LLM in Criminal Law and Criminal Justice


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Program Description

Criminal law and criminal justice lie at the heart of questions around how we as a society respond to crime.

On this course, you’ll study an exciting range of topics. You’ll engage in advanced criminal law theory, as well as criminological theory to examine how societies can better understand and respond to crime.

Our research expertise informs our teaching on the LLM. You’ll learn from experts in their fields. Our faculty publish journal articles, books and public reports shaping the fields of criminal law, criminal justice studies and criminology.

You’ll be taught by lecturers who specialise in critical work, in areas including:

  • Criminal law theory
  • Comparative criminal justice
  • Terrorism and international crimes
  • Financial crimes
  • Human rights and criminal justice
  • Sexual offending
  • Policing and restorative justice.

Study in a lively and interdisciplinary intellectual environment, giving you the advantage of a wide-ranging knowledge set. This course draws on expertise from the Department of Sociology, which will enable you to develop an interdisciplinary perspective.

Entry Requirements

UK requirements

Degree Requirements: You should normally have an upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree or above.

Subject-specific requirements: Your qualification should be in law or a relevant subject such as economics, finance, international relations, political science, history, criminology, criminal justice or sociology. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

International requirements

IELTS (Academic): Standard level (6.5 overall, including at least 6.0 in each component).

Admissions information for applicants

How to apply: You apply to Sussex using our postgraduate application system.

Personal Statement: Yes. You must submit a personal statement as part of your application.

Application deadlines

  • 1 August 2021 (international)
  • 1 September 2021 (UK)

Course Details

Full-time and part-time study

Choose to study this course full time or part-time, to fit around your work and personal life. Modules for the full-time course are listed below.

For details about the part-time course, contact Dr Mark Walters at mark.walters@sussex.ac.uk

Core modules

Core modules are taken by all students on the course. They give you a solid grounding in your chosen subject and prepare you to explore the topics that interest you most.

  • LLM Dissertation
  • Advanced Legal Research and Writing
  • Criminology in Theory and Method
  • Issues in Criminal Law and Criminal Justice


Alongside your core modules, you can choose options to broaden your horizons and tailor your course to your interests.

  • Corruption and the Law
  • Hate Crime and Sexual Violence
  • International and Transnational Offending
  • International Crimes
  • Restorative Justice: Domestic and International Approaches
  • Terrorism and the Internet

How much does it cost?


  • UK/EU students: £9,250 per year
  • Channel Islands and Isle of Man students: £9,250 per year
  • International students: £18,500 per year

Additional costs

Please note, all costs are best estimates based on current market values. Costs are paid at the start of your course unless specified otherwise. We review estimates every year and they may vary with inflation.

Recommended texts

The optional but recommended texts for this course cost between £20 and £50.

How can I fund my course?

Postgraduate Masters loans

You can borrow up to £11,222 to help with fees and living costs if your course starts on or after 1 August 2021. Loans are available from the Student Loans Company if you’re from the UK or if you’re an EU national studying for a Masters.


Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals.


You’ll gain practical abilities as well as critical and problem-solving skills valued in contemporary job markets.

You will be able to apply your analytical skills to a range of careers in legal practice and criminal justice administration as well as careers in the private and voluntary sectors.

The LLM can also provide a strong foundation for further academic study or a career in research.

Graduate destinations

Recent School of Law, Politics and Sociology graduates have gone on to jobs including:

  • General adviser, Citizens Advice Bureau
  • Legal assistant, Martin Searle Solicitors
  • Pupillage, 1 Crown Office Row.

(Sussex Law School careers database)

Last updated Dec 2020

About the School

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