The Criminal Process (M5053)

15 credits, Level 6

Spring teaching

Students will examine practical and normative aspects of the criminal process and criminal procedures, with specific emphasis on institutions and actors within the criminal justice system, for example:
  • the Police
  • Crown Prosecution Service (CPS)
  • the Magistrates’ Court
  • the Crown Court
  • legal aid
  • jury trial
  • the Court of Appeal
  • the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC).
The module offers a socio-legal approach to explore how the criminal process operates in practice.


100%: Practical (Workshop)


30%: Coursework (Test)
70%: Written assessment (Essay)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 22 hours of contact time and about 128 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2023/24. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to COVID-19, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: