About your course
This taught LLM degree is designed for students who do not wish to specialise, but want to select modules from our specialist Masters programmes in law and criminal justice and be taught by legal specialists.
- Course available to study full-time (1 year) and part-time (2 years)
- Flexible start dates - available for January and September starts*
- Designed specifically for those with a wide ranging interest in business, corporate and finance law, global crime and security and criminal justice
- Examines key legal and justice issues in both a domestic and global context
- Tutors have extensive experience with a variety of backgrounds and research interests
Introduction to the School
The School of Law offers a range of opportunities for you to play an active part in an evolving, dynamic, and engaging postgraduate culture.
The School has a long-standing reputation for providing professional, practitioner, and work-related learning opportunities for undergraduate and postgraduate students alike. The School's academic team comprises: research active lecturers, qualified and former practitioners of law and criminal justice services, and internationally established leading experts in their field.
Through its portfolio of postgraduate courses and the enthusiastic support and guidance of a dynamic and dedicated staff group, the School offers a stimulating and rewarding environment for postgraduate study, where work related skills development is seen as a priority.
In the 2014 REF, research submitted by LJMU’s School of Law was ranked 4th in the UK’s Post-92 universities, with over 97% of its work either recognised internationally, or considered as internationally excellent. This research helps ensure that our postgraduate courses are positioned at the vanguard of developments in the field and that you have an opportunity to study alongside leading experts.
Why study this course at LJMU?
The School of Law has decades of experience providing postgraduate legal education. Its suite of LLM programmes are consistently highly rated by students and practitioners.
The LLM is ideal for those who do not wish to specialise in law and criminal justice but seek exposure to a wide range of subjects in law, global crime and security and criminal justice. The aim of this programme is to create a positive learning environment for students in which to practice advanced scholarship and research and gain academic and intellectual progression, together with the acquisition of specific knowledge and skills.
Programme outline and structure
The LLM is a stand-alone qualification for those who wish to enhance their career prospects through acquiring relevant knowledge and skills in a broad range of modules.
Students on the programme will be taught by: academics highly involved in research in specific subject areas, career young research active lecturers, qualified and former practitioners of law and internationally established experts in their field.
Members of staff at the School of Law carry out research in Law (UK, International) Global Crime and Security and Criminal Justice.
What you will study on this degree
Please see guidance below on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.
Advanced Legal Research Methods
Provides training in the process of conducting and writing up research. This module serves as a preparatory stage for the dissertation module at the end of the course
Involves producing a 12,000 word written project on a topic agreed with the programme leader and/or module leader, relevant to the programme's curriculum. A supervisor will be assigned from the programme team to guide you in developing your work
Drugs, Alcohol and Criminal Justice
Provides a broad critical understanding of the different paradigms and perspectives on substance (mis)use and relevant policy in relation to crime and criminal justice
Crime, Power and Victimisation
Considers various definitions of crime and the relationship between these and the various sources of power within society
Encourages you to critically evaluate, at an adavnced level, the role and function of the prison and probation services in relation to the delivery of state punishment and rehabiliation
Develops an analytical approach to understanding the treatment and experiences of young people within, and at the hands of, the criminal justice system
The Police, Policing and the Governance of Security
Explores the complex and dynamic relationship between policing services/agents and members of the diversity of publics these organisations serve
International Criminal Law
Introduces: the basic concepts, institutions and processes of international criminal law; debates regarding the application of international criminal law and contemporary issues of global concern relating to the prosecution of international crimes
Conflict and Warfare in International Law
Looks at crimes against humanity, genocide and war crimes, and explore how international law provides the machinery to hold to account those responsible for such crimes
Statehood, Peoples and Statelessness
Discovers concept of the state and the phenomena of statelessness. This modules asks how states relate to their populations, and under which circumstances do states dissolve?
Democracy, Rule of Law and Human Rights
Explores the theoretical aspects of human rights, and their relationship with democracy in the modern world
The United Nations, International Security and Global Justice
Discovers the role of the United Nations in the maintenance of international peace and security. You will explore the UN's experiences in areas such as peacekeeping, military enforcement and the imposition of sanctions
Global Crime and Security
Studies, in-depth, the phenomena of cross-border criminal activity and terrorism, and collaborative responses to it
EU Foreign Security and Justice Policy
Considers and explores the role of the European Union as an international actor, and understand how it has performed an increased security function on the global stage
Gendered Perspectives on International Law
Considers various aspects of international law from perspectives that are informed by gender. The modules uses examples such as sexual violence during armed conflict to explore more theoretical debates about the role of gender in the operation of international law
International Trade & Finance Law
Critically examines theories and practice in respect of global trade and the documentary requirements in international trade.
