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Criminal Litigation

Our specialist LLM in Criminal Litigation is the first postgraduate degree course in the UK to be devoted exclusively to criminal litigation. It concentrates on the principles that lie behind the criminal justice system and the need to place those principles in a critical and comparative context.

The Specialist LLM in Criminal Litigation 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.

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.

Course modules

As with all LLM specialisms at City, University of London, you may take either 5 modules and a shorter dissertation (10,000 words) or 4 modules and a longer dissertation (20,000 words). All modules are of the same duration and are taught per term (September – December or January – April) rather than the whole academic year. If you take 4 modules you will take 2 per term in each term and if you take 5 modules will have 3 in one term and 2 in the other. Dissertations are written during the summer term when there are no classes.

In order to obtain this specialism, you must choose at least three modules from within this specialism and write your dissertation on a subject within the specialism.

Dissertation (incorporating research methods training)

  • 10,000 word Supervised Dissertation (30 credits) or
  • 20,000 word Supervised Dissertation (60 credits)

Choose from the following 30-credit modules:

  • Sentencing: Theory and Practice 
  • Advocacy in the criminal trial  
  • International Criminal Law: the Practitioner Perspective 
  • International Criminal Law: Crimes and Institutions 
  • Advocacy: Trial Stories 
  • Criminal Justice: The Process of the Courts
  • Criminal Trials: Evidence and Proof 
  • Forensic Psychology for the Criminal Practitioner 

For your remaining modules you can choose from more than 50 modules covering a diverse range of subjects.

Assessment methods

Assessment is by way of coursework which comprises 100% of the final mark in each module. Each module carries the same weight in terms of the overall qualification.

You will be allocated a dedicated supervisor for your dissertation who will help you develop a specific topic and provide support in terms of resources, content and structure.

This course is taught by leading academics as well as visiting practitioners including barristers and solicitors who work in private practice and in legal departments of major companies.

All modules are structured as 10 weekly two-hour seminars which comprise both lectures as well as interactive tutorials. All modules are supported by our online learning platform - Moodle.

Sponsorship information

The City Law School is firmly committed to a generous programme of scholarships awarded on the basis of academic excellence. Our scholarships range in value and include both partial and full fee waiver awards.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
LLM Full-time £ 12,000 (Whole course) Home/EU 1 Years
LLM Full-time £ 17,000 (Whole course) International 1 Years
LLM Part-time £ 6,000 (Academic year) Home/EU 2 Years
LLM Part-time £ 8,500 (Academic year) International 2 Years

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