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Criminal Law and Criminal Justice MA

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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Criminal Law Criminology Law / Legal Studies

Course type


Course Summary

This postgraduate degree in criminal law and criminal justice offers an exciting, challenging and distinctive opportunity to undertake advanced study in these areas. The central focus of the programme is the interface between criminal law and criminal justice. It offers a theoretically informed and multidisciplinary course of study. In addition to studying the now established critical and theoretical perspectives relevant to criminal law and criminal justice, the programme also has a humanities focus, which offers an opportunity to explore and engage with cutting-edge scholarship in criminal law and criminal justice studies. The programme is delivered by staff from the School of Law, the Institute of Criminal Policy Research at Birkbeck, and a range of visiting international scholars and practitioners.

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Full time | Birkbeck, Central London WC1 | 1 year | OCT-17

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Full time


1 year

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The main aims of the Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice module are: to consider key contemporary issues and developments in Criminal Justice studies and practice; to introduce a range of methodological perspectives. These two aims will be pursued by way of a series of seminars organised around readings and case studies that examine various aspects of contemporary criminal justice law, policy and practice from a range of perspectives. The module is designed not only to introduce students to a wide range of substantive issues but also to introduce a range of different theoretical and methodological frameworks though which to analyse criminal justice matters.

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Entry requirements

Students need to have a good second-class honours degree in law or a related discipline in the humanities or social sciences. Degrees from overseas institutions must be equivalent to a UK second-class degree. Other relevant qualifications and appropriate professional experience and training welcome.

University information

Birkbeck, part of the University of London, offers nearly 300 taught and research postgraduate programmes across arts and humanities, business and economics, law, science and social science. As an evening teaching specialist, Birkbeck offers its taught postgrad courses between 6-9pm, with some courses available through distance learning. As with undergraduate courses, postgrads can study full-time or part-time. Home to 44 research and...more

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