About your course
This Masters degree is based on internationally recognised research and is delivered by its expert authors. You will extend your knowledge of issues of global crime, justice and security within an international legal context through the study of a selection of specialist areas of law and policy.
- Course available to study full time (1 year) and part time (2 years)
- A contemporary Masters degree focusing on key issues in a global context
- Course recognised by the Solicitors Regulation Authority
- Flexible entry points mean you can opt for either an LLM or MSc award
- Develops critical analysis and assesses legal frameworks from an international perspective
- Can be studied by professionals from a non-law background
An extremely engaging and intellectually stimulating course, this LLM challenges you to critically explore a vast range of topical issues affecting international law. The support and guidance of the dedicated, enthusiastic and incredibly knowledgeable staff helps create a unique learning environment that encourages independent study.
Introduction to the School
The School of Law offers a range of opportunities for you to play an active part in an evolving, dynamic, and engaging postgraduate culture.
The School has a long-standing reputation for providing professional, practitioner, and work-related learning opportunities for undergraduate and postgraduate students alike. The School's academic team are a mixture of research active lecturers, qualified and former practitioners of law and criminal justice services, and internationally established leading experts in their field.
Through its portfolio of postgraduate courses and the enthusiastic support and guidance of a dynamic and dedicated staff group, the School offers a stimulating and rewarding environment for postgraduate study, where work related skills development is seen as a priority.
Research conducted by LJMU’s School of Law was ranked 4th out of all post-92 universities in the UK in the REF 2014, and is considered as being of international importance. This research helps ensure we offer you a contemporary curriculum designed and delivered by leaders in their field.
Why study this course at LJMU?
As an LJMU postgraduate student of Global Crime, Justice and Security, all of your teaching will be delivered by an academic team with internationally recognised research profiles and extensive practice-based experience.
This programme of study will provide you 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.
The programme is built around a wide range of optional modules from which students can choose. The various specialist modules on offer 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.
Programme outline and structure
Governments and authorities in the 21st century are facing major challenges as they deal with terrorism and complex organised crime which crosses borders and poses difficult issues for legal practitioners and organisations across a variety of sectors.
The MSc/Master of Laws programme in Global Crime, Justice and Security 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 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.
For those with a limited knowledge of law, there is a comprehensive induction in the first semester. ‘Law for Non-Lawyers’ covers the essential nature and sources of law and the necessary elements to prepare you for advanced study in this area.
What you will study on this degree
Please see guidance below on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.
- Contemporary issues in global crime, justice and security
Introducing you to core concepts, processes and institutions of international law and how they relate to the programme’s themes of crime, justice and security in a global context
The option modules you will typically study include:
- Legal research methods
You will be trained in the process of conducting and writing up research. This module serves as a preparatory stage for the dissertation module at the end of the course
You will undertake a 12,000 word written project on a topic agreed with the programme leader and/or module leader, relevant to the programme's curriculum. A supervisor will be assigned from the programme team to guide you in developing your work
- International criminal law
Understand crimes against humanity, genocide and war crimes, and explore how international law provides machinery to hold accountable those responsible for such crimes
- Conflict and welfare in international law
Explore the legal rules which govern states' recourse to the use of force against one another, as well as the body of humanitarian law which regulates the manner by which armed conflict is conducted
- Global crime and security
An in-depth study into the phenomena of cross-border criminal activity and terrorism, and collaborative responses to it
- The United Nations international security and global justice
Understand the role of the United Nations in the maintenance of international peace and security. You will explore the UN's experiences in areas such as peacekeeping, military enforcement and the imposition of sanctions
- EU foreign security and justice policy
Consider and explore the role of the European Union as an international actor, and understand how it has performed an increased security function on the global stage
- Gender perspectives and international law
Consider various aspects of international law from perspectives that are informed by gender, using examples such as sexual violence during armed conflict to explore more theoretical debates about the role of gender in the operation of international law
- Statehood, peoples and statelessness
What is the concept of the state and the phenomena of statelessness; how do states relate to their populations, and under which circumstances do states dissolve?
- Democracy, rights and rule of law
Understand the theoretical aspects of human rights, and its relationship with democracy in the modern world
Further guidance on modulesThe information listed in the section entitled ‘What you will study’ is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers. Please email email@example.com if you require further guidance or clarification.
How will I be assessed?
Our expert academics have designed your assessed work to ensure that you fulfil your potential at this important stage of your development as a postgraduate.
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 new Redmonds Building, and you will need to undertake some preliminary reading to prepare for and take part in group discussions. You will be able to access all University resources including LJMU's extensive print and online library resources.
