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Course summary

Blending a rigorous understanding of fundamental theory with evidence about real world problems you’ll analyse recent innovations in theory, policy and practice. Drawing on a range of disciplinary approaches, the course will enable you to develop a rational and just response to crime. The LLM/MSc in Criminal Justice & Penal Change is unique in both its approach and its flexibility. Ranked 6th in the UK for Law (Times Good University Guide 2023) Key features:

  • our focus is on pressing contemporary national and international issues of policy and practice
  • choose to graduate with either an LLM or MSc
  • study full-time or part-time
  • learn from a world-class teaching team
  • students are from a range of nationalities and disciplinary backgrounds
  • benefit from the work of the Centre for Law, Crime and Justice


Compulsory classes: Criminal Justice and Penal Decision-Making, Punishment and Processes of Penal Change, Research Methods, Dissertation Research Project. Elective Modules include: Restorative Justice, Childhood and Crime, Surveillance, Technology and Crime Control, Offender Supervision and Management, Homicide, International Criminal Justice.

Assessment method

Assessment is based on your performance in coursework and/or the written exam papers. For those seeking award of the LLM you’ll need to complete a dissertation.

How to apply

International applicants

We require a minimum overall score of IELTS 6.5, with no individual test score below 6.0. Valid for two years.

Entry requirements

First- or upper second-class Honours degree, or overseas equivalent, in law, one of the social sciences, business or humanities. Entry may be possible with other qualifications and/or experience. Please note: a Law degree is not a prerequisite for entry to this course.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.

Sponsorship information

There are several scholarship opportunities available for students applying for this course. Please see website for further details.

Criminal Justice and Penal Change at University of Strathclyde - UCAS