Within this popular and well-established degree, students undertake a comprehensive study of the law and combine this with the study of crime, social order and social control that is central to the study of Criminology. Law modules are designed with three basic aims: to provide a sound basic legal education, to cater for the teaching of law in its social, economic and political context and to complement other subject areas in the joint honours programme.
Students gain practical experience from moots and mock trials in our dedicated Moot Room, visiting law firms and career advice. Law also offers a student mentoring scheme with Shoosmiths solicitors.
With detailed insight into the law, students are able to understand how the law relates and responds to crime and criminal acts in society and conversely how criminal acts and changes in the behaviour, organisation and types of crime have an impact on how the law is enforced and new ones developed.
Students are encouraged to develop employability skills through volunteering opportunities, events, workshops and research placements.
The Law programme has been developed over the last 25 years to provide a contextualised study of Law. Students benefit from a varied and imaginative modular scheme, which is designed to offer students a wide range of options in addition to the foundation subjects identified by legal professional bodies. In addition, as the ‘problem’ of crime has increasingly become a matter of public and political concern, so the prevention of crime has been prioritised as a matter of social policy. The combination of Law and Criminology into one programme addresses each of these issues and many others in a systematic and methodical manner.
Park Campus, the larger of the two campuses, is set in 80 acres of open green parkland, occupying an impressive and spacious site.
Facilities available on-site include a sports hall, restaurant, Students’ Union, Student Centre, shop, bar and nightclub. Safe and secure accommodation for more than 1,300 students is spread throughout Park Campus, with the majority placed within our student village combining stunning green spaces with welcoming Halls of Residence.
A Multi-Faith Chaplaincy and Medical Centre (providing a full GP service and free counselling) are also available at Park Campus.
Park Campus is within easy walking distance of a busy, local shopping area, complete with banks, supermarkets, shops and pubs.
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Students are required to study six modules at each stage – how many will be in the Law field will depend upon whether you are studying Law as a major subject, a minor subject or as part of a joint honours degree. If you are majoring in Law and wish to use your degree to satisfy the professional legal bodies for exemption purposes, at least two thirds of your degree must be in Law and must cover the foundation subjects identified by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and Bar Standards Board. Guidance is given to those students who are interested in achieving this when they are making their module choices.
Students will be introduced to the core disciplines that underpin the academic analysis of both courses. Stage one explores the introduction of Law and Criminology through compulsory modules and provides an excellent foundation of knowledge for students to advance to stage two.
For Law there are two compulsory modules: Law of Contract and Legal System. There are also a number of optional modules including Criminal Law, Introduction to Public Law, Sports Law. This is combined with exploring modules on Crime and Society and another on Socialisation, Conformity and Deviance with the aim of introducing key themes, historical perspectives and debates that surround crime.
Modules take students into more detailed and developed areas, considering the wider issues and debates surrounding Law and Criminology.
There are no compulsory modules at stage two in Law and students can select from a range of modules including: Environmental Law, Law in the Community, Organised Crime, Consumer Law, Financial Services Law, Discrimination Law and Child law.
Within Criminology, students are introduced to issues and methods in social science research, whilst a focus on crime and justice forms the broader organising theme at this stage, taking students through the levels of criminal justice procedures, from point of arrest to disposal of criminal cases at court.
Students will consider a deeper analysis of their modules using professional theoretical research in their subject areas to supplement learning, growth, development and knowledge.
Students, who have an even split on their courses, can choose to write a dissertation on any topic within their Joint Honours programme. The dissertation builds on and expands students’ prior knowledge of research methodology acquired at stage one and two. It aims to foster the development of expertise in methodology and skills in the planning, conduct and write-up of research reports. This form of independent, experiential learning will require students to ask logical questions to diagnose and define problems, generate and implement solutions and evaluate the effectiveness of their action-outcomes. It therefore develops in the students, the ability to work independently and to reflect on the research process.
At this stage, you will have the opportunity to develop specialised and intensive study on areas and aspects of Law and Criminology that you find particularly interesting.
If a Law dissertation is chosen students can select from a range of option modules including: Employment Law, Medical Law, European and International Human Rights Law, Terrorism, Legal Advice in the Community and Practical Legal Skills.
In Criminology, the core module for stage three is Crime and Punishment which provides an overview of the philosophy and theories of punishment as well as an examination of the institutions responsible for the punishment of offenders. This stage builds on the knowledge and the analytical skills acquired in the previous stages, in order to develop an advanced theoretical understanding of criminological debates and their application to a range of policies.
In Criminology the range of possible dissertation topics include: studies of the police, courts, prisons, probation service, young offenders, rape crisis centres, women’s refuges and drug rehabilitation schemes.
Methods of Learning
The course is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials and research workshops, student-chaired debates and problem-solving exercises as well as directed private study. Students are also expected to work independently and to actively participate in seminar discussion through individual presentations and small group activities.
A variety of assessment strategies are used at each level to ascertain your level of competence in a range of academic and transferable skills. These strategies include essays, practical reports, multiple-choice tests, oral presentations, time-constrained essays, seen and unseen examinations, critical reviews and group project work.
Facilities and Special Features
- excellent and innovative teaching
- friendly and supportive staff
- an exciting range of modules
- excellent facilities
- coverage of contemporary theory and practice
- wide range of extracurricular activities
- placement and volunteering options
- dedicated laboratories and PC suites
- purpose built mock courtroom
- Award LLM
- Qualification Postgraduate
- Length 1 Year
- Award LLM
- Qualification Postgraduate
- Length 1 Year
- Award MA
- Qualification Postgraduate
We work closely with the Careers and Employability Service who will support you with your career planning. Students attend the annual Law Careers Fair and University Careers Fair which offers the opportunity to meet with potential future employers. With the combination of Law and Criminology our graduates go on to employment in the legal profession as well as education, the health service, the police force, youth offending teams, human resources management, marketing, the civil service, broadcasting, social work and many other professions.
Students are encouraged to become involved in law-related volunteering and to participate in the Shoosmiths Link Scheme and the Pro Bono Legal Advice Clinic.
How to apply
For application information please see our how to apply page.
Standard entry requirements apply. A typical offer would be BCC at A Level or DMM at BTEC. However, we welcome international applications and applications from those with a range of non-traditional educational or professional qualifications. We welcome applications from anyone with a lively interest in Psychology or issues of crime and justice who is prepared to pursue and develop that interest through reading and study.
Fees and funding
Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 16/17 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.
|Part Time:||£1,280 per 20 credit module|
This course is available to international students.
Full-time international tuition fees
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How to apply as an international student
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Scholarships available to international students
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