Entry requirements

2:1 (or international equivalent) in law, humanities or social sciences; mature applicants without standard entry requirements but with substantial and relevant experience may be considered.

Months of entry


Course content

Criminal justice teaching and scholarship in the School of Law are founded on the reputation and achievements of Sir John Smith, one of the greatest academic lawyers of the twentieth century. Generations of lawyers across the common law world were first introduced to the subject by Smith & Hogan's Criminal Law.

In addition to their scholarly research and teaching within the University, all four criminal justice professors are very active in journal editing (eg. Criminal Law Review, International Journal of Evidence & Proof, Punishment & Society,Criminal Law and Philosophy), and frequently advise criminal justice agencies, policymakers and governments in the UK, the EU, and all around the world.

Course Outline

Criminal Justice teaching at the University of Nottingham adopts a distinctively contextual approach. The LLM gives particular prominence to the theoretical, comparative and international dimensions of criminal process and the penal system. As well as providing substantive information about criminal law and its practical enforcement, the LLM in Criminal Justice encourages students to engage with the methodological foundations of research and scholarship, and to appreciate their implications for penal policymaking and practice.

The emphasis is on understanding issues, problems, institutions, processes and cultures of penal law and policy, against a backdrop of ever-increasing globalisation in criminality and law enforcement across national boundaries.

For a more extensive overview, please visit the course page on the University of Nottingham's online prospectus.

Information for international students

English language requirements: IELTS 7.0 (with no less than 7.0 in writing, 6.5 in reading and 6.0 in speaking and listening).

Fees and funding

The Graduate School at The University of Nottingham provides information on internal and external sources of postgraduate funding.

There is also funding information on the School of Law web pages.

For information on funding opportunities for international students, please see the International Office website.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiries
+44 (0)115 951 5559