Find a Degree Postgraduate Taught Programmes Criminal Justice & Human Rights (LLM)

Programme Details

LLM 12 months full-time, 24 or 36 months part-time

START DATES: September or January


Criminal Justice has long been an important area for study and is still developing fast particularly in the international arena. There is increased worldwide interest in ensuring that criminal justice systems comply with human rights requirements in order to ensure that states’ implementation and enforcement of the criminal law, through investigation, trial and punishment, respect the civil liberties of citizens accused of crime.

Human Rights is increasingly becoming a subject of both national and international importance, with many countries now endeavouring to ensure that their legal systems embody a full respect for citizens’ human rights and the growth of international protocols, such as that leading to the establishment of the International Criminal Court, those securing the rights of minority populations and indigenous groups, and the creation of international conventions designed to tackle Human Trafficking.

This programme provides students the opportunity to examine current legal aspects of both Criminal Justice and Human Rights in depth, and to gain a deeper understanding of these issues.

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Coordinator School of Law


 All candidates must take the following courses:


  • LS501T      Critical Legal Thinking and Scholarship (for September starts)


  • LS551T      Critical Legal Thinking and Scholarship (for January starts)


  • LS5904     LLM Dissertation (60 credit points)

In addition to this students must take at least two criminal justice courses and at least one human rights course listed below.  The fourth course can be taken from a different LLM Programme.

Courses in Criminal Justice

  • LS5096 Issues in Criminal Justice (1)
  • LS501R Criminological Theories (1)
  • LS551R Criminal Evidence and Proof (2)
  • LS551S Criminal Law (2)
  • LS5597 International Criminal Law (2)

Courses in Human Rights

  • LS501D Oil and Minerals for Good (1)
  • LS5068 The Politics of Human Rights (1)
  • LS5549 The Use of Force in International Law (2)
  • LS5590 International Human Rights Law (2)
  • LS551F The Law of International Organisations (2)
  • LS551G International Humanitarian Law

Students should note, however, that course options are dependent on staff availability, sabbatical arrangements and sufficient enrolment. The number in brackets indicates the semester in which the course is taught.

For course module descriptions, see the Postgraduate Catalogue of Courses.


Assessment is based on a combination of written examination at the end of the relevant semester and one or more course essays. In addition, students must complete a course in research methods and a dissertation on a topic within the specialism. The dissertation is planned and written between March and August each year, for both January and September starts. Guidance on the writing of a dissertation is given.


Teaching is organised on a modular basis. There are two 12-week semesters, the first beginning in the second week of September, the second at the end of January. Students can join either in September or January. Examinations are held at the end of each semester, in January and May. The dissertation is submitted at the end of August each year, regardless of start date. Courses are offered subject to the availability of staff, sufficient enrolment and sabbatical arrangements. Applicants are strongly advised to consult the Law School webpages for updates to the programme syllabus.

Normally a 2(1) Honours degree in Law, or another related discipline, or equivalent.

International applicants must also meet the English Language Requirements of the University.


Full details of tuition fees is available here


A limited amount of funding is available through the University and the College of Arts and Social Sciences. See the Law School webpages on funding for further information.


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