International Commercial Contracting
Offers an appreciation of how contract law works and develops a thorough and critical knowledge of the rules of international contract law in its commercial sphere. On completion of this module you will be able to confidently read and draft commercial contract documents
Global Finance Law & Regulation
Introduces the basics of the global financial system; the issue of systematic risk in the global financial system; the global nature of the legal structuring and regulation of the global financial system and its financial organisations
International Corporate Governance
Critically examines the intellectual, practical and theoretical background to the concept of corporate governance in the UK and other international jurisdictions to gain an understanding of the legal nature of corporations, their operations and global corporate governance failures and the reasons for such failures
International Financial Crime
Provides knowledge of the impact of a range of financial crimes by developing an understanding and analysis of attempts to curb financial crime and its impact
International Intellectual Property Law
Considers the global nature of Intellectual Property regimes and the regulatory mechanisms provided by the enmeshment of national and intergovernmental regulation, the increasing roles of private regulators and public private hybrid bodies
International Dispute Resolution
Provides a detailed understanding and analysis of the various laws, regulations and systems applicable to the dispute resolution process
International Labour Law
Reviews the global nature of international labour regimes and the regulatory mechanisms; developing an understand of the links between international labour law, corporate governance and international trade
International Maritime Law
Introduces the basics of International Maritime Law and develops a critical understanding of commercial maritime issues
Modules will run subject to availability.
Further guidance on modules
The information listed in the section entitled ‘What you will study’ is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.
Academic Framework reviews are conducted by LJMU from time to time to ensure that academic standards continue to be maintained.
Please email email@example.com if you require further guidance or clarification.
How will I be assessed?
Our expert academics have designed your assessed work to ensure that you fulfil your potential at this important stage of your development as a postgraduate.
Technology plays a crucial role in learning through this programme and modules use online feedback and face-to-face assessments. The programme's blended learning techniques include: interactive, self-directed and independent learning, lecturer-produced course documents, collaboration and cohort learning through online forums or group working.
Teaching is usually delivered via seminars and workshops in the new Redmonds Building, and you will need to undertake some preliminary reading to prepare for and take part in group discussions. You will be able to access all University resources including LJMU's extensive print and online library resources.
Staff research interests
Members of staff at the School of Law carry out research in the fields of: Law – UK and International, Dispute Resolution and Criminal Justice.
Research in Law includes the following areas:
- corporate governance
- banking and finance
- global finance law
- financial services and financial crime
- media law
- comparative private/public law
- EU law
- international law
- commercial law
- sports law
- German public law
- Italian public law
- medical ethics
- legal theory
- human rights
- criminal law
- police powers
- trans-national crime
- family law
- law and religion
- legal history
Research in Criminal Justice includes the following areas:
- organisation and governance of the National Probation Service and HM Prison Service
- community penalties
- surveillance and social control
- multi-agency approach to crime prevention
- international politics of crime control
- application of criminological theories to practice
- justice in England and Wales
- youth Justice bail service
- crimes of the powerful (including corporate crime and state crime)
- sentencing policy and practice
- criminal justice policy and relationship between policy and research
- relationships between the police and the public
- sex offenders
- drug users
- effectiveness in probation intervention
- mentally disordered offenders
Entry requirements (Home)
An appropriate honours degree e.g. in Law, Criminal Justice, Politics, Finance, Banking or Accounting or a professional qualification deemed to be equivalent to an appropriate honours degree.
Degree classification: minimum 2:2
Qualifications and previous work experience deemed to be equivalent to the above entry requirements and in suitable areas linked to the award.
Entry requirements (International)
LJMU welcomes applications from international students. In addition to normal entry requirements, you will be expected to demonstrate a very good level of English language competence, for example an IELTS score of 6.0-6.5 or equivalent. Please note: specific courses may require higher levels of English language competence. If you have applied to study a full-time taught Masters, MRes, MPhil or PhD at LJMU, you should check if you require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate. It can take four to six weeks to receive an ATAS certificate, so please make sure you apply as early as possible. You can find out more on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website.
