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LLB Law with Criminology

Study the complementary perspectives of law and criminology to understand how the law functions within social and policy contexts.

LLB Law with Criminology

September 2022
3 years full-time
4 or 5 years part-time
£9,250 (UK) *
£14,700 (EU / INT) *
Course leader
Dr Mariette Jones

Why study law with criminology with us

Our LLB Law with Criminology lets you study two complementary perspectives while you gain the initial academic skills to become a qualified solicitor or barrister in England and Wales.

We’re internationally known for both our law and criminology expertise – and our law with criminology course puts you at the heart of legal innovation.

Our course gives you the intellectual knowledge and transferable skills that make up the first stage of professional legal education. You’ll learn the core principals of law in England and Wales while you develop your understanding of criminology – and the complexities this presents. You’ll also put theory into practice with work-based modules that will help you develop the hands-on skills and expertise to compete in both the criminal justice system and the legal profession.

In light of COVID19 and the need to prioritise a safe academic community, we will offer a blended learning model that will involve online teaching and learning delivered by our expert academics, as well as opportunities for face-to-face teaching on-campus each week. All such decisions will be made in line with Government advice.

Learn to apply your skills

With our course, you’ll practise your skills as you study. Work placements are integral to the programme – we place our students with professional legal bodies, so you get work experience alongside your theoretical studies.

You’ll be encouraged to put your skills to good use through our Legal Advice Centre, where you can help people and get your first taste of the law in practice.

The skills you’ll gain on this course will not only set you up for a career in the legal field but prepare you for other exciting paths. Sectors like the Civil Service, government, education, and many more find a law degree highly desirable – you’ll have plenty of career choices after graduation.

Past students of this course have gone on to work for organisations like Irwin Mitchell, U.S Department of the Treasury, Crown Prosecution Service, and Home Office.

Get the support you need to succeed

When it comes to support, you’ll be matched with a Personal Tutor to get the backing you need. You’ll also get support from our Student Learning and Graduate Academic Assistants who have personal experience in your subject.

Aside from being a route to pursuing a career within the legal profession, law and criminology courses open up career opportunities within the criminal justice system – in both the UK and abroad.

Course highlights

  • You’ll learn the core principles of law in England and Wales along with developing your knowledge on criminology, through online study and face-to-face methods if it’s possible
  • You’ll open up a range of different career pathways in law but also other fields, like civil service, government, education and many more
  • If it’s possible you’ll have the chance to take on work placements or put your skills into action as part of the School of Law’s Clinical Legal Education Programme
  • Access to our Legal Advice Centre and experience the buzz and atmosphere of the courtroom in our specialist chambers located inside Hendon Town Hall.

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What will you study on the LLB Law with Criminology?

In Year 1, you will study the English Legal System, Legal Method, Public Law, Contract Law, and in Year 2 you will explore Criminal Law, Tort, EU Law, Contemporary Criminological Theory and Victimology.

Year 3 will focus on Land Law and Equity and Trusts, plus you'll be able to tailor your final year to your career prospects by choosing the modules you study. Choose between:

  • Two 15 credit modules for term 1 and two 15 credit modules for term 2
  • One 15 credit module for term 1 and one 15 credit module for term 2 and one 30 credit year-long module
  • Two 30 credit year-long modules

Part-time students will study these modules over 4 or 6 years.

You will develop your knowledge and understanding, and cognitive and practical skills, through lectures, seminars, workshops and self-directed study using a variety of resources, including the library and e-learning.

What will you gain?

You will develop your knowledge and understanding of primary sources of law such as case law, legislation and other relevant material including examination of how the laws are made and developed, of the institutions within which the law is administered and the personnel who practise law. You will explore a wide range of legal concepts, values, principles and rules, as well as the complexities of law and criminology.

Your cognitive and practical skills will also be expanded and you'll gain the ability to identify accurately and analyse legal issues by applying knowledge of legal principles and concepts to complex practical situations and make reasoned judgements based on informed understanding of arguments. You will be able to research and interpret the primary and secondary source material of law and apply the findings to the solution of legal problems, and then evaluate and judge the value of relevant doctrinal and policy issues in relation to law, criminology and a range of legal topics.

You will gain confidence in undertaking independent research and identifying, retrieving, investigating and managing information from a range of academic sources, both paper and electronic to produce up-to-date and relevant information. Finally, you will be able to use and apply correct and accurate legal terminology orally in moots and presentations and in writing.


