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Transnational Organised Crime

MA

Blended learning

Flexible to fit around work and personal commitments 

A unique approach

Critically investigate activities associated with Transnational Organised Crime 

A tailored course

Meeting your personal or professional interest 

Location:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Study option:
Full-time, distance learning
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Duration:
13 Months
Start date:
16 September 2019
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Transnational Organised Crime has become a significant concern and appears to be on the increase. You’ll study contemporary global issues such as drug and human trafficking, international terrorism, illegal arms trading and financial crime through the lens of critical criminology. 

You’ll examine the recent emergence of transnational organised crime, its historical precedents at a global level and law enforcement responses. You’ll consider how Transnational Organised Crime is represented by the media.

This course offers valuable insight for a range of careers concerned with Transnational Organised Crime and developing strategies and policies for its prevention. You can enhance your knowledge and career prospects through this qualification.

You’ll study unique topics, taking a critical perspective and work with our experts in sociology and criminology.

Our robust training in research methods will support those wanting to undertake a PhD. 

On successful completion of study, you'll receive the following award: 

MA Transnational Organised Crime

On successful completion of study, you'll receive the following award: 

MA Transnational Organised Crime

Part-time study

This course can be taken part-time over three years. You’ll take one module per semester and a final year dissertation. 

Blended learning

We offer face-to-face teaching with virtual learning, allowing you to fit your studies around work and personal commitments.

Part-time study

This course can be taken part-time over three years. You’ll take one module per semester and a final year dissertation. 

Blended learning

We offer face-to-face teaching with virtual learning, allowing you to fit your studies around work and personal commitments.

Work placements

Employability is embedded throughout the course and you’ll have the opportunity to undertake a dissertation project within your place of work or volunteer within an organisation, business or government department relating to the issues covered on the MA course. 

Work placements

Employability is embedded throughout the course and you’ll have the opportunity to undertake a dissertation project within your place of work or volunteer within an organisation, business or government department relating to the issues covered on the MA course. 

Course content

In addition to subject specific knowledge, you’ll learn to write constructive, analytical arguments and develop strong IT skills. You’ll receive robust training in research methods and undertake research in an area of interest.  

On the successful completion of each academic year of study (60 Level 7 credits), students will have the option to either progress to the next year of study or leave the programme with the qualification that reflects the total amount of Level 7 credits successfully completed.  Available qualifications are as follows:

  • Year 1   Postgraduate Certificate in Transnational Organised Crime (60 credits)
  • Year 2    Postgraduate Diploma in Transnational Organised Crime (120 credits)
  • Year 3    MA in Transnational Organised Crime (180 credits)

In addition to subject specific knowledge, you’ll learn to write constructive, analytical arguments and develop strong IT skills. You’ll receive robust training in research methods and undertake research in an area of interest.  

On the successful completion of each academic year of study (60 Level 7 credits), students will have the option to either progress to the next year of study or leave the programme with the qualification that reflects the total amount of Level 7 credits successfully completed.  Available qualifications are as follows:

  • Year 1   Postgraduate Certificate in Transnational Organised Crime (60 credits)
  • Year 2    Postgraduate Diploma in Transnational Organised Crime (120 credits)
  • Year 3    MA in Transnational Organised Crime (180 credits)

Entry requirements

You’ll normally be expected to hold a relevant honours degree with at least a 2:1 from a recognised university or body.   

If you have an undergraduate degree in Sociology, Criminology or a related discipline you will be eligible to apply for this course.  

A 2:2 degree, or professional qualifications and/or appropriate experience will be considered on a case-by-case basis. 

You’ll normally be expected to hold a relevant honours degree with at least a 2:1 from a recognised university or body.   

If you have an undergraduate degree in Sociology, Criminology or a related discipline you will be eligible to apply for this course.  

A 2:2 degree, or professional qualifications and/or appropriate experience will be considered on a case-by-case basis. 