Alternatively, contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for guidance. Please note: international students entering on a Tier 4 visa cannot study part time. Students entering the UK on alternate types of visa may be in a position to study part time. Please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for further details before making your application. In order to obtain a visa you will also need to show evidence that the money required to cover your tuition fees and living expenses has been in your bank account for at least 28 days prior to submitting your visa application. So please make sure that your finances are in place before applying. For more details, go to our international website.
For advice on any aspect of the application process, please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team.
6.0 (Min 5.5 in each component)
Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.
All full and part-time students enrolled on postgraduate taught programmes at LJMU are liable to pay an annual tuition fee. You can opt to pay your tuition fees in full at the start of each academic year or pay by instalments. If you need advice about how you will pay your tuition fees, please email to LJMU's Student Funding Team as soon as possible.
Sources of funding
Postgraduate loans for students from England, Wales and the EU
Postgraduate Masters loans are available for those studying in the 2017/18 academic year. The new government loans, of up to £10,280, are available for students attending eligible full and part-time Masters courses. To be eligible part time courses need to be studied at 50% intensity. Personal Eligibility is based on your age, your residency and if you have studied at Masters level previously.
Loan repayments will begin the April after course completion, with the first cohort of borrowers commencing repayments in April 2019. Repayments will be made at a rate of 6% of income above an earning threshold of £21,000. This threshold will be frozen until 2021. For details of loan terms, conditions and eligibility, go to:-
Postgraduate Loans for students from Northern Ireland
The Northern Irish government is also introducing a loan for students commencing postgraduate study from September 2017 onwards. Unlike the loan for students from England and Wales this scheme offers a loan for tuition fees only with no funding available from the NI government for living costs. The loan for tuition fees will be paid direct to LJMU.
The maximum loan for those starting in 2017 is £5,500 per course. Please note this means in some instances the loan will not cover your tuition fees in full and you will need to make alternative arrangements to pay the balance as well as source funding for your living costs.
Postgraduate International Scholarships
LJMU offers scholarships for international applicants accepted onto taught masters programmes (excluding distance learning programmes) and research degrees. Current LJMU international students and alumni interested in pursuing postgraduate study and research at the University are eligible to apply for these scholarships along with new applicants.
English for Postgraduate Studies Bursary
A Bursary is also available for international students who need to improve their IELTS score prior to enrolling on their postgraduate course or research programme at the University. This course is run by LJMU's International Study Centre.
The Rice-Jones Scholarships
The Rice-Jones Scholarship ("the Scholarship") is open to any individual studying in the North-West of England who can demonstrate academic promise, commitment to the legal profession and financial need. It is expected that entrants will have accepted a place to study a postgraduate law course, including but not limited to the Graduate Diploma in Law, Legal Practice Course, Bar Professional Training Course or Masters in Law. Applicants should be intending to enrol on the course in the academic year following the year in which the application is made. The award can be from £1,000 to full course fees and maintenance provisions.
To apply for the Scholarship, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and request an application form and terms and conditions for the scholarship.
To be considered applications must be received before Sunday 1 May 2017. Short-listed applicants will then be invited to attend interview week commencing 26 June 2017.
PLEASE NOTE: LJMU does not administer the applications for these scholarships, therefore completed applications must be returned to: Jonathan Riley, Michelmores LLP, Woodwater House, Pynes Hill, Exeter EX2 5WR or email an electronic copy to email@example.com
Earn While You Learn
Working while you study means you may be able to pay for your course without taking out any further loans or at least reducing the amount you need to borrow. Working while you study also gives you the skills valued by employers, such as managing your workload and prioritising your time.
LJMU’s Vacancy website can help you find graduate vacancies, sandwich/industrial placements, internships / summer work, part-time jobs, volunteering opportunities and work-based learning placements. Over 1,000 local and regional employers regularly list opportunities on the website.
Professional and Career Development Loans (PCDL)
Many students fund their postgraduate studies via Professional and Career Development Loans. This is a bank loan which you will have to pay back once you’ve completed the course. However, while you are studying any interest on the loan will be paid for you by the Skills Funding Agency. PCDLs worth between £300 and £10,000 are available for eligible postgraduates to fund up to two years of study (three if the course includes work experience). The loan is split into course fees and living costs.
Some organisations and companies fund the cost of postgraduate studies for their employees as they recognise the value of having well qualified staff. Check out our courses and see if there are any on offer that could enhance your current career. Remember, employer support doesn’t always have to be financial; it can take other forms too, such as flexible working arrangements, day release and time in lieu of study.
