The central focus of this multidisciplinary postgraduate degree in Criminal Law and Criminal Justice at Birkbeck, University of London is the interface between criminal law and criminal justice. In addition to studying established critical and theoretical perspectives, the programme also has a humanities focus, which offers an opportunity to explore and engage with cutting-edge scholarship in the subject.
The programme is delivered by staff from the School of Law and its Institute for Criminal Policy Research, and a range of visiting international scholars and practitioners.
- The School of Law is an internationally recognised centre for critical and interdisciplinary legal research with a strong theoretical and policy focus. It is the home of Birkbeck Law Press and publishes Law and Critique: The International Journal of Critical Legal Thought.
- We are among the top 10 law schools in the UK and in the top three in London in the Times Higher Education Research Excellence Framework (REF) rankings, while our research environment was judged conducive to producing research of the highest quality.
- The School is the home of the Institute for Criminal Policy Research. Jessica Jacobson, its director, leads a team of outstanding researchers. She brings a wealth of knowledge to the Master's programme, participating in compulsory and specialist modules and providing dissertation supervision.
- We use technology, such as electronic learning environments, to enhance teaching and learning. Birkbeck Library has an extensive teaching collection of books, journals and electronic resources in law and related disciplines, such as economics, politics and sociology. For example, it provides access to over 17,000 electronic journals, which are available online 24 hours a day.
- You can also take advantage of the rich research collections nearby, including those of the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, Senate House Library, the British Library of Political and Economic Science (LSE Library) and the British Library.
- Applicants with a strong academic background may be eligible to apply for AHRC/ESRC awards (UK and EU-based applicants only). Candidates with an outstanding academic record who demonstrate high potential for strong performance on one of our Master's degrees can apply for School of Law Postgraduate Fee Awards.
Careers and Employability
Graduates can pursue a career in the legal professions, police, probation, research, or journalism. Possible professions include community development officer, police or prison officer, social or youth worker, or adult guidance worker. This degree can also be useful in a variety of local government positions, or in becoming a researcher or journalist.
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- Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice
- Criminal Law Theory and History
- Masters Research Project
- Advanced Intellectual Property Law
- Crime and Control
- Cultures of Human Rights
- Equality and the Law
- Futures: The Globalization of Human Rights
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- 12 months
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DisciplinesCriminal Law Public Law Criminology View 175 other Masters in Criminology in United Kingdom
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A second-class honours degree (2:2) or above in law, the humanities or social sciences; other honours degrees will be considered.
- Applications are reviewed on their individual merits and your professional qualifications and/or relevant work experience will be taken into consideration positively. We actively support and encourage applications from mature learners.
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International17700 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 17700 GBP per year during 12 months.
National11580 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 11580 GBP per year during 12 months.
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Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.