What Will You Study
Lancaster’s Law and Politics degree is a three-year scheme taught by our School of Law and our Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion. This degree gives you the opportunity to study Politics while taking courses necessary to obtain a Law qualifying degree.
The legal and political environment is always changing and your degree will help you develop the capacity to respond to new challenges. You’ll learn through a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials, taking modules designed to develop your skills of analysis, reasoning and the clear presentation of facts and arguments.
You’ll begin your degree with a compulsory Politics module and the following Law modules: English Legal System; Public Law; Contract Law, and Torts. In your second year, you’ll study at least one Politics module alongside Criminal Law; EU Law; Grievances and the State. You’ll also be able to choose from a wide range of optional modules and will complete your degree with courses that cover Property Law; Land Law, and Trusts.
- Criminology : BA Hons
- Criminology and Sociology : BA Hons
- Economics and International Relations : BA Hons
- Economics and Politics : BA Hons
- English Literature and Philosophy : BA Hons
- English Literature and Religious Studies : BA Hons
- Ethics, Philosophy and Religion : BA Hons
- Film and Philosophy : BA Hons
- French Studies and Philosophy : BA Hons
- French Studies and Politics : BA Hons
- German Studies and Philosophy : BA Hons
- German Studies and Politics : BA Hons
- History and International Relations : BA Hons
- History and Philosophy : BA Hons
- History and Politics : BA Hons
- History and Religious Studies : BA Hons
- History, Philosophy and Politics : BA Hons
- International Relations : BA Hons
- International Relations and Religious Diversity : BA Hons
- Law : LLB Hons
- Law (International) : LLB Hons
- Law and Criminology : LLB Hons
- Linguistics and Philosophy : BA Hons
- Management, Politics and International Relations : BSc Hons
- Mathematics and Philosophy : BA Hons
- Peace Studies and International Relations : BA Hons
- Philosophy : BA Hons
- Philosophy and Politics : BA Hons
- Philosophy and Religious Studies : BA Hons
- Philosophy with Chinese : BA Hons
- Philosophy, Politics and Economics : BA Hons
- Politics : BA Hons
- Politics (Study Abroad) : BA Hons
- Politics and International Relations : BA Hons
- Politics and Religious Studies : BA Hons
- Politics and Sociology : BA Hons
- Politics with Chinese : BA Hons
- Religious Studies : BA Hons
- Religious Studies and Sociology : BA Hons
- Religious Studies with Chinese : BA Hons
- Social Work, Ethics and Religion : MSocial Work Hons
- Spanish Studies and Philosophy : BA Hons
- Spanish Studies and Politics : BA Hons
Lancaster degree programmes are flexible, offering students the opportunity to cover a wide selection of subject areas to complement their degree. The following is an example list of modules which our previous students have studied.
- Criminal Law
- English Legal System and Methods
- Law of Contracts
- Law of Torts
- Politics and Governance in the Contemporary World
- Contemporary Crime Problems
- Courts, Law and Politics in Comparative Perspective
- Crime-related extended essay option
- Criminal Investigation
- Criminological thought
- Family Law
- Grievances and the State
- Human Rights and Civil Liberties
- International Human Rights
- International Law I
- Introduction to Business Law
- Introduction to comparative law I
- Issues in Cybercrime
- Lawyers and Society
- Measuring Crime
- Understanding Criminal Justice
- Understanding Criminological Fieldwork
- Youth Justice
- Advanced Contract Law
- Company Law
- Competition Law
- Crime and Criminal Justice
- Crime-related Research-based Dissertation
- Crimes of Power
- Criminal Careers
- Final Year Crime-Related Extended Essay
- Health Care Law I
- Historical and Philosophical Aspects of Punishment
- Immigration and Asylum Law
- Intellectual Property Law and Policy
- Principles of Employment Law
- Research-based Dissertation
- Responses to Massive Human Rights Violations
- Society, Religion and Law
- The Police and Policing
Lancaster University offers the chance to follow a structured study programme or the option to devise a more flexible programme. We divide academic study into 2 sections - Part 1 (Year 1) and Part 2 (Year 2, 3 and sometimes 4). In Part 1 you will take three units of assessment which, depending upon your programme, will be drawn from one, two or three different academic subjects, a higher degree of specialisation then develops in subsequent years. For more information about our teaching methods at Lancaster visit our Teaching and Learning section.