  • Year 1

    • English Legal System (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to enable you to develop an understanding of the English legal system and how it works in order to provide a foundation for the further study of law. You will examine the nature and function of legal institutions and the role of the legal profession within the English legal system and explore the provision of legal services and methods of alternative dispute resolution. You will become familiar with, and be able to use, legal skills and knowledge in respect of issues and problems involving the English legal system.

    • Legal Method (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to broaden and expand your understanding of the common law system, legal reasoning, case analysis, the judicial hierarchy, handling precedents and statutory interpretation. After studying this module, you will comprehend the basic principles and debates underpinning the position of the courts in the UK constitution, appreciate how to read a case, and be able to pick out its material facts and ratio, as well as distinguish this from obiter dicta and develop an understanding of the different rules and approaches that courts use to interpret statutes. The module will also provide you with a grounding in legal ethics so as to instil a basic understanding of a lawyer's duties toward their clients and the court.

    • Contract Law (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to provide you with a sound knowledge and understanding of the law of contract, focusing on the main principles, cases and statutory provisions relevant to contract law. This will act as a firm foundation for subsequent law modules as well as for postgraduate and professional study after the programme. The module also aims to develop your competence in the analysis and solution of legal problems, develop your legal research skills and recognise the relationship between the law of contract and other areas of English and European law. This is a core module and is a requirement of the professional bodies.

    • Public Law (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to examine general principles relating to the UK Constitution and the organisation and powers of the State. You will gain an awareness of the law and practice relating to the control of the Administration of the UK State and will consider the law relating to Human Rights and aspects of Civil Liberties in the UK. This is a core module and is a requirement of the professional bodies.

  • Year 2

    • Contemporary Criminological Theory (15 credits) - Compulsory

      This module allows you to engage with recent theoretical developments and trends influencing criminological discussion, debate and research. These developments and trends are assessed in relation to emerging social, political and cultural patterns. Building upon your first-year modules, you will be able to apply theoretical knowledge to a range of contemporary issues and trends of prominent criminological interest and concern.

    • Victimology (15 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to expand thinking around victimisation and consider this topic from a broader perspective, assessing societal responses to victimisation and who we consider a victim. The module will explore multiple crime types such as sexual and domestic violence, homicide, sex work, hate crime, financial crime and state crime, as well as comparing and contrasting different theories and perspectives in relation to the concept of victimisation. In addition, the module aims to develop your reflective learning skills both by reflecting on your own learning and formulating feedback for the work of others.

    • Criminal Law (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to enable you to acquire a sound knowledge and understanding of criminal law, including a detailed knowledge of the key principles, cases and statutory provisions relevant to criminal law. You will develop skills in the analysis and solution of legal problems and in researching case law and statute law in relation to criminal law, while recognising the relations between criminal law and other areas of law. This is a core module and is a requirement of the professional bodies.

    • Tort (30 credits) - Compulsory

      The module aims to provide a general knowledge and understanding of tort law and lay a sound foundation upon which to develop knowledge, skills and competencies needed for the Vocational Stage of legal education and training, and subsequent careers in legal practice or higher qualifications in law. The study of case law will develop skills in extracting and communicating the meaning of written reports. Students will be challenged to achieve a higher level of understanding and application of the law in practice and attention will be given to the ethical issues that can arise. This is a core module and is a requirement of the professional bodies.

    • EU Law (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to provide a thorough understanding of the legal system of the European Union (EU) and of the rules and principles governing the free movement of goods, persons, services and capital within the EU’s internal market. You will apply knowledge of EU law to the analysis of legal issues and develop your skills of information retrieval from a range of sources. The module includes the study of the history and development of the EU, the EU’s institutional framework, sources of EU law and law-making procedures, the main substantive principles underlying EU Law and the relationship between EU law and national law. An exhaustive overview of the jurisdiction of the EU courts will also be offered. This is a core module and is a requirement of the professional bodies.

  • Year 3

    • Land Law (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to provide a critical understanding of the law in the context of dealings in land. The module will build upon your knowledge of legal principles by bringing these together with rules of land law. Your ability to evaluate issues, including ethical issues, and to solve land law problems at a high level of understanding is enhanced, together with your personal and professional development and employability skills. This is a core module and is a requirement of the professional bodies.

