LLB (Hons) Law with Criminology

School of Justice




Our Law with Criminology degree is suited to those who wish to achieve a recognised legal qualification with a strong interest in criminology, and an excellent starting point if you’re thinking of a career with a specific criminological interest.

Course Information

This programme provides you with the opportunity to obtain a qualifying law degree whilst also gaining an awareness of current issues in criminology. By studying these complementary subjects side by side, you will ensure that you have the academic training required to pursue a career within the legal sector or within a wide range of other professions.  

You will be taught by highly qualified staff from within the School of Law and Social Science and by renowned and extensively published criminology academics. You will gain an awareness of current legal issues and of current issues in criminology – debates surrounding criminal justice, social control and the role of the police. 

The course covers all of the core law modules required for a qualifying law degree as well as considering both the nature of crime and criminality and society’s response to it. 

The approach to teaching and learning is 'student-centred': this means responsibility for achieving learning outcomes is placed on you to self-manage your own programme of study. Staff facilitate this process by providing appropriate learning materials and support, such as module handbooks, lecture outlines, reading lists and online student support. You will be encouraged to adopt an independent approach to learning through effective use of private study time in researching information and responding to tasks and questions.

The School’s teaching environment is designed to stimulate learning. For large group teaching, we make use of the many modern lecture theatres across campus all of which have first-rate audio visual support and presentation facilities. All small group teaching rooms, contain the latest audio-visual equipment to enhance and support the learning experience. 

As you would expect from a Law School committed to enhancing the employability of its graduates, there are a number of dedicated skills development rooms with recording and play back facilities within the School itself. There is also an impressive moot court room, which looks just like a real court, providing you with an invaluable real-life educational experience. The moot court room is also used extensively for extra-curricular activities such as mooting competitions, advocacy training and visiting speakers. 

The Library contains a dedicated Law Library with a whole host of textbooks, law reports and journals as well as providing a quiet space for you to study both individually and as part of a group. The School of Law and Social Science's extensive e-law library facility gives access to many legal and academic sources from the UK and beyond and is available on-campus and remotely.

There is a dedicated Blackboard page for each module which provides extensive online support, from module handbooks and lecture outlines to self-test quizzes and interactive revision materials.

Assessment is undertaken in a variety of ways, from the traditional unseen exam, to seen examinations; end of module and in-course formative coursework assessments; e-quizzes; e-case studies; group and individual presentations; portfolios; pod casts; personal development reflective diaries; moots and debates and oral performance in seminars.

The Criminology element to the programme provides academic study of the nature of crime, criminality and responses to crime in contemporary society. It considers how crime is defined, perceived as a problem, and managed in modern society.

A significant feature of Law study in the School of Law and Social Science is the emphasis from the outset on relevant legal and transferable skills, including research, oral and written, e-communication and critical reasoning skills, advocacy, personal development planning and group work. 

We adopt a wide range of learning and teaching methods, designed to support you to develop as an independent learner. These include interactive online sessions, e-learn activities, workshops, reflective clinical legal education, group work, research exercises, presentations, mooting and debating as well as the more traditional seminars and lectures. You will have more structured class contact in Year 1 of your programme to support your transition to Higher Education.

You will be supported in finding legal placements and have numerous opportunities to visit relevant legal establishments, both locally and beyond. In Year 2 you are able to visit many of the European Institutions during a week-long study tour in Brussels.

Our Pro Bono Clinic, Business Law Clinic and Mediation Clinic give you first-hand experiences of legal practice; providing countless opportunities of dealing with real cases. Option modules in both law and criminology allow you to hone in on areas of interest relevant to your future career aspirations. An optional module in Year 3 means you can spend a period in law related work placements.

This course is validated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board, meaning that it is a qualifying law degree. To learn more about the routes into becoming a solicitor or barrister, visit 

Our LLB provides the first stage of training should you wish to go on to a career as either a solicitor or a barrister.

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Successful completion of our LLB (Hons) Law with Criminology course  provides you with the basis to undertake the next stage of training as a barrister (the Bar Professional Training Course) or in becoming a solicitor.

The School of Law and Social Science has strong links with the legal profession and with a range of other professional employers. You will enjoy regular visits and talks from leading practitioners, academics, barristers, solicitors and judges. This ensures that the skills you develop are directly relevant to those required by employers.

The programme is also an excellent starting point for criminological careers, such as in the probation service, social work, prison and immigration services, or the police.

Our graduates are attractive to a range of employers – solicitors, barristers, company legal advisers, football clubs, insurance companies, HR departments, teachers, criminal justice system, courts, probation service, police officers.

Some of our eminent alumni include judges, Queen’s Counsel, barristers and solicitors across the UK, Europe and around the world, CEOs, business leaders and industrialists, entrepreneurs and business owners, senior public servants such as civil servants, politicians, senior police and local government officers, senior academics and researchers at all levels, authors of many academic works, leading voluntary sector workers, board representatives and trustees.

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