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LLMCriminal Law and Criminal Justice

University of Birmingham
United Kingdom, Birmingham
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This programme draws upon Birmingham Law School’s long standing research strengths in the areas of criminal law and criminal justice. Criminal Law is concerned with the most potentially invasive assertion of authority by the state: if you fail to comply with the law you will be punished. This programme provides a holistic analysis of the criminal process through an analysis of the law, its philosophical underpinnings and its operation in practice.

Students can study to attain a broad overview of criminal justice processes or specialise in particular aspects as diverse as underpinning theories, policing, health aspects of criminal justice or indeed international aspects of law enforcement co-operation. Many modules have been created and are taught by leading scholars of the particular field and students benefit from close contact with researchers.

For those wishing to gain in-depth understanding of criminal law and criminal justice, this course offers the opportunity for broader or deeply specialised study within an innovative research-led teaching environment which benefits from BLS’s longstanding stature in this field and our staff’s dedication to ensuring it lives on; also in our LLM graduates.

Programme structure

You follow a modular programme (180 credits in total), which comprises six taught modules (20 credits each) and a dissertation of 15,000 words (60 credits); the latter to be submitted at the end of the year of study.

Students following the Criminal Law & Criminal Justice programme study a minimum of four of their six modules from the list below:

British Legal Responses to Terrorism
Criminal Justice: Law Enforcement
The Death Penalty in Law and Practice
European Criminal Law and Justice
Global Crime Problems
Human Rights and Criminal Justice
International and European Legal Responses to Terrorism
International Criminal Law and Justice
International Humanitarian Law
Mentally Disordered Offenders
Restorative Justice
Sentencing: Prison Studies
Socio-Legal Method
Socio-Legal Theory
Theory of Criminal Law
Transnational Criminal Law
Victimisation and Victim Policy

Students can also choose to study up to two of their six modules from those available on the General LLM

Agency, Law of
Banking Law
Commercial Conflict of Laws
Company Law
Comparative International Commercial Arbitration
Criminal Law and Medicine
Domestic Sale of Goods, Law of
English Law of International Sale of Goods
Environmental Energy Law
EU Competition Law
EU Constitutional Law
EU State Aid Law and Policy
European Health Law
European Human Rights Law
Financing of International Trade
Human Rights and Health Care Law
Intellectual Property Law
International and Comparative Oil and Gas Law (upstream)
International Human Rights Law
International Investment Law and Policy
International Trade Law and Policy – Advanced Issues
International Trade Law and Policy – Foundations
Law and Reproduction
Law of International Organisations
Legal Aspects of Banking Regulation
Marine Insurance
Maritime Law
Oil and Gas Law: Contracting, Decommissioning and Trade
Partnership and LLP Law
Public International Law
Public Procurement Law
Trading with the European Union

Students are also allowed to choose one of their six modules from those offered by the Political Science and International Studies department. Students may chose from the following list:

Civil War, Conflict and International Intervention
Democracy, Power and Citizenship
Ethical Dimensions of Terrorism, Political Violence and War
Gender and Global Governance
Global Ethics 1
Multiculturalsim and Religious Conflict
Post-Conflict Peacebuilding and International Order
Sex, Death, Gender and (In) Security
Terrorism and Contemporary Conflict
Totalitarianism And The State (Political Ideas B)

Career opportunities

The University of Birmingham has been ranked 8th in the UK and 60th in the world, for post-qualification employability in a global survey of universities commissioned by the International Herald Tribune. Historically, over 93% of our law students have been in employment or further study within six months of graduating, with many going on to obtain academic careers in the top law schools in the country.

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
Application deadline
1 Jun 2021 23:59:59
Europe/Budapest time

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
Application deadline
1 Jun 2021 23:59:59
Europe/Budapest time

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States