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 and compulsory modules are fundamental to achieving the learning outcomes for your course and must be studied.
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.
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.
Equality and Human Rights (Global Challenge)
Explore the nature of prejudice and discrimination. You'll develop a critical appreciation of equality and human rights issues and acquire an understanding of anti-discrimination law and policy, including approaches such as feminism, difference theory, the social model of disability, heteronormativity and cisgenderism.
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 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).
Practical Legal Skills
This interactive workshop-based module will help you develop communication skills, commercial awareness, public speaking and drafting skills. Practitioners and other external speakers are involved in the teaching and assessment while students can select their own practical assessments.
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, as well as the role of the ombudsmen and complaints systems, and the potential role of tort law.
This module covers the theoretical basis of comparative law. You'll study the relationship between different legal systems, and rules, as well as examining the particular aspects of different foreign legal systems through a series of case studies.
The Law of Business Organisations
Law plays a vital role in the creation, operation and regulation of business organisations. You'll study the way the law facilitates the creation and operation of partnerships and private companies, as well as the regulation that is imposed upon them.
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.
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.
This module covers the study of relationship formation and breakdown, the cohabiting family, same sex relationships, the financial aspects of relationship breakdown and children. You'll experience applying the practical aspects of family law to problem questions.
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.
Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution
The module has two distinct sections. The first examines the historical and theoretical context of alternative dispute resolution, focusing especially on mediation. The second introduces students to mediation skills via practical workshops based around role-play scenarios.
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.
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.
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.
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, civilian targeting and protection and weaponry.