Law with Criminology

LLB, 3 years

This is for you if... you want a thorough grounding in Law, as well as an understanding of Criminology, including the nature, extent, cause, and control of criminal behaviour.

Course Description

Law and Criminology are inseparable. Each discipline informs the other - changes in law inevitably lead to criminologists adapting their understanding, and vice versa. This course ideal if you are interested in criminal law and want to broaden your knowledge to include what goes on outside the courtroom.

You will develop skills in legal and academic reasoning and research, and an appreciation of the social and policy issues underlying the law. You will study modules from both the Law School and Criminology at Leicester which examine the nature, extent, causes, and control of criminal behaviour in both the individual and wider society. You will also explore the factors that underscore processes of law making, law breaking and law enforcement.

Topics that are typically explored in Criminology include:

  • What is the nature of criminal behaviour?
  • Why do individuals commit crime?
  • How and why do definitions of crime change over time and between societies?
  • How should society deal with criminal activity?

By combining the study of Law with Criminology you can complement and contextualise your Law studies for a broader and deeper understanding of your subject.

Key Facts
Typical offer
UCAS code
Start date
September 2017
Law, Criminology

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Why Leicester?

Our dedicated law reference library is a traditional wood-panelled room with quiet study spaces and additional copies of the main law reports, statutes and journals.

You can gain meaningful work experience during your degree with the Legal Advice Clinic, which lets you work closely with a supervising solicitor and barrister.

Criminology at Leicester is home to some of the UK’s leading criminologists, whose expertise covers topics from community policing and offending behaviour to hate crime, sentencing, prisons and probation.

Our Scarman Lecture Series invites senior policymakers and key figures in the Criminal Justice System to deliver papers on topical crime matters.

Course Structure

Year 1

Year 1

In your first year you will study the fundamentals of the legal system and criminology and consider the relationship between the two.


    Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

    Year 2

    Year 2

    You will continue your legal education by studying the three major areas of Criminal Law, European Law and the Law of Tort.

    You will build upon your first year of Criminology by studying the practical matters of punishment and rehabilitation.

    Core modules

    Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

    Year 3

    Year 3

    During your third year you will have the opportunity to explore the areas of Law and Criminology that most fascinate you. The three core modules will ensure that you cover the essential topics of Law and Criminology but you will be able to choose the remaining modules according to your interests. The option modules reflect our academics' areas of expertise and are all designed to bridge the space between the two disciplines.

    Core modules

    Option modules

    Choose one law option module from:
    Or choose two law option modules from
    • Caring and the Law
    • Inheritance Law
    • Law and Gender
    • Mental Health Law
    Plus choose one criminology option module from:

    Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

    Teaching and Assessment


    Teaching consists mainly of lectures and small group tutorials, with introductory subjects being workshop based. After completing the required reading, you have an opportunity to discuss the subject in more depth within a tutorial. Here you can debate the issues raised in the lectures with your tutor and other students, which may involve activities such as pair/group work, student presentations and debates. The tutorial is a good way to deepen understanding of the subject, as well as bringing it to life through critical reflection on the content of the law.

    There are usually no more than eight students in each tutorial so you will benefit from having the opportunity to participate fully and to have your voice heard. You will have the chance to discuss your courses in depth with your tutor and to raise any questions that you might have. As the groups are small, you will get to know your tutors well during your studies.

    With two lectures in each module per week and a tutorial once a fortnight, you will have approximately 12 contact hours a week whilst studying with us. The Law Degree is research based, so you will spend lots of time engaged in self study or working in study groups.

    Assessment methods include assessed essays and exams.


    You will be taught through a combination of lectures and tutorials, supported by materials available on our virtual learning environment. During lectures, you will learn the foundational knowledge of each subject area before attending a seminar where you can explore the subject in more depth through discussion of key ideas with other students.

    By accessing the virtual learning environment, you will learn interactively and at your own pace through podcasts, webinars, online discussion forums and audio/visual learning aids. We believe that by giving you the opportunity to be taught by us in a variety of ways, your learning experience and engagement with the subject will be enhanced.

