PostgraduateGlobal Criminology

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This programme is undergoing periodic review. 

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  • Explore current criminological issues and debates from around the world and examine their impact at global, regional and local levels
  • Become part of our international research-led community of scholars and students who will challenge and develop your thinking about key global issues in crime and justice
  • Collaborate with our team of criminologists who will help develop your critical thinking skills, research techniques and capacity to communicate complex intellectual ideas
  • Roehampton is ranked 6th in the UK for the impact of our Social Sciences research (REF 2014)


Open your mind to a global perspective on crime and justice, and the impact it has on society today.

The University of Roehampton's MA Global Criminology will help you gain the skills required to explore and develop your research. The course content draws on a diverse range of Social Science disciplines such as criminology, law and sociolegal studies, psychology, sociology and human rights

Our programme comprises three core modules and a number of optional modules. The core modules include: Introduction to Global Criminology, which introduces you to key criminological theories and their application to global problems of crime and justice; Researching Global Criminology, an advanced research methods module that teaches you the core skills required in conducting criminological fieldwork; and a dissertation where you will lead your own empirical research project with the support of an expert supervisor. Optional modules offer a range of specialisms drawn from our experts' research fields.

This dynamic and outward-looking syllabus encourages fresh thinking in the study of global crime and justice. Our range of exciting new option modules will enable you to specialise in key criminological topics such as global policing, genocide, gender and violence, and media and popular culture.

You will gain a strong foundation of knowledge and be introduced to criminology within its historical and cultural context. You will also examine a range of contemporary global issues such as drug trafficking, violence against women and girls, mass incarceration, policing, organised crime, urban crime, political resistance and transitional justice.

The programme also offers a step-by-step theoretical and practical grounding in criminological research. You will gain key skills for your own research process, including research design, data collection and data analysis. You will have the opportunity to specialise in a research project which includes independently designing and analysing the project with the support of a supervisor.

Here are examples of the modules on this programme some of which are compulsory and others optional:

Compulsory modules
Introduction to Global Criminology
Advanced Research Methods: Design and Practice
Dissertation (compulsory for MA students only)

Optional modules
Gender, Hate and Violence
Global Policing
Genocide, Atrocities and International Justice
Crime, Media and Popular Culture
Global Drug Issues
International Human Rights and Criminal Law
Global Criminology Advanced Placement
Identity, Diversity and Human Rights


Compulsory and Required modules
Compulsory and/or required modules may change when we review and update programmes. Above is a list of modules offered this academic year.

Optional modules
Optional modules, when offered as part of a programme, may vary from year to year and are subject to viability.

You will be equipped with the knowledge, competencies and skills to prepare you for further study at PhD level or for careers both within and outside of the criminal justice sector.

*What is validation and periodic review?

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