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 explore and develop new critical perspectives on major contemporary national and international debates. It is ideal for legal and criminal justice professionals and practitioners.

The central focus of this multidisciplinary programme is the interface between criminal law and criminal justice. In addition to studying established critical and theoretical perspectives, the programme also has a humanities focus, which offers an opportunity to explore and engage with cutting-edge scholarship in the subject.

The programme is delivered by staff from the School of Law and its Institute for Crime and Justice Policy Research, and a range of visiting international scholars and practitioners.

TEACHING

Teaching may include formal lectures, seminars, and practical classes and tutorials. Formal lectures are used in most degree programmes to give an overview of a particular field of study. They aim to provide the stimulus and the starting point for deeper exploration of the subject during your own personal reading. Seminars give you the chance to explore a specific aspect of your subject in depth and to discuss and exchange ideas with fellow students. They typically require preparatory study.

CAREERS AND EMPLOYABILITY

Graduates can pursue a career in the legal professions, police, probation, research, or journalism. Possible professions include community development officer, police or prison officer, social or youth worker, or adult guidance worker. This degree can also be useful in a variety of local government positions, or in becoming a researcher or journalist.

Start Date:

one to two evenings a week.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
Master of Laws - LL.M £11,340 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
Master of Laws - LL.M £17,340 Overseas Fees
1 year
Full Time
Master of Laws - LL.M £11,340 European Fees
2 years
Part Time Evening
Master of Laws - LL.M £5,670 Home Fees
2 years
Part Time Evening
Master of Laws - LL.M £8,670 Overseas Fees
2 years
Part Time Evening
Master of Laws - LL.M £5,670 European Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: A second-class honours degree in law or a related discipline in the humanities or social sciences.
  • International entry requirements: A second-class honours degree in law or a related discipline in the humanities or social sciences. If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, the requirement for this course is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 7.0, with not less than 6.5 in each of the sub-tests.
  • IELTS score: 7