Staff research interests
Members of staff at the School of Law carry out research in two different fields: Law – UK and International, Dispute Resolution and Criminal Justice.
Research in Law includes the following areas:
- corporate governance
- banking and finance
- global finance law
- financial services and financial crime
- media law
- comparative private/public law
- EU law
- international law
- commercial law
- sports law
- German public law
- Italian public law
- medical ethics
- legal theory
- human rights
- criminal law
- police powers
- trans-national crime
- family law
- law and religion
- legal history
Research in Criminal Justice includes the following areas:
- organisation and governance of the National Probation Service and HM Prison Service
- community penalties
- surveillance and social control
- multi-agency approach to crime prevention
- international politics of crime control
- application of criminological theories to practice
- justice in England and Wales
- youth Justice bail service
- crimes of the powerful (including corporate crime and state crime)
- sentencing policy and practice
- criminal justice policy and relationship between policy and research
- relationships between the police and the public
- sex offenders
- drug users
- effectiveness in probation intervention
- mentally disordered offenders
Entry requirements (Home)
An appropriate honours degree e.g. in Law, Criminal Justice, Politics, Finance, Banking or Accounting or a professional qualification deemed to be equivalent to an appropriate honours degree.
Degree classification: minimum 2:2
Qualifications and previous work experience deemed to be equivalent to the above entry requirements and in suitable areas linked to the award. IELTS: 6.0 or equivalent required, with a minimum of 5.5 in each component
Entry requirements (International)
LJMU welcomes applications from international students. In addition to normal entry requirements, you will be expected to demonstrate a very good level of English language competence, for example an IELTS score of 6.0-6.5 or equivalent. Please note: specific courses may require higher levels of English language competence. If you have applied to study a full-time taught Masters, MRes, MPhil or PhD at LJMU, you should check if you require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate. It can take four to six weeks to receive an ATAS certificate, so please make sure you apply as early as possible. You can find out more on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website. Alternatively, contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for guidance. Please note: international students entering on a Tier 4 visa cannot study part time. Students entering the UK on alternate types of visa may be in a position to study part time. Please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for further details before making your application. In order to obtain a visa you will also need to show evidence that the money required to cover your tuition fees and living expenses has been in your bank account for at least 28 days prior to submitting your visa application. So please make sure that your finances are in place before applying. For more details, go to our international website.
For advice on any aspect of the application process, please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team.
6.0 (Min 5.5 in each component)
Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.
All full and part-time students enrolled on postgraduate taught programmes at LJMU are liable to pay an annual tuition fee. You can opt to pay your tuition fees in full at the start of each academic year or pay by instalments. If you need advice about how you will pay your tuition fees, please email to LJMU’s Student Funding Team as soon as possible.
Sources of funding
Postgraduate loans for students from England, Wales and the EU
Postgraduate Masters loans are available for those studying in the 2017/18 academic year. The new government loans, of up to £10,280, are available for students attending eligible full and part-time Masters courses. To be eligible part time courses need to be studied at 50% intensity. Personal Eligibility is based on your age, your residency and if you have studied at Masters level previously.
Loan repayments will begin the April after course completion, with the first cohort of borrowers commencing repayments in April 2019. Repayments will be made at a rate of 6% of income above an earning threshold of £21,000. This threshold will be frozen until 2021. For details of loan terms, conditions and eligibility, go to:-
Postgraduate Loans for students from Northern Ireland
The Northern Irish government is also introducing a loan for students commencing postgraduate study from September 2017 onwards. Unlike the loan for students from England and Wales this scheme offers a loan for tuition fees only with no funding available from the NI government for living costs. The loan for tuition fees will be paid direct to LJMU.
The maximum loan for those starting in 2017 is £5,500 per course. Please note this means in some instances the loan will not cover your tuition fees in full and you will need to make alternative arrangements to pay the balance as well as source funding for your living costs.
LJMU Alumni Award
Alumni of the University are eligible to apply for a 20% reduction in their postgraduate tuition fees if they choose to progress onto a higher degree programme at LJMU. Both Home and international LJMU students and alumni can apply for this award (subject to eligibility criteria*).
Postgraduate International Scholarships
LJMU offers scholarships for international applicants accepted onto taught masters programmes (excluding distance learning programmes) and research degrees. Current LJMU international students and alumni interested in pursuing postgraduate study and research at the University are eligible to apply for these scholarships along with new applicants.
