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Postgraduate Taught Master's Programmes

Our Postgraduate Taught Master's Programmes are taught by leading academics and practitioners in the fields of Human Rights (Costas Douzinas; Fred Cowell) and Social Justice (Adam Gearey; Eddie Bruce-Jones), International Law (Oscar Guardiola-Rivera; Bill Bowring), International Economic Law (Michelle Everson; Fiona Macmillan), Criminal Justice (Les Moran; Sappho Xenakis) and Constitutional Law and Theory (Marinos Diamantides; Stewart Motha). All programmes adopt a critical and interdisciplinary approach. Designed especially to enable employed graduates to combine work with advanced study in Law, Criminology or Criminal Justice, all of our Masters Programmes are taught either during the evenings or over four intensive weeks of day time study. All provide a solid ground for students who wish to progress toward PhD study – at Birkbeck or at other University Law/Criminology Departments.

Special programme features

Intensively Taught LLM/MA programmes

  • These are studied over one year full time or two years part time, and are ideal for:
    • graduates who are unable to attend classes on a weekly basis over a full academic year
    • graduates whose ordinary residence is not in the UK
    • graduates whose ordinary residence is not in London
    • graduates whose preferred mode of study is intensive (9am-6pm) over a confined period of time
    • graduates who wish to study a postgraduate programme within a Law School with an established track record within the field of critical legal studies
    • graduates who wish to combine postgraduate study with demanding and often inflexible work or family-related schedules
    • graduates who are seeking a postgraduate programme to enhance prospects in an existing job role, or to re-start after a career break.
  • Example Timetable

Evening LLM/MA programmes

  • These are studied over one year full time or two years part time, and are ideal for:
    • graduates whose work and/or family commitments make evening study desirable
    • international students [full time (one year) mode only]
    • graduates who wish to study a postgraduate programme within a Law School with an established track record within the field of critical legal studies
    • graduates who are seeking a postgraduate programme to enhance prospects in an existing job role
    • graduates whose preferred mode of study is regular class room contact across the full academic year (e.g. 2 evenings per week)
  • Example Timetable

Select your programme of study

  • LLM/MA in Human Rights for a historical, anthropological and philosophical examination of fundamental rights principles, practices and discourses;
  • LLM International Economic Law Justice and Development for an examination of international economic relations through an interrogation of organisations, such as the IMF, World Bank and World Trade Organization;
  • LLM International Economic Law (Intensively taught mode only) for an examination of structures of finance, debt, and corporate practices;
  • LLM Constitutional Law, Theory and Politics for a historical and comparative examination of the forces that determine constitutional settlement and change;
  • LLM/MA Criminal Law and Criminal Justice (Evening mode only) for an interdisciplinary examination of how criminal law, criminal justice and criminology are responding to perceived or real threats to security of person and/or state in the 21st century;
  • MSc Global Criminology (Evening mode only) for an examination of the relationship between global, regional, national and local experiences of crime and punishment, exploring current real-world challenges from historically-grounded and theoretically-informed perspectives;
  • LLM Law General (Evening mode only) for the unique opportunity to choose modules from any of our LLM/MA programmes, and acquire a thorough grounding in various theories/philosophies of law and society;
  • LLM Law, Democracy, and Human Welfare (Intensively taught mode only) for a global perspective on approaches and remedies for violation of group and private rights by public bodies.

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