    • Equity and Trusts (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to build upon your knowledge of legal principles by bringing these together with rules of trust law and principles of equity, including the ethical principles which govern the role of a trustee as fiduciary and principles relevant to the quantification of damages and availability of assets for their recovery. You will develop your critical understanding of the law of trusts and equitable principles, and your ability to present and argue positions in relation to issues of equity and trust law. You will analyse practical problems accurately and debate issues at a high level of understanding. This is a core module and is a requirement of the professional bodies.

  • Year 3: Term one optional modules

    • Contemporary Issues in Criminology and Policy Processes (15 credits) - Optional

      This module explores competing responses to crime, deviance and harm, across different contexts, with a particular focus on class and race. It will support you in developing a critical awareness of the impact of current policy, or lack of, on criminal justice practices and in developing an awareness of alternative approaches and ideological perspectives. The focus is on understanding how key concepts and theories apply to criminal justice systems and practices and/or criminological work environments.

    • Comparative Criminal Justice: Courts, Sentencing and Prisons (15 credits) - Optional

      This module teaches you how to undertake comparative criminal justice analysis across jurisdictions, and how to justify the relevance and importance of the data used in a country (case) study approach. This module takes a comparative approach to understand the similarities and differences in criminal justice systems, penal policy, sentencing approaches and ‘cultures of punishment’. It builds your critical appraisal skills on whether the approaches and philosophies in court sentencing and punishments in certain countries are more meaningful or socially just than in others, and from which policy transfer ideas can be learned.

    • Rehabilitation and Community Support (15 credits) - Optional

      This module enables you to evaluate the various interventions used to reform or rehabilitate offenders. The module will critically assess key agencies involved in rehabilitation and punishment, analysing the experiences of those subject to community justice. You will also learn to critically analyse the various barriers to successful re-entry, desistance and rehabilitation of lawbreakers, the role risk plays in assessing offenders, as well as addressing how to tackle intersectionality in the criminal justice system, promoting an ethics-based human rights perspective.

    • Investigations in Theory and Practice (15 credits) - Optional

      This module provides students with an overview of models of investigation from a theoretical and practical perspective. You will critically examine existing and evolving legislation, policies, processes and developments in investigative practice. By exploring the role of investigations as a fact-finding exercise, this module goes beyond the confines of criminal investigation to consider investigation within the context of an examination of facts and the search for ‘truth’ within criminal, civil and administrative justice contexts.

    • Violent Crime (15 credits) - Optional

      This module discusses the dynamics of violence from a gender-informed perspective, how it is used by perpetrators, controlled, and used to control. The module highlights the interconnections between violence, gender, sexuality and crime, and illustrates the blurred boundaries between interpersonal, self-inflicted, community and structural violence. In completing the module, you will explore and learn about the social and spatial parameters of violent crime, theoretical and layperson perspectives on violence, the links between sex, sexuality and violence, and how violence is gendered.

    • Crimes of the Powerful (15 credits) - Optional

      This module facilitates your critical engagement with crimes of the powerful, defined as illegal conducts perpetrated by offenders who hold an exorbitant degree of resources (both material and symbolic) as well as power when compared to those they victimise. The module follows the tradition of study established by Edwin Sutherland, however, the focus moves from the generic interest in white-collar crime onto the crimes of the powerful (or power crimes).

    • ‘Learning Together’ Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice (15 credits) - Optional

      This module provides students with the unique experience of studying alongside people accommodated in prison. It uses the criminal justice system as a point of reference to examine contemporary issues and debates relating to crime control and theories of punishment and in which ideas of rehabilitation, system reform, and social justice are embedded. You will participate in the co-creation of a model of learning that develops your critical engagement with knowledge through dialogue and in-class exchange of perspectives and ideas.

  • Year 3: Term two optional modules

    • Environmental Justice and Green Criminology (15 credits) - Optional

      This module explores a green perspective on crime and criminal justice as well as the implications of crime and criminal behaviour involving the environment and animals. It explores perspectives on green criminology as a sub-discipline of criminology and examines crimes against the environment, crimes against animals, corporate environmental harm and ecological justice and species justice. The module critically evaluates the failure of traditional forms of criminal justice and policing in dealing with environmental harms and considers the impact that environmental harms have on society.

