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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.

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.


More information on the available scholarships can be found here.


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.

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




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