Criminology and Global Security

University of West London

12 months
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Would you like to specialise in a growing area of the modern criminal justice system? This Criminology and Global Security programme at University of West London will develop your knowledge of the increasingly important area of global security – incorporating counter-terrorism and organised crime – while enhancing transferable skills that can help you stand out to employers. 


You will study at one of the few UK universities to offer specialised courses in this field, and learn from staff who are active in both research and practice. 

We will support both your academic and professional development goals as you progress through this advanced course.

The Criminology and Global Security programme at University of West London will combine academic rigour with professional skills development. Once you have successfully completed the course, you should be in a strong position to build your career in the growing fields of global security, counter-terrorism and organised crime.

The core elements of the course will give you an excellent grounding in criminological issues at Masters level. You will cover theory, methods of research and contemporary issues in criminal justice. 

The specialist modules will allow you to focus your global security Masters study and hone your development as a specialist in your chosen area.

The course structure will also help you to strengthen those skills that are useful to a variety of potential employers. Your activities on the course will enhance your transferable skills in:

  • research
  • communication
  • analysis
  • creative problem-solving.

You will approach the subject matter through a range of teaching methods, with an emphasis on active learning. Our academic staff will use their current research and practical experience to inform your studies and support your development.


On graduation you could pursue a career with a variety of organisations, including:

  • policing and police research
  • National Offender Management Service
  • Crown Prosecution Service
  • Home Office
  • intelligence services
  • policy development
  • digital security
  • global security.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Criminological Theory 
  • Research Methods 
  • Transnational Organised Crime
  • Contemporary Issues in Crime and Criminal Justice 
  • Dissertation 
  • Counter-terrorism

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
Upper Second Class

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • You should have an honours degree (2:1 or above) from a UK university or equivalent with appropriate criminology or legal content. 
  • You can also apply if you have reached a high level in a criminal justice field of work (e.g. police inspector level or equivalent), or if you are a specialist in a criminal justice related occupation with extensive work experience. All applications are considered individually.
  • We look for students who show enthusiasm and a passion for the subject through previous study or professional experience. 

Tuition Fee


Scholarships and bursaries offered by UWL offer only a partial contribution to fees, students are advised to research a combination of funding sources for their studies. Each student will be granted a maximum of one scholarship or bursary from their applications, the highest value reduction will be applied.

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Criminology and Global Security
University of West London