MSc International Criminal Justice

University of Portsmouth
1-2 years
Full time/part time
Master's degree
Scholarships available

About this program

MSc International Criminal Justice

Whether you're already working in the field or eager to start a new career in the world of international criminal justice, our MSc International Criminal Justice degree course is the ideal next step towards achieving your ambitions.

On this course, you'll develop your understanding of the internationalisation of criminal justice, the importance of comparative perspectives in the field, and learn about international criminal justice and institutions in the modern world.

When you graduate, you'll have the skills needed to advance in your career, whether in the UK police force, civil service or private sector, or as an intelligence analyst or international liaison officer with international organisations such as Europol or Interpol.

Admission requirements

Qualifications or experience

  • A second-class honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject. Exceptionally, applicants with strong and relevant work experience will be considered.

English language requirements

  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

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Program content

Core modules

  • International Criminal Justice
  • Dissertation / Major Project
  • Research Methods and Research Ethics
  • Research Design and Ethics
  • Research Methods

Relevant specialist options

  • Dangerous Offenders and Vulnerable Victims
  • The Global Landscape of Cybersecurity
  • Green Criminology and Wildlife Crime
  • International and Transnational Offending
  • International Fraud and Corruption
  • Missing Persons
  • Substance Misuse, Crime and the Criminal Justice System
  • Victimology: Vulnerability, Risk and Resilience

Other modules available

  • Applied Forensic Science
  • Countering Fraud and Corruption
  • Crime Science
  • Criminal Justice
  • Crisis Management and Governance
  • Cybercrime: Critical Perspectives
  • Forensic Investigation
  • Investigation and Psychology
  • Key Criminological Approaches: Past and Present
  • Managing Intelligence
  • Managing Investigations
  • Managing Justice and Security Organisations
  • Policing Communities
  • Psychology and Offending Behaviour
  • Rehabilitation and Desistence from Crime
  • Security Management
  • Working with Victims of Crime: Theory, Policy and Professional Practice

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Program delivery


  • 1 year full-time
  • 2 years part-time
  • 2 years part-time distance learning


UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students

  • Full time: £9,200
  • Part time: £4,600 per year
  • Part time distance learning: £3,730 per year

International students

  • Full time: £15,500
  • Part time: £7,750 per year
  • Part time distance learning: £3,730 per year

Career paths

When you graduate from this course, your skills will be in demand in international policing and justice organisations, in roles such as intelligence analyst and international liaison officer.

Career opportunities include:

  • Europol
  • Interpol
  • International Office of Migration
  • International criminal tribunals/courts
  • Private sector investigation
  • National/international non-governmental agencies
  • International criminal justice
  • International policing

You'll also be qualified for a career within the UK police force, as a civil servant or a private sector investigator, with international and transnational criminal justice responsibilities.

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University of Portsmouth

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Why study at University of Portsmouth

Portsmouth is consistently within the top-ranked institutions in the UK for student satisfaction, which is reflected in the teaching quality, but also the experience that students enjoy with us.

Students can live a few minutes' walk away from their faculty buildings on campus, with only a 5-10 min walk to the seaside.

The cost of living and accommodation in Portsmouth are significantly lower than in the larger cities in the UK, meaning you'll be able to live more comfortably here. The city is so compact that you don't need to take any public transport and most students/lecturers get around by bike.

The city has a population of around 200,000 and over 10% of this is made up of our student population. We have 5,000 students from overseas on campus.

Contact info

University of Portsmouth

Winston Churchill Avenue
PO1 2UP Portsmouth Hampshire
United Kingdom

Phone no: +442392843464

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