University of Essex

University of Essex

Organised Crime, Terrorism and Security

This course addresses key critical issues surrounding organised criminality and terrorism in contemporary society; the course involves multi-level analyses of organised crime as a concept, alongside the impacts of urbanisation, migration and globalisation upon both the practice of crime. In addition, students address cutting-edge critical, conceptual and theoretical analyses of terrorism and counter-terrorism; this course provides students with a grounding in the key theories and issues within the wider discipline of criminology; they also receive advanced training in the skills and techniques needed to undertake high quality research in this and other criminological areas of inquiry; our conceptual and skills-based tuition provides a substantial foundation for careers within related academic, public, and private sector realms.

Entry requirements

Our applicants should have a 1st, 2.1 or high 2.2 degree, or equivalent, in sociology or a related discipline. If English is not your 1st language, then we require IELTS 6.5 or equivalent

Course modules

Core modules: Critical perspectives on terrorism and counter-terrorism; organised crime (global and local); sociological research design; formative debates in criminology; dissertation. Optional modules include: Contemporary debates in sociology; coverage and non-response in surveys; critical perspectives on terrorism and counter-terrorism; current controversies in criminology and criminal justice policy; digital economy; dynamics of home and work; ethnography; interviewing and qualitative data analysis; panel data methods; sociology of human rights; survey measurement and question design.

Assessment methods

Combination of written coursework, end-of-term tests, practical and laboratory work (where appropriate) and end-of-year exams. During the summer, students work on a dissertation or individual project included in their final grade.

Sponsorship information

Research councils and some University of Essex studentships available.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 5,665 per Academic year (home fees) 12 months
MSc Full-time £ 14,950 per Academic year (overseas fees) 12 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Colchester Campus Colchester CO4 3SQ South East

Key information

Graduate Administrator, Department of Sociology
Telephone number: 
01206 872719