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The University of Edinburgh: Criminal Law and Criminal Justice

Institution The University of Edinburgh
Department Edinburgh Law School View department profile
Study type Taught


A cutting-edge and intellectually demanding programme, the LLM in Criminal Law and Criminal Justice will equip you with an advanced knowledge and understanding of the key concepts and theories underpinning criminal law and criminal justice and how they operate in practice. The programme covers the following core areas:

  • Current issues in criminal law and criminal justice

  • Fundamental principles of substantive and procedural criminal law

  • Criminalization

  • International, transnational and European criminal law

  • Sexual offending

  • Global crime and insecurity

  • The penal process

  • Different approaches to understanding and critiquing criminal laws and criminal justice, including: doctrinal, comparative, theoretical and social-legal methods

The programme is suitable for students who have studied law or a related subject at undergraduate level and wish to develop a specialist understanding of criminal law and criminal justice. It will prepare you for further work in this area, whether professional or academic.



From its location at the heart of Scotland’s capital, the University of Edinburgh has been providing outstanding educational opportunities for over 400 years. 

The Law School

Established in 1707, and situated in the heart of Scotland’s capital, the University of Edinburgh's Law School has been at the heart of legal research and education for more than 300 years.

By studying at Edinburgh Law School, you’ll join a vibrant, active community of world-leading researchers, legal professionals and students at all stages of their education. 

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  • The University of Edinburgh is ranked 22nd in the world (QS World University 2024) …
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