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Criminal law and criminal justice lie at the heart of questions and debates on how we as a society should respond to crime. On this course you’ll study an exciting range of topics, covering theory, policy and practice.

Our research expertise informs our teaching on the LLM. You’ll be taught by lecturers who specialise in critical work in areas including: 

  • criminal law theory
  • comparative criminal justice
  • international crimes
  • financial crimes
  • human rights and criminal justice
  • youth justice
  • policing and restorative justice.

Our course also draws on expertise from the Department of Sociology, which will enable you to develop an interdisciplinary perspective.

Why choose this course?

  • Engage in advanced criminal law theory and, separately, criminological theory to examine how societies can better understand and effectively respond to crime.
  • Study in a lively and interdisciplinary intellectual environment, giving you the advantage of a wide-ranging knowledge set.
  • Learn from experts in their fields – our faculty publish journal articles, books and public reports shaping the fields of criminal law, criminal justice studies and criminology.

Course details

Full-time and part-time study

Choose to study this course full time or part time, to fit around your work and family life. Modules for the full-time course are listed below.

For details about the part-time course, contact Dr Mark Walters at 

How will I study?

Our core modules give you the necessary theoretical, methodological and empirical foundations. They cover:

  • criminal law
  • criminal justice
  • criminology
  • research methods.

Our options – from both law and criminology – are taught by specialist academics based on their areas of expertise.

Teaching methods include lectures, workshops and seminars. Assessment modes include essays and briefing papers as well as a 10,000-word dissertation.


You’ll gain practical abilities as well as critical and problem-solving skills valued in contemporary job markets.

You will be able to apply your analytical skills to a range of careers in legal practice and criminal justice administration as well as careers in the private and voluntary sectors.

The LLM can also provide a strong foundation for further academic study or a career in research.

Graduate destinations

94% of students from Sussex Law School were in work or further study six months after graduating. Recent School of Law, Politics and Sociology graduates have gone on to jobs including:

  • paralegal, Turpin and Miller
  • general advisor, Citizens Advice Bureau
  • legal assistant, Martin Searle Solicitors.

(HESA EPI, Destinations of Post Graduate Leavers of Higher Education 2017 survey)

Visit the Criminal Law and Criminal Justice - LLM page on the University of Sussex website for more details!




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