Criminal Justice and Criminal Law LLM

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Start date
September 2024
Delivery type
On campus
Duration
12 months full time
Entry requirements
A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in law, criminal justice, criminology or a related subject.
Full entry requirements
English language requirements
IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component
UK fees
£12,500 (Total)
International fees
£26,500 (Total)

Course overview

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Develop a sophisticated knowledge of current issues in criminal justice and criminal law in the UK and across the world.

This course combines cutting-edge compulsory modules with a wide range of optional modules that allow you to tailor your degree to your own personal interests.

Throughout the course we’ll encourage you to:

  • explore the complex and dynamic nature of the criminal justice process

  • examine critical issues and principles in criminal law

  • develop legal research skills

Research insight

This course is offered within the dynamic Centre for Criminal Justice Studies (CCJS). The internationally recognised research centre provides an active and multi-disciplinary environment, whose members are committed to high-quality teaching in criminal justice, criminology and criminal law.

The CCJS also excels in the production of research that is empirically rich, conceptually sophisticated and policy relevant. Research is interdisciplinary and often international in its reach. The University of Leeds recognises CCJS as one of its key 'peaks of research excellence'.

CCJS academics have conducted research for a range of external funding bodies. These include the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the Nuffield Foundation, the Home Office, the Youth Justice Board, the Leverhulme Trust, the European Commission and the National Probation Service.

These projects sustain the established profile of the Centre as a pre-eminent research unit and ensure that our teaching is at the cutting edge of contemporary academic and policy debates.

The CCJS has an advisory board consisting of members who hold senior positions within local criminal justice and partner organisations. These include the police, the judiciary, the probation service, prisons and the courts. Our strong links with the local criminal justice community bring valuable benefits to our students.

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If you’re thinking of studying LLM Criminal Justice and Criminal Law you may be interested in our short course, ‘Incarceration: Are Prisons a Suitable Punishment?’. The free two-week course is delivered online, allowing you to explore the ethics of imprisonment and identify prison alternatives.

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Course details

Compulsory modules will introduce you to fundamental principles, theories, concepts and approaches in the fields of criminal justice and criminal law.

These modules will enable you to hone your critical and analytical abilities and your legal research and writing skills, which you’ll be able to demonstrate in your dissertation – an independent piece of research on your chosen topic.

You’ll also explore and examine the intricate and complex relationships and dynamics between theory, research and practice, and the impact of criminal justice processes on individuals and social groups, often in the wider context of social and political change.

Our wide range of optional modules provide the opportunity to gain specialist knowledge in topics that interest you. An indicative list of optional modules is provided below.

Our School-based Skills Team will help you to develop the key academic skills necessary to thrive on your course. Through one-to-one appointments, we offer individual skills development advice for your module assessments, dissertation and wider studies. Moreover, our workshop series offers training in key skills areas including critical thinking, researching, planning, time management and editing. These skills will help you both during your studies and in the workplace.

Course structure

The list shown below represents typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our terms and conditions.

For more information and a full list of typical modules available on this course, please read Criminal Justice and Criminal Law LLM in the course catalogue

Year 1 compulsory modules

Module Name Credits
Dissertation Criminal Law/Criminal Justice 60
Central Issues in Criminal Law 15
International Criminal Law 15
Criminal Justice Processes 30
Postgraduate Legal Research Skills 15

Year 1 optional modules (selection of typical options shown below)

You will also choose 45 credits from the below:

Module Name Credits
Rethinking Policing 1 15
Intercultural Business and Organisational Communication 15
Security, Conflict and Justice 30
Cyberlaw: Regulation of Cyberspace 15
Comparative Human Rights Law 15
Globalisation and Crime 15
Inequalities, Law and Justice 30
Theories of Social Justice 15
Financial Crime 15
International Human Rights 30
Foundations of Global Governance through Law 15
Advanced Global Governance through Law 15
Contemporary Theories of Crime 15
Contemporary Theories of Criminal Justice 15
*From September 2024 the Contemporary Theories of Crime and Justice module (30 credits) will be taught across two shorter modules: Contemporary Theories of Crime (15 credits) and Contemporary Theories of Justice (15 credits)

Learning and teaching

At Leeds we use a variety of teaching and learning methods to help you make the most of your studies and develop the specialist skills that will become indispensable in your career. These include a range of weekly seminars, lectures and online learning.

You’ll need to prepare for your seminars and lectures, undertaking any exercises that might be prescribed in advance. Independent study is integral to this course – not just to prepare for classes but to develop research abilities and other critical skills.

The LLM Degree Director, Dr Sean Butcher, will support you during the course. You’ll also be assigned a personal tutor to help you make the most of your time at Leeds and assist with any challenges you may face.

On this course you’ll be taught by our expert academics, from lecturers through to professors. You may also be taught by industry professionals with years of experience, as well as trained postgraduate researchers, connecting you to some of the brightest minds on campus.

Assessment

You’ll be assessed using a variety of written and oral methods. You’ll also be expected to write a dissertation in the later stages of your course.

Applying

Entry requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in law, criminal justice, criminology or a related subject.

We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications.

Please note that meeting the entry requirements of this course doesn't guarantee an offer of a place.

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

Improve your English

International students who do not meet the English language requirements for this programme may be able to study our postgraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.

This pre-sessional course is designed with a progression route to your degree programme and you’ll learn academic English in the context of your subject area. To find out more, read  Language for Law (6 weeks) and Language for Social Sciences and Arts: Law (10 weeks).

We also offer online pre-sessionals alongside our on-campus pre-sessionals. Find out more about our six week online pre-sessional.

You can also study pre-sessionals for longer periods – read about our postgraduate pre-sessional English courses.

How to apply

International – Friday 28 June 2024

UK – Friday 16 August 2024

If you intend to apply for funding, you should submit an application for a place on your chosen course at least one month before any specific scholarship deadline.

The ‘Apply’ link at the top of this page takes you to information on applying for taught programmes and to the University's online application system.

If you're unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

Documents and information you will need include:

  • original or certified copies of your transcripts
  • original or certified copies of your degree certificate
  • original or certified copy of your IELTS/TOEFL results (if English is not your first language).

Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

Admissions policy

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Fees

UK: £12,500 (Total)

International: £26,500 (Total)

Read more about paying fees and charges.

For fees information for international taught postgraduate students, read Masters fees.

Additional cost information

There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more on our living costs and budgeting page.

Scholarships and financial support

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.

The School of Law offers a number of scholarships for Masters study. Find out more on the School's scholarships page.

Career opportunities

From day one, we encourage you to think beyond your time at Leeds and reflect on a meaningful career.

This course is particularly suited to those who wish to pursue a career in public service, the private sector, the voluntary sector, or any other arena where success is built upon higher-level skills and advanced knowledge of criminal justice, criminology and criminal law issues.

Recent graduates have gone on to work in the UK and overseas in law firms, charities, higher education and beyond. Many also have gone on to study a PhD and work in academia.

Other alumni hold senior positions in criminal justice organisations including police and probation services, the prison service, and youth justice services, as well as in the private and voluntary sector, both in the UK and abroad. Some graduates have been awarded promotions following successful completion of the course.

Careers support

The School of Law offers career and personal development support through the School’s dedicated Employability Officers. You can book one-to-one appointments with our Employability Officers throughout the year to discuss your career aspirations and get advice on how to make the most of your time at Leeds.

The School also arranges a number of community engagement (pro bono) and work experience opportunities, career development workshops, guest speaker events and careers fairs throughout the year. These opportunities will allow you to develop new skills, enhance your career prospects and network with prospective employers.

Find out more about how we support your career development.

We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more about Careers support.