What you'll study

First year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • Systems of Justice

    Develop your understanding of law as a fundamental social institution. You'll develop your intellectual skills and competencies, learn how to 'think like a lawyer', and reflect critically on your understanding of 'justice', with reference to contemporary social issues.

  • Introduction to Law and its Study

    This module provides you with a basic introduction to law and the key skills necessary for its study. In particular, you will develop and practise skills of academic writing, problem solving and research that are required to study law with success.

  • Introduction to Comparative Politics

    This module introduces you to comparative politics as an approach to studying states. It combines a thematic assessment of key features of modern states (which provides the basis of comparison) with a country-by-country study: allowing you to begin making comparisons.

  • Public Law

    In this module, you will study the law governing the UK state. You'll develop an understanding of such matters as parliamentary sovereignty, the rule of law, the separation of powers and the three branches of government, human rights and judicial review.

  • Criminal Law

    Develop a strong and critical understanding of the core values underlying the criminal law in England and Wales. You'll focus on topics including property offences, non-fatal offences against the person, defences and inchoate offences.

  • Introduction to the Politics of the World Economy

    Explore how politics defines the power map of the world's economy and provides the constitution for markets. We'll introduce you to the principal ideas, institutions, policies and institutions which shape the politics of the global economy.

Second year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • Tort Law

    You will study the general framework and key concepts of the law of tort. You'll analyse the principles and rules governing liability for negligence, analyse the principles governing tort damages, consider the grounds of liability and evaluate the role of tort law in modern society.

  • European Union Law

    This module provides basic knowledge of the law of the European Union. You'll consider the operation of the internal market and how to 'access' it, the state of Brexit negotiations and the available alternative models for continuous partnership with the EU.

  • Understanding States and Markets: An Introduction to Political Economy

    Discover the history of ideas in political economy, and the relevance of these ideas for contemporary politics. You’ll explore the ideas of all the major schools, including the work of Adam Smith, Friedrich List, Karl Marx, John Maynard Keynes, Friedrich Hayek, Marianna Mazzucato, Joseph Stiglitz, and the student-led campaign for greater pluralism in economics.

  • Obligations II - The Law of Contract

    Develop an understanding of the main rules and principles relevant to the law of contract under English law. You'll focus on contract formation and enforceability, factors that may render a contract void, the interpretation of contractual terms and potential remedies for breach of contract.

  • Equality and Human Rights

    Understand the nature of prejudice and discrimination. You'll gain an understanding of anti-discrimination law and policy, and the theories around the protected characteristics in European and domestic anti-discrimination law, including approaches such as feminism, difference theory, the social model of disability, heteronormativity and cisgenderism.

Optional modules

  • Understanding the European Union

    Learn about the history and politics of the European Union. You'll assess the EU's main actors, such as the European Council, Council, Commission and European Parliament, and its core policies, the European Single Market, Economic and Monetary Union, environmental policy and the Common Foreign and Security Policy, as well as the implications of Brexit.

  • Understanding America

    This module will provide you with a general introduction to the political culture and institutions of the United States, and the environment in which those institutions operate. You'll learn about the USA’s international role and behaviour and the complex relationship between the domestic and international aspects of American politics.

  • Terrorism, War and Ethics

    Explore the history, evolution and political and legislative impact of terrorism, as well as ethical arguments around it. You'll uncover the history of terrorism and learn about violent political groups from the 19th century to the present day.

  • Understanding China

    This module examines the economic transformations of contemporary China in a historical, cultural and political context. You'll evaluate the major issues and challenges facing the People’s Republic of China.

  • The Politics and Philosophy of the Environment

    How should we think about the environment? And how should we act towards to it? You'll study environmental attitudes, the politics and ideology of environmentalism, its ethics and philosophy, pressure groups and political parties, and the principles of environmental policy.

