This programme will enable you to develop a sophisticated knowledge of current issues in criminal justice, criminology and criminal law in the UK, Europe and across the globe. It combines cutting-edge compulsory modules with a wide range of optional modules allowing you to tailor your degree to your own particular interests.
Throughout the course, we’ll encourage you to:
- Examine critical issues and principles in criminal law.
- Explore the complex and dynamic nature of the criminal justice process.
- Develop legal research skills.
- Think critically about the interconnections between contemporary criminological theories, research and policy and practice.
This programme is offered within the dynamic Centre for Criminal Justice Studies (CCJS), an internationally-recognised research centre that provides an active and multi-disciplinary environment, whose members are committed to high-quality teaching in criminal justice, criminology and criminal law. The CCJS also excels in the production of research that is empirically rich, conceptually sophisticated and policy-relevant. Research is interdisciplinary and often international in its reach. The University of Leeds recognises CCJS as one of its key 'peaks of research excellence'.
CCJS academics have conducted research for a range of external funding bodies including the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the Nuffield Foundation, the Home Office, the Youth Justice Board, the Leverhulme Trust, the European Commission, the National Probation Service and others. Such projects sustain the established profile of the Centre as a pre-eminent research unit and ensure that our teaching is at the cutting edge of contemporary academic and policy debates.
The CCJS has an Advisory Board consisting of members who hold senior positions within local criminal justice and partner organisations, including the police, the judiciary, the probation service, prisons and the courts. Our strong links with the local criminal justice community bring valuable benefits to our students.
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Compulsory modules studied throughout the year will introduce you to fundamental principles, theories, concepts and approaches in the fields of criminal law and criminal justice. You’ll also explore and examine the intricate and complex relationships and dynamics between criminological theory, research and practice, and the impact of criminal justice processes on individuals and social groups, often in the wider context of social and political change.
These modules will also enable you to hone your critical and analytical abilities and your legal research and writing skills, which you’ll be able to demonstrate in your dissertation – an independent piece of research on your chosen topic.
You’ll also benefit from our Support in Academic and Personal Development programme. This runs alongside your taught academic programme in semester one and is specifically designed to complement the School’s induction activities and ongoing academic skills support for students, both home and International.
Our optional modules will give you the opportunity to gain specialist knowledge in topics that interest you. An indicative list of optional modules is provided below.
If you are a part-time student, you’ll take four compulsory modules in your first year. You’ll then take the compulsory dissertation module and your chosen one or two optional modules in your second year.
The list shown below represents typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time.
- Criminal Justice Processes
- Contemporary Criminological Theory and Approaches
- Dissertation Criminal Law/Criminal Justice
- Central Issues in Criminal Law
- Postgraduate Legal Research Skills
Optional modules (selection of typical options shown below)
You will choose 30 credits from the below:
- Rethinking Policing 1
- Rethinking Policing 2
- Security, Conflict and Justice
- European Human Rights
- Cyberlaw: Regulation of Cyberspace
- Globalisation and Crime
- Theories of Social Justice
- Inequalities, Law and Justice
- International Human Rights
- Human Rights and Disabled People
- Global Governance through Law
- Global Justice
- Theorising Gender
- Understanding Society and Culture
- Power, Critique & Global Transformations
- Financial Crime
Learning and teaching
Our compulsory and optional modules are taught through a range of weekly seminars, lectures and workshops.
You’ll need to prepare for your seminars and lectures, undertaking any exercises that might be prescribed in advance. Independent study is integral to this programme – not just to prepare for classes but to develop research abilities and other critical skills.
The LLM Degree Director, Dr Anna Barker, will support you throughout the programme and you will be allocated a personal tutor.
You’ll be assessed using a variety of methods but for most modules, you’ll be required to write an essay of up to 4,500 words at the end of each module. You’ll also be expected to write a final dissertation.
A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (Hons) in law, criminal justice, criminology or a related discipline.
English language requirements
IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component.
Improve your English
International students who do not meet the English language requirements for this programme may be able to study our postgraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.
This pre-sessional course is designed with a progression route to your degree programme and you’ll learn academic English in the context of your subject area.
How to apply
- UK/EU students: 31 July
- International students: 30 June
If you intend to apply for funding, you should submit an application for a place on your chosen course at least one month before any specific scholarship deadline.
See our website for the latest fee information.
Additional cost information
There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds.
Scholarships and financial support
If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There may be help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government.
The School of Law usually offers a number of scholarships each year.
This programme is particularly suited to those who wish to pursue a career in public service, the private sector, the voluntary sector, or any other arena where success is built upon higher-level skills and advanced knowledge of criminal justice, criminology and criminal law issues.
Recent graduates have gone on to work in the UK and overseas in law firms, charities, higher education and beyond. Many also have gone on to do a PhD and work in academia. Other alumni hold senior positions in criminal justice organisations including police and probation services, the prison service, and youth justice services, as well as in the private and voluntary sector, both in the UK and abroad. Some graduates have been awarded promotions following successful completion of the programme.
The School of Law offers career and personal development support through the School’s dedicated Employability Officers. You can book one-to-one appointments with our Employability Officers throughout the year to discuss your career aspirations and get advice on how to make the most of your time with us.
The School also arranges a number of community engagement (pro bono) and work experience opportunities, career development workshops, guest speaker events and careers fairs throughout the year. These opportunities will allow you to develop new skills, enhance your career prospects and network with prospective employers.
In addition to the School-specific careers support, you will also have access to the University’s award-winning Careers Centre. The Careers Centre offers one-to-one appointments, advice on starting your own business, careers events, mentoring schemes and support with your CV, applications and interviews.
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