Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

Global Criminology

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. 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.

Course modules

You take 3 compulsory modules, one of which is a dissertation, and choose 3 option modules. On the part-time programme, you take International Criminological Theory and 3 option modules in your first year, while in your second year, you take Research Methods in Criminology, 2 option modules and write your dissertation. Compulsory modules: Global Criminology Dissertation; International Criminological Theory; Research Methods in Criminology . Option modules: Culture, Community, Identity; Drugs, Crime and Criminal Justice; Futures: The Globalization of Human Rights; Global Criminology in Practice: Internships; Global Perspectives on Crime and Crime Control; Social Justice; Southern Perspectives on Constitutional and Political Transformation . Please note: the list of option modules is indicative and not all options will be available every year.

Assessment methods

Each module is assessed via a 4000-word essay, while the dissertation requires the submission of an 8000-word paper.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time October 2018 GBP 14,450 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
MSc Full-time October 2018 GBP 7,950 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 1 Years
MSc Part-time October 2018 GBP 7,225 per Year 1 (International) 2 Years
MSc Part-time October 2018 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 2 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Bloomsbury Campus WC1E 7HX London

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