Final year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • Trusts: Managing for Others

    This module will introduce you to the legal concept of the trust and develop an understanding of the role the device plays in facilitating and regulating the management of wealth for others in modern society.

  • Land Use and Regulation

    Develop insight into the political, social and economic issues surrounding the use and regulation of land. You'll cover topics such as co-ownership, leases, and private and public regulation of the use of land.

Optional modules

  • Administrative Law

    Examine the nature of the state and consider the ways the law shapes and controls public power. You'll consider the development of the principles of judicial review and how these might change, the role of the ombudsmen and complaints systems, and the potential role of tort law.

  • Dissertation

  • European Human Rights Protection

    Develop critical understanding of the nature of European human rights law; to gain the ability to identify and evaluate aspects of human rights law and to be able to apply human rights law to research questions and actual cases.

  • International Law and the Use of Force

    Gain a valuable insight into the legal regulation of the resort to armed force by states. You'' study the UN Charter framework, including the general prohibition on forcible action, self-defence and military action authorised by the UN Security Council.

  • Law and Information Rights

  • Science, Law and New Technologies

    This module provides basic understanding of how science works and is used in law. It addresses the legal and ethical issues raised by certain novel technologies, such as driverless cars, genetic modification and genetic engineering.

  • UK Politics in an Age of Austerity

    Explore the most important contemporary political debates about economic, social and political renewal. You'll cover topics such as: Brexit, austerity, reform of the National Health Service, the future of the welfare state, foreign policy, constitutional reform, and the politics of the two major UK political parties.

  • BRICS: Emerging Powers in International Affairs

    Develop your theoretical and empirical knowledge to understand and comparatively examine the challenges facing the five emerging powers (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) in the shifting power structures of international affairs.

  • The Contemporary House of Commons

  • Animal Ethics: Philosophy, Politics and Law

    Examine and critique ethical perspectives on human use of, and interaction with, nonhuman animals. This module introduces you to a range of philosophical perspectives and the implications of these perspectives for applied animal ethics cases and for relevant political and legal contexts.

  • Philosophy of Law

    You will learn how to critically explore themes on contemporary philosophy of law from different theoretical perspectives (positivist, natural law, feminist jurisprudence, law and economics).

  • New Terrorism and Counterterrorism

  • Intelligence and National Security

    The intelligence agencies (MI5, MI6, GCHQ, CIA, NSA) are constantly working in the background to provide security for the nation state. But how exactly does intelligence work? In this module you'll learn how intelligence is produced, how it is used, why sometimes intelligence failures occur (such as 9/11), and how democracies monitor and regulate these covert organisations.

  • Employment Law

    This module offers a critical examination of the role of law in the workplace. You'll consider the protection offered to those in work by employment law, the operation of work contracts, remedies available to wronged workers and the law on discrimination in the workplace.

  • International Environmental Law

  • International Protection of Human Rights

  • International Protection of Refugees

    Develop a critical understanding of the nature of refugee law. You will gain the ability to identify and evaluate aspects of refugee law, and be able to apply refugee law to research questions and actual cases.

  • Law Clinic

    Experience law in practice, advising real clients with real problems, researching legal issues and writing letters of advice under the supervision of professionally-qualified members of staff.

  • Sex(uality), Gender and the Law

    Develop a critical overview of key aspects in the field of sex, sexuality, gender, religion and the law. You'll explore opportunities for the study and evaluation of the latest research and enhance your understanding of inclusion, exclusion and the situatedness of knowledge.

  • Laws of War

    Consider important and topical questions around the legal regulation of hostilities and the mitigation of their effects. You'll study topics such as the identification and classification of conflict, participation in hostilities, targeting/civilian protection and weaponry.

  • Critics of Capitalism

    In this module, you study some of the most important critics of politics and the economy in capitalist societies. You'll explores issues such as capitalist oppression, the nature of work, the corruption of music and art by "big business", vanity and alienation, exploitation, and the capitalism's alleged continuing imperialist machinations, as well as exploring alternatives to capitalism.

