University of Buckingham launches MA in Transnational Organised Crime to support increasingly complex nature of investigations

The growing complex nature of serious and organised crime and the challenges that

brings to investigators has prompted the University of Buckingham to launch a new

MA in Transnational Organised Crime.

Aimed at investigators and analysts and other professionals working on serious and organised crime cases, the new

course starts in September and can be studied on either a full or part-time basis to fit in with work commitments of


It aims to explain the key drivers and activities of organised crime in the context of globalization and the many parallels

between the structures and operations of OCGs and big businesses.

The course will be led by investigators and practitioners with a wealth of experience in the serious and

organised crime arena.

It comprises of two modules which are:

Module A: Transnational Organised Crime Threats Module B: Policing Organised Crime

  • The nature and structure of Organised Crime Groups (OCGs)

  • Narcotics trafficking

  • Money laundering

  • How OCGs operate as a business

  • Case studies in major Transnational OCGs

Module B: Policing Organised Crime

  • Using Business Analysis towards targeted law enforcement

  • Going undercover: Covert Policing tactics and strategies

  • Organised Crime Intelligence analysis techniques

  • Case studies in policing Transnational OCGs


Professor Julian Richards, founder and head of the Centre for Security and Intelligence Studies explained that the course was set up in response to feedback from law enforcement and other professionals that they required a greater understanding of the complexities of transnational organised crime.


Speaking to the Investigator about the current picture of transnational organised crime, Professor Richards described the ‘greater levels of sophistication of organised crime groups’ now operating in this space.

“We’re seeing a number of really big transnational enterprises that are well-organised and have huge resources at their disposal as well as smaller regional players lower down the stack.”

Mr Richards explained that these groups are attempting to embed themselves into certain societies through corruption. He also told us that drugs were still the most popular industry, closely followed by immigration crime and cyber-based crime such as fraud and money laundering.

“While there are still persistent forms of traditional crimes such as drug trafficking on the streets, there are also groups who are defrauding individuals and companies online. They do not discriminate between individuals and companies. They go where there’s money to be made.”

He revealed that organised crime groups are also joining forces to compliment their specific talents.

“Groups who are cyber experts are hiring themselves out to other groups and making connections with them in a much more sophisticated way than perhaps they did in the past.”

To apply for the course or request further information. You can go to:

Professor Julian Richards