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Criminal Justice and Criminal Law, LL.M.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
University rank #93 (QS) ,
The programme combines social science research methods, traditional legal research skills, and criminological explanation in order to study the nature, purposes, dynamic processes and outcomes of the criminal justice system.

About

The opportunity to study Criminal Justice and Criminal Law at an advanced level is a particular strength of the LLM at the University of Leeds.

This programme will enable you to develop a sophisticated knowledge of current issues in criminal justice, criminology and criminal law in the UK, Europe and across the globe. It combines cutting-edge compulsory modules with a wide range of optional modules allowing you to tailor your degree to your own particular interests.

Programme Structure

Compulsory modules studied throughout the year will introduce you to fundamental principles, theories, concepts and approaches in the fields of criminal law and criminal justice. You’ll also explore and examine the intricate and complex relationships and dynamics between criminological theory, research and practice, and the impact of criminal justice processes on individuals and social groups, often in the wider context of social and political change.

These modules will also enable you to hone your critical and analytical abilities and your legal research and writing skills, which you’ll be able to demonstrate in your dissertation – an independent piece of research on your chosen topic.

If you study with us, you’ll also benefit from our academic skills programme. This 10-week programme runs alongside your taught academic programme, and is specifically designed to meet the needs of home and international students in the School of Law. It allows you to refine and develop the academic and transferable skills to excel during your taught postgraduate programmes, as well as prepare for professional roles after graduation.

Our optional modules will give you the opportunity to gain specialist knowledge in topics that interest you.As a part-time student, you’ll take four compulsory modules in your first year. You’ll then take the compulsory dissertation module and your chosen one or two optional modules in your second year.

Compulsory modules

  • Criminal Justice Processes30 credits
  • Contemporary Criminological Theory and Approaches30 credits
  • Dissertation Criminal Law/Criminal Justice60 credits
  • Central Issues in Criminal Law15 credits
  • Postgraduate Legal Research Skills15 credits

Optional modules

  • Policing 1: The Nature of Contemporary Policing15 credits
  • Policing 2: Accountability of Policing15 credits
  • Security and Justice30 credits
  • European Human Rights15 credits
  • Cyberlaw: Regulation of Cyberspace15 credits
  • Globalisation and Crime15 credits
  • International Human Rights30 credits
  • Global Justice30 credits
  • Advanced Racism and Ethnicity Studies30 credits

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You need the following C1 Advanced score:

  • Minimum required score (Grade C):

    180

    C1 Advanced is a Cambridge English Qualification. It reports on the Cambridge English Scale between 142 and 210. You will receive a separate score for each of the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) and for Use of English. These five scores are averaged to give you an overall result for the exam. Universities and colleges may ask you to achieve a specific score, either overall or for a particular skill.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

Before starting a programme, you need to have a basic knowledge of the English language.

Find English courses on Preparation Courses Portal.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

The entrance requirements for our postgraduate taught schemes are that you must normally possess an upper second class honours degree or non-UK equivalent.

If you do not meet the standard academic entry requirements, we will give consideration to relevant and substantial work experience of more than five years. In this case, we will require a full CV, describing the relevant work experience, with your application.

We also encourage applicants with professional qualifications or substantial professional experience to apply.

Language requirements

The School has a minimum requirement.

  • TOEFL score on the internet-based test: at least 92 with, at least, 22 in listening, 22 in reading, 23 in speaking and 22 in writing.
  • A minimum IELTS (academic) score of 6.5 with at least 6.5 in listening and reading and at least 6.0 in writing and speaking.

The School keeps its requirements under review and may request a higher level of proficiency. The University of Leeds Language Centre can provide more details on your English requirements.

The Language Centre also provides the Academic English for Postgraduate Studies pre-sessional course which is designed to help international students develop the necessary language and academic study skills required for successful study on a taught postgraduate degree programme. Pre-sessional courses start in September, January, April, July or August. For further information, please visit the Language Centre’s website or contact the Language Centre via email.

We will also accept the following.

  • English Cambridge Proficiency Certificate: Grade C or above
  • Advanced Certificate of English: Grade C or above
  • IGCSE or O level: Grade C or above
  • All India 'Standard 12': minimum of 70 per cent

We also accept other alternative qualifications to IELTS and TOEFL tests.

  • Other accepted language qualifications

It is not sufficient for you to submit a letter from your university that states that you can use the English language to a good standard. This is not relevant evidence. You must submit one of the documents above or be intending to take one of the tests noted above.

Important information about language tests

New British government regulations state that an ...

  • IELTS
  • TOEFL iBT
  • or PET Academic

... test score must be less than two years old when the University of Leeds issues a Certificate of Approved Study (CAS) to an international student that has been offered a place on a postgraduate taught programme.

An international student requires a CAS in order to obtain a British student visa.

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Leeds

  • 637 - 1110 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

The School of Law offers a number of partial fee scholarships available for UK/EU and international students.

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