Taught course

Criminal Justice and Penal Change

University of Strathclyde · School of Law

Entry requirements

Normally a good honours degree in law, one of the social sciences, business or humanities. Other qualifications and/or experience may be recognised.

Months of entry


Course content

Strathclyde University Law School is offering you the opportunity to build on your expertise with the UK's first graduate level course in Criminal Justice & Penal Change.

The course examines the range of legal, political and social responses across the world to what is widely called 'the penal crisis'. Blending a rigorous understanding of fundamental theory with evidence about real world problems, students will analyse recent innovations in theory, policy and practice. Drawing on a range of disciplinary approaches, the course will enable students to develop a rational and just response to crime.

Course Structure
Core Modules include:
- Criminal Justice & Penal Decision-Making
- Punishment & Processes of Penal Change
- Research Methods
- Dissertation Research Project of own choice

Choose from a wide range of advanced optional modules including:
- Childhood & Crime
- Surveillance, Technology & Control
- Offender Management
- Restorative Justice
- Homicide

In addition, students may also be able to take options from a range of cognate postgraduate courses including for example:
- Human Rights Law
- Internet Law & Policy
- Mediation & Conflict Resolution

- Study full-time or part-time
- Choose to Study for either an LLM or an MSc
- Classes in the early evening
- Option of early completion with a PGDip/Cert

Who is the Course for
- Practitioners working in a wide range of law, justice and welfare areas;
- Professionals developing justice policy;
- Members of the Third Sector;
- Recent Graduates from the UK and around the world.

Information for international students

For overseas students, the University's English language proficiency requirements are IELTS 6.5, TOEFL 600 (including the Test of Written English) or TOEFL 250 (computer based test).

Fees and funding

Lord Hope Scholarship for LLM/MSc Law School Programmes (New for 2014 entry)

Application can be made here: Lord Hope Scholarship Application Form

The Law School is delighted to announce the launch of the Lord Hope Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme. Under this initiative, up to twelve partial scholarships of £1,000 each shall be available for applicants across our range of LLM/MSc programmes in the academic year 2014/15 (all courses above). The awards shall be granted on a competitive footing offered on the basis of financial need and academic merit. In addition to the financial award, the successful applicants shall also be invited to attend a celebratory dinner hosted by patron of the scheme and Emeritus Professor of the Law School, the Rt Hon Lord Hope of Craighead KT, PC, FRSE, former Lord Justice General and Lord President of the Court of Session, Second Senior Lord of Appeal in Ordinary in the Appellate Committee of the House of Lords and Judicial Committee of the Privy Council and most recently Deputy President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom.

GREAT Scholarships

As part of the GREAT Scholarship programme -India and British Council Initiative, awards to students of outstanding academic calibre from India are available. More information can be found here: http://www.strath.ac.uk/rio/postgraduatescholarships/award_771767_en.html

Other Funding Opportunities: http://www.strath.ac.uk/search/scholarships/index.jsp

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


full time
9 months

Course contact details

Law School
+44 (0) 141 548 3738