LLM Global Crime, Justice and Security (MSc)

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Full-time (1 year)

Part-time (2 years)

Start date(s)

September 2019

Tuition fees 19/20
Home (full-time, per year): £6,600
Home (per credit): £36.65
International (full-time, per year): £13,950

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About this course

Delivered by its expert authors, this Global Crime, Justice and Security LLM from LJMU extends your knowledge of these legal issues in an international legal context.

  • Study on a course recognised by the Solicitors Regulation Authority
  • Opt for either an LLM or MSc award
  • Develop critical analysis and assess legal frameworks from an international perspective
  • Gain entry even if you are from a non-law background

All of your teaching on this course will be delivered by an academic team with internationally recognised research profiles and extensive practice-based experience. The course is designed to develop your advanced scholarship and research skills enabling you to progress, academically and intellectually, in a discreet area of international law.

You will be provided with a core knowledge base in areas such as human rights, international criminal law, the use of force, global crime, justice and security and the United Nations collective security system.


You can choose from a wide range of optional modules. These will enable you to uncover the many issues pertaining to global crime justice and security. Your critical understanding at this level will be deepened as you explore theoretical and empirical debates relating to power, security, statehood, recognition and self-determination, the implementation of democracy, the rule of law and human rights.


Fees and funding

There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students


The fees quoted at the top of this page cover registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examinations as well as:

  • Library membership with access to printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to programme-appropriate software
  • Library and student IT support
  • Free on-campus wifi via eduroam

Additional costs

Although not all of the following are compulsory/relevant, you should keep in mind the costs of:

  • accommodation and living expenditure
  • books (should you wish to have your own copies)
  • printing, photocopying and stationery
  • PC/laptop (should you prefer to use your own)
  • mobile phone/tablet (to access online services)
  • field trips (travel and activity costs)

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  • placements (travel expenses and living costs)
  • student visas (international students only)
  • study abroad opportunities (travel costs, accommodation, visas and immunisations)
  • academic conferences (travel costs)
  • professional-body membership
  • graduation (gown hire etc)


There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students. From Postgraduate Masters Loans to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist postgraduate funding pages.


Further your career prospects

LJMU has an excellent employability record with 96% (HESA 2017) of our postgraduates in work or further study six months after graduation. Our applied learning techniques and strong industry connections ensure our students are fully prepared for the workplace on graduation and understand how to apply their knowledge in a real world context.

Typically students who study on the LLM/MSc will be progressing from their first degree or practicing in a field of law, or in law-related employment. The LLM/MSc has been designed specifically to enhance your career prospects, particularly if you are professionally engaged in security, shipping, corporate or civil law.

If you are interested in a career in academia or enhancing your knowledge in a discreet field of law, you may also find positions in education and research, even perhaps continuing your studies to PhD level.

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Course modules

Discover the building blocks of your programme

Your programme is made up of a number of core modules which are part of the course framework. Some programmes also have optional modules that can be selected to enhance your learning in certain areas and many feature a dissertation, extended report or research project to demonstrate your advanced learning.

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Core Modules

Contemporary Issues in Global Crime, Justice and Security

This module aims to:

  • introduce you to the basic concepts, institutions and processes of international law
  • introduce you to the themes of crime, justice and security within a global legal context
  • provide you with an appreciation of selected contemporary issues of global concern in the context of conceptual themes of crime, justice and security
Optional Modules

Postgraduate Legal Research Methods (Socio-Legal)

This module:

  • presents the opportunity to appraise methodological approaches to researching issues of global crime, justice & security
  • provides you with the skills required to undertake a dissertation at postgraduate level
  • encourages your development of research skills


You will undertake a detailed study of a socio-legal or social-scientific topic, issue or problem. This module will increase your knowledge during the research process. You will be able to present findings of personal research in an appropriate form.

International Criminal Law

This module will:

  • introduce you to the basic concepts, institutions and processes of international criminal law
  • introduce you to current debates regarding the application of international criminal law
  • provide you with an appreciation of contemporary issues of global concern relating to the prosecution of international crimes

Conflict and Warfare in International Law

This module aims to:

  • consider current controversies in international law pertaining to the use of force between states
  • provide you with an understanding of legal limitations on methods and means of armed conflict
  • explore modern and emerging challenges to the law of armed conflict

Global Crime and Security

The module aims to:

  • introduce you to the basic concepts, institutions and processes of international law
  • build knowledge in the themes of crime, justice and security within a global legal context
  • provide you with an appreciation of selected contemporary issues of global concern in the context of conceptual themes of crime, justice and security

The United Nations, International Security and Global Justice

The module aims to:

  • introduce you to the work of the United Nations in the maintenance and restoration of international peace and security
  • develop your understanding of the legal framework which governs the work of the UN in this area

EU Foreign Security and Justice Policy

This module enables you to examine and critically analyse contemporary issues arising from the EU Foreign, Security and Justice Policy. You will also be able to consider contemporary global problems through EU law and policy.

