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Qualification type

MRes - Master of Research

Subject areas

Criminal Law Criminology Law / Legal Studies

Course type


Course Summary

The MRes in Criminal Justice is a pre-doctoral training programme designed to provide a critical, research-led approach to the study of aspects of criminal justice, together with training in the key research skills appropriate for doctoral-level study.

  • Undertake a suite of substantive modules offered in conjunction with the Criminal Justice LLM
  • This MRes is an approved pathway for ESRC funding, enabling you to apply for ESRC 1+3 funding to cover the MRes and a PhD
  • Study within the Criminal Justice Centre (CJC), a forum for research and learning in criminal justice, and attend 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


  • 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

The MRes is designed specifically for students who wish to go onto doctoral-level or further research.

We have dedicated who organise events and internship opportunities with top UK and international law firms.


Dissertation (30 Credits) - Core
Introduction to Social Science Research 1: Epistemology, Research Design and Qualitative Methods (30 Credits) - Core
Introduction to Social Science 2: Quantitative Methods and Data (30 Credits) - Core

Tuition fees

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


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Course fees for non-UK/ international students

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Entry requirements

Students need to have a 2:1 or above at undergraduate level in Law. In addition to the other mandatory supporting application documents, applicants must submit the following documentation: two letters of reference, at least one of which must be an academic reference from a staff member who taught you on your most recent course of study (normally your undergraduate degree in Law or a Law-related subject) a research proposal of between 2,000 to 3,000-words. It should identify the question that you will attempt to answer through your research (simply identifying general topic areas or subjects is not sufficient). You should also set out your research methodology (empirical, qualitative, library based etc,) and provide a bibliography of the works that you consulted in formulating your research question.