Taught course

Criminal Justice and Human Rights

University of Aberdeen · School of Law

Entry requirements

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

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 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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Information for international students

The English Language Requirement for all College of Arts and Social Sciences Masters programmes is an IELTS of 6.5 with 6.0 in the writing and reading (or equivalent TOEFL iBT or PTE). For more information see www.abdn.ac.uk/international/english-requirements

Fees and funding

Qualification and course duration


part time
36 months
full time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations65
Written coursework / continuous assessment15
Dissertation20 (10000 words)

Course contact details

School of Law
01224 272443
01224 272442