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
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.
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.
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.
Public and European Law
In this module you'll study the law governing the UK state, the institution of the European Union and the nature of the legal relationship between the UK and the EU.
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.
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.
Second year modules
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.
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.
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.
You’ll consider the nature and purposes of international law and the international legal system, as well as its relationship with domestic law.
Discover the aims and values of our criminal justice system and assess whether they're upheld. Topics include stop and search powers, miscarriages of justice and detention time limits.
You'll analyse the purpose of punishment and debate whether our penal system is fit for purpose. Topics include prisoners' rights, women offenders and sex offenders.
Administrative Law and Human Rights Law
Examine how the law shapes and controls the exercise of public power and protects human rights, including the right to equality.
Law, Self and Society
This module allows you to explore controversial questions at the heart of contemporary legal theory, studying law from a social and philosophical perspective. It will broaden your perspectives on legal theory, opening up new and exciting possibilities for its study and application.
Year abroad modules
For those who choose to pursue the European Legal Studies programme will spent the third year of the programme at one of our partner universities in France, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, or Spain.
Final year modules
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.
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.
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.
Explore the role of law in the workplace. You'll consider the protection offered by employment law, work contracts, remedies available to wronged workers and discrimination in the workplace.
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.
Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution
Examine the historical and theoretical context of alternative dispute resolution, focusing especially on mediation. You'll then explore mediation skills via workshops based around role-play scenarios.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Global Human Rights
This module centres on exploring and understanding the UN, European, African, and Islamic/Arab League human rights systems, also covering related global issues such as terrorism.
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.
All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.