Taught course

Criminal Justice and Human Rights LLM

University of Aberdeen · School of Law

Entry requirements

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Months of entry

January, September

Course content


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 implementation and enforcement of criminal law, investigation, trial and punishment, respect the civil liberties of citizens accused of crime.

This programme provides you with 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.

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.

Industry Links and Careers

Lecturers have experience in major criminal research centres such as the Centre for Criminological Resarch in the University of Oxford. There has been a considerable body of consultancy/research work undertaken at the Hague in the Netherlands from researchers at University of Aberdeen, bringing you a rich experience in terms of teaching and knowledge. Graduates go on to work in consulancy and law firms in their own country, some of them have been offered posts at the UN working globally.


Why Study at Aberdeen?

  • An exit poll revealed that 98% of students felt their LLM added value to their career prospects and 97% would recommend their programme to others. The Law School is ranked 10th in the UK (The Complete University Guide 2018)
  • You have access to experts, a law library and a range of activitiies which you can get involved in such as seminars, projects and socitieties

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Qualification and course duration


part time
36 months
full time
12 months

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