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Criminal Justice and Penal Change LLM

Criminal Justice and Penal Change LLM

Key information

Qualification type

LLM - Master of Laws

Subject areas

Criminal Law Criminology Law / Legal Studies

Course type


Course Summary

This LLM course examines the range of legal, political and social responses across the world to what is widely known as 'the penal crisis'. Blending a rigorous understanding of fundamental theory with evidence about real world problems you will 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. This course is suitable for: practitioners working in a wide range of law, justice and welfare areas; professionals developing justice policy; members of the third /voluntary sector; recent graduates in law, social sciences and humanities. Some are recent graduates in law, humanities and the social sciences from around the world. Many are current practitioners, policy-makers in different fields of criminal justice. They find the course of invaluable assistance in gaining a step up the career ladder. Students can exit at Postgraduate certificate and Postgraduate Diploma level.

Different course options

Full time | University of Strathclyde | 12 months | SEP-19

Study mode

Full time


12 months

Start date



In this module we examine the moral and empirical bases of decision-making around the globe. How are traditional theories of justice being challenged, and what are the alternatives? In the light of the international evidence, is it time for a re-think? Illustrative topics include: legitimacy, discretion, rehabilitation and desistance, restorative justice, public attitudes to and knowledge of criminal justice, the trial, access to justice, prosecution and defence, sentencing, parole, release from prison, community sentences, human dignity, participation, rights, therapeutic jurisprudence, criminal procedure, predictive justice, equality and reform and democratisation.

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 first or upper second-class Honours degree (or equivalent) in law, one of the social sciences, business or humanities, though other disciplines will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Applications are judged on their individual merits and entry may be possible with a relevant lower second-class Honours degree, and/or relevant professional qualifications and/or appropriate experience.

University information

Located in the heart of Glasgow, Scotland’s largest city, the University of Strathclyde offers a fantastic experience, where you will enjoy flexible, innovative learning and excellent facilities. Many of their courses can be studied part-time or by distance learning, where you can carry out most of your studies off campus using their virtual learning environment, MyPlace. Their campus offers excellent facilities including state of-the-art...more

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