Postgraduate study
Law, Policing & Investigation

Master of Laws LLM

The Master of Laws (LLM) programme, including the named awards in Criminal Law, Medical Law and International Law, has been designed by a team of highly motivated academic staff at Teesside University who have particular research interests that have informed its content.

Course information


  • within 1 year

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  • 2 years

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  • Tuesdays in term 1, Tuesday or Thursday in term 2 depending on module options
  • Enrolment date: September
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 384491

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  • Facilities

    Law, Policing & Investigation facilities

    The School of Social Sciences, Business & Law is equipped with excellent facilities, including a courtroom that replicates Teesside Combined Court. The courtroom has all the features of a modern court and can be used as a fully functioning facility. Our specialist crime scene house is one of only a few such facilities in the country.


This is a contemporary programme designed to give you flexibility and autonomy to allow you to develop your own areas of interest and, at the same time, distinguish you in the eyes of employers in ways that show that you have specialised in a substantive and applied area of contemporary legal study relevant to policy and practice.If you are interested in more general practice, the LLM provides a choice of option modules and dissertation topics to allow you to actively follow a wide range of subject areas. The LLM with a named route in Criminal Law, Medical Law and International Law allows you to specialise in a particular area of law. Whichever route you choose will have a directly beneficial effect on future employability, whether in the legal profession, or in subject-related disciplines.


Core modules

Contemporary Legal Issues

This module develops and consolidates legal research skills to a level appropriate to master’s-level study, possible publication or future academic study. It introduces and highlights current complex legal issues initiating discussion and critical analysis. The contemporary issues element of the module is delivered by specialist speakers, research-active and subject-specialist members of staff – your learning is based on expert discipline-based research and experience. You are assessed by a written critical analysis of a contemporary issue and a dissertation proposal.


The dissertation is the culmination of the LLM programme – an opportunity for you to apply your knowledge and research skills to a specific area of interest through a 20,000-word dissertation.

Legal Theory in Context

This module broadens your knowledge of key theories and concepts that underpin the development of law and policy. You develop a depth of knowledge that enables you to actively contribute to policy development in your specialist area. You are encouraged to critically examine and challenge theories, and engage in philosophical debate throughout the programme. You are assessed through an essay exploring particular theories relevant to your preferred area of study.


and two optional modules

Comparative Law and Criminal Justice

Examine criminal justice systems in the UK, Europe, US, Middle East, Africa and Asia. You learn how the system develops in those countries, exploring the structural variations that exist between them.

You start with a justification of study and an introduction to the methodology for comparative law and criminal justice research. The content covers a wide range of legal and criminal justice matters, such as crime itself, criminal law and policy, criminal procedure, policing and crime control, judicial decision-making, and the socio-political contexts of those jurisdictions. Through comparison you gain a broader understanding of the UK criminal justice system. You are assessed by a 5,000-word essay.

Criminal Law

This module promotes a deep and critical understanding of the theories that underpin criminal law, and the key substantive legal issues faced by judges and legislators. You examine culpability and blameworthiness, and explore these theories in the context of specific academic debates. You also examine factors associated with, and circumstances surrounding, certain mala in se crimes, both against the person and against property, including corporate liability. You are assessed through an individual presentation and an essay.

European Responses to Crime

Establishing an ‘area of freedom, security and justice’ requires implementing ‘flanking measures’ to prevent and combat crime. These measures include ‘police and judicial cooperation in criminal matters aimed at a high level of security’. The obvious areas of concern are terrorism, trafficking in persons and drugs, offences against children and other organised crime. Consider the development of European action in these areas, including maintaining the balance between security and freedom. Here you can focus on one area for further research. You also consider the impact of the European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms. The assessment for this module is an essay proposal and essay.

International Law

Gain a comprehensive understanding of the principles and structures which underpin international law. You consider how international law develops, the nature of key international institutions – and how international law operates and is enforced in specific areas, and within the context of current international issues. You critically examine how international law performs its function of maintaining the international legal order. You are assessed through an individual presentation and an essay.

Medical Law

You are encouraged to critically examine medical law from the perspective of regulating the practice of medicine and from the perspective of the individual. With a rapidly growing human rights culture, both nationally and internationally, human rights considerations have taken on a new significance within healthcare provision. Here you study medical and mental health law in their widest context – how the medical professions are organised and how healthcare is provided, moving on to consider particular aspects of the law regulating this provision. You are assessed by an individual presentation and an essay.


Modules offered may vary.

How you learn

The link between legal theory and practice is the central theme of the programme and is incorporated into the teaching through a blend of directed and student-centred learning to develop an understanding of methodology, practice and presentation. This is achieved through a combination of lectures, seminars, group work, debates, audio-visual presentations, guided reading and research exercises.

We want you to become an effective autonomous learner. The research and academic writing skills you develop in taught sessions enable you to prepare and contribute to seminars and group discussions, and to produce the required assessed work appropriate to postgraduate study. You are also encouraged to attend and participate in relevant research seminars offered by the research institutes of the University, particularly the Social Futures Institute (SoFI) in the School of Social Sciences & Law.

How you are assessed

Our assessments help you develop essential skills to work successfully at postgraduate level, as well as for continuing professional roles and lifelong learning. Your work is assessed in a variety of ways, including:

  • individual presentations
  • peer review and assessment
  • research proposal
  • reflective practice
  • written assignments
  • dissertation

Career opportunities

By completing the course you will develop and have recognised subject-specific knowledge and understanding, cognitive, intellectual, practical, professional and generic key skills and qualities, which have a directly beneficial effect on future employability, whether in the legal profession or in subject-related disciplines, including academia. You will be equipped to contribute to and inform policy-making decisions in your chosen sphere.

A number of our previous students have published work in academic journals.

Entry requirements

  • A 2.2 (minimum) honours degree in a legal or related discipline or equivalent qualification or equivalent experience
  • IELTS 6.5

* Please note: The named routes and option choices are available subject to student numbers and other resource constraints. Every effort is made to ensure that you can study your preferred choices but this can't be guaranteed.

For additional information please see the entry requirements in our admissions section

International applicants can find out what qualifications they need by visiting Your Country

Course information


  • within 1 year

More full-time details


  • 2 years

More part-time details

  • Tuesdays in term 1, Tuesday or Thursday in term 2 depending on module options
  • Enrolment date: September
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 384491

Contact details

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