Applicants should have a good Honours degree in law, or a degree in another discipline augmented with a pass in the Common Professional Examination, or a corresponding level of achievement in the case of applicants from other jurisdictions. Applications are welcomed from students whether home-or overseas-based.
Months of entry
This programme draws upon Birmingham Law School’s long standing research strengths in the areas of criminal law and criminal justice. Criminal Law is concerned with the most potentially invasive assertion of authority by the state: if you fail to comply with the law you will be punished. This programme provides a holistic analysis of the criminal process through an analysis of the law, its philosophical underpinnings and its operation in practice.
Students can study to attain a broad overview of criminal justice processes or specialise in particular aspects as diverse as underpinning theories, policing, health aspects of criminal justice or indeed international aspects of law enforcement co-operation. Many modules have been created and are taught by leading scholars of the particular field and students benefit from close contact with researchers.
You follow a modular programme (180 credits in total), which comprises six taught modules (20 credits each) and a dissertation of 15,000 words (60 credits); the latter to be submitted at the end of the year of study. Students following the Criminal Law & Criminal Justice programme study a minimum of four of their six modules from the list below:
- British Legal Responses to Terrorism
- Crime and Gender
- Criminal Justice: Law Enforcement
- The Death Penalty in Law and Practice
- European Criminal Law
- Global Crime Problems
- Human Rights and Criminal Justice
- International and European Legal Responses to Terrorism
- International Criminal Law
- International Humanitarian Law
- Mentally Disordered Offenders
- Restorative Justice
- Sentencing: Prison Studies
- Socio-Legal Method
- Socio-Legal Theory
- Theory of Criminal Law
- Transnational Criminal Law
- Victimisation and Victim Policy
You can also choose up to two optional modules from those available on the General LLM; you can also choose one module from those offered by the Political Science and International Studies department.
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Fees and funding
For more information on other funding that may be available for Law programmes, please visit the University's Postgraduate Funding Database.
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Postgraduate Enquiry Service
- 0121 414 5005