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Transnational Organised Crime


Distance 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 

Stoke-on-Trent campus
Study option:
Full-time, distance learning
13 Months
Start date:
20 September 2021
School of Law, Policing and Forensics
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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, we will issue the following award: MA Transnational Organised Crime

Distance learning

The MA in Transnational Organised Crime is a distance learning course and teaching is carried out online. You will not be required to come onto campus to study. 

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)


The tables provide an indicative list of the modules that make up the course for the current academic year. Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. We aim to ensure that all modules run as scheduled. If for any reason a module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and will provide guidance on selecting an appropriate alternative module.

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.  

If students do not have the required qualification but have professional experience, we would encourage you to apply as we consider all applications on their individual merit.  Similarly, if you are unsure whether your degree would be appropriate, please contact our enquiries team who will be able to assist you



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


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.


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.


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.


You will be taught be dedicated and research active lecturers, whose expertise and knowledge closely match the content of the course. Each of our team has a PhD, or is working towards one, and all are members of the Higher Education Authority. Each of our team has extensive contacts within the Criminal Justice System and/or local community partnerships.

Dr Emma Temple-Malt
Dr Emma Temple-MaltCourse Director

Em is the Course leader for the PG Transnational Organised Crime Masters,, Sociology and Social Justice Masters and Criminology and Criminal Justice Masters. Her expertise are in domestic abuse education and research methodology.

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For the course starting on 20 September 2021 the tuition fees are:

Tuition fees for MA-Full-time, distance learning
Study option UK / Channel Islands International
Full time £8,085 per course £8,085 per course

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've previously completed a Staffordshire University undergraduate degree (excluding HND and foundation degrees) you may be entitled to a discount of up to 25% off your course fees for any subsequent postgraduate taught course (terms apply, see the alumni discount page for details). If you have any questions about how this relates to you, please contact


Stoke-on-Trent campus
Full-time, distance learning
20 September 2021

Rules and regulations

If you are offered a place at Staffordshire University, your offer will be subject to our rules, regulations and enrolment conditions, which may vary from time to time.

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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