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LLM Criminal Justice


Course Description

The Institute of Criminology and Criminal Justice aims to provide a stimulating and relevant postgraduate degree programme taught by internationally recognized scholars and researchers. Students have the opportunity to exit the programme with either an LLM in Criminal Justice or an LLM in Criminology and Criminal Justice, depending on optional modules undertaken.

The Institute’s particular strengths lie in the following areas: 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 takes an interdisciplinary approach to the study of crime and justice and draws on original staff research. Modules are rooted in relevant theoretical frameworks with a strong criminological focus and provide students with methodological training in addition to supporting the development of critical analysis and other transferable skills. Through the dissertation students can explore a wide variety of criminological and criminal justice topics.

The programme is delivered through a series of taught modules and culminates in the submission of a dissertation on an original topic.

Compulsory modules

Criminal Justice Processes
Crime, Justice and Society
Dissertation of 15,000-20,000 words

Optional modules

Theoretical Criminology
Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice
Justice in Transition

Methodology mini-modules

Criminology Methods 1
Criminology Methods 2
Concepts, Issues and Methods in Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Approaches to Legal Research

Note:
Students who take the module Theoretical Criminology may exit the programme with the award of

LLM in Criminology and Criminal Justice


Visit the LLM Criminal Justice page on the Queen’s University Belfast website for more details!

Videos
(Student Profile)

Kate Blomfield

658.jpg The School of Law congratulates Kate Blomfield, a graduate from our LLM programmes in 2009.

Kate joined Ratcliff & Associates Law Firm in 2003 after completing her LL.B at the University of Victoria and clerking with the Nunavut Court of Justice. Prior to and during Law School she worked on Aboriginal rights issues in Canada and Australia. As an associate at Ratcliff, Kate has appeared in BC Provincial Court, BC Supreme Court and in the Federal Court of Canada and has assisted with matters before the BC Court of Appeal.

Kate returned to Canada after her graduation in Belfast to learn that her firm had successfully defended the rights of the Nuu-chah-nulth peoples to commercially harvest and sell fish catch within their ancient territorial waters.

On November 3rd 2009, the Supreme Court of British Columbia ruled that the Nuu-chah-nulth peoples (located on the west coast of Vancouver Island) have the right to commercially harvest and sell all species of fish within their traditional territorial waters. “Today, this decision confirms what we’ve known all along,” said Cliff Atleo Sr., president of the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council. “We have been stewards of our ocean resources for hundreds of generations. And the government of Canada was wrong to push us aside in their attempts to prohibit our access to the sea resources our people depend upon.”

Aboriginal groups are celebrating the major legal victory in Ahousaht Indian Band and Nation v. Canada (Attorney-General). The case was filed in 2003 after years of treaty negotiations with the federal government and the province broke down under the British Columbia Treaty Commission (BCTC) process. The victory comes after more than a decade of legal preparations and 123 days in court. Madame Justice Nicole Garson wrote in her judgment: “At contact, the Nuu-chah-nulth were overwhelmingly a fishing people. They depended almost entirely on their harvest of the resources of the ocean and rivers to sustain themselves.” She pointed out that the Nuu-chah-nulth people were able to prove a long history of trading and selling fisheries resources since first contact with European explorers (Spanish explorer Juan Perez reached Nootka Sound in 1774).


Scholarships

Entry Requirements

Normally a 2.1 Honours degree or above or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University in Law, Social Sciences, Humanities or a cognate discipline. Exemption from these requirements may be considered for those applicants with a Masters degree OR for those applicants with a 2.2 Honours degree (or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University) along with a minimum of 2 years of relevant experience.Language requirements Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required. *Taken within the last 2 years.

Course Fees

2016-17 UK/EU - £5220; International £14100


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