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Sept 2020

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Dr Judith Bourne
Dr Judith Bourne

Senior Lecturer - Law
020 8240 8224

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Begin your career in Law and Criminology in a friendly, stimulating environment. Develop skills whilst discovering and exploring areas which interest you most.

Law with Criminology is also available as an undergraduate degree with a foundation year.
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Why study Law with Criminology?

The Law with Criminology programme is tailored for students who are interested in careers in the criminal justice system, or are interested in law and in becoming a barrister or solicitor. 

A major challenge to society is 'crime'. Criminology examines 'crime' and 'deviance,' and the processes through which the criminal justice system responds to these phenomena.

You will learn the core ‘foundations of legal knowledge’ required by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and Bar Standards Board in order to pass the academic stage of training and progress on to the vocational stage.

Future changes to the qualification routes for solicitors with the introduction by the Solicitors Regulation Authority of the new Solicitors Qualifying Exam (‘SQE’) mean that if you start a law degree course in the 2021/22 academic year or later, you would need to pass the SQE to qualify as a solicitor.

The Criminology modules on offer as part of this degree enable you to explore why crime exists, how crime and deviance is socially constructed, which societies have the most crime and how societies deal with crime. No society is crime free; crime and society are intertwined.

By studying this degree you'll develop the analytical and reasoning skills essential for formulating legal arguments and will gain a thorough understanding of key issues within criminology. Not only does it allow graduates to pursue legal careers, but the programme provides the opportunity to pursue several career pathways.

Why St Mary's?

Our Law with Criminology degree is taught by leading academics in both fields - as well as former solicitors and barristers - in an open and friendly environment, with emphasis given to supporting you as an individual.

We work hard to help you develop your employability skills and this degree programme will enable you to experience external visits to the Supreme and Crown Courts, for example. The teaching staff on the programme have expertise in modern slavery and human trafficking, terrorism and counter radicalisation, green criminology, sports criminology, and drugs, alcohol, homelessness and crime. There are also regular talks by guest speakers on topics such as organised crime and human trafficking, medical fraud and prisons.

You may also have the opportunity to observe practitioners at a local Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) and at a pro-bono legal advice service for the local community. You may even be able to shadow a judge at a local court.

The degree programme is connected to the Centre for the Study of Modern Slavery and the Centre for Law and Culture. You're encouraged to attend public lectures and other suitable events as these opportunities will enable you to develop learning beyond your undergraduate studies, both in the context of further studies and career development. 

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Key facts

  • This programme offers both practice focussed vocational modules and those exploring research based criminology, legal theory and cultural issues encouraging in-depth study and extended learning
  • The friendly, enthusiastic Law with Criminology lecture team will be teaching areas they have either practiced or carried out research in and are available for individual support for students
  • Employability is at the heart of the programme through active engagement with the local legal community, its modules and extra-curricular activities such as mooting, mock trials and excellent commercial awareness workshops
  • Taught on our historic Strawberry Hill campus

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Course content

Year one

  • Criminal Law 
  • Human Rights Law 
  • Investigating Criminal Justice 
  • Law of Contract 
  • Legal Process and Introduction to the Practice of Law 
  • Sources of Law and Academic Legal Skills 

Year two

  • Crime and the Media 
  • Criminal Justice 
  • Criminalising Social Problems 
  • Land Law 
  • Law of the European Union 
  • Law of Tort 
  • Public Law 

Year three

  • Criminology: New Perspectives Core
  • Equity and Trusts Core
  • Law Research Project Core
  • Counter Radicalisation and Terrorism  Optional
  • Employment Law in the Workplace  Optional
  • Insurance Law  Optional
  • Intellectual Property Optional
  • International Criminal Law Optional
  • Introduction to Sharia Law  Optional
  • Medical Law and Ethics Optional
  • Modern Slavery, Trafficking and Organised Crime Optional
  • Work placement  Optional
Please refer to the programme specification document for a summary of the programme.

Career opportunities

Although many law graduates will go on to their vocational training in order to practise law as a barrister, solicitor, legal executive, others become paralegals. Almost half of graduates use their law degree to enter careers in the private and public sector, public services, commerce and government.

Generally, a Law with Criminology LLB degree is highly valued by employers in all sectors as you will have a range of highly transferable skills as well as a detailed and analytical knowledge of law.

Law with Criminology graduates have a wide variety of career options including those in the criminal justice system. Possible career pathways include:

  • Policy and administration
  • Government civil service 
  • Campaign groups working for social and criminal justice
  • Investigating justice and victim support
  • The Police
  • HM Prison Service 
  • National Probation Service
  • Community, health and social work
  • Postgraduate programmes, research and teaching

The Careers Service has more information on careers and postgraduate study options available to Law with Criminology students who have started their studies at St Mary’s.

There is also the opportunity to undertake a work placement as part of your degree. The Centre for Workplace Learning offers work-related modules that can be embedded within your studies.

How the degree is taught

Teaching methods

The programme makes use of a range of traditional and innovative teaching methods including lectures, seminars, practice vivas, mock client interviews and interactive workshops as well as online discussion forums, podcasts and audience response systems.

The teaching team has a significant amount of experience teaching in higher education as well as in the practice of law. The team includes barristers, solicitors and active researcher career academics who provide academic support and pastoral care.

In addition to group contact time students are encouraged to visit lecturers for supportive friendly one-to-one tutorials for general guidance and feedback on work or formative assessments.

Assessment methods

You will be assessed on an individual basis in a variety of ways throughout your degree. Assessments will include essays, case studies, presentations (group and individual), vivas, in-class tests, examinations, skills portfolios, reflective e-portfolios and simulated exercises including client interviews and negotiations. 

These are designed to assess you but also to enhance your academic and employability skills. They aim to be challenging but for you afterwards to be able to reflect on your increased confidence in carrying out research, producing written work and in your oral skills, all essential for the workplace.


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Fees and funding

2020/21 fees

  • Home/EU: £9,250*
  • International: £12,250

2019/20 fees

  • Home/EU: £9,250*
  • International: £11,750

* Please note: These fees are annual and may increase in line with inflation each year subject to the Governments review of Higher Education Funding.

Information about tuition fees, student loans and funding your studies can be found within our fees and funding section.

The UK Government has confirmed that EU applicants starting in 2019 or 2020 remain eligible for 'home fee status' and can access financial support.

Additional costs

Your tuition fees will cover the cost of all mandatory elements of your programme.

Additional costs could be incurred depending on optional modules chosen and other projects undertaken. For further information about additional costs please contact

Further information

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