Security, Conflict and Justice, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
  • Tuition
  • English
The MSc in Security, Conflict and Justice at University of Leeds enables you to learn from experts in the Building Sustainable Societies research framework, but particularly within the Security and Justice Research Group, with all the facilities that a leading research-led university offers.


Hosted by the School of Law, this interdisciplinary programme is run in conjunction with the School of Politics and International Studies and the School of Sociology and Social Policy.

The University of Leeds programme offers an exciting opportunity to understand contemporary issues of security and justice from the perspectives of: Law, International Relations, Politics, Criminology and Sociology. It will allow you to select from a broad range of modules to critically evaluate contemporary issues of security and justice from an inter-disciplinary perspective, but also to specialise in topics that relate to your future career choice or academic interests.

MSc Security, Conflict and Justice enables you to learn from experts in the Building Sustainable Societies research framework, but particularly within the Security and Justice Research Group, with all the facilities that a leading research-led university offers.

The programme will give you the opportunity to:

  • gain an understanding of security and justice in contemporary societies
  • analyse local and international conflicts
  • study transnational security concerns and international criminal justice
  • examine security and justice from the perspectives of Law, International Relations, Politics, Criminology and Sociology.

As a full-time student you’ll study three compulsory modules, including your dissertation, across your first and second semesters, and choose several further optional modules across both semesters to complete your programme.

Career opportunities

The truly interdisciplinary nature of the MSc syllabus will provide you with valuable tools to pursue a wide range of career paths relevant to security and justice. The MSc programme 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.

Vocational posts in organisations such as the United Nations, North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) and the armed forces are also potential destinations for graduates.

Programme Structure

Compulsory modules

  • Security and Justice 
  • Researching Security and Justice 
  • Dissertation 

Optional modules

  • Cyberspace Law: Contemporary Issues 
  • Globalisation and Crime 
  • International Human Rights 
  • Global Governance through Law 
  • Gender, Globalisation and Development 
  • The Politics of the Israel-Palestine Conflict 
  • Contemporary International Security 
  • Global Justice 
  • Globalisation and International Social Change 
  • Critical Theory 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Duration 12 months
    • Average duration 24 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Part-time variant
  • Credits
    180 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go To The Course Website
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English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade C):


    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

  • A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in law, sociology, social policy, criminology, politics, international relations or related social science discipline.


The School of Law is offering a number of Liberty Scholarships to UK/EU and international students of high academic quality starting a postgraduate taught programme. These scholarships will be awarded on the basis of academic performance in your undergraduate degree. A Liberty Scholarship will not be awarded in addition to any other scholarship except a University of Leeds Alumni Bursary.

Find out more on the Schools scholarships page.

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.

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