MSc in Global Crime, Justice and Security

Career Opportunities

The MSc in Global Crime, Justice and Security has been designed as a gateway to a range of employment opportunities and further study.  As the programme enables students to analyse and evaluate alternative explanations for international and transnational developments in crime and responses to crime, it prepares students for specialised academic or practical work on these issues.  

All students will have access to the Edinburgh University Careers Service during the programme and for two years after graduation.  The service has specific advice and information for postgraduate students. Whether you want to research a specific occupation or employer, explore further study options, get help with a CV, application form or interview, find out about current vacancies, or talk to someone in greater depth about your ideas, you can access the service by dropping in to 33 Buccleuch Place, calling 0131 650 4670, or having a look at their website


Here, we will build up a list of internship schemes that are likely destinations for our graduates. Please note that inclusion in this list does not denote endorsement by the University of Edinburgh. 


Unpaid internships based in San Francisco. Corpwatch is a not-for-profit body that carries out research and investigations targeting corporations which profit from a range of phenomena including human rights abuses and fraud.   


The European Law Enforcement Agency, a relatively new body, EUROPOL supports national police forces through information exchange mechanisms and by coordinating multinational police operations. The site is under construction but indicates an intention to develop an internship scheme.  

International Crisis Group

Unpaid internships in Beijing, Brussels, Nairobi, New York and Washington DC, with this NGO focused on analysis and advocacy to prevent and resolve conflict.  


Unpaid internships of 2 to 6 months, based in Vienna, Prague or with OSCE field offices. Topics covered include Gender Issues, human trafficking, policing, terrorism and conflict prevention. Field operations can be found in Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kyrgyzstan and many other countries. 

Transparency International

International anti-corruption NGO offering periodic opportunities for paid internships. 

UN Office on Drugs and Crime

Based in Vienna and at field offices around the world, the UNODC offers ad hoc internships during graduate studies, and so may be worth considering in association with a dissertation project.