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. The Specialist Master of Laws (LLM) in Criminal Litigation 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.

Assessment is by way of coursework which comprises 100% of the final mark in each module. Each module carries the same weight in terms of the overall qualification. You will be allocated a dedicated supervisor for your dissertation that will help you develop a specific topic and provide support in terms of resources, content and structure. Our past students have included lawyers on a career break and those seeking judicial appointment wishing to broaden their knowledge and raise their practical awareness. Many students have taken this Master of Laws (LLM) as an in-depth transition from their LLB or BA courses prior to studying for the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) or Legal Practice Course (LPC).

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
Master of Laws - LL.M £13,010 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
Master of Laws - LL.M £13,010 European Fees
1 year
Full Time
Master of Laws - LL.M £18,210 Overseas Fees
2 years
Part Time
Master of Laws - LL.M £6,505 Home Fees
2 years
Part Time
Master of Laws - LL.M £6,505 European Fees
2 years
Part Time
Master of Laws - LL.M £9,105 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Applicants need to have at least an upper second-class honours undergraduate degree in law (roughly equivalent to a B or B+) from a recognised international institution. Applicants with a good undergraduate degree in another subject will also be considered.
  • International entry requirements: Applicants whose first language is not English, the following qualification is also required: IELTS: 7.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in each area.
  • IELTS score: 7