University of Aberdeen

University of Aberdeen

Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice has long been an important area for study and is still developing fast particularly in the international arena. There is increased worldwide interest in ensuring that criminal justice systems comply with human rights requirements in order to ensure that states� implementation and enforcement of the criminal law, through investigation, trial and punishment, respect the civil liberties of citizens accused of crime. This programme reflects established areas of research strength in the school of law, and offers options which are both of international and/or comparative relevance and which meet the demand for studying contemporary issues in comparative criminal justice at an advanced level.

Entry requirements

Upper 2nd Honours degree in law, or other discipline, or equivalent. Applicants whose 1st language is not English require proof of English language proficiency (IELTS 6.5 with a minimum 6.0 in reading and writing or equivalent).

Course modules

Students must complete 4 courses, a course in research skills, and a dissertation. At least 3 of courses must be taken from: Criminal evidence and proof; issues in criminal justice; criminological theories; international criminal law.

Assessment methods

Assessment is based on a combination of written examination at the end of the relevant semester and 1 or more course essays. In addition, students must complete a course in research methods and a dissertation on a topic within the specialism. The dissertation is planned and written between March and August each year, for both start dates. Guidance on the writing of a dissertation is given.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
LLM Full-time - 12 months
LLM Part-time - 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
King's Campus Aberdeen AB24 3FX Scotland

Key information

Postgraduate Officer, School of Law
Telephone number: 
01224 272443/272429