Taught course

Transnational Crime, Justice and Security

University of Glasgow · School of Social and Political Sciences

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for postgraduate taught programmes are a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification (for example, GPA 3.0 or above) in a relevant subject. International students with academic qualifications below those required should contact our partner institution, Glasgow International College, who offer a range of pre-Masters courses.

Months of entry


Course content

This programme considers pressing contemporary global issues from a criminological perspective, including organised crime, trafficking, terrorism and environmental crime.

Why Glasgow

  • You will gain access to a wide range of potential careers and further academic pathways related to understanding international crime and developing strategies and policy for its prevention.
  • You will benefit from the combined strengths of staff from theUniversity's Scottish Centre for Crime & Justice Research. The breadth and diversity of expertise represented within the teaching team is a key strength of the programme.
  • There will be a number of guest lectures, presentations and seminars throughout, with high-calibre speakers from the UK and abroad.
  • You will have the opportunity to link up with a criminal justice organisation for your dissertation work.

Programme Structure

Through a combination of lectures, seminars and project work you will

  • enhance your understanding of relevant theoretical approaches, concepts, debates and techniques of criminological enquiry as they relate to the study of transnational crime and security in a globalised context
  • develop your appreciation of the routines and structures of the global criminal economy, including contemporary developments in transnational organised crime and the illicit global economic activities of states, corporations and white-collar criminals
  • apply criminological knowledge to critically analyse contemporary social, legal, political and policy issues in transnational crime and security
  • develop the analytical skills to contribute to public debate on crime and security issues
  • gain an advanced understanding of criminological perspectives on transnational crime and justice, relevant to your further careers or academic studies.

Core courses

  • Understanding and explaining crime and social harm
  • Criminological perspectives on security and globalisation
  • Research and enquiry in criminology and criminal justice
  • The global criminal economy: white-collar crime and organised crime.

Optional courses

  • Crime, media and popular culture
  • Criminal justice: global challenges
  • Crime and community safety
  • Rehabilitation and desistance from crime
  • Punishment and penalty.

Information for international students

IELTS: overall score 6.5; no sub-test less than 6.0; ibTOEFL: 92; no sub-test less than 20. CAE: 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169 CPE: 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169. PTE Academic: 60; no sub-test less than 59

Fees and funding

UK students
International students


Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Dr. Simon Mackenzie