Normally a first or upper second-class Honours degree (or equivalent) in law, one of the social sciences, business or humanities, though other disciplines will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Applications are judged on their individual merits and entry may be possible with a relevant lower second-class Honours degree, and/or relevant professional qualifications and/or appropriate experience.
Please explain your motivation and suitability in your application.
English language requirements
For postgraduate studies, the University of Strathclyde requires a minimum overall score of IELTS 6.5 (no individual test score below 6.0) or equivalent. Tests are valid for two years.
Months of entry
The LLM/MSc in Criminal Justice & Penal Change examines the range of legal, political and social responses across the world to what is widely known as 'the penal crisis'.
Blending a rigorous understanding of fundamental theory with evidence about real world problems you’ll analyse recent innovations in theory, policy and practice.
Drawing on a range of disciplinary approaches, the course will enable you to develop a rational and just response to crime.
The LLM/MSc in Criminal Justice & Penal Change is unique in both its approach and its flexibility.
- our focus is on pressing contemporary national and international issues of policy and practice
- you can choose to graduate with either an LLM or MSc
- study full-time or part-time
- learn from a world-class teaching team
- students are from a range of nationalities and disciplinary backgrounds
- you'll benefit from the work of the Centre for Law, Crime and Justice
Who is the course suitable for?
- practitioners working in a wide range of law, justice and welfare areas
- professionals developing justice policy
- members of the third /voluntary sector
- recent graduates in law, social sciences and humanities
Flexible study options
You can choose to graduate with either an LLM or MSc or complete the course early with a PGDip/Cert.
You'll have the option of studying full or part-time and attending classes in the early evening.
Information for international students
Fees and funding
How can I fund my course?
Several scholarships are available to Scottish, UK, EU and international students. Each scholarship has different eligibility criteria and deadlines so you're encouraged to apply early. To find out what scholarships you may be eligible for please go to our scholarship search.
To recognise academic achievement, the Dean's International Excellence Award offers international students a merit-based scholarship of up to £3,000 for entry onto a full-time Masters programme in the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences.
Graduates of the LLM/MSc in Criminal Justice and Penal Change will also have the opportunity to undertake a funded international internship with a key criminal justice non-governmental organisation (NGO).
Read more about our unique funded partnership with Reprieve to conduct assistance in capital defence cases in the USA.
Similar partnerships with other NGOs have been established by Criminal Justice & Penal Change Course Director, Professor Dr Cyrus Tata.
Students living in Scotland can find out more about funding from the Student Awards Agency Scotland.
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
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