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  • Entry requirements
    an upper second honours degree in law or social sciences, or non-UK equivalent.
  • Course description

    If you want to ...
    • investigate the institutions that regulate trans-national crime
    • examine penal systems in different societies
    • explore how different legal traditions work within a globalised world
    • analyse internatio
    • nal co-operation in criminal justice policy

    ... then MA International and Comparative Criminal Justice is the course for you.

    MA International and Comparative Criminal Justice gives you the opportunity to analyse contemporary trends in international crime control and examine comparative criminal justice policy developments.

    Taught by recognised experts at the Centre for Criminal Justice Studies, this course allows you to expand your understanding of globally significant criminal justice issues.

    You will investigate the development of international criminal justice and compare cross-national developments, while critically evaluating international and comparative criminological research.

    This programme will help you develop an advanced understanding of international and comparative criminal justice policies, and the different ways in which society and government can prevent crime and deal with offenders.

    You will develop analytical and research skills in connection with international and comparative issues, encouraging and enabling you to reflect on international problems regarding the governance of crime and security.


    This course has five compulsory modules. You also take one or two of the optional modules, depending on which module options you choose.

    Compulsory modules
    Research Methods focuses on the mechanics of the research process: how to formulate research questions, design research strategies and generally go about the process of 'researching.'

    Dissertation allows you to tailor your own programme of training and research in consultation with a member of staff drawn from the school's MA/PhD supervisory panel.

    International Criminal Justice examines the establishment of international institutions for regulating trans-national crime, the development of alternative justice processes across the globe, and international co-operation and supra-national developments in criminal justice policy and practice.

    Comparative Penal Policies examines punishment in its social contexts and investigates how penal systems work and in what ways they vary between different societies.

    Comparative Legal Traditions and Globalisation explores the implications of the existence of different legal traditions within an increasingly globalised legal environment, and considers the concept of legal tradition, examining some of the factors that differentiate different legal traditions.

    Optional modules
    • Criminal Justice Processes
    • Criminal Justice Policies, Perspectives and Research
    • Policing 1: The Nature of Contemporary Policing
    • Forensic Process
    • Theories of Crime, Justice and Control
    • Policing 2: Police Accountability
    • Advanced Cybercrime: Computers and Crime in the Information Age
    • Family, Law and Society

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