Edinburgh Law School

University of Edinburgh

Criminal Law and Criminal Justice

This programme provides students with an advanced understanding of contemporary debates in criminal law theory and doctrine; it is suitable for students who have studied law at undergraduate level and wish to develop their understanding of criminal law in particular. Students acquire an understanding of contemporary debates in criminal law theory and doctrine, the ability critically to analyse existing practice and new developments in this and related subjects, and advanced-level skills in legal research and analysis.

Entry requirements

A minimum 2.1 Honours degree or an equivalent degree; applicants whose 1st language is not English require: IELTS 7.0 (with at least 6.0 in each module); TOEFL internet-based test 100 (with at least 20 in each module); PTE(A) 67 (with at least 56 in each of the communicative skills sections); or CPE grade B or CAE grade A.

Course modules

International criminal law; philosophical foundations of criminal law; organised crime and the law; criminalisation; EU criminal law; sexual offending and the law. Criminal justice and penal process; global crime and insecurity; cybercrime; gender, crime and criminal justice; media and crime; mental health and crime; penal politics; police and policing.

Assessment methods

Courses are assessed primarily by way of essay and other written work, but oral presentations may also be required.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
LLM Full-time £ 9,650 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
LLM Full-time £ 16,500 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
LLM Part-time £ 4,825 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years
LLM Part-time £ 8,250 per Academic year (overseas fees) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Edinburgh Edinburgh EH8 9JU Scotland

Key information

School of Law Postgraduate Office
Telephone number: 
0131 650 2022