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 by taking a compulsory Politics module and the Law modules required for a Qualifying Law Degree including: English Legal System, Public Law, Contract Law, Property Law, Land Law and Trusts. You will then be able to choose from a wide range of optional modules, including Family Law, Responses to Massive Human Rights Violations and Immigration and Asylum Law.
- Criminology : BA Hons
- Criminology and French Studies : 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 (Industry) : 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
Many of Lancaster's degree programmes are flexible, offering students the opportunity to cover a wide selection of subject areas to complement their main specialism. You will be able to study a range of modules, some examples of which are listed below.
- Criminal Law
- English Legal System and Methods
- Law of Contracts
- Law of Torts
- Politics and International Relations in the Contemporary World
- European Law
- Grievances and the State
- Human Rights and Civil Liberties
- Public Law
- The Politics of the European Union
- Comparative Politics of the Asia Pacific and the Middle East
- Contemporary Crime Problems
- Courts, Law and Politics in Comparative Perspective
- Criminal Investigation
- Family Law
- International Human Rights
- International Law I
- International Relations and Security
- Introduction to Business Law
- Introduction to comparative law I
- Introduction to Peace Studies
- Issues in Cybercrime
- Lawyers and Society
- Measuring Crime
- Modern Political Thought
- The Politics of Development
- The United Kingdom: State, Politics and Policies
- Understanding Criminal Justice
- Youth Justice
- Advanced Contract
- Africa and Global Politics
- Britain in the World
- Communicating Politics
- Company Law
- Competition Law
- Contemporary Issues in Human Rights
- Contemporary Issues in the Middle East
- Corporations, Global Political Economy and the Law
- Crime and Criminal Justice
- Crimes of Power
- Elections, Voters and Political Parties
- Exploring the Persian Gulf
- Health Care Law I
- Historical and Philosophical Aspects of Punishment
- Immigration and Asylum Law
- Intellectual Property Law and Policy
- International Political Economy of Globalization
- Islamic Politics
- Politics of Cultural Diversity
- Politics of Global Danger
- Principles of Employment Law
- Reading Political Theory
- Research-based Dissertation
- Responses to Massive Human Rights Violations
- Society, Religion and Law
- Understanding External Intervention in Violent Conflicts
Lancaster University offers a range of programmes, some of which follow a structured study programme, and others which offer the chance for you to devise a more flexible programme. We divide academic study into two sections - Part 1 (Year 1) and Part 2 (Year 2, 3 and sometimes 4). For most programmes Part 1 requires you to study 120 credits spread over at least three modules 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.
Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, but changes may be necessary, for example as a result of student feedback, or staff changes, or new research.
A Level AAA-AAB
International Baccalaureate 36 points overall with 16 points from the best 3 Higher Level subjects
BTEC Distinction, Distinction, Distinction
Access to HE Diploma Distinctions in the majority of units
Other Qualifications We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international qualifications webpage or contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office directly.
IELTS 6.5 (with at least 5.5 in each component)
General Studies Offers normally include General Studies if it is taken as a fourth A level
Combination of Qualifications Applications from students with a combination of qualifications are welcomed, for further advice please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office directly.
Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry welcomed
Contact Undergraduate Admissions Office + 44 1524 592028 or via email@example.com
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 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 Methods
At 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 delivery.
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 focused 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.
Our annual tuition fee is set for a 12-month session, starting in the October of your year of study.
Our Undergraduate Tuition Fees for 2016/17 are:
Lancaster University's priority is to support every student to make the most of their life and education and we have committed £3.7m in scholarships and bursaries. 400 students each year will be entitled to bursaries or scholarships to help them with the cost of fees and/or living expenses. 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.
Scholarships recognising academic talent:
- 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. In addition, students from household incomes of less than £42,600 who achieve higher entry grades of A*, A*, A (or equivalent academic qualifications), will also be awarded our £2,000 Academic Scholarship in their first year of study.
- An Excellence Scholarship which forms part of the Unconditional Offer Scheme for full time UK applicants with outstanding academic profiles within a number of academic departments.
Bursaries for life, living and learning
- 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
Any financial support that you receive from Lancaster University will be in addition to government support that might be available to you (eg fee loans) and will not affect your entitlement to these.
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.