LLM Criminology & Criminal Justice

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.


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.

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.

SPRING (Choice of 2)
Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice
This module allows students to examine topical issues in criminal justice and criminology. The module will be divided into subtopics which may change from year to year to reflect contemporary concerns and foci of study in the fields of criminal justice and criminology.

Justice in Transition
This module allows students to explore issues of justice as they occur or are experienced in political transitions, generally transitions from conflict or periods of authoritarianism. The substance of the module will be adapted to reflect developments in the rapidly changing (and relatively new) field of transitional justice.

Students have the opportunity to exit the programme with LLM in Criminology by undertaking Theoretical Criminology as an option.

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.

Students will also complete methodology mini-modules:
Criminology Methods 1
Criminology Methods 2
Making Knowledge Work, a cross-Faculty methods module 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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