Criminal Law - MA
Aim and program profile
The goal of this program is to provide students with an opportunity to study and specialize in criminal law, a one-year qualification from a narrow criminal law area, as need to prepare future lawyers for the labor market, as well as for their further education at doctoral and research levels.
Student Learning Objectives:
• To be able to apply successfully his/her knowledge obtained from the criminal law field in various context where relevant practical or theoretical problems are surveyed;
• To assess problems based on their context, relevancy and significance, and be able to interrelate relevant information and primary sources through electronic tools and other means;
• To evaluate and analyze problems and find solutions in relation to the application of criminal law in the country;
• To be able to formulate arguments related to the main and controversial issues in criminal law area, and be able to provide a rational opinion based on relevant facts and evidences;
• To be aware of potential alternative arguments and contradictory evidences, and be able to present them in the context of people’s welfare and rule of law principles;
• To demonstrate free and creative thinking as well as the ability to foster critical thinking behind their gained knowledge and individual problems so they become constructive in their scientific progress.
Expected learning outcomes
The second cycle of the criminal law study program will provide substantial knowledge and semantic understanding on institutional structures, key legal principles and certain contexts of the criminal law. This program provides students valid qualification for post university contexts, especially for those who intend to take a leading role in combating crime, especially combating modern forms of organized crime and corruption.
Upon successful completion, students will be able:
• To provide advanced original commentaries, which meet the highest scientific standards, and develop critical, analytical and research skills to be applied in certain areas of law;
• To develop skills in the area of criminal law studies, at international level, academic advancement, especially through written presentation of arguments and in the spirit of standardized relevant academic regulations, as well as create a sound basis for use of necessary research techniques and methods, which are part of specialized courses;
• To continue their career and advancement in criminal law area both at academic and practical levels;
• To contribute to the advancement of approaches and solutions to prevent and combat criminality, especially of modern forms such as cybercrime 32
• To analyze and provide proper solutions related to modern challenges of security, by providing professional expertise and advice to rule of law agencies;
• To contribute to the advancement of criminal law, and provide their help in public debates and provide professional counselling for the harmonization of the criminal national legislation to that of the EU and other international laws.
Academic level and degree
Master of Laws (LLM) in Criminal Law
Duration of studies and workload
These studies will continue for 1 academic year in two semesters, while the total number of accumulated ECTS will be 60. 30 ECTS credits for each semesters.
Criminal Law 5 ETCS
Scientific Research Methods 4 ETCS
Criminal Procedure 4 ETCS
Criminalistics 4 ETCS
Criminology 4 ETCS
Organized Crime 4 ETCS
Cybercrime 4 ETCS
Victimology 4 ETCS
International Criminal Law 4 ETCS
Penology 5 ETCS
Diploma thesis 20 ETCS