Studied together, law and criminology provide complementary perspectives that offer a joined-up understanding of law in its social and policy context. This programme allows you to develop a specialism in criminology while completing a qualifying law degree.
Students who complete the programme are able to compete effectively for jobs in the criminal justice system in the UK and abroad, as well as in legal practice.
Why study LLB Law with Criminology at Middlesex?
Middlesex University School of Law is internationally known for its expertise in the field of criminology alongside legal specialisms including Human Rights and Migration.
As well as having highly regarded lecturers in both law and criminology, the University is home to three research centres at the leading edge of research into criminal justice issues:
the Centre for Abuse and Trauma Studies;
the Crime and Conflict Research Centre;
the Urban Neighbourhood Research Unit
Through commissioned research and consultancy, each of these centres plays an active role in guiding national and international policy, including in areas such as child abuse and gang-related violence.
As part of this course we can arrange placements in a range of institutions within the criminal justice system with which we are in regular contact, including the police. Students will have use of original council chambers featuring judge's bench and public gallery for mooting and lectures.
Since this programme leads to a qualifying law degree, students take nine obligatory courses: English Legal System, Legal Method, Public Law, Contract Law, Criminal Law, European Union Law, Tort Law, Land Law, and Equity and Trusts. In addition, you choose other modules from a range of specialist criminology subjects including Child Trafficking, Youth Justice, Drug and Alcohol Abuse, Theories of Crime, and many more.
What will you gain?
The increased professionalisation of the criminal justice system in recent years requires new types of professional, equipped with skills that make them equally comfortable working in the prison system or appearing in court, as well as in other roles. This course provides essential understanding and skills to enable you to meet this contemporary challenge. You may go on to influence policy and public understanding as an effective criminologist, or complete your training as a lawyer with specialist awareness of the sociology of crime, policing and court policies, and other aspects of the criminal justice system.
Year One: Public Law; Contract Law; English Legal System; Legal Method
Year Two: Criminal Law; European Union Law; Tort; Institutions of Criminal Justice
Year Three: Equity & Trusts; Land Law; plus two optional modules chosen from a list including Violent Crime; Organised & White Collar Crime; Environmental Justice & Green Criminology; and International Criminal Law. Advanced Mooting and Advocacy and Strategic Lawyering are two further optional modules limited to 16 students selected by the programme team.
You will be taught through a combination of lectures,
seminars and task-based workshops. Emphasis is placed on learning from experienced
practitioners, as well as world-class visiting scholars and practitioners, who engage
with students on a regular basis during visits to the numerous research
projects being undertaken in the School.
You will be assessed through a combination of coursework,
extended essays, examinations and mooting (i.e. advocacy in simulated appeal
The UCAS Tariff has changed for courses starting in September 2017. The points awarded to each qualification have been lowered in comparison to the previous UCAS Tariff. Our entry requirements are displayed as the grades you will require, however if you wish to find out the equivalent tariff points please use the UCAS calculator.
UK/EU and International students are eligible to apply for this course.
Academic credit for previous study or experience
If you have achieved a qualification such as a foundation degree or HND, or have gained credit at another university, you may be able to enter a Middlesex University course in year two or three. For further information please visit our Transfer students page.
If you have relevant work experience, academic credit may be awarded towards your Middlesex University qualification. For further information please visit our Accreditation of Prior Learning page.
International entry requirements
We accept the equivalent of the above qualifications from a recognised overseas qualification. To find out more about the qualifications we accept from your country please visit the relevant Support in your country page.
If you are unsure about the suitability of your qualifications or would like help with your application, please contact your nearest Regional office for support.
Visas and immigration
You will not need a visa to study in the UK if you are a citizen of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland. If you are a national of any other country you may need a visa to study in the UK. Please see our Visas and immigration page for further information.
English language requirements for international students
You must have competence in English language to study with us. The most commonly accepted evidence of English language ability is IELTS 6.0 (with minimum 5.5 in all four components). Visit our English language requirements page for a full list of accepted English tests and qualifications. If you don't meet our minimum English language requirements, we offer an intensive Pre-sessional English course.
Interviews, entrance tests, portfolios and auditions
Entry onto this course requires you to have an interview. We use the interview to allow us to find out more about you, to better understand your aspirations and interests and to explore why you want to study the subject with us. Full details of the interview process will be provided when you apply.
What are the career options with an LLB Law with Criminology?
For students primarily interested in a career in legal
practice, this course fulfils the standard undergraduate degree requirement for
progressing to professional qualification as a barrister or solicitor.
Alongside this established career track, the programme equips graduates with more
nuanced understanding of the complex interface between law and the criminal
Students who complete the programme are well prepared for career
options in the criminal justice system, including in statutory bodies, the
police, and other law enforcement agencies.
What about placements?
Students on the programme will have the opportunity to be
considered for arranged placements with a range of professionals working in the
criminal justice system.
What about professional accreditation?
This degree awar is accredited and recognised by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and the Bar Standards Board (BSB). It satisfies the entry requirements for the Legal Practice Course (if you are an aspiring solicitor) and the Bar Professional Training Course (if you are an aspiring barrister).
What support is available?
Our Employability Service will support you in developing the skills that employers are seeking and help you gain valuable work experience in your chosen field. It provides workshops, events and one-to-one support related to job hunting, CVs, covering letters, interviews and networking.
It can also support you in securing part-time work, placements, internships and volunteering opportunities, while the Enterprise Development Hub aims to help entrepreneurial students launch their own business ventures.
Below are just a few examples of the types of careers that you could pursue after graduating with us:
Barrister, Solicitor, Police (wide range of roles and functions), Probation Officer, Civil Servant