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LLM Criminology & Criminal Justice

The programme takes an interdisciplinary approach to the study of crime and justice and draws on original staff research including: policing; transitional justice; critical criminology; sex offending; young people, crime and justice; community safety; prisoner reintegration; and restorative justice. Staff members have strong links with local criminal justice agencies and community organisations as well as extensive comparative and international expertise, providing for a unique student experience.

The programme is open to applicants with a 2.1 or equivalent in Law or a cognate discipline (such as politics, criminology, geography, history, sociology, planning or management and finance). If you do not meet these criteria but have two years of relevant work experience or have completed a Masters elsewhere, you may also be eligible for admission.



Controlling Crime

Offers a critical insight and overview into the main aspects of the criminal justice process that are engaged in the control, management and regulation of crime.

Criminal Justice Processes
Provides an understanding of the aims and values of criminal justice processes, policies and practice by focusing on the issues and tensions that confront the operation of criminal justice.

Theoretical Criminology
Analyses dominant paradigms in Criminology and examines criminological theories. Through a critical and evaluative exposition of criminological theory, students will gain an understanding in the application of theory to speci c criminal justice problems and to practical situations.

Spring (choice of 2)

Crime, Justice and Society
Focuses on the inter-relationships between crime, justice and society. The contested and evolving nature of the boundaries of crime and the justice system are examined from both a theoretical and policy perspective.


Analyses a range of challenges arising in counter terrorist activity, such as which if any human rights can be ‘qualified’ in that context and what ‘special’ measures might be justified.

White-Collar and Corporate Crime

Focuses on crimes committed within the commercial and business environment. It will familiarise students with the individual and organisational dimensions of business crime.

Post Conviction Issues in Comparative Perspective

Offers acritical insight and overview of the history of punishment and penal sanctions, sentencing guidelines, prison conditions and enforcement of prisoners’ rights, parole grants and revocation, punishment in the community, the deprivation of public rights (voting, jury service, military service) and other restrictions arising from a criminal conviction; and the management of criminal records.

Students will also complete methodology mini-modules:
Criminology Methods 1
Criminology Methods 2
Approaches to Legal Research


A specialised project within the programme’s field. Through the dissertation students can explore a wide variety of criminological and criminal justice topics.

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