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 Dissertation - 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.
How to apply
Application deadlines and interviews
Early applications are advised.
Global Criminology (MSc) (Part-time)
Global Criminology (MSc) (Full-time)
You take three compulsory modules, one of which is a dissertation, and choose three option modules.
On the part-time programme, you take International Criminological Theory and three option modules in your first year, while in your second year, you take Research Methods in Criminology, two option modules and write your dissertation.
Indicative option modules
Please note: the list of option modules is indicative and not all options will be available every year.
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.
Part-time home/EU students: £
paFull-time home/EU students: £
paPart-time overseas students: £
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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.
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Teaching and assessment
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 dissertation requires the submission of an 8000-word paper.