University of Sussex

University of Sussex

Criminal Law and Criminal Justice

Problems of criminal law and criminal justice are central to our society; this course addresses challenging issues of criminal law - the law of homicide, sexual offences, inchoate liability, capacity and defences - along with important questions of criminal procedure and practice such as the role of the police, the nature of the trial process, youth justice and penal policy. Criminal law is always in flux, and throughout this course we guide your engagement with the debates and criticisms that are shaping the law. You will be taught by internationally recognised academics who specialise in the following topics: Criminal law and the family; comparative criminal law; law reform; restorative justice; hate crime; criminal theory. You will explore issues from a practical point of view as well as from theoretical, comparative and international perspectives, be exposed to the latest debates in criminal law and justice, and have a chance to discuss and engage with on-going research projects. We will train you in research methods, then guide you as you move on to research some of these areas for yourself.

Entry requirements

A 1st- or upper 2nd-Class undergraduate Honours degree in law or a relevant subject (such as international relations, political science, history, criminology, criminal justice or sociology) but applicants from other backgrounds may be considered.

Course modules

Autumn term: Advanced research for LLM students; issues in criminal law and criminal justice; understanding criminal law and criminal justice. Spring term: You take 2 options from: Comparative criminal justice systems; corruption and the law; culture and identity rights; hate crime and sexual violence; international and transnational offending; international crimes; restorative justice; women and human rights; youth justice. Summer term: Supervised work on the LLM dissertation.

Assessment methods

Modules are assessed by a combination of coursework, unseen examinations, 4,000-5,000-word essays, and a 15,000-word dissertation.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
LLM Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,060 per Year 1 (England) 12 months
LLM Full-time October 2016 GBP 14,450 per Year 1 (International) 12 months
LLM Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,060 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 12 months
LLM Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,060 per Year 1 (Scotland) 12 months
LLM Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,060 per Year 1 (Wales) 12 months
LLM Part-time October 2016 - 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Sussex House Brighton BN1 9RH South East

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