professional market who wish to professionalise themselves while continuing with their careers.

For those wishing to proceed on from the initial PG Cert (2 terms of blended learning) to the full MA (4 terms in total including the addition of a supervised long dissertation project), the programme offers students the opportunity to delve deeper into a topic that has professional relevance to them, or equally into an area in which they have a personal interest.

Information for international students

We are happy to consider all international applications and if you are an international student, you may find it useful to visit our international pages for details of entry requirements from your home country.

The University is a UKVI Student Sponsor.
English levels
If English is not your first language, please check our undergraduate English language requirements. If your English levels don’t meet our minimum requirements, you may be interested in applying for our Pre-sessional English Language Foundation Programmes.

Fees and funding

UK students
£3,163 - £7,590
International students
£5,060 - £13,283

A new system of postgraduate loans for Masters degrees in the UK was introduced in August 2016 with support from the UK Government. The loan will provide up to £10,609 for taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. The loans can be used for tuition fees, living expenses or both.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    12 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
  • PGCert
    full time
    6 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification

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