One year full-time or two years part-time
Two to three evenings a week full-time or one to two evenings a week part-time, October to April, with some options offered in May, June and July
Other entry years for this course2018
This innovative course offers a unique insight into the global dimensions of crime and punishment in today's world.
Exploring both cutting-edge criminological theory and current real-world phenomena related to crime and punishment, the programme provides a multidisciplinary platform for you to engage with the complexity of contemporary criminological challenges.
You will be introduced to the theoretical debates that underpin understanding of the relationship between global, national and local questions of crime and punishment. You will also learn about the range of research methods that are used to explore such questions.
In addition to the three modules that form the compulsory core of the programme - International Criminological Theory, Research Methods in Criminology and the Global Criminology Research Project - you will choose a further three option modules from a wide range offered within the School of Law, including an internships option that will give you the opportunity to gain first-hand experience of the reality and importance of the idea of 'the global' for organisations engaged in criminal justice and related work.
By insisting on a genuinely international perspective that looks at, but also beyond, the experiences of affluent societies that have characteristically dominated criminological scholarship to date, the programme encourages you to think broadly and innovatively about this dynamic, burgeoning field of study.
The course will appeal to those seeking to develop a deeper appreciation and understanding of the key theoretical and practical issues that have shaped and currently play a major role in influencing matters of crime and punishment from a global perspective.
- This programme offers a unique combination of cutting-edge theory, research methods training, an integral research project component, and an optional internship module.
- Teaching on the programme is provided by experts in respective subjects, including by members of the renowned Institute for Criminal Policy Research, which has long contributed to policy-making, scholarship and public debate about crime and criminal justice.
- Birkbeck's School of Law is also home to the Birkbeck Criminology Seminar Series, which provides a platform for leading and cutting-edge research and features guest speakers from around the world.
- The Institute for Criminal Policy Research and, within it, the World Prison Brief, make the School of Law a dynamic and prestigious hub for criminological research and study, as well as an exciting arena for global criminological scholarship and teaching more particularly.
- The School of Law is home to an exceptionally international range of empirical and theoretical scholarship conducted by its members, which is reflected in the teaching offered.
- The School is also an internationally recognised centre for critical and interdisciplinary research in law, which provides a highly stimulating environment for research and teaching. It is the home of Birkbeck Law Press and publishes Law and Critique: The International Journal of Critical Legal Thought.
- IT resources, such as electronic learning environments, are used at Birkbeck to enhance teaching and learning. Birkbeck Library has an extensive teaching collection of books, journals and electronic resources in law and related disciplines, such as economics, politics and sociology. It provides access to over 17,000 electronic journals, which are available online 24 hours a day. Find out more about our teaching and learning resources.
- Students can also take advantage of the rich research collections nearby, including those of the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, Senate House Library, the British Library of Political and Economic Science (LSE Library) and the British Library.
- Birkbeck’s commitment to flexible learning and provision of evening teaching makes it an appealing choice for professionals and practitioners and is ideal if you want to combine studying with working during the day.
- Applicants with a strong academic background may be eligible to apply for AHRC/ESRC awards (UK and EU-based applicants only).
- Candidates with an outstanding academic record who demonstrate high potential for strong performance on one of our Master's degrees can apply for School of Law Postgraduate Fee Awards.
- We are among the top 10 law schools in the UK and in the top three in London in the Times Higher Education 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) rankings, while our research environment was judged conducive to producing research of the highest quality.
- Find out more about why you should study criminology at Birkbeck.
- Watch our videos and hear what our students have to say about studying law at Birkbeck.
You take three compulsory modules, one of which is a research project, and choose three option modules.
Part-time students take International Criminology Theory, and Research Methods in Criminology plus one option in the first year. In the second year, students take two options and write their independent research project.
- International Criminological Theory
- Research Methods in Criminology
- Research Project MSc Global Criminology
Indicative option modules
- Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice
- Crime and Control
- Criminal Law Theory and History
- Criminology of Mobility
- Cultures of Human Rights
- Equality and the Law
- Film and Human Rights
- Futures: The Globalization of Human Rights
- Gender, Sexuality and Criminal Justice
- Global Criminology in Practice: Internships
- Hate Crime
- Healthcare and Human Rights
- Human Rights in Britain
- Land, Law and Dispossession
- Philosophy of Punishment
- Psychology of Law and Crime
- Security, Risk and Governance
- Slavery, slaveries, enslavement : the Western experience
- Social Justice
- The International Economic Constitution
- Youth Justice
Please note: the list of option modules is indicative and not all options will be available every year.
We welcome a wide range of qualifications, from the UK and abroad, and we will also consider your non-academic achievements.
2:2 honours degree in law or a related discipline in the humanities or social sciences.
Other relevant qualifications and appropriate professional experience and training are welcome.
International entry requirements
If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, the requirement for this programme is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 7.0, with not less than 6.5 in each of the sub-tests.
If you don't meet the minimum IELTS requirement, we offer pre-sessional English courses, foundation programmes and language support services to help you improve your English language skills and get your place at Birkbeck.
Visit the International section of our website to find out more about our English language entry requirements and relevant requirements by country.
Fees and finance
We offer advice on all the options for financing your studies. You can pay your fees interest-free by direct debit and postgraduate loans are available for all Home/EU students.
FeesPart-time home/EU students: £ 3975 pa
Full-time home/EU students: £ 7950 pa
Part-time overseas students: £ 7225 pa
Full-time overseas students: £ 14450 pa
Teaching and assessment
Our innovative, engaging teaching is designed to support students who are juggling evening study with work and other daytime commitments.
Teaching is primarily through seminars, with supplementary materials, publications and discussions available within our online teaching environment.
Each module is assessed via a 4000-word essay, while the research project requires the submission of an 8000-word paper.
Careers and employability
To help you get ahead in your career, we offer free advice and training and our recruitment consultancy, Birkbeck Talent, can connect you with employers.
Careers and employability
Graduates can pursue a career in law enforcement, education, the media and criminal justice. Possible professions include law enforcement, criminal justice policy development, or local government officer. This degree can also be useful in a variety of positions within law enforcement and criminal justice agencies, and think tanks.
Find more advice and information about law careers.
Find out more about the destinations of graduates in this subject.
We offer a comprehensive Careers and Employability Service to help you advance your career, while our in-house, professional recruitment consultancy, Birkbeck Talent, works with London’s top employers to help you gain work experience that fits in with your evening studies.
How to apply
Once you've found the course that's right for you, here's what to do next to get your place at Birkbeck.
How to apply
You apply directly to Birkbeck for this course, using the online application.
Birkbeck can give you all of the information and help you need to complete your application form, including our online personal statement tool, which will guide you through every step of writing your personal statement.
Application deadlines and interviews
Early applications are advised.
Life at Birkbeck
Birkbeck offers a unique combination of evening study and a matchless central London location, right in the geographic and academic centre of the city, giving you exceptional opportunities.
Accommodation and living costs
Most of our students live in private accommodation, but we also offer student accommodation and access to the professional services of the University of London Housing Services.
The Birkbeck experience
Birkbeck is different: our classes are held in the evening, so your days are free - to study, work, volunteer or just do your own thing.
Financial support and postgraduate loans
Birkbeck offers advice on all the options for financing your studies. You can pay loans by interest-free direct debit and postgraduate loans are available for all Home/EU students. Find out about the support we provide.
How to apply
Once you've found the course that's right for you, here's what to do next to get your place at Birkbeck. We can give you the advice and support you need.
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