Intermediate award(s): PG Dip
Full-Time and Part-Time

Course overview

This course will enable you to explore practical and theoretical aspects of transnational criminal activities, including models and methods of detection, policing, social control and sanctions. A range of theoretical standpoints will enable you to understand Western legal and social traditions, in order to develop a comparative framework. You will also be encouraged to develop vocational and applied approaches.

Themes on our course include: the structure and nature of organised illicit trade and criminal enterprise; the concept of the risk society; violence in society; responses to transnational crimes through policing initiatives, agreements and treaties; western legal practices and sentencing frameworks; and critical enquiries into the effects of changing serious crime levels; terror-news; moral panics; and the mobilisation of nations.

This course consists of four taught modules taken over one year. The Major Project is completed at the end of the taught part. Teaching runs over two semesters of 12 weeks each, from September to December and February to May.

Teaching mainly takes place in a research-seminar format, but may also include some lectures, guest speakers and debates. Our tutors are available for one-to-one support and advice.

Our Staff

Colleen Moore
Violent behaviour; justice and injustice through the courts; human trafficking; comparative criminology.

Dr Sam Lundrigan
Criminological geographic profiling systems; spatial behaviour of serial rapists; behaviour consistency of serial offenders.

Dr Anna Markovska
Transitional countries; serious crime; corruption; drug abuse.

Dr Natalie Mann
Ageing, crime, penology, sex offending.

Vicky Gadd
Prisons and imprisonment; prison management; prisoners and the experience of imprisonment; prison staff and the role of the prison officer; justice theory; research methods.

Dr Liz Bradbury
Social theory; gender studies; psychoanalysis; the Frankfurt School.

Dr David Skinner
Race and racism, the social and political aspects of scientific and technological innovation; the relationship between the natural and social sciences; forensics, databases and surveillance; the changing management of public services.

Dr Shaun le Boutillier
Social theory; applied ethics; explanations of the relations between individual and society.

Emma Brett
Public service; learning and education; equality and cultural diversity; barriers to learning.

Julian Constable
Learning and teaching in the post-compulsory education sector; police training methods.

Dr Kofi Boakye
Juvenile delinquency, cross-cultural comparative criminology, gender-based violence; child abuse.

Dr Olivia Smith
Violence against women, courts, justice.

Module guide

Core modules
  • Organised Illicit Trade

    You will explore the structure and nature of organised illicit trade and facilitate discussions of the concept of criminal networks, including criminal opportunity and routine activities, to analyse different case studies. Case studies will include financial crime, drug trafficking, human trafficking, child abuse, toxic waste and smuggling. You will measure and evaluate the scale of illicit trade in order to analyse the regulatory issues involved and potential preventative mechanisms.

  • Major Project

    Here, you will demonstrate your ability to raise and investigate significant questions in relation to your specialist research area, either through empirical research or sustained theoretical investigation. Based on your initial project proposal you will be expected to negotiate a learning contract with your supervisor, which outlines title, research question, assessment weighting and criteria, and the forum of the project.

In addition to teaching time on-campus, all courses require intensive self-guided learning, research or private study and there may also be optional training, seminars, visits, lectures or master classes to attend.


Assessment varies from module to module, but typically might consist of a 5,000-word essay plus a presentation of approximately 20 minutes; a case study plus presentation; or a portfolio of activities to be submitted at the end of each module.


All teaching takes place on our Cambridge campus, with excellent library facilities, bookshops and other facilities close at hand.

Our campus libraries offer a wide range of publications and a variety of study facilities, including open-access computers, areas for quiet or group study and bookable rooms. We also have an extensive Digital Library providing on and off-site access to e-books, e-journals and databases.

We endeavour to make our libraries as accessible as possible for all our students. During Semester time, they open 24 hours a day from Monday to Thursday, until midnight on Friday and Saturday and for 12 hours on Sunday.

IT resources
Our open access computer facilities provide free access to the internet, email, messaging services and the full Microsoft Office suite. A high speed wireless service is also available in all key areas on campus. If you are away from campus or a distant learner, our student desktop and its many applications can be accessed remotely using the internet. Your personal student email account provides free document storage, calendar facilities and social networking opportunities.

Throughout your studies you will have access to our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), providing course notes, reading materials and multi-media content to support your learning, while our e-vision system gives you instant access to your academic record and your timetable.

Special features

In addition to the taught modules, we run a series of research seminars to which staff and postgraduate students are invited.

Course Leader

Dr Anna Markovska

Links with industry and professional recognition

Through our research, consultancy and community engagement work we have links with professionals in the criminal justice system, prisons and other enforcement agencies.

Associated careers

Graduates may pursue careers in many related fields, including national and international criminal justice systems, immigration and border agencies, the Police, the Prison Service, the National Probation Service, Youth Justice, the Home Office, scenes of crime work, the court system, or social policy and research.
Main requirements:
  • A good honours degree, (or equivalent), normally in a related subject. Applicants with professional experience are also encouraged to apply.
  • If English is not your first language you will be expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 6.5 ( Academic level) or equivalent English Language qualification, as recognised by Anglia Ruskin University
Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email for further information.

Entry requirements listed are for September 2015/January 2016 entry. Entry requirements for other intakes may differ.

International and EU applicants

We welcome applications from International and EU students. Please select one of the links below for English language and country-specific entry requirement information.
If you do not meet the above requirements, then there is an alternative. Consider entry to the course via an integrated foundation year at Cambridge Ruskin International College, an associate college of Anglia Ruskin, which is located on our Cambridge campus.

How to apply



1 year full-time
2 years part-time

Teaching times*

Mon and Thurs

September starts: Semester 1: Mon 2-5pm Semester 2: Thurs 2-5pm
January starts: Semester 2 only: Thurs 2-5pm

Available starts

September, January

Fees & funding

Open Day

25 April, Chelmsford and Cambridge
Postgraduate Open Day

Advice & support



Arts, Law & Social Sciences


Humanities and Social Sciences

Contact us

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* Teaching days are subject to change each academic year. Timings are also dependent on any optional modules you chose and are for guidance, so we advise all applicants to wait until they are in receipt of their timetable before making arrangements around course times.

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