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University of Birmingham: Criminal Law and Criminal Justice

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


Criminal Law is concerned with the most potentially invasive assertion of authority by the state: if you fail to comply with the law you will be punished.

Providing a holistic analysis of the criminal process through an analysis of the law, its philosophical underpinnings and its operation in practice, this LLM pathway offers the opportunity for broad or deeply specialised study within an innovative research-led teaching environment which benefits from Birmingham's longstanding stature in this field.

You can study to attain a broad overview of criminal justice processes, or for those wishing to gain in-depth understanding of criminal law and criminal justice, you can specialise in particular aspects as diverse as underpinning theories, policing, health aspects of criminal justice or indeed international aspects of law enforcement co-operation.

The modules on this LLM will allow you to study the five separate objectives used in enforcement of Criminal Law: retribution, deterrence, incapacitation, rehabilitation and restitution taught. All of these are subjects of great debate and controversy across all jurisdictions and students benefit from debating these informed by and in exchange with our broad range of experts.



Law has been taught at the University of Birmingham for over 100 years. Being so well established, part of the Russell Group and one of the world’s top 100 universities (QS World University Rankings, 2024), we have educated and continue to educate students from all around the world.

At the heart of the Law School is a strong faculty of academic lawyers who conduct cutting-edge research which informs law reform and contributes to the policy-making process.

Student population

We have a thriving student population with more than 1,700 undergraduate students and over 130 postgraduate students. This includes over 500 international …

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