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What will I learn?

International law enforcement operates within an increasingly complex and interconnected world. Crime too is complex and is in constant flux, changing in type, scale, spread and impact. Traditional borders and boundaries are increasingly irrelevant, and law enforcement organisations respond by locating their efforts within an international frame of reference, and with a workforce that demonstrates high-quality, specialist law enforcement education.

This course will see you develop conceptual and critical insights into contemporary issues in the theory, policy and practice of law enforcement, and apply your learning to your own jurisdictions.

You'll explore local, regional and international perspectives on a range of law enforcement issues and provides you with the multi-disciplinary knowledge, understanding and skills in law enforcement within an international context.

This course is specifically designed for those working in, or seeking to work in a career in law enforcement.

What you'll study

This course aims to develop an advanced understanding of investigation and intelligence, as well as a sound theoretical and practical understanding of the contextual, ethical and justice issues related to law enforcement.

It will equip you with the knowledge and skills needed to become a leader in the field of law enforcement and to drive continual improvement in law enforcement policy and practice in your jurisdiction.

You'll work alongside academics and external organisations to develop specialist knowledge and skills, and you may have the chance to apply these during your studies through real-world case examples. Students will also achieve PgCert and PgDip exit awards during this course.

How you’re taught

Teaching methods will include, lecturers, group workshops, problem-based learning, guided independent study and a Capstone Project.

Assessment methods

Assessment on the course involve written assessments, report writing, presentations and group work. All modules will have at least one formative assessment, which will not count towards your final grade, these assessments will give you the opportunity to get feedback to help improve your work.

To encourage and facilitate independent learning the course will take full advantage of NTU's online workspace (NOW).

Careers and employability

The industry-focused nature of this course will ensure that you stand out from the crowd when it comes to job applications and pursuing your future career. You'll benefit from our strong links with the criminal justice sector both nationally and internationally and course content being influenced by consultants and specialists in the field.

This course is suitable for those who currently work in the criminal justice field or law enforcement organisations. It's also suitable for those looking to enhance their career opportunities and if you're seeking employment in criminal justice agencies operating at international, central, regional and local government levels, such as the Home Office, and local government. Graduates may go on to pursue a range of professional careers in criminal justice related work in either the statutory, commercial or community voluntary sectors.

Which department am I in?

School of Social Sciences

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
£15,500.00 (US$ 21,334) per year
This is a fixed fee

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected September 2022


City Campus

50 Shakespeare Street,



NG1 4FQ, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students who hold a Bachelors degree from a recognised institution with a grade point average of 3.2 (2.1) and 2.8 (2.2) are considered for entry to masters degree. IELTS: 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component.

For international students

You will need an undergraduate degree equivalent to a UK undergraduate honours degree (normally 2.2 or above). Applicants with non-standard entry qualifications and/or relevant experience will be considered on an individual basis. You will be required to demonstrate how your experiences and knowledge would enable you to study this course at Masters-level in your Personal Statement. Students should have an IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component. TOEFL iBT - Overall score of 81 with at least 10 Reading, 9 Listening, 17 Speaking, 19 Writing.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

Pathways options

Offered by other partners

This university accepts pathways courses from
  • Kaplan International College (KIC) London

About Nottingham Trent University

Nottingham Trent University is one of the UK’s most popular universities with a reputation for excellent teaching and world-leading research.

  • Dedicated international student support
  • Employability focused with work experience opportunities
  • 2019 Guardian University of the Year