Transnational Organised Crime MA

Transnational Organised Crime
Location Distance Learning
Duration 3 Years

2018/19 New Entrants, Part Time

  • Home and EU students: £2,115 per year of study
  • International students: £2,115 per year of study
Course start February, September
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  • A chance to study contemporary issues such as drug trafficking, terrorism, human trafficking, illegal arms trading and financial crime 
  • Relevant to careers in areas such as law enforcement, customs and excise, and security or defence ministries 
  • Start in either September or February and study part-time in a flexible, supportive, virtual learning environment

Course outline

This course examines rapidly changing issues such as drug trafficking, terrorism, human trafficking, illegal arms trading and financial crime that are major areas of concern for politicians and policy makers and an increasingly important area of research.

This award provides an advanced programme in a new and rapidly changing area of study. During recent decades transnational crime has become a major area of concern for politicians and policy makers and an increasingly important area of research. Its context is the growth of global anxiety regarding activities such as drug trafficking, terrorism, human trafficking, illegal arms trading and financial crime which appear either to be on the increase or are assuming new and increasingly global forms.

In this award we intend to examine this phenomenon in terms of its recent emergence and further development, its historical precedents at a global level, typical forms and law enforcement responses, and the way in which transnational organised crime is typically represented by news and broadcasting media. Our intention is to provide you with a rigorous and critical education in this area which will provide you with the basis for both further study and for seeking employment in professional careers related to the award.


Course Fees and Finance

The expected study pattern on this programme enables you to complete modules totalling 60 credits in your first year of study and the other 120 credits in your second and third year of study. If you follow this pattern of study you will pay a fee of £2,115.00 per year of study. You will be invoiced for the modules that you register for each year, so if your study pattern is different from the expected pattern, you will pay more or less each year accordingly.

If you would like to know more about the fees listed and what this means to you then please get in touch with our Enquiries Team.


Alumni Discount: If you have previously completed an undergraduate degree with us, you may be entitled to a discount off your course fee for any subsequent postgraduate taught course. For further information please contact Graduate Relations.”


Postgraduate Loans:

Providing you are studying towards a full Masters qualification you may be able to apply for a loan of up to £10,609 to help with tuition fees, maintenance and other associated costs. You won’t have to start repaying the loan until you are earning more than (currently) £21,000 per year.

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Course content

You will study a range of modules which cover the history, theory and analysis of transnational organised crime as well as providing a very wide range in-depth case study regarding both organised criminal groups and the global activities which they engage in.

This typically includes phenomena as diverse as international terrorism, drug trafficking, illegal arms deals, the smuggling of radioactive material, human trafficking, the global sex trade, racketeering, trading in human organs, counterfeiting of documents and identities, extortion and many different forms of state and corporate crime.

Modules studied

Crimes against Humanity: State Crime, War Crimes and Transnational Terrorism

Trafficking: The Illegal Trade in People, Goods and Services

Crimes of the Powerful: Corporate, White Collar and Financial Crime

Transnational Justice & Organised Crime

Research Based Dissertation

Entry requirements

2.2 Honours degree or above, or relevant professional experience

Graduate destinations

The MA provides a curriculum which is suited to those seeking employment or further study in relation to careers in law enforcement, policing, customs and excise, the security industry, international governmental and non-governmental institutions, national foreign, security or defence ministries, and internationally oriented organisations of many types.

Meet the experts

Dr Rainer Elk-Anders

Dr. Rainer Elk Anders' teaching interests include sociological theory, crime and deviance, criminal justice, transnational organised crime and social policy.

His research relates to questions of the role of political actors and institutions in policy-making on the EU’s borders at all levels of governance. He is particularly interested in the Europeanisation of domestic policy-making in new EU member-states, applicant countries and neighbouring countries such as the Russian Federation, with an emphasis on transnational crime and health policy. In the past few years Rainer has also been involved in contract research on the activities of Russian and Ukrainian criminal networks in the UK.

Dr Peter Beaney

Dr Peter Beaney's research interests include transnational organised crime, corporate crime, state crime and human rights abuses, media representations of organised crime, social research methods, globalisation and development studies, global movements and sub-cultures, higher education in the UK, vocational learning.

Samantha Fletcher

Samantha's research interests focus on critical perspectives across a range of subject matters including: criminal justice, policing, state crime, security, corporate crime and new social movements. She also engages regularly in exploring the role of emerging new technologies and how they can be used effectively within Higher Education to facilitate learning.

Student experience

Angelique Reid

"Due to the flexible nature of the course, I was able to complete my studies simultaneously whilst working in three different countries. I found the virtual learning platform for interacting with tutors and other students, an informative tool which allowed for in-depth and thought provoking discussions. The platform also enabled me to converse with other students located in numerous countries with varying experiences and different perspectives.

I particularly enjoyed completing the practical assignments. I appreciated the exceptional support given by all the faculty staff, and I especially valued the mentorship of my tutors. Whilst I have always had an interest in criminology, the course helped me identify transnational environmental crime as a specialism that I would eventually like to pursue further in the future.”

Angelique Reid  
Communication and Partnership Officer (United Nations Development Programme)


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