Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

Global Criminology

This innovative course offers a unique insight into the global dimensions of crime and punishment in today's world. 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. In addition to the 3 modules that form the compulsory core of the programme - International Criminological Theory, Research Methods in Criminology and the Global Criminology Dissertation - you will choose a further 3 option modules from a wide range offered within the School of Law, including an internships option that will give you the opportunity to gain first-hand experience of the reality and importance of the idea of 'the global' for organisations engaged in criminal justice and related work. By insisting on a genuinely international perspective that looks at, but also beyond, the experiences of affluent societies that have characteristically dominated criminological scholarship to date, the programme encourages you to think broadly and innovatively about this dynamic, burgeoning field of study. 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.

Entry requirements

2.2 Honours degree in law or a related discipline in the humanities or social sciences. Other relevant qualifications and appropriate professional experience and training are welcome. If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, the requirement for this programme is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 7.0, with not less than 6.5 in each of the sub-tests.

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 2016 - 1 years
MSc Part-time October 2016 - 2 years
MSc Full-time October 2017 - 1 years
MSc Part-time October 2017 - 2 years

Campus details

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

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