Offering a distinctively contextual approach to criminal justice, this course examines the theoretical, comparative and international aspects of the criminal process and the penal system.
As well as providing substantive information about criminal law and its enforcement, it enables you to engage with the methodological foundations of research and scholarship and to appreciate their implications for penal policymaking and practice.
The emphasis is on understanding issues, problems, institutions, processes, and cultures of penal law and policy, against a backdrop of ever-increasing globalization in criminality and law enforcement across national boundaries.
Criminal justice teaching and scholarship in the school is founded on the reputation and achievements of Sir John Smith, one of the greatest academic lawyers of the 20th century. Generations of lawyers across the common law world were first introduced to the subject by Smith and Hogan's Criminal Law.
The School of Law has a high level of expertise in criminal justice who has made a significant impact in the area. The Nottingham criminal justice experience is not just about engaging in the classroom with leading scholars in the field. Our long-running criminal justice discussion group meets every semester and gives you the opportunity to attend talks by academics and practitioners on exciting and often controversial topics.
You will also have an opportunity to engage with members of the Criminal Justice Research Centre, which encourages collaborations between researchers and practitioners on the ground. The center's annual Sir John Smith Lecture on Criminal Law and Justice is an opportunity for you to hear at first hand from a keynote speaker who has pursued a career in criminal justice.
- Consistently ranked among the world's top law schools, placing in the worldwide top 100 in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017
- 81% of our research considered world-leading or internationally excellent in the latest Research Excellence Framework
- 96.6% of law postgraduates in work or further study within six months of graduation
- Dedicated resources including legal skills advice through workshops and one-to-one sessions, computer room, and law reading room in the Hallward Library
- Links to leading firms in London and the regions, private industry and consultancies, and governmental institutions and non-governmental organizations across the UK and wider world
You will complete a minimum of 90 credits of specialist optional modules. The remaining 30 credits can be chosen from the full selection of optional modules available on the LLM programme. You will also undertake a 60-credit dissertation.
Guidance and support on choosing a criminal justice dissertation topic and designing your project will be provided through bespoke workshops and one-to-one support.
We teach in small-group seminars where possible, allowing for an integrated, interactive learning experience. You are encouraged and expected to prepare for, and participate in, seminars so that you get the maximum benefit from them.
You will be assessed by examination or essay, or a combination of both. All assessments take place at the end of the spring term.
Practice assignments, guidance on exam techniques, time management workshops, and one-to-one legal skills advice sessions are offered throughout the academic year to prepare you for these assessments.
Qualifying module options
- Detention and Imprisonment in the International Criminal Justice System
- International and Comparative Penal Law and Human Rights
- International Criminal Law
- Philosophical Foundations of Human Rights and Criminal Justice
- Imprisonment and Human Rights
- Critical Issues in International Criminal Justice
- Making Prison Legislation Work
- International Criminal Evidence
The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. This list is an example of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.
Our graduates move into a wide range of careers. Many go into the legal profession or return to their previous legal careers with specialist knowledge and enhanced prospects. Others successfully seek employment with international organizations as well as international and local NGOs.
Some graduates further their academic career by progressing onto our PhD programme. These students often choose to stay at the University of Nottingham beyond their doctorate, with a number of academics becoming members of staff after completing their LLM/masters and PhD with us.
With an advanced law degree from the University of Nottingham, you will be well-placed to pursue your career ambitions and realize your goals.
Employability and average starting salary
96.6% of postgraduates from the School of Law who were available for employment secured work or further study within six months of graduation. £23,214 was the average starting salary, with the highest being £32,000.*
* Known destinations of full-time home postgraduates 2015/16. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.
Career and professional development
Whether you are looking to enhance your career prospects or develop your knowledge, a postgraduate degree from the University of Nottingham can help take you where you want to be.
Our award-winning Careers and Employability Service offers specialist support and guidance while you study and for life after you graduate. They will help you explore and plan your next career move, through regular events, employer-led skills sessions, placement opportunities, and one-to-one discussions.
2:1 (or international equivalent) in law or relevant humanity or social science discipline
English language requirements
IELTS: 7.0 (no less than 7.0 in reading and writing, and 6.5 in speaking and listening)
Academic English preparation and support
Accredited by the British Council for the teaching of English in the UK, the University's Centre for English Language Education provides high-quality preparation and support.
Our pre-sessional courses take your English language and academic skills to the level you need to progress to postgraduate study without taking IELTS again. A specialist 10-week law course is also available.
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Last updated January 21, 2018