Criminology and Law BA Hons - 2020 Entry
If you are interested in developing practical legal knowledge and an understanding of crime, criminology and criminal justice then this non-qualifying Law degree will appeal to you.
The course is taught by the world-leading, research-active academics that are based in our prestigious Law School. They will introduce you to core topics in Criminology and Law and you will explore the connections between the two disciplines as you develop both specialist and transferable skills. The multi-disciplinary nature of the degree scheme will encourage you to recognise and reflect on the academic and professional links between Criminology and Law. You will analyse the social, cultural, political and economic contexts of crime and criminal justice by looking at the social circumstances of offending, policies regulating crime, and the social response to criminal activity.
This degree scheme is distinct from our LLB Law with Criminology degree, as the focus of the degree is on Criminology, meaning you do not study all of the core law modules that are required for a qualifying law degree
The Law School has excellent connections with local Criminal Justice Agencies, such as Lancashire Police and HMP Lancashire Farm. Students are able to visit the prison and engage in collaborative learning as part of our ‘Learning Together’ module, as well as undertaking a module analysing data from Lancashire Police. All of this helps you to make professional connections, learn more about Law firms and Criminal Justice Agencies, and get a head start on your chosen career.
You will benefit from our strong links to Chambers, Law firms and related professions from across the UK, including magic circle firms from London. We host a judicial lecture series, alumni visits and lectures, and a Law Fair, which is your chance to meet lawyers (including trainees, associates and partners) and members of their recruitment teams.
Our student-run Law Society provides you with a wide range of extracurricular activities including mooting and negotiation competitions (judged by barristers and members of the judiciary), a Law Ball, sporting fixtures, and a careers dinner. Each event is designed to help you build your peer and employer networks.
You can take part in initiatives such as our Miscarriages of Justice Project, which gives you the chance to work on real criminal cases alongside practising lawyers as they support prisoners who maintain their innocence and have exhausted their appeal rights. Through the Street Law project, you can gain experience in schools and organisations, advising and supporting them on specific areas of law. Volunteering opportunities with the Citizens Advice Bureau or Lancashire Constabulary's Special Constables are on offer via Lancaster University’s Student Union.
Your degree can open doors to jobs in the private, public and voluntary sectors and can be the first step towards a career as a solicitor or barrister. You may consider the following professional areas: Criminal Justice Agencies (the Police, the National Probation Service, GSL UK), the Home Office, the Department for Health, Social Services, NHS Trusts, Charities and the Youth Offending Service. At Lancaster, you will develop the skills required to negotiate competently, work effectively in a team, speak in public and be confident when presenting information in a variety of formats - all are highly prized by employers. Many of our graduates choose further study (LLM and MSc programmes, Graduate Diploma in Law followed by Legal Practice Course or Bar Professional Training Course) or enrol in graduate training schemes with the Police, the Probation Service, the Civil Service, and the Crown Prosecution Service.
A Level ABB
IELTS 6.5 overall with at least 5.5 in each component. For other English language qualifications we accept, please see our English language requirements webpages.
International Baccalaureate 32 points overall with 16 points from the best 3 Higher Level subjects
BTEC Distinction, Distinction, Merit
We welcome applications from students with a range of alternative UK and international qualifications, including combinations of qualification. Further guidance on admission to the University, including other qualifications that we accept, frequently asked questions and information on applying, can be found on our general admissions webpages.
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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.
- Contemporary Crime Problems
- Contemporary Issues in Policing
- Contemporary Issues in the Legal Profession
- Crime-related extended essay option
- Cybercrime and cybercriminality
- EU Law
- Family Law
- Forgotten Trials of the Holocaust
- Green Criminology: Environmental Crime and Ecological Justice
- Human Rights and Civil Liberties
- International Law
- Land Law
- Measuring Crime: Understanding Crime Data and Trends
- Organised Crime
- Principles of Commercial Law
- Principles of Employment Law
- Youth Justice
- Company Law
- Competition Law
- Crime and Media
- Crime-related Research-based Dissertation
- Criminal Careers
- Criminal Justice Research
- Criminology Innovation
- Criminology Placement
- Drugs, Crime and Society
- Equity and Trusts Law
- Final Year Crime-Related Extended Essay
- Hate Crime
- Health Care Law and Ethics
- Immigration and Asylum Law
- Intellectual Property Law and Policy
- International Human Rights Law
- Land Law
- Law and Religion
- Learning Together: Criminology on the 'inside'
- Prisons, Punishment and Society
- Private International Law
- Responses to Massive Human Rights Violations
- Sex Crimes and Sexual Offending
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, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes, and new research.
Your degree can lead to a wide choice of rewarding jobs in the public and private sectors, including:
- Prison and probation services
- Civil service
- European Commission
- Court reporting
- Third Sector Support Services
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.
Fees and Funding
We set our fees on an annual basis and the 2020/21 entry fees have not yet been set.
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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.
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