MSc in Global Crime, Justice and Security

Programme Structure and Courses

This programme can be taken full-time over one year, or part-time over two years*. It offers a range of subjects across the fields of criminology, criminal justice, criminal law and social sciences, allowing you to tailor a interdisciplinary programme to suit your interests.

The programme consists of 180 credits, comprising taught courses worth 120 credits (60 credits per semester) and a 10,000 word dissertation worth 60 credits.

We are in the process of confirming the programme structure for the 2019-20 academic year. Courses shown below are for illustrative purposes.

With the exception of mandatory courses, depending on demand, space on specific courses may be limited 

Compulsory courses 

Core courses (40 - 80 credits)

40 credit courses (Semesters 1 and 2)

20 credit courses (Semester 1)

20 credit courses (Semester 2)

Option courses (0 - 40 credits) 

There may be other course options available on this programme in 2019/20 offered by other Schools in the University of Edinburgh. These will be confirmed in September.

Students planning to go on to doctoral research may need to take specific courses to develop research skills. The Graduate School of Social and Political Science offer a range of these and students should contact the programme director to establish which would be most appropriate. Together the core theoretical and contextual courses should enable the students to get the most out of elective courses in a range of relevant areas. 

More information on the research skills training at the Graduate School of Social and Political Science

We cannot guarantee that all courses will run each year, and will provide adequate notice of any changes to the programme structure and courses.

*Due to current UKBA regulations, the part-time programme is only available to UK or EU students.