Gendered Perspectives on International Law

This module presents a critical understanding of gender and feminist theory relating to international law. It provides you with the ability to evaluate and critically reflect on contemporary issues in international law that relate to issues of gender.

Statehood, People and Statelessness

This module aims to:

  • provide you with an appreciation of the nature of the state within international law
  • develop an awareness of the causes, consequences and responses to statelessness and the awareness of the challenges posed to the integrity of the state and international law’s response to these

Democracy, Rule of Law and Human Rights

This module:

  • presents the opportunity to examine contemporary issues within the broader context of human rights discourse
  • provides an understanding of, and the ability to critically analyse, key themes of democracy, the rule of law, and human rights within domestic and international law
  • provides the opportunity to appreciate the relationship between key theoretical concepts 


An insight into teaching on your course

Study hours

The support and guidance of the dedicated, enthusiastic and incredibly knowledgeable staff helps create a unique learning environment that encourages independent study. Full-time students will study every Monday and Wednesday across both semesters, while part-time students will only study half of the required number of taught modules each year.

Teaching methods

Technology plays a crucial role in learning through this programme and modules use online feedback and face-to-face assessments. The programme's blended learning techniques include: interactive, self-directed and independent learning, lecturer-produced course documents, collaboration and cohort learning through online forums or group working.

Teaching is usually delivered via seminars and workshops in the Redmonds Building, and you will need to undertake some preliminary reading to prepare for and take part in group discussions.

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Applied learning

You will critically analyse and understand the complexities of this highly specialist and complex field – both challenging and informing global and comparative perspectives. This course is underpinned by significant engagement with new and established research and advanced scholarship.

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How learning is monitored on your programme

To cater for the wide-ranging content of our courses and the varied learning preferences of our students, we offer a range of assessment methods on each programme. Assessment techniques vary from module to module to reflect relevant assessment approaches and the key learning points of each topic.

Assessment methods on this programme include: a 5000 word essay in each module and a final dissertation. 

Course tutors

Our staff are committed to the highest standards of teaching and learning

Gary Wilson

Gary Wilson

Programme Leader 

Lecturing at LJMU since 2004, Gary specialises in international law and constitutional reform. He is co-editor-in-chief of the peer reviewed journal, the Liverpool Law Review. Gary’s research focuses on: collective security within the United Nations system; the use of force in international law; statehood and secession and constitutional reform. His publications include: The United Nations and Collective Security; The ‘Arab Spring’: New Patterns for Democracy and International Law and The United Nations Security Council and Refugee Flows as Threats to the Peace.  

I really enjoy sharing, with students, the expertise I have developed through my research activity and working with them on the development of their ideas. I also enjoy engaging in contemporary debates and discussions within my areas of expertise.

School facilities

What you can expect from your School

The School is based in the Redmonds Building, in the heart of the bustling Mount Pleasant Campus and Liverpool’s growing Knowledge Quarter. Redmonds is shared by three Schools within the Faculty of Arts, Professional and Social Studies – Liverpool Screen School and the School of Law - and Liverpool Business School, making for a rich blend of student learning experiences. The building is home to high quality lecture theatres and seminar rooms, social spaces, and a café. It is only a short walk from LJMU’s Aldham Robarts Library, which contains all the resources you will require for your studies, and is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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Entry requirements

You will need:

  • a minimum 2:2 in a subject such as Law, Criminal Justice, Politics, Finance, Banking or Accounting 


  • an equivalent professional qualification


  • equivalent and suitable previous work experience

Additional Information

  • IELTS 6.0 or equivalent (minimum 5.5 in each component)
  • Pearson 50-57
  • RPL is accepted on this programme
  • International students applying to study a full-time taught Masters, MRes, MPhil or PhD at LJMU should check if they require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate. Contact International Admissions Team for more details
  • International students entering on a Tier 4 visa cannot study part-time

If you have any specific queries, please contact apsadmissions@ljmu.ac.uk

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Please note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.

View country specific entry requirements

Contact LJMU's International Admissions Team for guidance on visa information. Further information is also available from our international web pages.

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Application and selection

Securing your place at LJMU

You will apply for the majority of postgraduate courses using our online application form. You should complete the form thoroughly and provide a detailed personal statement which reflects your suitability and aptitude for the programme.

The University reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University. Where this does happen, the University operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.
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