Facilities

Careers

On completion of the Transnational Organised Crime MA, you’ll be equipped to work in a wide range of roles, including:

  • National Crime Agency (NCA) 
  • Armed Forces
  • Policing professions tackling transnational organised crime  
  • Banking sectors tackling financial fraud and compliance, and financial and white-collar crimes 
  • NGOs supporting victims of trafficking 
  • Policy    

Eager for more knowledge? Upon completion, you’ll be ideally placed for further academic study at PhD level. 

Teaching and assessment

Teaching

The bulk of teaching will be delivered via virtual learning. You’ll be invited onto campus up to four times in the academic year for face-to-face taught sessions – this will be one day a week, twice in semester 1 and twice in semester 2. 

Virtual learning will consist of a 20-minute podcast lecture and PowerPoint slides. You’ll write up weekly tasks in a learning journal which will inform a final piece of assessed coursework. The lecturer will review a sample of journal entries each week and give feedback. 

You’ll be able to communicate with staff via email, through face-to-face supervision meetings on campus, telephone calls and skype. This learning provision has been designed to be flexible so you can fit your studies around a full-time job and your personal commitments.

The bulk of teaching will be delivered via virtual learning. You’ll be invited onto campus up to four times in the academic year for face-to-face taught sessions – this will be one day a week, twice in semester 1 and twice in semester 2. 

Virtual learning will consist of a 20-minute podcast lecture and PowerPoint slides. You’ll write up weekly tasks in a learning journal which will inform a final piece of assessed coursework. The lecturer will review a sample of journal entries each week and give feedback. 

You’ll be able to communicate with staff via email, through face-to-face supervision meetings on campus, telephone calls and skype. This learning provision has been designed to be flexible so you can fit your studies around a full-time job and your personal commitments.

Assessment

There are two types of assessments: practice (also called formative) or formal (also called summative). 

Practice assessments do not count towards your final mark. These are your chance to test your understanding – and learn how to improve for the real thing.  

You’ll have formal assessments at the end of each module. These could include essays, reports, e-posters, e presentations, problem-based assignments or portfolios.

There are two types of assessments: practice (also called formative) or formal (also called summative). 

Practice assessments do not count towards your final mark. These are your chance to test your understanding – and learn how to improve for the real thing.  

You’ll have formal assessments at the end of each module. These could include essays, reports, e-posters, e presentations, problem-based assignments or portfolios.

Learning support

Your course tutors will provide lots of support. But you can also take advantage of our Academic Skills team, who can help you with: 

  • Study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills) 
  • Written English (including punctuation and grammar) 
  • Academic writing (including how to reference) 
  • Research skills 
  • Critical thinking 
  • Assessment skills (including time management)  

Additional support

If you have additional needs like dyslexia or a sensory impairment, then our AccessAbility Services are here to help make sure nothing stands in your way.

Feedback

A sample of learning journals will be reviewed each week giving generic feedback about what students are doing well and what things need improving, these will be written up in a course blog.  

At the end of each teaching week, the module leader will be online for 20 minutes to discuss the week’s activity. These sessions will be recorded and posted on Blackboard, to provide access to any students who cannot join the virtual session.

A sample of learning journals will be reviewed each week giving generic feedback about what students are doing well and what things need improving, these will be written up in a course blog.  

At the end of each teaching week, the module leader will be online for 20 minutes to discuss the week’s activity. These sessions will be recorded and posted on Blackboard, to provide access to any students who cannot join the virtual session.

For the course starting on 16 September 2019 the tuition fees are:

Study option
Full time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£7,620 per course
International (Non-EU)
£7,620 per course

For the course starting on 16 September 2019 the tuition fees are:

Study option
Part time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£2,535 per year of study
International (Non-EU)
£2,535 per year of study

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.

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Stoke-on-Trent campus
MA
Full-time, distance learning
16 September 2019

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Students of Staffordshire University enter into a contract with us and are bound by these rules and regulations, which are subject to change. For more information, please see: University Policies and Regulations.

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