Support for disabled students
Disabled Students’ Allowances or DSAs are designed to help meet the extra course costs students can face as a direct result of a disability, on-going health condition, mental health condition or specific learning difficulty. DSAs don’t have to be paid back and the type of support you receive will be determined by your specific needs not your household income. Please contact LJMU’s Disability team for further advice: 0151 231 3164/3165.
Council tax exemption
All full-time postgraduate students studying courses lasting one year or more are eligible for a council tax exemption certificate.
The LLM is designed for people with a more general interest in law and criminal justice who wish to develop their careers outside of the traditional boundaries of specialist law.
The programme will give you the opportunity to critically analyse key themes in law and criminal justice and global crime and will challenge your thinking and stimulate your academic aspirations in these fields.
Studying at LJMU offers international students excellent value for money and the opportunity to secure an internationally-respected qualification plus outstanding career prospects.
Each year, LJMU offers a range of prestigious international scholarships. Further details of the scholarships offered to applicants wishing to study at the University from September 2017 onwards will be available on this page in the coming months.
For the most up-to-date information about studying at Liverpool John Moores University, and the International Scholarship programme, please visit the International pages.
International Foundation Year and International Year One programmes
LJMU offers international students the option of completing International Foundation Year and International Year One programmes at the University’s International Study Centre. These courses are managed and taught by Study Group, a world leader in education and training for international students. For more details on the International Study Centre, go to www.ljmuisc.com/
English language qualifications
All international applicants must have an internationally recognised English language qualification, such as IELTS (International English Language Testing Service). Your English language qualification must have been certified within the last two years for verification purposes. LJMU will accept other UKVI-recognised English language tests providing you attain the appropriate level.
This table summarises the minimum scores required by LJMU.
Please note: your specific course requirements may differ.
For course-specific English Language requirements, click the Entry Requirements tab above.
To find out what qualifications are applicable in your country please visit the international pages.
|Type of Programme||IELTS||Pearson|
|International Foundation Programme||4.5||50-57 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)|
|Undergraduate degrees||6.0||50-57 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)|
English language support to improve IELTS
If your English language level does not meet the required entry requirements for your course you may still be offered a place on the condition that you successfully complete an English for Undergraduate Study course at LJMU’s International Study Centre.
International students are liable to pay a minimum of 50% of their tuition fees when they complete their enrolment at the University. The outstanding balance must be paid in full within 4 months of your enrolment date.
When you apply for your visa or entry clearance, you will need to provide evidence of having enough money to support yourself for the duration of your programme and to pay for all of your living expenses. The good news is that the cost of living in Liverpool is one of the lowest in England, which means your money will go even further, allowing you to enjoy your student experience to the full.
In addition to academic fees, you must budget for living costs such as accommodation, food, clothing, books, local travel and entertainment. The UKVI requires that students studying outside London must have £9,135 to pay for their living costs (or £1,015 per month).
LJMU’s undergraduate courses run over an academic calendar of nine months so you will need to show that you have at least £9,135. If your course lasts 6 months you will need to demonstrate you have £6,090.
Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)
Before you can apply for permission to enter or remain in the UK under Tier 4 you will require a valid Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies or CAS. LJMU will only assign a CAS once you have satisfied the conditions of any offer made to you and you satisfy the University’s obligations as a Tier 4 Sponsor. For more details, visit the international students section.
Academic Technology Approval Scheme Certificate (ATAS)
If you have applied to study an Enhanced Undergraduate Degree (such as an MEng) course at LJMU, you should check if you require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate.
You can find out more on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website: www.fco.gov.uk/en/about-us/what-we-do/services-we-deliver/atas/who-atas/
Alternatively, contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team (firstname.lastname@example.org)for guidance.
Your visa application
As soon as you have received an offer of a place at LJMU you should contact the Entry Clearance Office at the British Embassy, British High Commission or Consular Office in your own country to check whether you need a visa for entry into Britain. You are advised to do this as soon as you can as the visa application process can take a long time.
Please Note: To obtain an Entry Visa you should go to the British Embassy or High Commission in your own country, and present the following documents:
- A valid LJMU Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)
- Evidence of financial support for the programme
- Two recent photographs of yourself (passport-size)
- All relevant educational diplomas and certificates (as stated in your CAS)
- A declaration of your intent to return home on completion of your course of study
The University may make changes to a programme of study or module where such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University.
Further guidance on programme changes