find your perfect postgrad program
Search our Database of 30,000 Courses

Coventry University: Countering Organised Crime

InstitutionCoventry University View institution profile
Department School of Humanities
Study type Taught


MA Countering Organised Crime immerses students in a community of practice formed from partnerships built between the course team and practitioners of international security (i.e. two leading antimafia organisations AddioPizzo and Libera, the Italian antiracket organisation, the Palermo’s Office of the Prosecutor, who heads this city’s antimafia directorate, the anti-trafficking and anti-smuggling unit of the Judiciary and the state police, the antimafia elite branches of the Police, Carabinieri and the finance police, leading anti-trafficking/slavery NGOs).

Research-informed teaching will be delivered by our experts on criminal mafias, security, policing and human trade/modern slavery which include a current Director of the Royal Institute of International Affairs, former heads and deputy head of the UK human trafficking centre, senior managers in the NCA, a senior security adviser to the British government’s stabilisation unit and the academic responsible for pioneering the study of mafias within UK universities.

You could also have the opportunity to attend workshops at the foreign affairs think tank Chatham House, the International Maritime Organisation, the UNODC (United Nations Office on drugs and Crime), the International Slavery Museum or study organised crime in Costa Rica.

The interdisciplinary approach of this course aims to provide transferable skills valued by employers. Employment opportunities for this course may include careers in security, policing, intelligence and justice professions, non-government organisations, international organisations, media, local authorities, charities, specialist think tanks, government departments and market intelligence.

The course also includes the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) accredited module, Global Professional development. Students who successfully complete the CMI module will also gain a level 7 certificate in Strategic Leadership and Management and a Level 7 Award in Professional consulting.

Key course benefits;

•All students have the opportunity to be supported by a Futures team, providing bespoke career development advice.

•Alongside the contact with practitioners the course curriculum focuses on addressing the same strategic and policy dilemmas faced by practitioners.

•Embedding employability is delivered by providing students repeated opportunities to apply conceptual knowledge to real organisations and contemporary issues.

•Research inspired teaching is delivered through an emphasis on staff using their own research and publishing in the fields of international security, organised crime and modern slavery to enrich the course curriculum.

•Importantly, students also feed their own research back into the course through seminars and workshops, encouraging independent learning. Assisted by research methods modules, students have ample opportunity deliver their own research inspired teaching to peers.

•Likewise, the course also benefits from the input of external partners. Visiting scholars and practitioners expose students to the latest developments within these disciplines, as well as their own experience of countering organised crime. This external input is delivered through a visiting scholar/practitioner seminar series and in the field (the three study trips).

•External experts are also employed to deliver bespoke workshops within modules. Students, for example, studying the module International Organised Crime prepare a workshop on the difficulties of prosecuting mafia crimes, and then have the opportunity to test their ideas and findings in the company of Palermo’s Office of the Prosecutor, who heads this city’s antimafia directorate. In this manner, the course is kept up to date and remains embedded in an academic-practitioner community of practice.


Coventry University

Coventry University is a dynamic university that provides high quality education to students. Our teaching, staff, facilities and student experience have all been recognised as being among the finest in the sector and our future is looking bright as a modern university with a flourishing global reputation.

Why choose Coventry University?

  • Top 15 for five years running in the Guardian University Guide (2016-2020)
  • Awarded University of the Year for Student Experience (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019)
  • 1st for Overseas Experiences (based on student trips abroad from HESA 2016/17 data)
  • Gold for outstanding teaching and …

View Profile

Not what you are looking for?

Browse other courses in Police studies or Criminology, or search our comprehensive database of postgrad programs.

Scholarship Opportunity with

Are you a PG student at this University or have you applied to study a postgraduate program at a university in Europe? Tell us your plans and qualify for a £500.00 PGS Scholarship.

Click here