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Introducing Criminal Justice, Criminal Law and Security Studies at Leeds

The School of Law at Leeds is recognised as one of the best Law Schools in the country: the recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) placed the School 4th in the UK for the impact of its research on key global challenges. The Centre for Criminal Justice Studies (CCJS) was established in 1987 and is based within the School. With a reputation for excellence in research and teaching, CCJS staff deliver academically rich and internationally recognised postgraduate programmes to students from around the world. Visit the CCJS webpages, meet our staff and read about our research.

Why study for a Master’s degree?

Stand out from the crowd

In a competitive world you need to stand out from the crowd! Our Masters programmes in Criminal Justice, Criminal Law and Security Studies afford advanced knowledge and skills, and also provide an excellent foundation for PhD study.

They combine academically rigorous core modules with an array of optional modules, enabling students to tailor their programme to their specific interests. The programmes are delivered full-time (12 months) and part-time (24 months), making them accessible for those wishing to combine further education with employment.

Postgraduate programmes video

Staff and students talk about what makes Leeds special.

A world of opportunities

Our alumni are pursuing successful careers in different occupations around the globe. Where will our Master’s degree take you?

  • Police
  • Youth Justice
  • Paralegal
  • Probation
  • Social Work
  • PhD/Academia
  • Civil Service
  • The Military
  • Local Government
  • Safety and Security Services
  • Prison Services

How we can help you get there - careers support.

Graduate view

Paul Axon, alumnus"I am currently working as a Director of Targeted Young People's Services (Head of Youth Justice). Since completing the course I have been promoted twice in quick succession and I believe part of this success is due to the confidence and skills gained through the Masters programme."

Paul Axon, MA Criminal Justice Studies. Read the full profile.

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Our research

The Centre for Criminal Justice Studies (CCJS) is an interdisciplinary research institute.

We have developed a sustained track record of international excellence and excel in the production of empirically rich, conceptually sophisticated and policy relevant research.

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