MSc International and Transnational Policing

Study mode

Full-time (1 year)

Part-time (2 years)

Start date(s)

September 2020

Tuition fees 20/21
Home (full-time, per year): £7,750
Home (per credit): £43.05
International (full-time, per year): £15,600

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About this course

This MSc from LJMU enables you to pursue academic interests in international and transnational policing in a nurturing and multi-disciplinary environment.​

  • Join the Liverpool Centre for Advanced Policing
  • Be part of a growing area of research
  • Work alongside other students, researchers and leading academics in this new, exciting field
  • Become a part of a thriving, academic community where you have opportunities to progress on to doctorate study

The British public policing model is respected universally; it has been adopted by police departments all over the world. This programme critically assesses the adoption of that model in other nations. Students also critically examine the work of international policing and criminal justice organisations.

Policing is often an international partnership between forces and national agencies, so a deep understanding of issues affecting contemporary law enforcement is required. This Masters programme will enable you to critically explore key issues and conduct exciting new research in this diverse area.

Under the guidance of specialist supervision and among a diverse community of fellow researchers, you will gain a valuable foundation, building skills in research, analysis, conceptualisation, argument and presentation – all highly prized in many areas of employment.


You will receive specialist supervision and study within a diverse community of fellow researchers. Staff are active in a wide range of fields including: Data Science; Cyber Security; Evidence-Based Practice; Forensic Science; Leadership, Governance and Ethics; Professional Development and Knowledge Exchange; Transnational and Public Order Policing; Urban Intelligence and Informatics; Victimology and Domestic Violence; Serious and Organised Crime and Intelligence Led policing.

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 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.

Policing and other related public sector fields currently suffer a skills gap in relation to quantitative research. This programme aims to fill that gap.

Students with an interest in pursuing an academic path will be encouraged to progress to PhD level. This MSc plays an important development role in that process.

​On completion of your MSc, you may consider a career in the police service or in areas connected to investigation, security or criminal justice e.g. the armed services, prison service, social work or criminal justice-related roles within the Civil Service. If you are already in employment, the MSc will prepare you to specialise in your area of interest.

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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

Policing in Context
20 credits

This module introduces you to different perspectives that relate to policing and provide an opportunity to critically explore the range of regulatory processes, professional values and ethics that inform practice. It provides an insight into current policing, community safety and criminal justice priorities and

  • allows you to explore emerging debates relating to policing, community safety and criminal justice
  • gives you an overview of a variety of diverse policing perspectives

Advanced Research Skills
20 credits

This module aims to prepare you for the dissertation in semester three by introducing key epistemological and methodological issues that impact on research into crime, security, community safety and criminal justice. While exploring the politics and practice of research in these areas, the module will introduce research theories and methods.

International and Transnational Policing
20 credits

This module explores emerging debates relating to international and transnational policing particularly in relation to such issues as people trafficking.

Transnational Organised Crime
20 credits

This module explores emerging debates relating to the impact of organised crime on an international and transnational basis and how policing strategies have and are developing in this field. It aims to develop your critical appreciation and understanding of organised crime with a particular emphasis on: Human Trafficking/Smuggling of Migrants, Modern slavery, Drugs, Counterfeiting, Arms, Financial Crime, Intelligence, Policing Borders and Corruption.

Policing in Conflict and Post-Conflict Zones
20 credits

This module explores the current and emerging themes and responses relating to the international and transnational policing in conflict/post-conflict zones and how policing strategies have and are developing in this field. It aims to:

  • critically examine and develop an understanding of the key strategies that are current and relevant in the policing of conflict/post-conflict zones
  • provide the intellectual tools and knowledge to critically analyse and demonstrate an understanding of the topic
  • consider, examine and evaluate the nature of policing issues, challenges and responses drawing upon the latest research and policy implications

20 credits

This module will examine in depth, the key concepts in relation to terrorism. It will explore a number of key issues including definitions of terrorism, ideologies, typology, group structures, tactics, methods of operation, target selection, state response, use of technologies, funding and media impact. It aims to:

  • develop your understanding of the work of statutory and non-statutory bodies in society and relate this experience to terrorism, counter-terrorist and security in society
  • explore the concept of and delivery of counter terrorism initiatives with a focus on the measures being adopted within the United Kingdom, drawing on comparative counter-terrorism strategies from the US and Canada

Dissertation - Policing
60 credits

The aim of the dissertation module is to develop your ability to analyse and interpret an issue in your chosen field. You will draw on a relevant body of knowledge, collecting data and completing a piece of writing in a manner conforming to the tenets of disciplined, lucid and critical scholarship.


An insight into teaching on your course

Study hours

Full-time and part-time students attend university for teaching on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Teaching methods

The course offers a range of approaches to learning, with peer and tutor feedback greatly encouraged. Workshop activities and tutor support facilitate formative feedback to enable you to work on your weaknesses and build on your strengths.

Applied learning

All Policing Studies students have opportunities to learn directly from practitioners via workshops and masterclasses. The latter are held each month and include talks from a range of eminent experts, professionals and practitioners, from Leader of the North West Circuit, David Steer QC to UN Police Advisor, Chief Inspector Cecilia Dunster and Marie McCourt, mother of 'no-body' murder victim, Helen McCourt.  

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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 include: academic essays; annotated bibliographies; reflective research exercises; position papers; exams; reports; case studies; portfolios; online blogs and wikis; workplace practice; posters; oral presentations (individual and group); debates; reviews; group work and the dissertation/research project.

Course tutors

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

I co-chair the Higher Education Forum for Learning and Development in Policing and I am currently working with a number of stakeholders, including Merseyside Police and The College of Policing, to create QAA Benchmarks Statements for policing.

School facilities

What you can expect from your School

Based the John Foster Building, in the Mount Pleasant Campus, the School of Humanities and Social Science has many outstanding facilities, including well-equipped IT Suites, a light-filled Student Common Room and dedicated postgraduate study areas. At the back of the John Foster Building is the Aldham Robarts Library, which gives access to an exceptional range of materials to support your studies.

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Entry requirements

You will need:

  • a minimum 2:2 in Policing, Criminology, Criminal Justice or a related subject


  • equivalent professional qualifications and experience

Additional information:

  • IELTS English language requirement: 6.5 (minimum 5.5 in each component)
  • Pearson requirements: 58-64 (minimum 51 in each component for UKVI purposes)
  • RPL is accepted on this programme

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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.

Applications are considered by the programme leader and at least two course tutors. They are assessed on your application form, academic transcript (or equivalent) and academic reference.

You will need to:

  • demonstrate sufficient knowledge to embark on the programme
  • display the potential to develop high level research skills
  • demonstrate the ability and commitment to work at postgraduate level


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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