Criminal Justice, LLM

Criminal Justice, LLM

Introduction

Gain a greater understanding and develop your knowledge of the theories and policies underlying criminal procedures, human rights, and the various criminal justice systems alongside out renowned experts in Criminal Justice.

Study Information

Study Options

Learning Mode
On Campus Learning
Degree Qualification
LLM
Duration
12 months or 24 months
Study Mode
Full Time or Part Time
Start Month
January or September
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The LLM in Criminal Justice at the University of Aberdeen is focused on critical and comparative thinking around criminal procedures and systems. Our programme will help you develop a clearer and better understanding of criminal justice systems and how criminal law is implemented in today’s society around the world. You will learn about crucial elements, criminal law, evidence, and the causes of crime, enabling you to work in a multitude of countries around the world.

The Criminal Justice LLM was designed by our academics alongside assistance from external experts in the field which. This combined input will increase your understanding of the dynamics of this area of law and improve your employability prospects in the field by aligning our programme with the competencies required for today’s international job market.

Available Programmes of Study

Please note: Students staring their LLM programme in January write their Dissertation project during the Summer semester.

We will endeavour to make all course options available; however, these may be subject to timetabling and other constraints. Please see our InfoHub pages for further information.

Fee Information

Additional Fee Information

  • Fees for individual programmes can be viewed in the Programmes section above.
  • In exceptional circumstances there may be additional fees associated with specialist courses, for example field trips. Any additional fees for a course can be found in our Catalogue of Courses.
  • For more information about tuition fees for this programme, including payment plans and our refund policy, please visit our InfoHub Tuition Fees page.

Scholarships

Eligible self-funded international Masters students will receive the Aberdeen Global Scholarship. Visit our Funding Database to find out more and see our full range of scholarships.

How You'll Study

On this LLM programme, you will enjoy an inclusive and friendly style of teaching. This open, sharing style allows our international students to exchange their individual experiences of their home country. You will benefit from being able to explore how criminal justice systems differ across many time zones.

Learning Methods

  • Individual Projects
  • Lectures
  • Research
  • Tutorials

Assessment Methods

By course work, by written examination, or by a combination of these, as prescribed for each course. The degree of LLM shall not be awarded to a candidate who fails to achieve a CGS grade of D3 or above in the specified dissertation course, irrespective of their performance in other courses: such candidates may, at the discretion of the Examiners, be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma or a Postgraduate Certificate.

Why Study Criminal Justice?

A foundation discipline in 1495, the Law School has played a pivotal role in Aberdeen’s history - and there’s no substitute for experience.

  • Study at a Law School ranked 5th in the UK for Overall Student Satisfaction  (National Student Survey 2022)
  • We are Top 100 in the World for Law, according to the Times Higher Education World University Subject Rankings 2022.
  • There are over 40 nationalities within the School of Law postgraduate community, so you will benefit from the experiences of international students from all over the world.

Students choose to study Law at Aberdeen because of our reputation for academic excellence and unrivalled student experience. At Aberdeen, you will:

  • Have the opportunity to learn from well-known criminal law experts, many of whom provide consultancy to major organisations around the world such as the Hague.
  • Gain an advanced knowledge and understanding of the philosophies, policies and procedures within Criminal Justice systems, which will help you meet the requirements of today’s job market.
  • Acquire excellent observational skills, an aptitude for research and report writing and sharpen your analytical skills.
  • Benefit from the programme’s global perspective with a healthy mix of students from the UK and overseas.
  • Be taught in small learning groups, using an open teaching style and will have access to teaching staff whenever you need.
  • Benefit from the opportunity to attend our Research Seminar Series, which will provide you with unique insights into current legal issues.

The University also has a leading Law Careers and Employability Service that organises events focused on providing you with the additional skills needed to make the most of your career potential. You will be part of a vibrant, close-knit community of students that provides a personal and friendly atmosphere where staff have the opportunity to know students by name and can closely monitor progress.

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Entry Requirements

Qualifications

The information below is provided as a guide only and does not guarantee entry to the University of Aberdeen.

Normally a 2:1 honours degree in Law (or another related discipline) or equivalent.

Document requirements application, we require at least:

  • A full transcript showing all the subjects you studied and marks you achieved in your degree(s).
  • A detailed personal statement explaining your reasons for choosing this programme.
  • CV/Resume optional.
  • Reference letter from your university discussing your academic ability.

Please enter your country to view country-specific entry requirements.

English Language Requirements

To study for a Postgraduate Taught degree at the University of Aberdeen it is essential that you can speak, understand, read, and write English fluently. The minimum requirements for this degree are as follows:

IELTS Academic:

OVERALL - 6.5 with: Listening - 5.5; Reading - 6.0; Speaking - 5.5; Writing - 6.0

TOEFL iBT:

OVERALL - 90 with: Listening - 17; Reading - 21; Speaking - 20; Writing - 21

PTE Academic:

OVERALL - 62 with: Listening - 59; Reading - 59; Speaking - 59; Writing - 59

Cambridge English B2 First, C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency:

OVERALL - 176 with: Listening - 162; Reading - 169; Speaking - 162; Writing - 169

Read more about specific English Language requirements here.

Document Requirements

You will be required to supply the following documentation with your application as proof you meet the entry requirements of this degree programme. If you have not yet completed your current programme of study, then you can still apply and you can provide your Degree Certificate at a later date.

Degree Transcript
a full transcript showing all the subjects you studied and the marks you have achieved in your degree(s) (original & official English translation)
Personal Statement
a detailed personal statement explaining your motivation for this particular programme
Reference
a reference letter from your university discussing your academic ability. If you have been out of education for a long time you may wish to use your current or most recent employer, or another professional person

Careers

Many international students have gone on to work directly in the law profession back in their home countries. Others have even been funded by the UN have gone on to work all over the world, especially in the area of human rights.

Wide Ranging Experience for Students

Students can get involved in 'Lawyers Without Borders, Casus Omissus, European Law Students Assocication and more

We are Top 100 in the World for Law

Our Law School is ranked in the Top 100 globally, according to the Times Higher Education World University Subject Rankings 2022.

5th in the UK for Law

Our Law School is ranked 5th in the UK of 105 providers for Overall Student Satisfaction (National Student Survey 2022).

Our Experts

Professor Pete Duff specialises in criminal justice, evidence and procedure. He has worked at the Centre for Criminological Research at the University of Oxford, the City University of Hong Kong and the University of the South Pacific. He was appointed as one of the first members of the new Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission and was a Commissioner until 2007. He was also a member of the McInnes Committee on Summary Criminal Justice.

Other Experts
Peter Robert Duff
Ilona Catherine MacDonald Cairns
Isla Mairi Fraser Callander
Programme Coordinator
Elizabeth Eleanor Ruth Shaw

Information About Staff Changes

You will be taught by a range of experts including professors, lecturers, teaching fellows and postgraduate tutors. Staff changes will occur from time to time; please see our InfoHub pages for further information.

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