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City, University of London

Criminal Litigation

This specialist masters degree appeals to practitioners in the field of criminal justice, particularly: solicitors, barristers, CPS employees and police officers. Lawyers at the start of their career have found this course helps them to build their knowledge and expertise in a specialist area. It is the first postgraduate degree course in the UK to be devoted exclusively to the critical study of criminal litigation. It focuses on the principles upon which the criminal justice system is based by placing them in a comparative context. This masters course has been designed to allow you to examine important areas of criminal litigation in greater depth than is usually possible either at undergraduate level or on a professional training course.

Entry requirements

LLM: Applicants should normally hold a good first degree in law (usually an upper second), or an equivalent qualification in a related discipline, and must be fluent in written and spoken English.

We expect applicants who are not nationals of English-speaking countries OR have not successfully completed an academic qualification equivalent to a UK undergraduate degree taught in English to have an overall IELTS score of at least 7.0.

Applicants with a first degree in a subject other than law will be considered, but it should be noted that this may restrict the choice of modules where content is dependent on a prior knowledge of law.

Course modules

Dissertation (incorporating research methods training):
10,000 word Supervised Dissertation (30 credits) or
20,000 word Supervised Dissertation (60 credits).

Specialism modules:
Sentencing: Theory and Practice (30 credits);
Advocacy in the criminal trial (30 credits);
International Criminal Law: the Practitioner Perspective (30 credits);
International Criminal Law: Crimes and Institutions (30 credits);
Advocacy: Trial Stories (30 credits);
Criminal Justice: The Process of the Courts(30 credits);
Criminal Trials: Evidence and Proof (30 credits);
Professional Ethics for Commercial Legal Practice (30 credits); and
Forensic Psychology for the Criminal Practitioner (30 credits).
For your remaining modules you can choose from more than 50 modules covering a diverse range of subjects.

Assessment methods

Assessment will draw on a range of approaches which include written coursework, presentations, skills work, in-class tests, projects and a dissertation. The purpose of this is to assess a range of different skills and knowledge, as well as exposing you to different approaches.

Most modules have a single summative assessment with 100% weighting but there are some where there is more than one assessment and the weighting for each will be 50%.

You have the option of completing formative coursework in each module. The formative assessment will give you an opportunity to understand and appreciate the academic attainment levels expected. At different stages of the programme, it provides you with the opportunity to develop and demonstrate legal research, quantitative, cognitive and other skills in addition to your knowledge and understanding of the subjects.

The dissertation provides you with an opportunity to display competence in legal research. It allows some autonomy and enables you to show that you can manage information as well as developing complex arguments and innovative ways to solve problems.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
LLM Full-time £ 12,000 (Academic year) Home/EU 1 Years
LLM Part-time £ 6,000 (Academic year) Home/EU 2 Years
LLM Full-time £ 17,000 (Academic year) International 1 Years
LLM Part-time £ 8,500 (Academic year) International 2 Years
LLM Full-time September 2018 12,000 (Year 1) Wales 1 1 Years
LLM Part-time September 2018 6,000 (Year 1) England 2 2 Years
LLM Part-time September 2018 8,500 (Year 1) International 2 2 Years
LLM Part-time September 2018 6,000 (Year 1) Northern Ireland 2 2 Years
LLM Part-time September 2018 6,000 (Year 1) Scotland 2 2 Years
LLM Part-time September 2018 6,000 (Year 1) Wales 2 2 Years
LLM Full-time September 2018 12,000 (Year 1) England 1 1 Years
LLM Full-time September 2018 17,000 (Year 1) International 1 1 Years
LLM Full-time September 2018 12,000 (Year 1) Northern Ireland 1 1 Years
LLM Full-time September 2018 12,000 (Year 1) Scotland 1 1 Years

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