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

The European Economic and Financial Criminal Law programme 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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Criminal Justice and Criminology M.A. Criminal Justice and Criminology
  • Sep 2016
  • EEA  6,000 per year
  • International  15,000 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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Transnational Criminal Justice LL.M. Transnational Criminal Justice
  • Jan 2017
  • May 2017
  • Sep 2016
  • EEA  9,600
  • International  9,600
  • 12 months

The LLM Transnational Criminal Justice programme from BPP University gives you the opportunity to develop a deep understanding and practical skills on how the law deals with the prevention, control and interdiction of transnational crime.

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Criminal Justice Leadership & Executive Management - Global Leadership M.Sc. Criminal Justice Leadership & Executive Management - Global Leadership
  • Any time
  • Not specified
  • 24 months

Prepare to lead change in your organization and influence policymakers in your community. If you are a law enforcement or criminal justice professional, Walden University can help you gain the knowledge and experience to prepare for executive management roles in criminal justice or transition into a career in education or as a consultant.

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Applied Criminal Justice and Criminology M.A. Applied Criminal Justice and Criminology
  • Any time
  • EEA  5,300 per year
  • International  12,950 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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International Year One - Criminal Justice/Criminology Pre-Bachelor International Year One - Criminal Justice/Criminology
  • Any time
  • International $ 12,000 per semester
  • 8 months

The Roosevelt University's International Year One - Criminal Justice/Criminology course is taught at the on-campus International Study Center. This bachelor's degree pathway provides English language support in addition to the first year of university coursework, leading to entry into the second year of a Roosevelt bachelor's degree.

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Postgraduate Diploma/LLM in Financial Services Law, Regulation and Compliance LL.M. Postgraduate Diploma/LLM in Financial Services Law, Regulation and Compliance
  • Sep 2016
  • Not specified
  • 12 months

The postgraduate diploma programme is 12 months long and comprises an introductory module, eight compulsory core modules and seven specialist modules (of which you choose to study one). Each of the core modules gives a thorough grounding in the core components of financial services law whilst referring to aspects and important points of law from all of the other modules, so bringing together all the subject areas that comprise financial services law.

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Victimology and Criminal Justice M.Sc. Victimology and Criminal Justice
  • Aug 2016
  • 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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