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LLB Law with Criminology / Course details

Year of entry: 2021

Course description

Lacramioara Elena Metehau

My course gave me the chance to be in touch with various people in this area, such as lawyers, judges, police officers and detectives, who deepened my knowledge about the legal and judicial system in the UK.

I had the opportunity to broaden my horizons and to study the subject I'm passionate about in a different and unconventional way.

Lacramioara Elena Metehau / LLB Law with Criminology

Our LLB Law with Criminology course is a joint honours degree that builds on many topics.

You will learn how to contextualise crime in its wider social and political setting, as well as how to evaluate new policy developments in law and justice.

The course develops your understanding of the nature and complexity of the criminal justice system in the UK, international legal and criminal justice systems, and their relevance and influence in a global society.

Subjects are taught by both lawyers and criminologists who are actively engaged in researching current and relevant topics, enabling you to benefit from up-to-date thinking and knowledge.

You will leave prepared for a professional career in law as a solicitor or barrister or in criminology and community justice.

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LegalTech and Access to Justice

We embed Legal Tech into our education and training. You will be taught by leading experts in LegalTech, allowing you to explore digital futures for the legal profession, and gain the skillsets needed for the next generation workforce.

Teaching and learning

Contact hours of lectures and seminars are between 10 and 12 hours per week. You will spend about 40 hours per week studying in total.

Lectures are delivered to a large cohort of students, covering an overview of a particular subject. Seminars are small groups of up to 12 students where you discuss and present aspects of a legal topic you are learning.

You are expected to prepare in advance for the discussion and submit written work for each subject.

We offer skills sessions throughout the year, working in conjunction with local and international lawyers and our Careers Service to enhance your academic learning and employability. 

If you take the study abroad route, you will complete course units in your host university, taught in English.

Weekly in-sessional classes are offered to help you with English research and essay-writing skills.

Coursework and assessment

Methods of assessing your work include:

  • exams;
  • essays;
  • oral presentations;
  • short exercises or written pieces such as book reviews; and
  • project work.

We provide detailed feedback on all your written and oral work.

Course content for year 1

Course units for year 1

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Crime and Society CRIM10001 20 Mandatory
Criminological Research Methods CRIM10072 20 Mandatory
Foundations of Criminal Justice CRIM10421 20 Mandatory
Criminal Law LAWS10030 30 Mandatory
Obligations I LAWS10200 30 Mandatory

Course content for year 2

At the end of Year 2, you can choose to continue in your third year along Track 1 (LLB Law with Criminology) or to move to Track 2 (BA Law with Criminology). You will be given advice on your choice.

Course units for year 2

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Policing and the Police CRIM20051 20 Mandatory
Public Law LAWS20100 30 Mandatory
Property Law I LAWS20110 30 Mandatory
Explaining Crime and Deviance CRIM20412 20 Optional
Modelling Criminological Data CRIM20452 20 Optional
Understanding Punishment CRIM20692 20 Optional
Principles of Commercial Law LAWS20052 20 Optional
Human Rights LAWS20092 20 Optional
Public International Law LAWS20372 20 Optional
Principles of Law, Medicine and Ethics LAWS20732 20 Optional

Course content for year 3

On Track 1, you must study three compulsory Law course units, Obligations ll, Property ll and EU Law. You may then study 40 credits from Law or Criminology Level 3 course units to make up 120 credits.

On Track 2, you will choose from a variety of Law and Criminology course units. You may also elect to complete a dissertation.

Many students will choose a dissertation subject that bridges both disciplines, but this is not essential. You will be assigned a supervisor who will be a specialist in the subject chosen by the student.

Course units for year 3

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Property Law II - level 3 LAWS30330 20 Mandatory
Law of Obligations II LAWS30400 30 Mandatory
European Union Law LAWS30990 30 Mandatory

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You have access to first-class facilities to interact, work and practice your skills.

Moot court

Our moot court allows you to enhance your practical skills in a simulated court environment with your peers and legal experts.

You can work on real legal cases with solicitors and barristers to refine your practical application of law.


You can access our specialist law library, in addition to one of the best-resourced academic libraries in the UK .

Justice Hub

Get the best start to your legal career with a wealth of opportunities to explore various arms of the law via our Justice Hub network.

Develop your values, ethics and civic engagement in:

  • the award-winning Legal Advice Centre ;
  • the Dementia Law Clinic;
  • the Miscarriages of Justice Review Centre;
  • study Legal Tech and Access to Justice;
  • work with Manchester Free Legal Help ; and
  • take part in the Vacation Scheme.

Disability support

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