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LLM Criminal Law and Criminal Justice

Master your knowledge of law and the criminal justice system

Master your knowledge of law and the criminal justice system

1 year full-time (15 months with SQE), 2 years part-time (30 months with SQE)
Bishop Otter Campus (Chichester)
  • Develop research, critical thinking, and employability skills in criminal law
  • Pathway to study for the first Solicitors’ Qualifying Examination
  • Immerse yourself in many extra-curricular opportunities
  • Prepare for a career in the criminal justice system
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Extend your knowledge of the legal and criminal justice systems

Develop your understanding of the law and boost your employability with our Master of Laws (LLM) degree. This year-long course will solidify your knowledge in criminal law and the criminal justice system, looking at contemporary issues and practice.

Skills for your career in law

You will hone your research, academic writing and critical thinking skills with modules including Theory of Criminal Justice, Criminal Law and Domestic and Global Terrorism. You will complete a dissertation on an area of your choice, supported by our expert academics.

Extra-curricular opportunities include pro bono work, mediation, work experience in a law firm or mini pupillage, in addition to mooting competitions, client-interviewing competitions and contributing to the University of Chichester Student Law Review.

This postgraduate degree will prepare you for a career within the criminal justice system or within law more widely.

Support for SQE 1

At the end of your Master’s degree, you will have the option to complete a specialist preparation course for the first Solicitors’ Qualifying Examination.

Start your journey

Our Law courses are suitable for those who have previously studied the subject, but previous study is not required.

The Course

Study criminal law as you learn the foundations of legal knowledge

Our LLM Criminal Law and Criminal Justice degree develops your knowledge and understanding of real world legal skills in preparation for your progression into the profession.

You will study many aspects of the law, including the following modules:

  • English Legal System and Research Methods
  • Theory of Criminal Justice
  • International Criminal Law
  • Independent Research Project
  • Criminal Law (Non LLB)
  • Criminal Evidence
  • Domestic and Global Terrorism
  • Sentencing Law and Practice
  • Criminal Litigation
  • Contemporary Issues in Criminal Law

SQE Preparation Pathway

If you opt to take the SQE Preparation pathway, will then return in September of year 2 for an additional semester, which will support you in preparing for the first Solicitors’ Qualifying Examination.

The list of modules for this course is indicative and subject to change.

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English Legal System and Research Methods

This module introduces you to the different aspects of the English Legal System and Legal Research Methods. You will examine the different ways laws are made and interpreted in court, as well as how the system of precedent operates. You will form an understanding of the different personnel and courts within the English Legal System and how effectively these operate. You will also develop legal research skills and identify different legal research methodology.

Theory of Criminal Justice

This module examines the different theories of criminal justice. You will study the philosophical, theoretical and historical contexts of criminal justice, alongside the agencies of the contemporary criminal justice system in England and Wales.

International Criminal Law

The field of ‘international criminal law’ is relatively recent in the domain of international legal studies and presents challenges in its precise definition. While certain crimes such as genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and aggression are immediately recognisable as ‘international’ offences, numerous other transgressions, such as torture and various crimes associated with terrorism, are mandated by international treaties to be incorporated into domestic legal frameworks.

This module covers substantive international criminal law and the corresponding procedural aspects. You will examine the international courts as institutional entities, and address the conceptual and normative complexities that arise within the realm of international criminal law during its evolution, current practice, and future prospects.

Independent Research Project

This module enables students to work on an independent research project to pursue specialist interests and enhance their knowledge of the esports sector.

Criminal Law


This module introduces you to the different aspects of Criminal Law. You will examine the theory underpinning criminal law and the elements of criminal liability. You will develop an understanding of a range of criminal offences and be able to analyse and evaluate related case law.

You will continue to develop legal reasoning, research and referencing skills.

Criminal Evidence


The aim of this module is to provide a framework for a critical examination of the rules of criminal evidence in England and Wales, fostering an understanding of the theoretical approaches to the study of criminal evidence law and the capacity to make informed judgments regarding the ethical considerations and values implicated.

Domestic and Global Terrorism


This module introduces comprehensive understanding of the fundamental legal principles and strategies essential for counter-terrorism efforts. This includes an exploration of the intricate legal frameworks and techniques employed in addressing the complexities of domestic and global terrorism.

The module encourages you to analyse the challenges that democratic states encounter when attempting to effectively respond to acts of terrorism. This involves a deep examination of the ethical, legal, and practical dilemmas that arise in the context of counterterrorism within democratic societies.

Lastly, the module aims to foster engagement in contemporary legal and political discussions pertaining to national security and the most suitable approaches for combatting terrorism. By staying current with these debates, you will be better prepared to contribute to the ongoing discourse on counter-terrorism strategies and their implications for democratic societies.

Sentencing Law and Practice


This module will give an insight into the law surrounding sentencing. A range of case studies will be examined to see how sentencing work in practice.

Criminal Litigation


The Criminal Litigation module aims to give you a comprehensive understanding of criminal litigation within the framework of legal practice. The curriculum acquaints you with the procedural intricacies of criminal litigation in both the Magistrate, Crown and Appellate Courts, including preliminary matters and case management.

Contemporary Issues in Criminal Law


This module provides an in-depth study of several contemporary key issues within criminal law.

You will examine contemporary legal issues within criminal law and the related legislation, precedent and reform proposals. You will also consider whether the law satisfactorily deals with these issues and how the law could be reformed for further improvement.

SQE 1 Preparation


This module is for students who have chosen the SQE preparation pathway. It aims to support you in preparing for the externally sat and assessed Solicitors Qualifying Examination 1.

