What you'll study
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.
First year modules
Introduction to Law and its Study
This module provides you with a basic introduction to law and the key skills for studying it. In particular, you'll develop your ability in academic writing, problem solving and research.
Develop a strong understanding of criminal law in England and Wales. You'll focus on topics like property offences, non-fatal offences against the person, defences and inchoate offences.
Systems of Justice
Develop your understanding of law as a fundamental social institution. You'll reflect on your understanding of justice, with reference to contemporary social issues.
Public and European Union Law
On this module, you’ll learn about parliamentary sovereignty, the rule of law, the separation of powers, branches of government, human rights and aspects of EU law.
In the age of Brexit, who governs Britain? Discover the institutions of the British state, from Downing Street to the devolved assemblies, and from the Conservatives to Labour.
Understanding the European Union
Learn about the history and politics of the European Union. You'll consider its core policies, including the European Single Market, environmental policy and the implications of Brexit.
Second year modules
The Contemporary House of Commons
Study the functions of the House of Commons and how they are shaped by the changes in the political environment. Examine what MPs do - collectively and individually.
Paths of Research
Discover the research techniques and skills used in the study of politics. This module unpacks everything you'll need for conducting research in your own area of interest.
Parliament in the UK: Approaches to Reform
Study Parliament in the context of constitutional change. You'll explore electoral reform, pressure for a Bill of Rights, devolution, referendums and membership of the EU.
Obligations I – The Law of Tort
Study the general framework and key concepts of the law of tort. Among other things, you'll consider the grounds of liability and evaluate the role of tort law in modern society.
Obligations II - The Law of Contract
Examine contract formation and enforceability, factors that may render a contract void, the interpretation of contractual terms and potential remedies for breach of contract.
European Union Law
You'll consider the operation of the internal market and how to access it; the state of Brexit negotiations; and alternative models for continuous partnership with the European Union.
Placement year modules
The third year is spent in Westminster working for a Member of Parliament or a peer.
You’ll have access to our exclusive seminar series which regularly features presentations by senior Parliamentary officials including Black Rod, the Speaker, the Serjeant-at-Arms, and the Clerk of the House of Commons.
You’ll be fully supported throughout your internship – both in Westminster by former Hull placement students who now work there full-time, and by our dedicated member of staff in Hull who will be in regular contact.
While on placement, you’ll also complete the following modules.
Final year modules
Examine how legislatures fit within systems of government. You'll explore the Westminster model, US Congress, and the Brazilian, German, South African and Chinese parliaments.
Land Use and Regulation
Develop insight into the issues surrounding the use and regulation of land. You'll cover topics such as co-ownership, leases, and private and public regulation of land use.
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.
Developed in partnership with a leading commercial law firm, and taught by practising solicitors, arbitrators, mediators and advocates, you will focus on understanding law in a commercial setting through interactive workshops, finding solutions to legal issues using a range of practical skills.
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.
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.
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.
Commercial and Trade Law
Discover the domestic and international policy context in which commercial law operates, and study the global trade regime on the market for goods and services.
International Dispute Settlement
Explore how inter-state disputes are resolved, including the mechanisms set out in the UN Charter, and international courts and tribunals. Using practical examples, you'll compare and analyse the rules, institutions and processes for the peaceful settlement of disputes in international law.
Medical Law and Ethics
Get to grips with controversial issues which often make the headlines. You'll explore the ethical conflicts behind the legal principles of topics including abortion and assisted dying.
Learn how the law balances the defendant's interests, with respect for victims and witnesses. Topics include the right to a fair trial and the process of collecting evidence.
All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.