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Keele University: Criminal Law and Criminal Justice

Institution Keele University
Department School of Law
Study type Taught


Enhance your legal career and develop your expertise in criminal justice. Our LLM allows you to explore various aspects of criminal law and deepen your understanding of the processes and policies of the criminal justice system. This programme is ideal for graduates or working professionals who wish to engage with block teaching and build specialist knowledge in a specific area of law. You will delve into the investigation of crime through a socio-legal perspective and its consequences in the context of law, allowing you to develop a critical approach towards research and practice.

Why choose this course?

  • Global Top 250 for Law (Times Higher Education World University Subject Rankings, 2023)

  • Block teaching, allowing flexibility around employment and other responsibilities

  • Enhance your research training and skills in preparation for PhD study or career development

  • Keele is an internationally recognised centre for legal research

  • Global Top 100 for International Outlook, Law (Times Higher Education World University Subject Rankings, 2023)

Our LLM in Criminal Law and Criminal Justice aims to deepen your understanding of criminal law and the processes of criminal justice, whilst you explore the impact of crime and how laws are implemented to deter and resolve crime within society. This includes areas such as youth justice, mental health, modern slavery, trafficking, sexual offences, terrorism and drug offences.

On this programme, you will evaluate criminal law and criminal justice with the support of research evidence, methods and theories, as you consider the impact of responses to crime. With this understanding, you will demonstrate your academic knowledge and professional practice, experimenting with your expertise in criminal law and criminal justice.

You will further develop your critical thinking skills and research practice through the critical analysis of case and statutory law, as well as policies and processes. Key areas of study include the critical analysis and understanding of contemporary issues in criminal law and criminal justice; the socio-legal analysis of mental health and sexual conduct in a criminal law and criminal justice context; and how institutions operate in combatting crime through a socio-legal perspective.

About Keele Keele University was established in 1949 by the former Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University. Founded to meet the needs of a changing world, Keele has always had a pioneering vision to be a different kind of university.

We excel in both teaching and research, with some of the most satisfied students in England, and research that is changing lives for the better at a regional, national and global level.

Our beautiful 600-acre campus is one of the biggest in Britain – but all the most important services and facilities are on your doorstep, with accommodation, teaching spaces, facilities including a medical centre, sports centre and pharmacy, and a range of shops, eateries and entertainment venues – including the Students’ Union – clustered around the centre.


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