Year of entry 2023
- Start date
- September 2023
- Delivery type
- On campus
- 12 months full time
- Entry requirements
- A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in a related subject.
Full entry requirements
- English language requirements
- IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component
- UK fees
- £11,500 (total)
- International fees
- £24,000 (total)
Hosted by the School of Law, this interdisciplinary programme is run in conjunction with the School of Politics and International Studies.
The programme offers an exciting opportunity to understand contemporary issues of security, conflict 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, conflict and justice from an interdisciplinary perspective, as well as offer the opportunity to specialise in topics that relate to your future career choice or academic interests.
You will gain an in-depth understanding of how security, conflict 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, conflict and justice, as well as receiving training in research methods drawn from across a range of disciplines.
MSc Security, Conflict and Justice enables you to learn from experts within these three intersecting research fields, with all the facilities that a leading research-led university offers. The University of Leeds hosts diverse expertise in these fields that aim to develop new knowledge, analysis and policy to address the major challenges faced by contemporary societies across the globe. Drawing upon research strengths from across participating Schools – particularly the School of Law and the School of Politics and International Studies – this programme is built upon world-class research in areas such as criminal justice, changing patterns of conflict, (critical) security studies, global security challenges, (international) criminal justice, policing, security and responsibility to protect.
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You’ll benefit from our optional Support in Academic and Personal Development programme. This runs alongside your taught academic programme in semester one and is specifically designed to complement the School’s induction activities and ongoing academic skills support for students. The programme may include wellbeing activities, careers talks, assessment query sessions as well as additional language support for non-native English speakers.
The optional modules listed below are a selection of those on offer. For the full list see the course catalogue using the links below.
The list shown below represents typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our terms and conditions.
Year 1 compulsory modules
|New Frontiers of Security, Conflict and Justice||15|
|Researching Crime, Security and Justice||30|
|Security, Conflict and Justice||30|
|Dissertation Security, Conflict and Justice||60|
Year 1 optional modules (selection of typical options shown below)
You will also choose 45 credits from the below:
|Rethinking Policing 1||15|
|International Criminal Law||15|
|Intercultural Business and Organisational Communication||15|
|Contemporary Theories of Crime and Justice||30|
|Criminal Justice Processes||30|
|Globalisation and Crime||15|
|International Corporate Governance||15|
|International Law of Credit and Security||15|
|International Human Rights||30|
|Global Governance through Law||30|
|Conflict, Complex Emergencies and Global Governance||30|
|Gender, Globalisation and Development||30|
|European Defence and Security Analysis||30|
|Contemporary Politics of the Middle East||30|
|The Politics of the Israel-Palestine Conflict||30|
|International Relations and the Environment||30|
|Theoretical Approaches in International Relations||30|
|Civil War and Intrastate Conflict||30|
|Researching Society and Culture||30|
|Quantitative Research Methods||15|
|Qualitative Research Methods||15|
|Understanding Society and Culture||30|
|Power, Critique & Global Transformations||15|
|Inequalities: Exploring causes, Consequences and Interventions||30|
|Business, Environment and Sustainability||15|
Learning and teaching
We use a variety of teaching and learning methods to help you make the most of your studies. These will include lectures, seminars, and online learning. 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.
On this course you’ll be taught by our expert academics, from lecturers through to professors. You may also be taught by industry professionals with years of experience, as well as trained postgraduate researchers, connecting you to some of the brightest minds on campus.
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 be down to the school within which you choose to undertake your dissertation.
A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in criminology, international relations, law, politics, sociology, social policy, or related social science discipline.
English language requirements
IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.
Improve your English
International students who do not meet the English language requirements for this programme may be able to study our postgraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.
This pre-sessional course is designed with a progression route to your degree programme and you’ll learn academic English in the context of your subject area. To find out more, read Language for Law (6 weeks) and Language for Social Sciences and Arts: Law (10 weeks).
We also offer online pre-sessionals alongside our on-campus pre-sessionals. You could study a part-time online course starting in January, or a full-time course in summer. Find out more about online pre-sessionals.
You can also study pre-sessionals for longer periods – read about our postgraduate pre-sessional English courses.
How to apply
International – Thursday 29 June 2023
UK – Friday 18 August 2023
If you intend to apply for funding, you should submit an application for a place on your chosen course at least one month before any specific scholarship deadline.
The link at the top of this page takes you to information on applying for taught programmes and to the University's online application system.
If you're unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.
Documents and information you will need include:
- Original or certified copies of your transcripts
- Original or certified copies of your degree certificate
- Original or certified copy of your IELTS/TOEFL results (if English is not your first language).
Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.
This course is taught by
School of Law Postgraduate Admissions Office
UK: £11,500 (total)
International: £24,000 (total)
Read more about paying fees and charges.
For fees information for international taught postgraduate students, read Masters fees.
Additional cost information
There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs.
Scholarships and financial support
If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There may be help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more at Masters funding overview.
The School of Law offers a number of scholarships. Find out more about what we offer on the School's scholarships page.
The truly interdisciplinary nature of this programme will provide you with valuable tools to pursue a wide range of career paths relevant to security and justice. The MSc Security, Conflict and Justice 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.
Recent graduates have gone on to work in the UK and overseas in a range of sectors and professions including think tanks, the police, the public sector and beyond. Many also pursue further study by commencing PhD research.
Posts in organisations such as the United Nations, North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) and the armed forces are also potential destinations for graduates.
The School of Law offers career and personal development support through the School’s dedicated Employability Officers. You can book one-to-one appointments with our Employability Officers throughout the year to discuss your career aspirations and get advice on how to make the most of your time with us.
The School also arranges a number of community engagement (pro bono) and work experience opportunities, career development workshops, guest speaker events and careers fairs throughout the year. These opportunities will allow you to develop new skills, enhance your career prospects and network with prospective employers.
In addition to the School-specific careers support, you will also have access to the University’s award-winning Careers Centre. The Careers Centre offers one-to-one appointments, advice on starting your own business, careers events, mentoring schemes and support with your CV, applications and interviews.