Masters in Criminal Law

Criminal law, or penal law, is the body of law that regulates and punishes acts considered undesirable to the state. Examples of crimes include theft, assault, and robbery, trafficking in controlled substances, murder or treason. The purpose of penal law is to maintain a state of order in society by confining lawbreakers, and preventing them and others from violating the well-being of citizens.

Criminal law is different from the civil rights law in that the latter focuses on disputes between private parties and seeks to compensate the victim. Disciplines related to criminal law are criminology, accounting forensics, forensic psychology, international criminal law, environmental law, and military law.

Universities offer studies in criminal law as independent programmes, under Bachelor of Laws (LLB) or Master of Laws (LLM) professional degrees. Students gain general theoretical knowledge of penal law such as criminal justice, global crime problems and human rights. They gain an in-depth knowledge of aspects related to homicide, mentally disordered offenders, the death penalty, legal responses to terrorism, and many more.

Careers in criminal law include criminalist and criminologist, public interest lawyer, judge and magistrate, forensic psychologist, fraud investigator, detective, probation officer, or crime laboratory analyst. Professional practice in various work places such as law firms, private business, government, and public interest organisations.

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Suggested Master's Programmes

European Economic and Financial Criminal Law European Economic and Financial Criminal Law
  • Sep 2015
  • EEA € 400 per year
  • Non-EEA € 400 per year
  • 12 months

The University of Luxembourg offers one of the only LL.M. programs in European Economic and Financial Criminal Law. It is a 1 year or 2 year LL.M. leading to a Master in European Economic Law.

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Postgraduate Armed conflicts and crisis management Postgraduate Armed conflicts and crisis management
  • Oct 2015
    Not specified
  • Not specified

Conflicts are everyday occurrences in people's lives, social groups and international relations. In all historic times, in all cultures, groups and countries, the quest for peace has been ongoing. Costs incurred because of conflicts are very high: human suffering, economic losses and moral degradation.

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Criminal Justice and Criminology Criminal Justice and Criminology
  • Sep 2015
  • EEA £ 7,000 per year
  • International £ 14,000 per year
  • 12 months

MA Criminal Justice and Criminology offers you the opportunity to develop advanced knowledge and skills in relation to the regulation of crime in the UK, Europe, and at global level.

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Criminal Justice Criminal Justice
  • Any time
  • International $ 800 per module
  • 24 months

The Master of Criminal Justice program is designed for those who want to advance in the field of criminal justice, enter it, or simply gain a deeper understanding of this fascinating discipline.

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Law (Specialism Criminal Justice) LLM, PDip Law (Specialism Criminal Justice) LLM, PDip
  • Sep 2015
  • EEA £ 5,250 per year
  • Non-EEA £ 12,890 per year
  • 12 months

The Kent LLM (and associated Diploma programme) allows you to broaden and deepen your knowledge and understanding of law by specialising in one or more different areas.

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Public Policy (Criminal Justice) Public Policy (Criminal Justice)
  • Any time
    Not specified
  • 24 months

Walden University’s Master of Public Policy (M.P.P.) can help you bring about social change through effective public policy making. The Criminal Justice specialization explores complex issues affecting the current justice system and teaches how policy is implemented in law enforcement agencies.

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Criminal Justice Leadership & Executive Management (Global Leadership) Criminal Justice Leadership & Executive Management (Global Leadership)
  • Any time
    Not specified
  • 24 months

Walden University’s Master in Criminal Justice Leadership and Executive Management offers law enforcement or criminal justice professionals the opportunity to prepare for executive management roles or careers in education and consulting. The Global Leadership specialization provides international leadership strategies especially effective in developing countries, on a global scale.

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Criminal Justice Criminal Justice
  • Any time
  • International $ 482 per module
  • 18 months

The Master of Arts in Criminal Justice (MACJ) is a professional degree designed to provide criminal justice professionals with the knowledge and skills necessary to advance their careers.

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Criminal Justice-Capstone Option (General) Criminal Justice-Capstone Option (General)
  • Any time
  • National $ 350 per module
  • International $ 350 per module
  • Not specified

The Master of Arts degree in Criminal Justice focuses on developing the professional skills necessary for students to assume leadership positions within the criminal justice field. The degree program’s interdisciplinary approach provides students with academically rigorous, and empirically - oriented methodologies and builds on the multidisciplinary strength and practical experience of the faculty.

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Criminal Justice-Capstone Option (Rehabilitation and Reintegration) Criminal Justice-Capstone Option (Rehabilitation and Reintegration)
  • Any time
  • National $ 350 per module
  • International $ 350 per module
  • Not specified

The Master of Arts degree in Criminal Justice focuses on developing the professional skills necessary for students to assume leadership positions within the criminal justice field. The degree program’s interdisciplinary approach provides students with academically rigorous, and empirically - oriented methodologies and builds on the multidisciplinary strength and practical experience of the faculty.

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