Queen's University Belfast

Queen's University Belfast

Criminal Justice

This programme is designed for those with an academic or professional interest in law, crime and criminal justice; it enables students to understand the practical operation of criminal justice and how the state responds to criminality and victimisation. Students are encouraged to develop a critical understanding of the criminal justice process and the practical operation of criminal law in a domestic and comparative context, and are given the opportunity to explore in-depth a particular criminal justice-related issue through the submission of a dissertation.

Entry requirements

Normally a 2.1 Honours degree or above or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University in Law, Social Science, Humanities or a cognate discipline. Exemption from these requirements may be considered for those applicants who hold a Masters degree (or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University) or for those applicants with a 2.2. Honours degree (or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University) along with a minimum of 2 years of relevant experience. International students must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes. Evidence of an IELTS score of 6.5 taken within the last 2 years, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required.

Course modules

Core modules may include: Approaches to legal research; issues and methods in arts, humanities and social sciences; criminal justice processes; criminology methods 1 and 2; law as method; optional modules may include: Childhood, youth and justice; crime prevention and community safety; gender, sexuality and violence; penal policies and practice; philosophy of law; policing; psychological aspects of crime; punishment and social control; race and criminal justice; regulating corporate and white collar crime; regulation of technology; restorative justice; sex offending, risk and society; transitional justice and conflict transformation; transnational crime; war, crime and criminology.

Assessment methods

Assessment is through: coursework and a 15,000-word dissertation.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
LLM Full-time £ 3,466 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
LLM Full-time £ 10,730 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
LLM Part-time - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Queen's University Belfast Belfast BT7 1NN Northern Ireland

Key information

Institute of Criminology and Criminal Justice, School of Law
Telephone number: 
028 9097 3842