• Application Deadline
  • 19 days


When we turn on or read the news, we usually see stories of people around the world suffering at the hands of their own governments. Have you ever wondered what is really going on? How do these things happen? How can we stop it? This module is about crime committed by governments and it explores the definition and nature of state crime in criminological and political discourse. We look at examples of state crime and analyse them as a class. By the end of the State Crime - Government Violence and Corruption module at Queen Mary University of London you will have a greater understanding of the worst types of crime. Arm yourself with academic theories and knowledge and never watch or read the news the same way again!

Teaching in lectures and seminars will be supplemented with a number of structured study sessions, such as a supervised library skills workshop, and assessment preparation for the coursework.

By the end of the course, the students will be able to demonstrate intellectual, transferable and practicable skills and in particular will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to identify potential state crimes based on criminological definitions.
  • Understand some of the basic political and economic forces that may drive state crime.
  • Explain why and how states might enter into criminal activity.

Course aims

The course aims to develop a critical understanding of the nature of the state and the scale and type of crimes and human rights abuses committed by governments and their agents. The definitional processes involved in labelling states acts as criminal are explored, as are the forces which explain why and how states enter into deviant or criminal practices. The course is taught using lectures, seminars, film and off-campus tours/visits. The will be plenty of time for stimulating class discussions over the three weeks and the following subjects will be covered (amongst others): torture, state-corporate crime, anti-terrorism and human rights, natural disasters, asylum policy as state crime, war crimes, genocide, and resistance to state crime. The course is assessed by essay and a short presentation.

Detailed Programme Facts

Programme Structure

You will learn through a combination of lectures, seminars, film and fieldtrips.

By the end of the course, students will also be able to demonstrate the following generic skills:

Cognitive/Intellectual skills;

  • Analysis: can analyse basic criminological texts, evidence, etc. with guidance using given approaches/techniques/principles.
  • Synthesis: students will be taught to collect, combine and categorise state crime and criminological theories, ideas and information in a predictable and standard format.
  • Evaluation: with guidance, students will be required to critically evaluate material and sources on the subject of state crime.
  • Application: students will be shown how to apply given theories and methods carefully to a well defined problem and will present a case study of state crime to the class.


Academic Lead: Dr Thomas MacManus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • 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):


    C1 Advanced is a Cambridge English Qualification. It reports on the Cambridge English Scale between 142 and 210. You will receive a separate score for each of the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) and for Use of English. These five scores are averaged to give you an overall result for the exam. Universities and colleges may ask you to achieve a specific score, either overall or for a particular skill.

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

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

To join our Summer School, you should have completed a minimum of two semesters’ study at your home institution.

We welcome Summer School students from around the world. We accept a range of qualifications:

  • if your home institution uses the four-point Grade Point Average (GPA) scale, we usually require a 3.0 GPA
  • if your home institution uses the letter scale, you will need to have a B+

We welcome international qualifications and we consider every application individually on its academic merit.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1650 GBP/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1650 GBP per module and a duration of 19 days.
  • EU/EEA

    1650 GBP/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1650 GBP per module and a duration of 19 days.
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The cost of accommodation is approximately £500 per session. 

Living costs for London

  • 1137 - 2160 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


We offer a 10% discount to:

  • Students and staff from partner institutions
  • Alumni
  • Current Queen Mary students 

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