  • Hate, Violence and Pornography

  • Parliament in the UK: Approaches to Reform

  • Comparative Legislatures

  • Contemporary Political Philosophy

    How should we reason about justice, equality, liberty and democracy? You will explore ways of thinking about these topics through critical readings of leading contemporary political philosophers.

  • The World We’re in: Globalisation and Democratic Governance in Practice

    Explore the politics of globalisation, global governance and provision of global public goods for human development. You'll look at issues such as security, prosperity, financial stability and sustainability through case studies of the United Nations, International Monetary Fund, World Bank, World Economic Forum, and World Trade Organization.

  • Democracy and Legitimacy in the European Union

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More about this course

The concept of law, legal phenomena and legal systems, combined with the study of key advances in human security and welfare, and political theory, are just a few of the concepts analysed in detail on this degree. You’ll ‘learn to think like a lawyer’, undertake legal research and apply your knowledge of legal and political science to broad social problems and challenges. The structure of this programme means you’ll graduate with a qualifying law degree, and be able to specialise in your interests.

In the final year, students can take the Law Clinic module and gain mentored work experience, providing legal advice to real clients. The Student Law Society runs an extensive programme of competitions in mooting, negotiating and client interviewing, and students can also get involved working in the editorial team of the Student Law Journal. You can choose to spend an extra year studying abroad at one of our partner universities in Europe, to enhance your learning from an international perspective.

Teaching and Learning
Scheduled
Placement
Independent

First year

16%

84%

Second year

15%

85%

Final year

14%

86%

Assessment
Written
Practical
Coursework

First year

37%

2%

61%

Second year

37%

63%

Final year

25%

75%

Entry requirements

2018 Tariff points: 120 points. Points can be from any qualification on the UCAS tariff, but must include at least 80 points from 

  • A levels
  • BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • CACHE Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • Irish Leaving Certificate
  • Scottish Highers
  • Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma
  • or a combination of appropriate Level 3 qualifications

UCAS has changed the way that qualifications earn points under the Tariff system. Please click here to work out your estimated points and to find out more about how the University of Hull considers qualifications.

Alternative qualifications 

  • IB Diploma: 28 points
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass with 45 credits at merit

We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not exactly match the combinations shown above. Please contact the University’s Admissions Service for individual guidance.

At a glance

For this course, you'll need...

120 UCAS points

Points can be made up of a variety of qualifications. Calculate your points here.

We welcome a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not be listed.

Many of our courses offer a Foundation Year for applicants without the qualifications for direct entry on to the degree.

If you have any questions about our entry requirements or the tariff, please contact admissions or call 01482 466100.

International students

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires academic IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

Visit your country page to find out more about our entry requirements.

Fees and funding

  • Home/EU: £9,250
  • International: £13,500

Fees may be subject to permitted inflationary increases in future years. 

UK and EU students can take out a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of their course, and UK students can take out a maintenance loan of up to £8,700 to cover living costs.

Substantial discounts are available for International students.  

More information on fees can be found in the Money section of the website.

Future Prospects

The flexibility of studying Law at Hull means you can gain specialist knowledge in subjects of your choice and the course will provide you with skills that are transferable in a variety of professions - so you have the skills and experience that employers demand.

A number of our graduates embark on legal careers as solicitors or barristers, while many use their degree as a springboard for a career in management, business or the Civil Service.  We put on a variety of careers events to help you to boost your employability and complement the University's Careers and Employability Service provision.

Law graduate destinations include working as barristers, solicitors, legal executives, investment advisers, paralegals, translators, prosecutors and senior prosecutors with the Crown Prosecution Service, circuit judges, Members of Parliament, advocates, lecturers and teachers. (More about Law Alumni)

Politics graduate destinations include: Political Researcher; Senior Official in Local Government; Public Relations Officer; Social Science Researcher. (More about Politics alumni).