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
  • Sep 2016
  • EEA € 200 per semester
  • Non-EEA € 200 per semester
  • 12 months

The Master in European criminal business law (LLM) is designed to enable students to acquire knowledge and extensive expertise in this area of law which is currently undergoing rapid development. During this year, students must acquire 60 ECTS completing eight modules over two semesters.

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Criminal Justice and Criminology M.A. Criminal Justice and Criminology
  • Sep 2016
  • 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 Master 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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Transnational Criminal Justice LL.M. Transnational Criminal Justice
  • Jan 2017
  • May 2016
  • Sep 2016
  • EEA £ 9,600 per year
  • Non-EEA £ 9,600 per year
  • 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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Public Policy (Criminal Justice) Master Public Policy (Criminal Justice)
  • Any time
  • Not specified
  • 24 months

Walden Universitys 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. Receive a 20% tuition reduction when you start on February 29, 2016.

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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

Walden Universitys 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. Receive a 20% tuition reduction when you start on February 29, 2016.

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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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Criminology and Criminal Justice M.Sc. Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • Sep 2016
  • EEA £ 8,100 per year
  • Non-EEA £ 1,650 per year
  • 12 months

The MSc postgraduate degree is suitable whether you have studied criminology at undergraduate level or are new to the subject. We welcome applications from graduates of any subject, including law, sociology, criminology, psychology, social sciences, but also sciences and arts.

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Criminology M.Sc. Criminology
  • Sep 2016
  • 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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Conflictology Master Conflictology
  • Oct 2016
  • EEA $ 12,500 per year
  • Non-EEA $ 12,500 per year
  • 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. The Conflictology Master is offered by the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC).

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Criminology M.A. Criminology
  • Sep 2016
  • National $ 9,500 per year
  • International $ 17,300 per year
  • Not specified

WKU is in the midst of a transformation - physical, intellectual, cultural and economic and is becoming A Leading American University with International Reach. Whether in a neighboring community or in a distant country, WKU faculty and students are engaged in relevant applied research that provides solutions to real problems.

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