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Faculty of Business, Law and Politics

Law with Criminology

UndergraduateLLB

Year of entry:
UCAS code: M1M2

What you'll study

Study for a qualifying law degree while gaining an understanding of the crimes and criminological factors that affect the law.

We have partnerships with universities across the globe, and this course gives you the opportunity to spend a year studying in another country.

First year

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.

Core modules

Core and compulsory modules are fundamental to achieving the learning outcomes for your course and must be studied.

  • 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 successfully study law.

  • Criminological Institutions

  • 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, the three branches of government, human rights and judicial review.

  • Criminal Law

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

  • Development of Criminological Theory

    You will study the development of criminological theory, ranging from biological and psychological theories of the 19th and first half of the 20th centuries, to the emergence of new deviancy theory, radical perspectives, and rational choice theories.

Second year

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.

Core modules

Core and compulsory modules are fundamental to achieving the learning outcomes for your course and must be studied.

  • 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.

  • Policing and Criminal Investigation

    Explore policing, its key social functions of order maintenance and crime control, and the practical and political issues that face the public police today. You'll examine the conduct and context of criminal investigation and the methods, tools, and controversies associated with this key policing objective.​

  • 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

    Explore 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.

  • Criminology in late modernity

    You will look at how contemporary social theory has been used to understand recent developments in crime and crime control, taking in left and right realism, cultural criminology, contemporary feminist perspectives and advanced marginality.

Final year

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.

Core modules

Core and compulsory modules are fundamental to achieving the learning outcomes for your course and must be studied.

  • Trusts: Managing for Others

    This module will introduce you to the legal concept of the trust and help to 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

Optional modules let you tailor the course to your interests. Please note, the availability of optional modules can vary each trimester. And some modules may require prior study (taking an earlier module, for example).

  • Criminal Evidence

    Study the law of criminal evidence with a focus on the balance between the interests of the defendant, and respect for victims and witnesses. You'll study the right to a fair trial, the process of collecting evidence and the adversarial system, with a focus on hearsay and character evidence.

  • Criminalisation

    Study debates about how society should decide whether any activity should be defined as a criminal offence. You'll learn how to research and write a report advising a government committee on whether a certain type of conduct should be prohibited through criminal law.

  • Dissertation

    You will make an original contribution to research by designing, carrying out and writing up your own project on a topic you choose, supported by your dissertation supervisor.

  • European Human Rights Protection

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

  • Medicine, Ethics and the Law

    This module gives you the opportunity to get to grips with hugely controversial issues which often make the headlines. You'll explore the ethical controversies behind the legal principles of topics such as abortion, assisted dying and the withdrawal of life-sustaining treatment.

  • Penology

    You'll critically analyse the purpose of punishment and, through active discussions and debate, consider whether our penal system is currently fit for purpose. Topics include prisoners' rights, women offenders, sex offenders and the juvenile secure estate.

  • Green Criminology

    Green Criminology is the study of environmental crime, corporate, white collar and state crime. It includes crimes against animals and transnational organised crime, in addition to food crime and food security, the illegal trades in wild flora and fauna and the impacts of climate change upon all types of crime, to name just a few.

  • Surveillance and Social Control

    You will study a wide range of competing theoretical perspectives on the emergence of a surveillance society and examine what impact this transformation is having on policing, criminal justice and social justice.

  • Drug Use Today

    You will be introduced to the study of ‘the drug problem’, in Western society from sociological and psychological perspectives. You'll also explore the range of theoretical perspectives used to explain drug using behaviour.

  • Contemporary Imprisonment

    You will study broad themes in the contemporary sociology of imprisonment. You'll examine current controversies in the use of imprisonment and consider the effects of incarceration on a range of offenders, including women, young people and children, the elderly, and black and minority ethnic (BME) groups.

  • European Human Rights Protection

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

  • 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, applying 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, enhancing your understanding of inclusion, exclusion and the situatedness of knowledge.

  • Histories of punishment

    You will study the history of punishment and penal policy between the mid-eighteenth and the early twentieth century. You will examine public punishments, notably execution, transportation overseas, the birth of the prison, the operation of the Victorian penal system and the ways in which different offenders have been punished. You'll explore how these things have changed over time - for example, in the case of female offenders and juvenile offenders.

  • Prostitutes, Pickpockets and Peelers: Crime and Policing, 1750-1950

    You will study how society has conceived of the ‘problem of crime’, as well as public perceptions and responses to it from 1750 to 1950. You will examine crime, offending and crime control mechanisms examining for example, the 'criminal classes', juvenile delinquency, prostitution, rural crime and the development of policing.