    • Forensic Mental Health and Offending (15 credits) - Optional

      This module introduces you to the key theoretical perspectives surrounding mental health and offending, and ensure they are familiar with the key legislation, policy and practice in this area. This will enable you to critically question the relationship between mental health and offending, develop a practical understanding of the current legal framework and service provision in England for ‘mentally disordered offenders’, and support them to critically evaluate the key debates and controversies in the field.

    • Drugs, Crime and Criminal Justice (15 credits) - Optional

      This module introduces you to the key debates in drugs policy, particularly focusing on the interface with the criminal justice system. It will facilitate your ability to critically analyse and evaluate the laws, policies and institutions of drugs control and their social, political and economic contexts. We will develop your understanding of the roles of the key agencies and stakeholders involved in drugs policies and interventions and foster critical interest in drugs policy reform.

    • Cyber-Security (15 credits) - Optional

      This module provides you with an in-depth approach to cybercrime challenges from a criminological cyber-security perspective. The development of the internet, smart devices, encryption, hacking-software, the Dark Net and computer-mediated communication platforms have changed how cyberspace is managed and policed. You will be introduced to specific cybercrime methods, pathways and platforms, as well as cyber-security responses in relation to financial, personal and political cybercrime.

    • Children as Victims and the Child Protection System (15 credits) - Optional

      This module examines the relevant theories, literature and public discourses surrounding the concept of children as victims and the child protection system. It critically reviews the concept of victimisation and contemporary issues relating to child protection in England and Wales. In addition, you will learn about the range of challenges surrounding child protection, including situations leading to failures in multi-agency approaches, child safety and protection strategies.

    • Gangs, Group Offending and Joint Enterprise (15 credits) - Optional

      Gangs and youth violence are a hot topic in the media and a major concern of government and police, and joint enterprise has emerged as a significant issue of justice. Drawing on a rich history of gang research and theory this module explores debates over how these social problems should be understood and addressed. It engages you in these debates, equipping you to critically analyse and evaluate representations of the issue and contemporary policy and practice.

    • Transnational Crime (15 credits) - Optional

      This module explores and critiques the globalisation of crime and the extent to which a ‘globalised’ response to transnational crime exists. You will discuss, evaluate, engage and critically analyse various topics including corruption (corporate and public), democracy, legitimacy, the drugs trade, arms trade, smuggling and trafficking in humans and body parts. Focus will be brought to bear on the international policing and justice systems, various and rapidly changing responses to these crime types, allowing you to discuss, argue and evaluate their effectiveness.

    • Learning at Work (15 credits) - Optional

      This module uses the workplace as a site of learning and professional development. It fosters the growth of key employability skills and a critical understanding of workplace policies and practices. A central theme of this module is reflective practice and you will be engaged in a process of action and reflection. It also supports the meaningful integration of theoretical knowledge and placement practice, and a critical awareness of ethical and professional behaviours. In sum, this module cultivates a range of skills and knowledge useful for further studies and employment.

  • Year 3: Year-long optional modules

    • Evidence (30 credits) - Optional

      This module aims to engage you in an active investigation of the practical rules and abstract principles underlying the operation of the Law of Evidence in criminal and civil trials. The module will enable you to subject the law of criminal and civil evidence to critical examination and will thus contribute to the shaping of your own value system. It builds on your knowledge of the substantive law by placing it in the context of trial practice. A key purpose of the module is training in advanced level writing, argument, analysis and legal research.

    • Advanced Mooting and Advocacy (30 credits) - Optional

      This module aims to provide an opportunity to develop practical skills in legal drafting, advocacy and litigation. It includes a taught element with a concentration on the drafting of documents and written submissions. The majority of the course is devoted to guided student participation in moot court exercises and internal/external competition(s) which will involve as appropriate domestic, European, Human Rights or international law. You will be assessed on the basis of written and/or oral submissions and such other assessments. It is limited to 16 students selected by the programme team.

See the course specification for more information about typical course content outside of the coronavirus outbreak:

Optional modules are usually available at levels 5 and 6, although optional modules are not offered on every course. Where optional modules are available, you will be asked to make your choice during the previous academic year. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, or there are staffing changes which affect the teaching, it may not be offered. If an optional module will not run, we will advise you after the module selection period when numbers are confirmed, or at the earliest time that the programme team make the decision not to run the module, and help you choose an alternative module.

