Taught course

Criminal Law and Criminal Justice LLM

Keele University · School of Law

Entry requirements

First or second-class honours degree in law or in a related discipline (such as criminology, sociology, politics, history, or social work). Students who have appropriate professional qualifications or relevant work experience may also be considered.

Months of entry


Course content

Enhance your legal career and develop your expertise in criminal justice. Our LLM allows you to explore various aspects of criminal law and deepen your understanding of the processes and policies of the criminal justice system. This programme is ideal for graduates or working professionals who wish to engage with block teaching and build specialist knowledge in a specific area of law. You will delve into the investigation of crime through a socio-legal perspective and its consequences in the context of law, allowing you to develop a critical approach towards research and practice.

Our LLM in Criminal Law and Criminal Justice aims to deepen your understanding of criminal law and the processes of criminal justice, whilst you explore the impact of crime and how laws are implemented to deter and resolve crime within society. This includes areas such as youth justice, mental health, modern slavery, trafficking, sexual offences, terrorism and drug offences.

On this programme, you will evaluate criminal law and criminal justice with the support of research evidence, methods and theories, as you consider the impact of responses to crime. With this understanding, you will demonstrate your academic knowledge and professional practice, experimenting with your expertise in criminal law and criminal justice.

You will further develop your critical thinking skills and research practice through the critical analysis of case and statutory law, as well as policies and processes. Key areas of study include the critical analysis and understanding of contemporary issues in criminal law and criminal justice; the socio-legal analysis of mental health and sexual conduct in a criminal law and criminal justice context; and how institutions operate in combatting crime through a socio-legal perspective.

Information for international students

This course is no longer accepting applications from international students for September 2023 entry.

Fees and funding

It's important to plan carefully for your funding before you start your course. Please be aware that not all postgraduate courses and not all students are eligible for the UK government postgraduate loans and, in some cases, you would be expected to source alternative funding yourself. If you need support researching your funding options, please contact our Financial Support Team.


We are committed to rewarding excellence and potential. Please visit our scholarships and bursaries webpage for more information.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • LLM
    Up to 60 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Please see course page on Keele University website for further details.

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