  • Transnational Organised Crime

    Become familiar with the historic and contemporary theories and concepts that inform our understanding of transnational organised crime (TOC). You will work on an individual and a group basis to consider a range of contemporary areas of transnational crime, including the trade in illegal drugs and arms; people trafficking for the sex trade and forced labour; cybercrime and online child abuse; terrorism; corporate crime; and environmental and wildlife crimes.

  • Learning Together - Desistance from Crime

    ​Delivered off-campus, this module involves a unique learning environment where prisoners and students share the same learning space, course materials and learning objectives. You'll attend weekly lectures at HMP Hull where you will study ‘desistance’ – how and why people stop offending - alongside prisoners.

  • Restorative Justice and Peacemaking Criminology

    You will examine the origins and development of restorative justice and peacemaking criminology, critically analysing their key concepts, values, principles, practices and controversies surrounding them.

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More about this course

Why do people commit crimes? How can society deal with it, and where does the law come into the equation? This course is a qualifying law degree which also develops your understanding of criminology and criminal justice.

  • A qualifying law degree approved by both the Bar Standards Board and the Solicitors' Regulation Authority (subject to the introduction of the Solicitors Qualifying Examination currently under development)
  • 99% of our law students are in work or further study six months after graduating (UK domicile full-time first degree leavers; Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey for the academic year 2016/17, published by the Higher Education Statistics Agency 2018)
  • Hull is ranked in the top 300 globally for law in the QS World University Rankings by subject 2017.
  • Gain hands-on experience providing legal advice to members of the public, under expert supervision, in our Legal Advice Centre.

At Hull, we encourage you to get involved in extracurricular activities to boost your employability. We were among the pioneers of the academic study of criminology more than 30 years ago, and we’ve maintained strong links with local, regional and national criminal justice agencies.

Teaching and learning

Throughout your degree, you’re expected to study for 1,200 hours per year. That’s based on 200 hours per 20 credit module. And it includes scheduled hours, time spent on placement and independent study. How this time’s divided among each of these varies each year and depends on the course and modules you study.

Scheduled hours typically include lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, and supervised laboratory and studio sessions. The types of scheduled lessons you’ll have depend on the course you study.

Placement hours typically include time spent on a work placement, studying abroad, or field trips.

Independent study is the time outside your scheduled timetable, where you’ll be expected to study independently. This typically involves coursework, assignments, reading, preparing presentations and exam revision.

Assessment
Written
Practical
Coursework

First year

24%

2%

74%

Second year

36%

2%

62%

Final year

18%

2%

80%


Written assessment typically includes exams and multiple choice tests.

Practical is an assessment of your skills and competencies. This could include presentations, school experience, work experience or laboratory work.

Coursework typically includes essays, written assignments, dissertations, research projects or producing a portfolio of your work.

Our teaching staff

Where you'll study

The location below may not be the exact location of all modules on your timetable. The buildings you'll be taught in can vary each year and depend on the modules you study.

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Law has been taught at Hull since 1927 and our staff are at the forefront of research, scholarship and teaching.

Our LLB degrees are accredited by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board as a Qualifying Law Degree.

You'll have the opportunity to provide legal advice to real clients through our Legal Advice Centre and Law Clinic.

Hull pioneered this exciting area of study more than 30 years ago and is one of the UK's leading criminology centres.

Entry requirements

2019 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: 30 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.

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 per year*
  • International: £14,000 per year

*The amount you pay may increase each year, in line with inflation - but capped to the Retail Price Index (RPI).

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.

Additional costs

Your tuition fees will cover most costs associated with your programme (including registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examination).

There are some extra costs that you might have to pay, or choose to pay, depending on your programme of study and the decisions you make. The list below has some examples, and any extra costs will vary.

  • Books (you’ll have access to books from your module reading lists in the library, but you may want to buy your own copies
  • Optional field trips
  • Study abroad (including travel costs, accommodation, visas, immunisation)
  • Placement costs (including travel costs and accommodation)
  • Student visas (international students)
  • Laptop (you’ll have access to laptops and PC’s on campus, but you may want to buy your own)
  • Printing and photocopying
  • Professional-body membership
  • Graduation (gown hire and photography)

Remember, you’ll still need to take into account your living costs. This could include accommodation, travel and food – to name just a few. 

Future prospects

While a number of our graduates embark on legal careers as solicitors or barristers, many use their degree as a springboard for a career in management, business or the Civil Service. The criminology quotient of the degree opens up a range of jobs in the police, probation or prison service.

Law graduate destinations include: Barrister; Solicitor; Legal Executive; Investment Adviser; Paralegal; Probation Service; Prosecutor, Crown Prosecution Service; Circuit Judge; Legal Clearances Adviser. Find out more about Law alumni.

Social Sciences destinations include: Probation Officer; Police Officer; Social Science Researcher; Youth Worker.