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Course summary

This specialist masters degree appeals to practitioners in the field of criminal justice, particularly: solicitors, barristers, CPS employees and police officers. Lawyers at the start of their career have found this course helps them to build their knowledge and expertise in a specialist area. You will learn about fundamental principles upon which the criminal justice system is based by positioning them in a comparative context. We have designed the degree to allow you to examine crucial areas of criminal litigation in far greater depth than usually possible, either at undergraduate level or during a professional training course. Our specialist programme is the first postgraduate degree in the UK to be dedicated exclusively to the critical study of criminal litigation. You will benefit from a unique qualification. Objectives The Specialist LLM in Criminal Litigation is the first postgraduate degree course in the UK to be devoted exclusively to the critical study of criminal litigation. It focuses on the principles upon which the criminal justice system is based by placing them in a comparative context. This masters course has been designed to allow you to examine important areas of criminal litigation in greater depth than is usually possible either at undergraduate level or on a professional training course."


As with all LLM specialisms at City, University of London, you may take either 5 modules and a shorter dissertation (10,000 words) or 4 modules and a longer dissertation (20,000 words). All modules are of the same duration and are taught per term (September – December or January – April) rather than the whole academic year. If you take 4 modules you will take 2 per term in each term and if you take 5 modules will have 3 in one term and 2 in the other. Dissertations are written during the summer term when there are no classes. Specialism Modules: Choose from the following 30-credit modules:

  • Advocacy in the Criminal Trial (30 credits)
  • International Criminal Law: Crimes & Institutions (30 credits)
  • Advocacy: Trial Stories (30 credits)
  • Forensic Psychology for the Criminal Practitioner (30 credits)
For your remaining modules you can choose from more than 40 modules covering a diverse range of subjects. As with all LLM specialisms, you will also have a choice of any of the modules on our Law LLM.

Assessment method

This course is taught by leading academics as well as visiting practitioners including barristers and solicitors who work in private practice and in legal departments of major companies. The programme will be delivered using a hybrid model of delivery. For each taught module you will have a one hour weekly lecture and a one hour weekly interactive seminar. You will be assessed mainly through coursework, with each module contributing equally to your qualification. Some modules may be assessed by filmed assessment or examination. You will be allocated a dedicated supervisor for your dissertation who will help you develop a specific topic and provide support in terms of resources, content and structure.

Entry requirements

We are interested in receiving applications from individuals with at least an upper second-class honours undergraduate degree in law (roughly equivalent to a B or B+) from a recognised international institution. Applicants with a good undergraduate degree in another subject will also be considered. **INTO City, University of London** Don’t meet the entry requirements? INTO City, University of London offers a range of academic and English language programmes to help prepare you for study at City, University of London. You’ll learn from experienced teachers in a dedicated international study centre. These programmes are designed for international students who do not meet the required academic and English language requirements for direct entry. To prepare for this degree course, learn more about the Graduate Diploma in Law. **Kaplan International College London** City works in partnership with Kaplan International College (KIC) London to provide preparatory courses for international students. Pre Masters courses at KIC London offer comprehensive support to students wishing to complete their postgraduate study at City. Progression to this degree is guaranteed if you complete the KIC London Pre-Masters course at the required level. If you are an applicant whose first language is not English, the following qualifications are also required: - IELTS: 7.0 or above with a minimum of 6 in each area - For the LLM we require an overall TOEFL score of 100 or better, with a minimum of 25 in Speaking, and at least 24 in every other component of the test"

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9995 Year 1
International £9995 Year 1
England £7110 Year 1
Scotland £7110 Year 1
Wales £7110 Year 1
Northern Ireland £7110 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Criminal Litigation at City, University of London - UCAS