Birkbeck, University of London

Course Introduction

Security is a major contemporary preoccupation; criminal law and criminal justice are key responses. This postgraduate degree in criminal law and criminal justice offers an exciting, challenging and distinctive opportunity to undertake advanced study in these areas; the central focus of the programme is the interface between criminal law and criminal justice. It offers a theoretically informed and multidisciplinary course of study. In addition to studying the now established critical and theoretical perspectives relevant to criminal law and criminal justice, the programme also has a humanities focus, which offers an opportunity to explore and engage with scholarship in criminal law and criminal justice studies. The programme is delivered by staff from the School of Law , the Institute of Criminal Policy Research at Birkbeck, and a range of visiting international scholars and practitioners.

Course Modules

You take 3 compulsory modules, 1 of which is a dissertation, and 3 option modules. The dual stream award (either LLM or MA) allows you to choose a qualification that best suits your existing and future career. Core modules include: Contemporary issues in criminal justice; criminal law theory and history; dissertation MA/LLM criminal law and criminal justice. Option modules include: Crime and control; gender, sexuality and criminal justice; hate crime; international criminal justice; psychology of law and crime; punishment and justice; qualitative methodology; youth justice. Please note: not all option modules will be available every year. If you are interested in further research, we offer an MPhil/PhD in Law.

Course Additional Entry

Good 2nd'Class Honours degree in law or a related discipline in the humanities or social sciences; degrees from overseas institutions must be equivalent to a UK 2nd'Class degree. Other relevant qualifications and appropriate professional experience and training welcome. If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, the requirement for this programme is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 7.0, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub'tests.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
1 year
Full Time
LLM £14,075  Academic year. First year overseas fees
1 year
Full Time
LLM £7,950  Academic year. First year home fees
2 years
Part Time
LLM £7,050  Academic year. First year overseas fees
2 years
Part Time
LLM £3,975  Academic year. First year home fees
1 year
Full Time
MA (Postgraduate) £14,075  Academic year. First year overseas fees
1 year
Full Time
MA (Postgraduate) £7,950  Academic year. First year home fees
2 years
Part Time
MA (Postgraduate) £7,050  Academic year. First year overseas fees
2 years
Part Time
MA (Postgraduate) £3,975  Academic year. First year home fees