International Criminology and Criminal Justice at Cardiff University - UCAS

Cardiff University

Degree level: Postgraduate
Awarded by: Cardiff University (Prifysgol Caerdydd)

International Criminology and Criminal Justice (Taught)

Course summary

Develop your understanding of crime and criminal practice in an international context and consider how digital technologies are creating ‘new crimes’. Globalisation and the digitalisation of society pose new challenges in the fight against crime. To respond to these challenges, our MSc International Criminology and Criminal Justice takes an international approach to the study of crime and crime control. You will explore:

  • international and transnational crimes – for example, organised crime, drug trafficking, fraud and corruption, terrorism, hate crime;
  • more traditional crimes – for example, domestic violence, child sexual abuse, violence, sex work and property crimes;
  • crimes of the powerful – for example, environmental harms, health and safety negligence, war-related crimes, corruption, and money laundering;
  • crimes that are committed in the digital world – for example hacking, the spread of malware, cyberbullying, cyberstalking, cyber frauds, and online hate speech.
You will question how we define ‘crime’, at a local, national and global level, as well as the international and national responses to these types of crimes. You will consider the key challenges facing criminal justice and law enforcement agencies in an increasingly globalised context. In addition, you will receive social science research methods training tailored to criminological research, learning to critically evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of quantitative and qualitative methodological approaches when undertaking research on international crime-related issues. This programme also offers a Professional Practice in Criminology and Criminal Justice module and provides access to placement opportunities to support your entry into an increasingly globalised job market.

Entry requirements

Applicants should normally hold a First or Upper Second Class (2:1) Honours degree in a relevant subject area (e.g. criminology, sociology, international relations, law, psychology, social policy or other social science disciplines) and/or have appropriate professional experience. The course is directed to graduates who want to develop their knowledge and conduct research on crime-related issues in an international context. This includes graduates who have little or no professional experience of crime-related work, and mid-career professionals engaged in crime-control activities. The programme is also suitable for those wanting to undertake a PhD in criminology and criminal justice. For further information regarding entry requirements please visit our website:

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International Criminology and Criminal Justice at Cardiff University - UCAS