English for Postgraduate Studies Bursary
A Bursary is also available for international students who need to improve their IELTS score prior to enrolling on their postgraduate course or research programme at the University. This course is run by LJMU’s International Study Centre.
The Rice-Jones Scholarships
The Rice-Jones Scholarship ("the Scholarship") is open to any individual studying in the North-West of England who can demonstrate academic promise, commitment to the legal profession and financial need. It is expected that entrants will have accepted a place to study a postgraduate law course, including but not limited to the Graduate Diploma in Law, Legal Practice Course, Bar Professional Training Course or Masters in Law. Applicants should be intending to enrol on the course in the academic year following the year in which the application is made. The award can be from £1,000 to full course fees and maintenance provisions.
To apply for the Scholarship, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and request an application form and terms and conditions for the scholarship.
To be considered applications must be received before Sunday 1 May 2017. Short-listed applicants will then be invited to attend interview week commencing 26 June 2017.
PLEASE NOTE: LJMU does not administer the applications for these scholarships, therefore completed applications must be returned to: Jonathan Riley, Michelmores LLP, Woodwater House, Pynes Hill, Exeter EX2 5WR or email an electronic copy to email@example.com
Earn While You Learn
Working while you study means you may be able to pay for your course without taking out any further loans or at least reducing the amount you need to borrow. Working while you study also gives you the skills valued by employers, such as managing your workload and prioritising your time.
LJMU’s Vacancy website can help you find graduate vacancies, sandwich/industrial placements, internships / summer work, part-time jobs, volunteering opportunities and work-based learning placements. Over 1,000 local and regional employers regularly list opportunities on the website.
Professional and Career Development Loans (PCDL)
Many students fund their postgraduate studies via Professional and Career Development Loans. This is a bank loan which you will have to pay back once you’ve completed the course. However, while you are studying any interest on the loan will be paid for you by the Skills Funding Agency. PCDLs worth between £300 and £10,000 are available for eligible postgraduates to fund up to two years of study (three if the course includes work experience). The loan is split into course fees and living costs.
Some organisations and companies fund the cost of postgraduate studies for their employees as they recognise the value of having well qualified staff. Check out our courses and see if there are any on offer that could enhance your current career. Remember, employer support doesn’t always have to be financial; it can take other forms too, such as flexible working arrangements, day release and time in lieu of study.
Support for disabled students
Disabled Students’ Allowances or DSAs are designed to help meet the extra course costs students can face as a direct result of a disability, on-going health condition, mental health condition or specific learning difficulty. DSAs don’t have to be paid back and the type of support you receive will be determined by your specific needs not your household income. Please contact LJMU’s Disability team for further advice: 0151 231 3164/3165.
Council tax exemption
All full-time postgraduate students studying courses lasting one year or more are eligible for a council tax exemption certificate.
We aim to produce postgraduates adept at making informed decisions that support positive change through the academic and professional application of law at national and international levels.
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.
This LLM/MSc has been designed specifically to enhance your career prospects, particularly if you are professionally engaged in security, shipping, corporate and civil law.
You may be a professional who requires specialist knowledge in a dedicated field relating to the law and social justice, particularly if you are aiming to or already working within multi-lateral organisations such as the European Union or United Nations.
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.
International applicants are required to demonstrate equivalent qualifications to the standard requirements for entry when applying for courses at LJMU.
Students must also demonstrate a proficiency in communicating through English, for example via an IELTS tests or equivalent.
Please note: UK visa restrictions mean that international students are only permitted to study on a full-time basis.
Please contact LJMU’s International Team by visiting www.ljmu.ac.uk/international for more information and advice.
LJMU has launched a range of generous international scholarships for students enrolling at the University.
These prestigious scholarships take the form of tuition fee waivers and are available for outstanding international students applying for taught postgraduate programmes and research degrees.
You will need to complete an additional application form in order to be considered for these scholarships. Full eligibility criteria and the online application form are available here: www.ljmu.ac.uk/international
Applications for these scholarships are welcomed from:
- new international applicants
- current LJMU international students hoping to progress onto postgraduate study at the University
- LJMU international alumni
English for Postgraduate courses bursary
A bursary will be available for students who must complete the six week English for Postgraduate Studies course to improve their IELTS score by 0.5 prior to enrolling on their postgraduate taught or research degree at LJMU.
This bursary take the form of a tuition fee waiver, which will be deducted from your tuition fee when you enrol on your degree programme. You do not need to complete the online scholarship form in order to receive this bursary. Please note: If you are awarded this bursary you are not eligible to apply for an international scholarship.
The University may make changes to a programme of study or module where 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.
Further guidance on programme changes