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

In European Economic and Financial Criminal Law (LL.M.) LL.M. In European Economic and Financial Criminal Law (LL.M.)
  • Any time
  • EEA  200 per semester
  • International  200 per semester
  • 24 months

The Master of Law In European Economic and Financial Criminal Law (LL.M.) at the University of Luxembourg offers students a unique opportunity to explore the fast-growing field of European criminal law with a special emphasis on economic and financial criminal law.

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Criminology M.Sc. Criminology
  • Sep 2017
  • Not specified
  • 18 months

The program has been designed for graduates who wish to expand their knowledge of criminology, for persons with professional responsibilities in policing, probation and prison who wish to enhance their knowledge on recent developments and further their practitioner experience, and for those who wish to follow criminal justice careers.

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Victimology and Criminal Justice M.Sc. Victimology and Criminal Justice
  • Aug 2017
  • EEA  1,998 per year
  • International  14,000 per year
  • 12 months

The Master Victimology and Criminal Justice at Tilburg University is the only Master's program in Europe and one of a handful of programs worldwide, focusing on victimology.

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International Expert Programme in Investigative and Legal Psychology Postgrad.Dip. International Expert Programme in Investigative and Legal Psychology
  • Any time
  • EEA  7,500 per module
  • International  7,500 per module
  • 11 months

The International Expert Programme in Investigative and Legal Psychology is a post graduate programme designed for young professionals and graduate students who seek to further their knowledge and develop cross-cutting proficiencies in various fields related to forensic psychology. The programme is offered at the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI).

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Law (Specialism International Criminal Justice) LLM, PDip LL.M. Law (Specialism International Criminal Justice) LLM, PDip
  • Any time
  • EEA  6,040 per year
  • International  13,340 per year
  • 12 months

At Law (Specialism International Criminal Justice) LLM, PDip programme from University of Kent you will learn about the main legal instruments and institutions that provide for international co-operation and prosecution of international, transnational and national crime and the impact of human rights and combine this with critical reflection of the broader context and of the effectiveness of law.

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Global Criminology M.A. Global Criminology
  • Sep 2017
  • EEA  1,984 per year
  • International  15,000 per year
  • 12 months

The programme offers a multidisciplinary, critical, and comparative perspective on criminology.

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Law (Specialism Criminal Justice) LLM, PDip LL.M. Law (Specialism Criminal Justice) LLM, PDip
  • Any time
  • EEA  6,040 per year
  • International  13,340 per year
  • 12 months

The Law (Specialism Criminal Justice) LLM, PDip programme from University of Kent is designed for people who already work, or intend to work, within the criminal justice system, whether for the police, probation service, prison service or other organisations, or those with an interest in such matters. It covers criminal law and procedure in the UK, internationally and comparatively.

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Criminal Justice and Criminology M.A. Criminal Justice and Criminology
  • Sep 2017
  • EEA  7,000 per year
  • International  16,000 per year
  • 12 months

Delivered by leading academics from the Centre for Criminal Justice Studies in one of the best law schools in the UK, the Criminal Justice and Criminology MA offers you the opportunity to develop advanced knowledge and skills in relation to the regulation of crime in the UK, Europe and across the globe. This Criminal Justice and Criminology course is offered by University of Leeds.

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Global Crime, Justice and Security Master of Laws M.Sc. Global Crime, Justice and Security Master of Laws
  • Any time
  • International  11,330 per year
  • 12 months

This Masters degree is based on internationally recognised research and is delivered by its expert authors. You will extend your knowledge of crime by studying different international contexts and key issues facing law makers, legal practitioner and victims.

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Applied Criminal Justice and Criminology M.A. Applied Criminal Justice and Criminology
  • Sep 2017
  • International  12,950 per year
  • EEA  5,300 per year
  • 12 months

The Applied Criminal Justice and Criminology programme at Swansea University focuses mainly on the application of knowledge to the operation of the criminal justice system, reflecting the policy/practice orientation of members of the staff team.

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London South Bank University

LL.M. Law - Crime and Litigation
  • Sep 2017
  • EEA  6,800
  • International  11,600
  • 14 months

Through critical and comparative studies of justice and the criminal litigation process this Law - Crime and Litigation course from London South Bank University will give you demonstrable understanding of the key principles that ground the UK criminal justice system, its issues, approaches and topical debates.

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