The University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NZ, T +44 (0)1227 764000
Criminal Justice LLM
Why study Criminal Justice?
The field of criminal justice has expanded dramatically over the past decade, not only with regard to the police and the prison system, but also in the areas of community sentencing and youth justice.
This LLM brings an interdisciplinary approach to the study of crime and disorder. It embraces criminal law and procedure and the traditional theoretical concerns of criminology. It also examines the criminal justice system from a range of other perspectives, including the management of organisations, the psychological and sociological causes of criminal behaviour and social and economic perspectives. There is also a module on research methods, focusing on the specific requirements of criminal justice.
The Law School is involved in the Kent Criminal Justice Centre (KCJC), which works closely with local criminal justice agencies such as the police and the Crown Prosecution Service. The KCJC undertakes government research projects, including in recent years projects on restorative justice, youth justice and targeted policing.
The LLM in Criminal Justice is designed for those who already work, or intend to work, within the criminal justice system, whether for the police, probation service, prisons service or other organisations. It also provides detailed preparation for research students in the criminal justice field.
The programme is taught in parallel with the MA in Criminology taught by the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research.
Full-time students complete the programme over one academic year. Study is divided between taught modules, which last for one term each, and dissertation work. For full-time students, a total of six modules must be taken over the first two terms. Supervised dissertation work, on a relevant agreed subject, is then undertaken during the remainder of the academic year.
Download the 2012-13 Module Guide for more information about taught postgraduate modules offered at Kent Law School*.
The LLM in Criminal Justice can also be taken on a part-time basis over two academic years. Part-time students take three modules in each academic year, and write a supervised dissertation thereafter.
General enquiries can be sent to Kent Law School postgraduate office, academic related issues should be addressed to:
Dr. Vicky Conway
Kent Law School, University of Kent, Canterbury CT2 7NS
Tel: 01227 823149
*Whilst every effort is made to offer the law modules listed, unavailability of staff, low student demand and unforeseen circumstances may necessitate the cancellation of a module.