University of Edinburgh

MSc in Global Crime Justice and Security


Old College

South Bridge

Edinburgh, Scotland EH8 9YL

United Kingdom

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

MSc in Global Crime Justice and Security

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The MSc in Global Crime, Justice and Security integrates teaching in the School of Social and Political Science and the School of Law at the University of Edinburgh. The university believes that this degree is timely in light of the criminogenic potential of increased flows of goods, money and people, increased international cooperation in the field of crime control, increasing institutionalisation of international responses to state crimes, and emerging discourses focused on insecurity. 
The programme draws on strengths within the two different Schools to create an advanced programme that is more than the sum of its parts, and that seeks to address the changing role of state and law in a global context.
It is designed to equip students with an advanced, cross-disciplinary knowledge of the legal, political and policy issues in relation to crime, justice and security in a global context.  The programme enables students to analyse and evaluate alternative explanations for international and transnational developments in crime and responses to crime.
You will study a total of 180 credits, which consists of a 10,000 word dissertation worth 60 credits and 120 credits of taught courses that may include the following topics: Global Crime and Insecurity; Responding to Global Crime and Insecurity;
Criminological Research Methods; Fundamental Issues in International Law; International Criminal Law; Criminal Justice and Penal Process; General Principles of Criminal Law; International Human Rights Law; Theoretical Criminology; Current Issues in Criminal Law; Cybercrime; Human Rights and Conflict Resolution; Human Rights Law in Europe; Inter-State Conflict and Humanitarian Law; Police and Policing; Surveillance and Security.


The University of Edinburgh and the Edinburgh Law School is an Internationally recognised Higher Education institution accredited to provide advanced education. It should be noted that a postgraduate masters degree in Law from the University of Edinburgh does not qualify for entry into the Scottish (or other country's) Legal Practice. Advice from your local Bar Association or Law Society should be sought if you wish to pursue legal practice in your country of domicile.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

Out State Tuition (per year): The tuition fee for International students on this programme for 2017 entry is £19,300 USD

Classification: Higher Education Institution (Not Carnegie Classified)

Locale: Midsize City

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