Taught course

Law (Criminal Justice)

Northumbria University · Faculty of Business and Law

Entry requirements

Applicants should normally have a minimum of a 2:2 honours degree in either law, a relevant social science-based discipline, or a relevant non-law degree. Relevant professional qualifications or suitable work experience will also be considered.

Months of entry


Course content

Would you like to refine your existing law degree with a specialist master's in criminal justice? Are you looking to advance your career as a solicitor or barrister, or maybe you are looking to change direction from your current undergraduate degree with a master's in the field of law?

This master's in law is part of Northumbria University's innovative and flexible LLM Law framework, which will allow you to study for your LLM with a specialism.

The Law (Criminal Justice) LLM branch specialism has been designed to meet the needs of legal practitioners, policy makers and other professionals who currently work, or hope to work in the field of criminal justice.

We also welcome applications from those of you who wish to engage in more detailed, academic study of criminal justice issues than you have previously. You will be provided with a deeper, contextual understanding of the law and the policy issues which affect professional practice.

Our world leading academics will provide you with a critical understanding of contemporary issues in the field of criminal justice. This will include an introduction to criminal justice and forensics and themes around the theory and practice of punishment. This will include youth justice, transnational criminal law and comparative approaches to the law of evidence.

The LLM Law (Criminal Justice) allows you to gain an established postgraduate legal qualification, while specialising in this innovative field. This offers you an exceptional opportunity to gain career enhancing knowledge and skills which can be applied to a wide range of careers and so, this LLM Criminal Justice is an excellent specialism for;

  • Existing barristers, solicitors and forensic practitioners
  • The fields of rehabilitation
  • the police service
  • private investigation across the public, private and volunteer sectors
  • PhD study

We welcome applications from those of you with any undergraduate background and because of this, you will be part of a diverse and intellectually stimulating cohort. You will learn from each other’s experiences in a relaxed and collaborative environment.

Information for international students

International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent).

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • LLM
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Admissions Office
0191 227 4444