What will I learn?

Criminal law and criminal justice lie at the heart of questions around how we as a society respond to crime.

On this course you’ll study an exciting range of topics. You’ll engage in advanced criminal law theory, as well as criminological theory to examine how societies can better understand and respond to crime.

Our research expertise informs our teaching on the LLM. You’ll learn from experts in their fields. Our faculty publish journal articles, books and public reports shaping the fields of criminal law, criminal justice studies and criminology.

You’ll be taught by lecturers who specialise in critical work, in areas including:

  • criminal law theory
  • comparative criminal justice
  • terrorism and international crimes
  • financial crimes
  • human rights and criminal justice
  • hate crime
  • sexual offending
  • policing and restorative justice.

Study in a lively and interdisciplinary intellectual environment, giving you the advantage of a wide-ranging knowledge set. This course draws on expertise from the Department of Sociology, which will enable you to develop an interdisciplinary perspective.


You’ll gain practical abilities as well as critical and problem-solving skills valued in contemporary job markets.

You will be able to apply your analytical skills to a range of careers in legal practice and criminal justice administration as well as careers in the private and voluntary sectors.

The LLM can also provide a strong foundation for further academic study or a career in research.

Graduate destinations

Recent School of Law, Politics and Sociology graduates have gone on to jobs including:

  • general adviser, Citizens Advice Bureau
  • legal assistant, Martin Searle Solicitors
  • pupillage, 1 Crown Office Row.

Which department am I in?


Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
£18,500.00 (US$ 24,867) per year
This is a fixed fee

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

Expected August 2022

Start date

Expected September 2022


University of Sussex

Sussex House,


Brighton & Hove,

BN1 9RH, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students need to have bachelors degree with CGPA 3.0/4.0 or 3.3-3.5/4.0 depending on your university.

For international students

Degree requirements: You should normally have an upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree or above. Subject-specific requirements: Your qualification should be in law or a relevant subject such as economics, finance, international relations, political science, history, criminology, criminal justice or sociology. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing. IELTS (Academic) Standard level (6.0 overall, including at least 5.5 in each component); TOEFL (iBT) Standard – 80 overall, including at least 17 in Listening, 18 in Reading, 20 in Speaking, 17 in Writing.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About University of Sussex

In the vibrant coastal city of Brighton, Sussex offers a world-class education, real-world employability and an unforgettable student experience.

  • Ranked 20th in the UK and 160th in the world (THE WUR 2021)
  • Outstanding research reputation & excellent job prospects
  • Continual investment in facilities & the student experience
  • Beautiful campus with a welcoming global community

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