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Criminology and International Security MSc

2023-24 (also available for 2024-25)

Start date

18 September 2023


1 year full-time
2 years part-time

About the course

Reasons to study

You’ll benefit from a highly interdisciplinary master programme, meaning you’ll get expertise in criminology, sociology, security studies, politics, and international studies.

Our academic team research actively helps to shape current global and regional policies on international security, so you’ll benefit from cutting-edge knowledge and practices.

We’ll help you to apply for internships with international security bodies including the United Nations, INTERPOL, and EUROPOL, so you’ll have real-world experience to make your CV stand out.

This course aims to provide you with the theoretical and practical understanding necessary to respond to key security challenges that characterise the 21st century. It draws upon theoretical and empirical insights from within criminology to guide you through an in-depth exploration of key global security threats including cross-border crime, cybercrime and terrorism.

  • This course is highly focused on the practical policy response to key contemporary security threats.
  • Informed by cutting edge theoretical and empirical debates from within the discipline, and draws on research produced by academic staff within the division of criminology, politics and sociology at Huddersfield.
  • It seeks to provide a broad overview of the security environment and the policy responses employed to manage it.
  • It embeds evaluation and research skills in its teaching to produce graduates who can easily transition into practical security roles.

This course will be of interest to those working in, or aspiring to work in, security policy, research, academia, policing, and private sector consultancy.

Course detail

Introduction to Criminology and International Security

This module offers an advanced level appreciation of the theory and understanding of crime, criminality and issues of International Security, providing a detailed understanding of rival theories and concepts and the ways these play out in the practice of criminality, international security and threats. Large datasets of crime will be discussed with patterns and trends identified (eg the CSEW). The module focuses on developing the student’s abilities in understanding, explaining, critiquing current issues in crime and International Security, and comparing different theoretical approaches to particular case studies.

Global Terrorism and Transnational Crime

You will develop an advanced level appreciation of the understanding of terrorism, counter-terrorism, security, transnational crime and policing in the modern world. Modern day terrorists and transnational organised crime groups will be examined alongside developments in security and policing/international organisations to prevent/counter them. You will develop your ability to understand, explain, critique current issues in global terrorism, transnational crime, policing and security and compare different theoretical approaches to particular case studies. You will be assessed through coursework.

Cyber security and digital policing

Information technology provides opportunities and solutions that are utilised in the daily activities of people within their work, personal, leisure and social interactions. As such, the data held within systems provide an increased attractiveness for cyber criminals. This module will introduce you to the fundamentals of cybersecurity and cybercrime, as well as how to mitigate potential risks. You will also be introduced to the digital forensic process, an understanding which supports those working in this area to make forensically sound decisions, assists and contributes to rigorous processes of law enforcement.

Immigration Crime and Security

You will explore the patterns of immigration and the associated research on crime, predominantly derived from quantitative data analysis (e.g. the CSEW). Crime by, within and against immigrant communities will be explored alongside relevant criminological theories, media’s perspective on immigration and the political context of immigration.

Conducting Social Research

You will be introduced to the design of social research and examine the approaches used to collect social research data. You will explore issues that affect the quality of research and the three design strategies: experiment, survey and case study. You will also study key techniques including questionnaire design, interviewing, ethnography and the use of documents.


This module enables you to undertake an extended piece of research on a Criminology and International Security related topic of your choice. It will allow you to investigate in-depth an area of interest alongside a supervisor who is an expert at the forefront of the discipline. You will design and manage your research project, incorporate appropriate research methods, synthesise and analyse a range of sources and demonstrate a depth and breadth of knowledge about your chosen topic.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for this course are normally:

  • An honours degree (2:2 or above) in a related subject. Applications are reviewed on merit and you may be invited for an interview.

If your first language is not English, you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum for IELTS is 6.5 overall with no element lower than 6.0, or equivalent. Read more about the University’s entry requirements for students outside of the UK on our Where are you from information pages.


The course does not have a formal work placement, but you are encouraged to utilise relevant practice experience (paid or voluntary) within the course. You can do this through designing your choice of assessments, for example, based on particular analyses or practical challenges you face in your work, or designing an evaluation or action-based research project.

Student support

At the University of Huddersfield, you'll find support networks and services to help you get ahead in your studies and social life. Whether you study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, you'll soon discover that you're never far away from our dedicated staff and resources to help you to navigate through your personal student journey. Find out more about all our support services.

A wide range of resources are also offered within the School of Human and Health Sciences, which provides you with support in a variety of areas. These include:

Student Hub: a one stop shop for students, studying within the School. Their services include offering advice on extenuating circumstances, extension requests, attendance and welfare support, organising appointments with academic staff, signposting to other support networks and loan of MP3 recorders.

Academic Skills Development Team: provides guidance about how students can develop their academic skills in order to improve their grades. The team provide support with general academic skills including essay writing, time management, presentations and group work skills; information technology and numeracy; research skills, as well as personal development for example confidence building and assertiveness.

Learning Technology Support Unit: helps students with any problems they experience with the University’s Brightspace System, including logging on or difficulties experienced when accessing modules.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

Changes to a course you have applied for

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Cancellation of a course you have applied for

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Changes to your course after you enrol as a student

We will always try to deliver your course and other services as described. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below:

Changes to option modules

Where your course allows you to choose modules from a range of options, we will review these each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback or demand for certain modules. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let you know in good time the options available for you to choose for the following year.

Major changes

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For example, it may be necessary to make a major change to reflect changes in the law or the requirements of the University’s regulators; to meet the latest requirements of a commissioning or accrediting body; to improve the quality of educational provision; in response to student, examiners’ or other course evaluators’ feedback; and/or to reflect academic or professional changes within subject areas. Major changes may also be necessary because of circumstances outside our reasonable control, such as a key member of staff leaving the University or being unable to teach, where they have a particular specialism that can’t be adequately covered by other members of staff; or due to damage or interruption to buildings, facilities or equipment.

Major changes would usually be made with effect from the next academic year, but this may not always be the case. We will notify you as soon as possible should we need to make a major change and will carry out suitable consultation with affected students. If you reasonably believe that the proposed change will cause you detriment or hardship we will, if appropriate, work with you to try to reduce the adverse effect on you or find an appropriate solution. Where an appropriate solution cannot be found and you contact us in writing before the change takes effect you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the University without liability to the University for future tuition fees. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

Termination of course

In exceptional circumstances, we may, for reasons outside of our control, be forced to discontinue or suspend your course. Where this is the case, a formal exit strategy will be followed and we will notify you as soon as possible about what your options are, which may include transferring to a suitable replacement course for which you are qualified, being provided with individual teaching to complete the award for which you were registered, or claiming an interim award and exiting the University. If you do not wish to take up any of the options that are made available to you, then you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the course without liability to the University for future tuition fees and you will be entitled to a refund of all course fees paid to date. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

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Equal opportunities

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Students’ Union membership

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