MSc Security and Justice
Hosted by the School of Law, this interdisciplinary programme is run in conjunction with the School of Politics and International Studies and the School of Sociology and Social Policy.
The programme offers an exciting opportunity to understand contemporary issues of security and justice from the perspectives of: Criminology; International relations; Law; Politics; and Sociology. It will allow you to select from a broad range of modules to critically evaluate some of the most pressing contemporary issues of security and justice from an interdisciplinary perspective, as well as offering the opportunity to specialise in topics that relate to your future career choice or academic interests.
You will gain in-depth understanding of how security and justice intersect, and how they are experienced at the local, national and transnational levels. You will gain skills and knowledge that inform a wide appreciation of security and justice, as well as receiving training in research methods drawn from across a range of disciplines.
MSc Security and Justice enables you to learn from experts from within the Security and Justice Research Group, with all the facilities that a leading research-led university offers. The Security and Justice Research Group is an interdisciplinary research hub that aims to develop new knowledge, analysis and policy to address the major social and economic challenges facing contemporary societies across the globe. The hub draws upon the research strengths of a variety of participating Schools including Law, Politics and International Studies, and Sociology and Social Policy. Each School has centres of world class research in areas such as the ‘Responsibility to Protect’, Policing and Criminal Justice.
The programme provides a research methods pathway that is recognised by the White Rose Doctoral Training College as sufficient for the ‘+1’ component of students aiming to study for PhDs.
The programme will give you the opportunity to:
- gain an understanding of security and justice in contemporary societies
- analyse local and international conflicts
- study transnational security concerns and international criminal justice
- examine security and justice from the perspectives of Criminology, Law, International Relations, Politics, and Sociology.
The compulsory modules will enable an analytical and empirical informed treatment of the links between security and justice issues at a national and international level, offer an opportunity for you to develop your quantitative and qualitative research skills, and give you the chance to hone your research and writing skills in your dissertation.
The wide-ranging list of optional modules means that you can explore a diverse range of related subjects of interest to you.
If you study with us, you’ll also benefit from our academic skills programme. This 10-week programme runs alongside your taught academic programme, and is specifically designed to meet the needs of home and international students in the School of Law. It allows you to refine and develop the academic and transferable skills to excel during your taught postgraduate programmes, as well as prepare for professional roles after graduation.
If you’re a part-time student, you’ll take two compulsory modules and choose two or three optional modules in your first year. You’ll then take the compulsory dissertation module and one or two optional modules in your second year to complete your programme.
These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
- Security and Justice 30 credits
- Researching Security and Justice 15 credits
- Dissertation 60 credits
- Cyberspace Law: Contemporary Issues 15 credits
- Globalisation and Crime 15 credits
- International Human Rights 30 credits
- Global Governance through Law 30 credits
- Gender, Globalisation and Development 30 credits
- The Politics of the Israel-Palestine Conflict 30 credits
- Contemporary International Security 15 credits
- Global Justice 30 credits
- Globalisation and International Social Change 30 credits
- Critical Theory 30 credits
Learning and teaching
Compulsory modules are taught in lectures and seminars. The taught components are delivered across two semesters. The remainder is spent focusing on your dissertation, conducted under the direct supervision of an individual staff member. Support for the dissertation is provided via two group sessions, one-to-one meetings and comments on draft work.
The course director will be your personal supervisor and will support you throughout the programme but you can take queries to any member of the teaching team.
Independent study is integral to this programme – not just to prepare for classes but to develop research and other critical skills.
You will be assessed by a variety of methods depending on your module choice, but primarily through coursework essays during each module. Your dissertation will be assessed through submission of an extended written piece of work. The exact criteria for assessment will reside with the School you choose to undertake your dissertation within.
The truly interdisciplinary nature of the MSc syllabus will provide you with valuable tools to pursue a wide range of career paths relevant to security and justice. The MSc programme is ideal if you plan to work in professions that relate to criminal justice, global governance, policing, social policy, international relations, international security, and academia. By developing the ability to think broadly and to connect complex issues, you will be well equipped for the future. This degree programme will provide you with the skills and knowledge to enter into further academic research or to pursue a professional career in areas such as, civil service, media and publishing, teaching and training, policy, or international agencies and NGOs.
Vocational posts in organisations such as the United Nations, North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) and the armed forces are also potential destinations for graduates.