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How can the LLB Law with Criminology support your career?

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.

There are many sectors where a law degree is highly desired, including business (Human Resources, Tax and Insurance), charity, management, administration, the Civil Service, education and government. You might choose to pursue a career as a Solicitor, Barrister, Legal Executive, Paralegal, or in a community advisory role.

Many students pursue studies for the professional qualifications which for solicitors will be the Solicitors Qualifying Exam from the autumn of 2021 and for barristers is the Bar Practice Course/Barrister Training Course. The LLB complies with the Bar Standard’s Board requirements for the academic component of Bar training comprising the seven Foundations of Legal Knowledge.

The LLB also provides a very good basis for the Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE) which is being introduced in September 2021, although an LLB degree is not a requirement for the Solicitors Qualifying Exam.

Graduates also study for Master’s degrees, sometimes before pursuing the professional exams.

What support is available?

Our Employability Service will help you to develop skills desired by top employers and gain valuable work experience. We provide workshops, events and one-to-one support with job hunting, writing your CV and cover letters, interview coaching and advice on how to network effectively. We also support you in securing part-time work, placements, internships, and volunteering opportunities, and offer an enterprise support service for those looking to start their own business.

Mariette Jones
Senior Lecturer

After qualifying as an attorney of the High Court of South Africa, Mariette embarked on an academic career focusing primarily on commercial law.  She is currently the Programme Leader for the University’s LLB programmes, and lectures Tort, UK Company Law and Comparative Corporate Governance.

Professor Laurent Pech
Professor of European Law, Head of the Law and Politics Department, Jean Monnet Chair of European Public Law (2014-17)

Professor Pech is the author of two books and more than seventy scholarly publications, on such subjects as the rule of law in the EU, the scope of application of European human rights standards or freedom of expression in comparative law.

Dr Jenni Ward
Senior Lecturer in Criminology, Programme Leader for the MSc Criminology with Forensic Psychology

Dr Ward main areas of research are young people living in state care, illicit drug use, and youth transitions to adulthood, and she has held funding awards from the ESRC and Home Office to examine the lives of care leavers making the transition to independent living. She is currently researching the magistracy and transformations to summary justice in the lower criminal courts.

  • David Eniolorunfe Oshame

    LLB Law student

    I was motivated to study the LLB as, not only is it a prestigious course, I felt it was the best option for me to achieve my goal of becoming a lawyer. I was also confident the course would allow me to work in a large number of organisations either as a legal practitioner, legal advisor or legal representative after I graduate.

    Every aspect of the course has been really exciting, as you can apply what you learn in modules to everyday legal issues. Most importantly, the course has improved my ability to think logically and it has taught me about the importance of precision in my work, which is essential if I'm going to work in the field of Law.

  • Jane-Bridgette Gathinji

    LLB Law student

    This course provides the opportunity to learn the foundations of our legal system and opens up many opportunities post graduation, including the option of exploring work as a solicitor or legal secretary.

    During this course I've learnt a lot, including Protection Laws that I never knew existed. I've had the chance to moot and take part in practical, case-based, projects. This course has been a great stepping stone to educating me on the rights and laws of the people, and I hope I'll be able to use this knowledge in helping and support those less fortunate in the world.

  • Aida Negel

    LLB Law and Criminology student

    I chose to study the LLB Law with Criminology course at Middlesex University because MDX made me feel welcome and at home. The programme is interesting and challenging, ensuring that you are confident to face the outside world after you graduate.

    I felt it would best help me achieve my ambition of becoming a barrister through a large variety of opportunities both throughout the course as well as extra curriculum activities – from mooting to volunteering and work experience as well as national and international competitions. I took part in the prestigious Middle Temple Access to the Bar scheme which enabled me to get paid experience shadowing a Barrister and a Judge.It was a phenomenal experience.

We’ll carefully manage any future changes to courses, or the support and other services available to you, if these are necessary because of things like changes to government health and safety advice, or any changes to the law.

Any decisions will be taken in line with both external advice and the University’s Regulations which include information on this.

Our priority will always be to maintain academic standards and quality so that your learning outcomes are not affected by any adjustments that we may have to make.

At all times we’ll aim to keep you well informed of how we may need to respond to changing circumstances, and about support that we’ll provide to you.

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