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Criminal Law and Criminal Justice (LLM)


Course Description

Programme description

This programme will provide students with an advanced understanding of contemporary debates in criminal law and criminal justice.

It is suitable for students who have studied law at undergraduate level and wish to develop their understanding of criminal justice in particular.

It prepares students for further work in this area, whether professional or academic.

Programme structure

This programme offers a range of courses across the fields of criminal law and criminal justice from an international perspective, allowing you to tailor a programme to suit your interests.

For 2017/18 the programme consists of 180 credits, comprising taught courses worth 120 credits (60 credits per semester) and a 10,000 word dissertation worth 60 credits.

The 120 credits of taught courses are made up of the following mandatory, core and option courses.

Mandatory courses (40 credits)

General Principles of Criminal Law (20 credits, Semester 1)

Current Issues in Criminal Law (20 credits, Semester 2)

Core courses in Criminal Law and Criminal Justice (40 - 80 credits)

20 credit courses in semester 1

Criminal Justice and Penal Process

EU Criminal and Immigration Law - New for 2017!

20 credit courses in semester 2

Sexual Offending and the Law

Gender, Crime and Criminal Justice

Mental Health and Crime

Cybercrime

Police and Policing

Responding to Global Crime and Insecurity

Option Courses (0 - 40 credits)

You may also select up to a maximum of 40 credits from any course offered by the Law School, depending on availability and with the express permission of the Programme Director.

We cannot guarantee that all courses will run each year, and will provide adequate notice of any changes to the programme structure and courses.

Learning outcomes

Having completed the programme, students will emerge with an understanding of contemporary debates in criminal law theory and doctrine, the ability critically to analyse existing practice and new developments in this and related subjects, and advanced-level skills in legal research and analysis.


Visit the Criminal Law and Criminal Justice (LLM) page on the University of Edinburgh website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in law.

We may also consider a UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in a social science subject.

All applicants must also meet our English language requirements.

Last Updated

16 December 2016

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