Criminology and Global Security MA

Course summary

OverviewThe MA in Criminology and Global Security offers you the opportunity to gain a postgraduate qualification in a field which is both academically rigorous but will also provide you with skills to help you pursue a career in the growing fields of justice and global security. It encompasses both the transferable skills of a postgraduate degree with the specialist knowledge in the field of global security. 
Why choose this course?The MA Criminology and Global Security caters for those who wish to graduate with a specialist MA in a growing sector. 
The course includes the following modules to give you an excellent grounding in criminological issues at Masters level:
  • Criminological Theory
  • Research Methods
  • Transnational Organised Crime
  • Contemporary Issues in Crime and Criminal Justice
  • Dissertation
  • Counter-terrorism

You can read more about these modules (see 'course details' for more information).

As well as providing students with subject specific knowledge and understanding, we aim to produce graduates with strong transferable skills in:
  • research
  • communication
  • analysis
  • creative problem solving

This ensures you are well-placed to seek employment with in relevant sectors.

You will benefit from teaching delivered by highly qualified and supportive staff with backgrounds in both Criminology research and practice. 
Learning and teaching methods in the School are innovative and varied, and students will benefit from the use of the latest learning technology to enhance interactive learning.
Career and study progressionThis course will particularly suit students who are interested in careers in the following areas:
  • Policing and Police Research
  • National Offender Management Service
  • Crown Prosecution Service
  • Home Office
  • Intelligence Services 
  • Policy development
  • Digital / global security 
  • Further study on an MPhil/PhD programme

Other options available for MA Criminology and Global Security

  • Full time - September 2017, Ealing site
  • Part time - September 2017, Ealing site
  • Full time - September 2018, Ealing site


Fees for home and EU students

Main feeFees for our 2018 courses have not yet been released.


A range of loans, bursaries and scholarships are available to help you fund your studies.

Students on some Masters courses may be eligible to apply for a Postgraduate Loan of up to £10,000 as a contribution towards their course and living costs. Find out how to apply for a Postgraduate Loan on GOV.UK

Other loans available to postgraduate students include Professional and Career Development Loans, which also allow you to borrow up to £10,000.  Find out more about Loans on GOV.UK

Additional funding is available to some types of students, such as disabled students. Find out more about funding opportunities

Within the university, we offer a range of scholarships and bursaries including:

  • The William Brake Bursary: a £1,000 award for candidates on undergraduate or postgraduate degree courses
  • The Mollie Clay Scholarship: a £2,500 scholarship awarded to an outstanding student
  • Exclusive alumni discounts: a £2,000 discount on taught postgraduate courses or a 10% discount on research courses, exclusive to students who graduated from the University of West London.

Other scholarships are also available, including awards for specific subjects. Find out more and check your eligibility for the scholarships and bursaries listed above.

Please note fees are paid for each year of study unless otherwise stated. You will be required to re-enrol and pay fees at the beginning of each academic year. Fees may be subject to government regulations on fee increases. Future inflationary increases will be applied to each subsequent year of the course, subject to government regulations on fee increases.

MA, MA, MA, MA Award
September Start
Part-time, Full-time Study Mode
2 years Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

Entry requirements

A good undergraduate degree (2:1 or above) or equivalent professional qualification with appropriate criminological content.

Applicants who have reached a high level of progression (eg: at least police inspector level or equivalent in other criminal justice related fields), or who are specialists in a criminal justice related occupation with extensive work experience, will be considered on a case by case basis.

International students need to meet our English language requirement at either IELTS at 6.5 or above, and a minimum of 5.5 for each of the 4 individual components (Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening).

In some countries where teaching is in English, we may accept local qualifications. Please visit to check for local equivalencies.

We offer pre-sessional English language courses if you do not meet these requirements. Find out more about our English Language courses

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