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Qualification type

LLM - Master of Laws

Subject areas

Criminal Law Criminology Law / Legal Studies

Course type


Course Summary

The Criminal Justice LLM allows you to gain in-depth comparative knowledge of criminal justice systems around the world, including their international, regional and transnational interactions. Understand different systems of criminal justice (for example civil vs common law) and investigate the challenges that police, prosecutors, judges and policymakers face in a global environment.

  • Study within the Criminal Justice Centre (CJC), which provides a forum for research and learning in all aspects of criminal justice
  • The LLM can lead to further postgraduate research and study in criminal law. We also offer an MRes programme in Criminal Law
  • The CJC provides advice and training to the legal profession, governments and judiciaries, and you can attend many seminars, lectures, workshops and conferences
  • Your fellow students will come from the UK and more than 80 other countries, each able to draw on prior academic and professional experience from different jurisdictions
  • Take part in networking and social events run by the Queen Mary Postgraduate Law Society


  • The Postgraduate School of Law Centre in Lincoln's Inn Fields and the Graduate Centre at Mile End
  • Queen Mary’s excellent Law Library and European Documentation Centre
  • Free access to online databases and collections including: LexisNexis, Westlaw, Justis, Eur-lex, Hein-Online and many more
  • Access to the University of London’s Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (IALS) and the Library at Senate House

Career paths

There is a very high rate of employment of our students within six months of graduation. We have dedicated law career advisers who organise events and internship opportunities with top UK and international law firms.

Different course options

Full time | Mile End | 1 year | SEP-20

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



This course examines the legal responses to terrorism since 9/11 in the context of international and European human rights obligations. At the start of the course we will consider some overarching questions: how has terrorism been defined in different legal contexts and what is the significance of the language used in describing terrorism and counter-terrorism? From a legal perspective is terrorism different to other criminal activities? Why does our response to terrorism seem to defy legal categorisation (civil/criminal, domestic/international, immigration/national security) and why does terrorism create so many conceptual difficulties for the law?

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need to have a 2:1 or above at undergraduate level in Law or a degree with substantial law content. Law graduates with a 2:2 honours degree who also have other legal qualifications and/or substantial professional legal experience may also qualify.