This module consists of 36 hours. In these sessions you will revise the Functioning Legal Knowledge areas 1 and 2 (covered during a qualifying LLB or (LLM) Conversion degree):

  • Dispute Resolution; Contract; Tort; Legal System of England and Wales; Constitutional and Administrative Law and EU Law (FLK 1).
  • Property Practice; Wills and the Administration of Estates; Land Law; Trusts; and Criminal Law and Practice (FLK 2).

You will also study aspects of business law and practice, taxation, legal services, and solicitors’ accounts to fulfil the Functioning Legal Knowledge requirements of the Solicitors’ Qualifying Examination 1.


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Gain practical advocacy experience in our new mooting room

Our new purpose-built mooting room gives you the space to develop the skills needed to argue logically, confidently, and persuasively.

It is the ideal location for students to practice advocacy and is the setting for our internal and inter-university mooting competitions, where teams of students argue a client’s case before a judge.



LLB (Hons) Law student and winner of the Scholar of the Year prize for 2020
"The University of Chichester has allowed me to continue further with my studies and I have been able to explore and fall in love with this multi-faceted subject. The lectures have ensured that I enjoy my time studying and have pushed me work as best I can. I have also been given incredible opportunities such as: meeting Lady Hale, being in contact with legal firms, and even being taught by solicitors. The experience I have had at Chichester has gone far further than my expectations. I am very glad I chose Chichester."


LLB (Hons) Law student
"I chose Law because it’s a diverse field of study I know will always give me opportunities to continue learning throughout and after my degree. I always want to be learning, to me a day I haven’t learnt something new even if it is small, is a day wasted. That coupled with the University of Chichester has been a great fit for me, there are two beautiful campuses and plenty of facilities to make the most of your Degree! The teaching methods are personal and give opportunities to ask questions, discuss and understand subject material in every face to face session as well as outside of the classroom."


Feel the support of experienced expert staff with our smaller class sizes

Smaller class sizes

You will learn in small groups to allow our experienced and expert staff to mould their teaching around you.

You will develop your research, critical thinking, academic writing and employability skills.

Preparation for SQE

Dedicated support for new postgraduate examinations for solicitors

The way to qualify as a solicitor in England and Wales has changed through the introduction of a new postgraduate examination process known as the Solicitors Qualifying Examinations, known as SQE 1 and SQE 2.

You will be supported in preparing for the first of the Solicitor’s Qualifying Examinations, which you can sit after completing your degree.

This will include:

  • How to make a bail application.
  • The role of a duty solicitor in a police station.
  • How to bring a claim in the civil courts.
  • The methods of resolving a dispute without resorting to court.


Open up your future career options

Our LLM Criminal Law and Criminal Justice course allows you to work towards becoming a solicitor or barrister.

All Solicitors must pass the Solicitor Qualifying Exam (SQE Parts 1 & 2), with the University of Chichester offering specific support for our students to take the first part after they graduate.

Other career paths include:

  • Prison or Probation Service
  • Court and Tribunals Service
  • Crown Prosecution Service
  • Police
  • Civil services
  • Teaching

Some Law students choose to pursue a career within teaching. At Chichester, we offer postgraduate options to allow you to qualify as teacher.

Postgraduate pathways

  • PGCE Primary (5-11)
  • PGCE Primary (5-11): Modern Languages
  • PGCE Secondary (with subject specification)

University of Chichester alumni who have completed a full undergraduate degree at the University will receive a 15% discount on their postgraduate fees.

Course Costs

Course Fees 2024/25

UK fee
*LLM only
UK fee
LLM with SQE Preparation route
International fee
*LLM only
International fee
*LLM with SQE Preparation route

There are multiple routes for the LLM for UK students:

  • Option 1 is LLM only at £9,984
  • Option 2 is LLM with SQE preparation at £12,184


There are multiple routes for the LLM for international students:

  • Option 1 is LLM only at £15,066
  • Option 2 is LLM with SQE preparation at £15,066


If you want to sit the SQE exam, then this can be booked and paid for at a Pearson’s assessment centre externally. There is a cost for UK students  –  find out more on the Solicitors Regulation Authority website.

University of Chichester alumni who have completed a full undergraduate degree at the University will receive a 15% discount on their postgraduate fees.

The George Ide Law Bursary

The George Ide Law Bursary is a fund that has been set up in support of law students who otherwise would not have the financial means to engage in their legal studies to the best of their abilities.

Students who successfully apply for support could receive between £100 – £3000. The precise amount received will be dependent on the circumstances of each individual applicant.

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To be eligible to apply for the George Ide Law Bursary you must be registered and actively studying on a LLB or LLM Law course at the University of Chichester and meet one of more of the following criteria:

  • Have taken a non-traditional route to university
  • Be the first in your family to go to university
  • Are currently, or have been, in care
  • Be an estranged student
  • Have a characteristic protected under the Equality Act 2010
  • Be from a minority group that is underrepresented within the legal profession
  • Be a Refugee / Asylum Seeker
  • Have a residual household income of £25,000 or less per year


This bursary is presently open to current students and to those starting their studies from the 2024/25 academic year only.

Please contact Amy Elkington for further information.

Entry Requirements

Typical Offer (individual offers may vary)

Honours degree
or above in Law or a related subject.

Students wishing to take the SQE must have an LLB in Law or Law conversion.

If an applicant has a non-UK degree and intends to qualify as a barrister, they should also have a certificate of academic standing from the Bar Standards Board.


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