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

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Criminology Criminology, M.Sc.
  • Any time
  • Not specified
  • 18 months

The Criminology programme from University of Nicosia 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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European Economic and Financial Criminal Law (LL.M.) European Economic and Financial Criminal Law (LL.M.), 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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Law (Specialism International Criminal Justice) LLM, PDip Law (Specialism International Criminal Justice) LLM, PDip, LL.M.
  • 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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Law (Specialism Criminal Justice) LLM, PDip Law (Specialism Criminal Justice) LLM, PDip, LL.M.
  • 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 Criminal Justice and Criminology, M.Sc.
  • 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 MSc 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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Criminal Justice - Emergency Management Criminal Justice - Emergency Management, M.Sc.
  • Any time
  • Not specified
  • 21 months

Stay at the forefront of this evolving field as you study the latest theories and explore today’s increasingly sophisticated criminal justice issues. Gain broad exposure to the field of criminal justice, including how law enforcement, courts, and corrections function and interact at the local, state, and federal level.

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Criminal Justice - Homeland Security Policy and Coordination Criminal Justice - Homeland Security Policy and Coordination, M.Sc.
  • Any time
  • Not specified
  • 21 months

Stay at the forefront of this evolving field as you study the latest theories and explore today’s increasingly sophisticated criminal justice issues. Gain broad exposure to the field of criminal justice, including how law enforcement, courts, and corrections function and interact at the local, state, and federal level.

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Emergency Management - Criminal Justice Emergency Management - Criminal Justice, M.Sc.
  • Any time
  • Not specified
  • 18 months

In Walden University’s MS in Emergency Management program, you can gain the advanced training and leadership skills necessary to lead emergency response efforts and develop disaster prevention and response plans.

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The University of Edinburgh

Criminology and Criminal Justice, M.Sc.
  • Sep 2017
  • EEA £ 8,100 per year
  • International £ 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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Middle Tennessee State University

Criminal Justice Administration, Master
  • Jan 2017
  • May 2017
  • Aug 2017
  • National $ 501 per module
  • International $ 1,266 per module
  • Not specified

MTSU offers a Master of Criminal Justice (M.C.J.) degree in cooperation with Tennessee State University. A graduate degree can help pave the way for advancement in professional opportunities in law enforcement, homeland security, courts, police administration, correctional management, probation, parole, juvenile justice, drug rehabilitation, and private security or investigations.

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