    Our team of staff are on-hand to help you with any problems you might have, whether it be through a meeting with your personal tutor about a personal matter, or a drop in session with a member of teaching staff about an academic concern.

    We believe in the importance of developing transferable skills while you study with us and our assessment methods are designed to reflect this. You will be assessed mainly through exams, essays, reports and presentations, but you will also have the opportunity to engage in creative forms of assessment such as factsheets, blogs and briefing papers.

    Entry Requirements

    No LNAT required - Unlike some universities, at Leicester we do not require applicants to have taken the National Admissions Test for Law. We are not convinced that LNAT scores provide additional information which we cannot get from your exam grades and school report.

    • A/AS-levels: AAB. General Studies accepted.
    • GCSE: English language at Grade C or above.
    • Access to HE Diploma: Pass, with at least 45 credits at Level 3, including some at Distinction.
    • International Baccalaureate: Pass diploma with 33 points.
    • BTEC Nationals: D*D*D*, must have a strong GCSE background.

    Other national and international qualifications considered. If you do not meet the entry requirements for this course, you can apply for the International Foundation Year run by our dedicated International Study Centre. The ISC provides academic and English language support to help you progress to your chosen undergraduate degree at the University of Leicester.

    Second Year Entry is not permitted.

    Selection Process

    Applicants are not normally interviewed. If you receive an offer you will be invited to visit the Leicester Law School.

    English Language Requirements

    IELTS 7.0 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.

    International Qualifications

    Find your country in this list to check equivalent qualifications, scholarships and additional requirements.

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    Fees and Funding

    • Starting in 2016

      • £9,000 per year

      Starting in 2017

      An inflationary increase (2.8% based on RPIX*) in tuition fees and student support loans have been announced by the Government for 2017. This is still subject to formal parliamentary approval however, if approved, fees for 2017/18 entry could rise to £9,250 in 2017/18.
      After 2017/18, the tuition fee you pay may increase annually in line with inflation (RPIX) and is subject to government regulations.
      (*RPIX is a measure of inflation in the UK, equivalent to all items in the Retail Price Index (RPI) excluding mortgage interest payments.)

    • Starting in 2016

      • £14,630 per year

      Starting in 2017

      • To be confirmed

      Find out more about scholarships and funding.

      If you are a resident of Canada or have Canadian nationality, you may be eligible for our Canadian Excellence Scholarship or Canadian Entry Scholarship.

    Career Opportunities

    Two dedicated law careers tutors are on hand to discuss career options, upcoming opportunities and give advice about different firms.

    Our Law Fair is held annually and attracts over 40 law firms and other graduate employers, as well as providers of the LPC, BPTC and LLM qualifications.

    We host a wide range of external speakers every year, representing the whole legal profession.

    You get the chance to develop your legal skills during the course:

    • The Legal Advice Clinic allows you to advise non-law students on legal issues (with support from academics and local solicitors).
    • Miscarriages of Justice Project enables you to work on real-life potential miscarriages of justice, with a view to referring cases back to the Criminal Cases Review Commission.
    • Your professional competencies can be enhanced by getting involved with the debating, client interviewing, negotiating and mooting activities, organised by the Student Law Society.

    A law degree is also an excellent stepping stone to graduate roles in a wide variety of employment sectors. Many employers regard law graduates as well rounded with highly transferable skills like problem solving, constructing arguments, research and time management.

    This programme is a qualifying law degree and so will prepare you for the next step towards becoming a legal professional. If you wish to qualify as a solicitor or barrister in England or Wales after graduation you will need to complete the LPC (Legal Practice Course) or BPTC (Bar Professional Training Course) along with a training contract as a trainee solicitor or pupillage as a trainee barrister. Applicants wishing to become lawyers outside of England and Wales should consult the appropriate country’s legal statutory body to check the requirements. Information for Canadian applicants.


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    Course Qualification Duration UCAS Code Availability
    Law and Criminology LLB 3 years full-time ML26 Apply Now
    Law and Criminology
    3 years full-time
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