City, University of London

Course Introduction

This specialist masters degree appeals to practitioners in the field of criminal justice, particularly: solicitors, barristers, CPS employees and police officers. Lawyers at the start of their career have found this course helps them to build their knowledge and expertise in a specialist area. It is the first postgraduate degree course in the UK to be devoted exclusively to the critical study of criminal litigation. It focuses on the principles upon which the criminal justice system is based by placing them in a comparative context. This masters course has been designed to allow you to examine important areas of criminal litigation in greater depth than is usually possible either at undergraduate level or on a professional training course.

Course Modules

Dissertation (incorporating research methods training):

10,000 word Supervised Dissertation (30 credits) or

20,000 word Supervised Dissertation (60 credits).

Specialism modules:

Sentencing: Theory and Practice (30 credits);

Advocacy in the criminal trial (30 credits);

International Criminal Law: the Practitioner Perspective (30 credits);

International Criminal Law: Crimes and Institutions (30 credits);

Advocacy: Trial Stories (30 credits);

Criminal Justice: The Process of the Courts(30 credits);

Criminal Trials: Evidence and Proof (30 credits);

Professional Ethics for Commercial Legal Practice (30 credits); and

Forensic Psychology for the Criminal Practitioner (30 credits).

For your remaining modules you can choose from more than 50 modules covering a diverse range of subjects.

Start Date:


Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
LLM £12,000 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
LLM £17,000 Overseas Fees
2 years
Part Time
LLM £6,000 Home Fees
2 years
Part Time
LLM £8,500 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Applicants should normally hold a good first degree in law (usually an upper second), or an equivalent qualification in a related discipline, and must be fluent in written and spoken English.
  • We expect applicants who are not nationals of English-speaking countries OR have not successfully completed an academic qualification equivalent to a UK undergraduate degree taught in English to have an overall IELTS score of at least 7.0.
  • Applicants with a first degree in a subject other than law will be considered, but it should be noted that this may restrict the choice of modules where content is dependent on a prior knowledge of law.