Taught course

Criminal Law and Criminal Justice

University of Sussex · Law

Entry requirements

A first- or upper second-class undergraduate honours degree in law or a relevant subject (such as international relations, political science, history, criminology, criminal justice or sociology) but applicants from other backgrounds may be considered

Months of entry


Course content

1 year full time/2 years part time Problems of criminal law and criminal justice are central to our society. This LLM addresses challenging issues of criminal law – the law of homicide, sexual offences, inchoate liability, capacity and defences – along with important questions of criminal procedure and practice such as the role of the police, the nature of the trial process, youth justice and penal policy. Criminal law is always in flux, and throughout this LLM we guide your engagement with the debates and criticisms that are shaping the law.

You will be taught by internationally recognised academics who specialise in the following topics: criminal law and the family, comparative criminal law, law reform, restorative justice, hate crime, and criminal theory. You will explore issues from a practical point of view as well as from theoretical, comparative and international perspectives, be exposed to the latest debates in criminal law and justice, and have a chance to discuss and engage with on-going research projects.

We will train you in research methods, then guide you as you move on to research some of these areas for yourself.


Modules are assessed by a combination of coursework, unseen examinations, 4,000-5,000-word essays, and a 15,000-word dissertation.

Course Structure

We continue to develop and update our modules for 2016 entry to ensure you have the best student experience. In addition to the course structure below, you may find it helpful to refer to the Modules tab.

Autumn term: Advanced Research for LLM Students • Issues in Criminal Law and Criminal Justice • Understanding Criminal Law and Criminal Justice.

Spring term: you take two options from a list that may include Comparative Criminal Justice Systems • Corruption and the Law • Culture and Identity Rights • Hate Crime and Sexual Violence • International and Transnational Offending • International Crimes • Restorative Justice • Women and Human Rights • Youth Justice.

Summer term: supervised work on the LLM dissertation.

Information for international students


Fees and funding

UK students
International students

The University of Sussex aims to attract the most talented students to postgraduate study and offers one of the most generous scholarship programmes of any UK university. For full details of our scholarships please visit:www.sussex.ac.uk/study/money/scholarships/pgt2016/

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations30
Written coursework / continuous assessment30
Dissertation40 (15000 words)

Course contact details

Student Recruitment Services
+44 (0)1273 678655