• Admission requirements - LLB or equivalent legal qualification. Research competency and writing skills, as well as practical experience, are taken into account when considering applications. As a guideline, students must have obtained an average of 60% for the final-year LLB modules and the dissertation.
  • International students - An evaluation certificate issued by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) must be submitted if a previous qualification was obtained in a foreign country.  
  • Duration of study - Minimum one year, maximum two years.
  • Additional admission requirements - The Director Postgraduate Programmes may require a student to furnish sufficient proof of his/her research skills before receiving permission to register. If a student wishes to obtain an LLM degree in a subject not included in the LLB or in which the student’s achievements are not of the required standard, the Director may prescribe an admission examination in the subject.
  • Capacity - The LLM programmes and elective modules are only offered if the Director of Research is of the opinion that there is sufficient demand for them.
  • Research topics - Students can only register for a research topic in any module when sufficient supervision is available and if the Director is of the opinion that there will be sufficient expertise to support and guide a student in the Faculty.

The qualification aims to provide an academic deepening and broadening of professional experience for law graduates. It serves as an academic qualification in support of careers in criminal justice, especially for prosecutors, candidate attorneys, attorneys, advocates, members of the judiciary and prospective practitioners. The programme empowers individuals to systematically and creatively solve complex problems in the field of criminal justice and in particular contribute to the fight against corruption. Graduates must demonstrate their ability to use legal practice conventions to convey analytical thinking and communicate conclusions.

The degree is the ideal mechanism for jurists to acquire and demonstrate professional expertise by preparing legal documents that comply with practical conventions instead of the traditional research dissertation. It does this without detracting from a high level of theoretical engagement and intellectual independence.

Furthermore, crime in general, and corruption in particular, are specific threats to South Africa’s constitutional democracy and necessitate further specialisation in the field of criminal law and procedure. The degree is registered with the South African Qualifications Authority as a professional master’s degree. As such, instead of writing a traditional mini-dissertation, students may be required to complete a single research or technical project or series of smaller projects demonstrating innovation and professional expertise.

Students must also complete a coursework programme requiring a high level of theoretical engagement and intellectual independence, and demonstrate the ability to relate knowledge to the resolution of complex problems in appropriate areas of professional practice.


Programme leader:  Mrs Getsia Zazo

Compilation of curriculum – Professional LLM in Criminal Law and Procedure

CODE: 6CTQ01 R801P



The programme comprises the following compulsory modules:

Module Code





First semester




Research Project

Prof P du Toit & Prof H Combrinck



Criminal Law

Prof P du Toit & Mrs G Zazo



Law of Criminal Procedure

Prof T van der Walt


Second semester


Law of Evidence

Ms F Steenekamp & Mr M Stoffels



Combating Corruption

Mrs E Barnard


Credit totals for modules



Seminar Programme 2022  (Download)