General Studies: Accepted as one of the best 3 grades, if 4 A-levels presented
Preference: Pre-U, A-levels or IB
Key skills: Not included in offer
Scottish Highers: AAABB
Irish Leaving Cert: Offers will be made on the basis of 5 or 6 Higher level subjects. Please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office (01524 592028) for further information
International Baccalaureate: 36 pts overall with 16 from best three HL courses
BTEC: Overall grades DDD
Mature students: Applications encouraged, more flexible requirements. Please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office (01524 592028) for further information
The skills you’ll learn during your degree programme produce a flexibility that will assist you when looking for employment.
Many Lancaster Law graduates choose to continue their training in order to enter the legal profession - either as solicitors or to practise at the Bar.
Our Politics graduates often choose to pursue careers in the Civil Service, local and national government or public affairs, or use their degree as a foundation for careers in commerce, industry, accountancy, law, teaching, academic work, journalism and the armed forces.
Your degree also provides an excellent foundation for further academic study, at Lancaster and other institutions.
Lancaster University is dedicated to ensuring you not only gain a highly reputable degree, but that you also graduate with relevant life and work based skills. We are unique in that every student is eligible to participate in The Lancaster Award which offers you the opportunity to complete key activities such as work experience, employability/career development, campus community and social development. Visit our Employability section for full details.
Teaching and Learning MethodsAt Lancaster we offer a broad range of learning environments designed to best support the requirements of your chosen degree programme. These may include lecture and tutorials, interactive workshops, laboratory sessions, other practical activities, student-led seminars and web-based elivery.
The modules which make up a programme of study are assessed using a variety of different methods, enabling students to demonstrate their capabilities in a range of ways. Typical coursework assignments include laboratory reports, essays, literature reviews, short tests, short and sharply focussed critical reports, poster sessions and oral presentations. Formal examinations include short answer questions, essays and data analysis. Multiple choice formats are also employed where appropriate. Students are supported in the production of final year project reports and dissertations. Details of the assessment methods for individual modules can be accessed via the university's online module catalogue. In addition to these learning and teaching methods we encourage independent study, meaning you take responsibility for your own learning. For more information visit our Teaching Approach page.
We offer you a variety of stimulating and effective approaches to teaching, learning and assessment. This enables you and your tutors to explore the very latest thinking within your subject and develops your skills in problem solving, analysis and critical reflection, communication, application of knowledge and modern technologies.
As a University, we commit to providing all our undergraduates with a minimum number of contact hours per week, providing you with timely feedback on your work and a maximum number of 15 students per seminar group.
Lancaster University has committed £3.7m in scholarships and bursaries to help with your fees and living costs. Our financial support depends on your circumstances and how well you do in your A-levels (or equivalent academic qualifications) before starting study with us.
Lancaster University's priority is to support every student to make the most of their life and education. For students starting their study with us in 2015, over 600 each year will be entitled to bursaries and/or scholarships to help them with the cost of fees and/or living expenses. For UK students entering in 2015 we will have the following financial support available:
- An Academic Scholarship of £2,000 for the first year of study to any student from the UK entering with A*, A*, A or equivalent academic qualifications
- An Access Scholarship of £1,000 per year for all UK students from households with an income of less than £42,600 who achieve grades of A*, A, A or the equivalent academic qualifications
- A Lancaster Bursary of £1,000 per annum for all students from England with a household income of more than £25,000 but less than £42,600
*All of the financial awards above are subject to approval by the Office for Fair Access July 2014.
For full details of the University's financial support packages including eligibility criteria, please visit our fees and funding page
Students also need to consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, photocopying, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits. Following graduation it may be necessary to take out subscriptions to professional bodies and to buy business attire for job interviews.