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Law with Criminology

DipHE or LLB Law (Hons) or CertHE

Key facts

UCAS code


Start dates

September 2020



Course length

Full time: 3 years

Part time: 6 years


School of Law

School of History, Philosophy and Culture


Law Society and Bar Standards Board accreditation currently pending.

UCAS Tariff Points



Would you like to examine critical issues facing society today while securing a qualifying law degree (QLD)? 

Our Law with Criminology course at Oxford Brookes enables you to examine and debate key issues in criminal law including:

  • digital crime and criminology
  • misogyny, equality and human rights
  • policing, sentencing and the criminal justice system. 

We have designed our course to provide you with a deep understanding of criminal law. This means that you can pursue this area of law while securing a QLD. 

You’ll be part of a close-knit department and have the support of leading academics who are recognised experts in their fields. 

You’ll have access to career events, law fairs, regular guest lectures, legal mentoring and pro bono schemes and mock trials. On graduating you'll be prepared for professions in criminal law such as:

  • defence lawyer, solicitor or barrister
  • CPS prosecutor/public prosecutor/defender
  • probation officer
  • policy advisor, human rights advisor, NGO or voluntary sector
  • local authority or government legal service. 
Students on field trip

How to apply

Typical offers

UCAS Tariff Points: 104

A Level: BCC

IB Points: 29


Wherever possible we make our conditional offers using the UCAS Tariff. This combination of A-level grades would be just one way of achieving the UCAS Tariff points for this course.

Wherever possible we make our conditional offers using the UCAS Tariff. This combination of A-level grades would be just one way of achieving the UCAS Tariff points for this course.

Applications are also welcomed for consideration from applicants with European qualifications, international qualifications or recognised foundation courses. For advice on eligibility please contact Admissions:

If you accept a Conditional offer to this course as your Firm choice through UCAS, and the offer does not include a requirement to pass an English language test or improve your English language, we may be able to make the offer Unconditional. Please check your offer carefully where this will be confirmed for each applicant.

If you don’t achieve the required tariff points you can apply to join a foundation course or international foundation course to help to reach the required level for entry onto this degree.

Entry requirements

Specific entry requirements

GCSE: English (grade C/4 or above)

Please also see the University's general entry requirements.

English language requirements

Please see the University's standard English language requirements.

International qualifications and equivalences


English requirements for visas

If you need a student visa to enter the UK you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration minimum language requirements as well as the University's requirements. Find out more about English language requirements.

Pathways courses for international and EU students

If you do not meet the entry requirements for this degree, or if you would like more preparation before you start, you can take an international foundation course. Once you enrol, you will have a guaranteed pathway to this degree if you pass your foundation course with the required grades.

If you only need to meet the language requirements, you can take our pre-sessional English course. You will develop key language and study skills for academic success and you will not need to take an external language test to progress to your degree.

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

When you accept our offer, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.

Credit transfer

Many of our courses consider applications for entry with credit for prior learning. Each application is individually assessed by our credit entry tutors. 

If you would like more information about whether or not you may be eligible for the award of credit, for example from an HND, partly-completed degree or foundation degree, please contact our Admissions team.

We operate the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). All undergraduate single modules are equivalent to 7.5 ECTS credits and double modules to 15 ECTS credits. More about ECTS credits.

Application process

Full time Home / EU applicants

Apply through UCAS

Part time Home / EU applicants

Apply direct to the University

International applicants

Apply direct to the University

Full time applicants can also apply through UCAS

Tuition fees

Please see the fees note
Home/EU full time
£9,250 (subject to agreement by Office for Students)

Home/EU part time
£1,155 per single module

International full time

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees

Home/EU full time
£9,250 (subject to agreement by Office for Students)

Home/EU part time
£1,155 per single module

International full time

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:
+44 (0)1865 483088

Please note tuition fees for Home/EU students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Tuition fees for International students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students.

Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning home and EU students at the maximum permitted level.

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course, if any, are detailed below.

Financial support and scholarships

For general sources of financial support, see our Fees and funding pages.

Learning and assessment

During your studies you will develop a deep understanding of criminal law. You can also expect to investigate the biggest crime-related issues facing our society. Your course will cover topics such as:

  • cyber crime
  • the globalisation of crime
  • immigration
  • border controls.

In Year 1 you'll develop a sound understanding of principal areas of law. We will introduce you to a range of key topics related to criminal, contract and public law.

Law and criminology modules in Year 2 are more advanced. They will build and strengthen your knowledge of criminology.

In Year 3 you’ll study a range of topics that will allow further specialisation. You will also have the option of carrying out your own research projects. This will be part of the dissertation and independent study modules.

Throughout your degree, you can take part in extracurricular activities, including:

  • mooting competitions
  • client interviewing competitions
  • Law Society events.
Students studying in library

Study modules

Year 1

Compulsory modules

Contract Law

The module examines the essential principles of the formation, operation and termination of contracts. It covers the fundamental principles of contract law and provides a framework for tackling case studies and legal problem solving. The module develops the processes and techniques of legal reasoning and builds the techniques of legal analysis.

Criminal Law

Examine the general principles underlying criminal liability, in particular fatal and non-fatal offenses against a person and property.

Legal Method

This module involves the study of statutory interpretation, judicial interpretation and the primary sources/structures of the law of England and Wales.

Public Law

Public Law encompasses constitutional and administrative law as well as civil liberties and human rights. It is concerned with relations between the three principal organs of the State - the executive, the legislature and the judiciary - and between the State and its citizens.

Theories of Crime

This module introduces students to the concept of crime using the theoretical frameworks that criminologists use to understand crime. The module challenges conventional or ‘common sense’ understandings of who and what is viewed as ‘criminal’ and asks how do some ‘acts’ become understood as crimes and other not?

Year 2

Compulsory modules

Digital Crime and Criminology

European Union Law

The course will begin with an examination of the historical development of the European Union as a legal order and the operation of its Institutions. Discussion will then focus on the nature of Union Law, its relationship with national law and the role of the Court of Justice of the European Union.

Land Law

This module begins by introducing key structural elements of English land law. It covers the nature of law, property and land and the overall structure of land registration, before moving on to consider the more specific elements of the curriculum: freehold and leasehold estates, co-ownership and trusts of land leases. The increasing importance of the Human Rights Act 1998 to Land Law will also be covered.

Tort Law

This module provides a comprehensive study of tort law. The tort of negligence is studied in detail, as well as employers’ liability, vicarious liability, occupiers’ liability; trespass to land, and much more. The growing influence of human rights law is considered throughout the course.

Optional modules

Applied Criminology 1

This module explores the application of criminological theory to ‘real world’ problems of crime and criminal justice. Students will consider a range of case studies taken from current policy and practice and apply criminological insights from the point of view of practitioners, policy-makers and politicians currently working within the criminal justice system. The module invites students to consider the varied ways in which criminology is used in applied settings and why there is often a ‘disconnect’ between what is taught in the classroom and what happens in practice.

Applied Criminology 2

This module provides students with the opportunity to explore crime, the multiple meanings and interpretations of crime and approaches to dealing with these phenomena in a range of institutional and organisational settings. In this module students will undertake a short placement or work-based learning activity within a selected public sector organisation, NGO or voluntary organisation that engages in managing crime in some form.

Crime and Intersectionality

In recent years there has been an increasing focus on intersectionality theory in the social sciences. This module looks at how different aspects of social identities (gender, age, ethnicity, faith etc) are interconnected and the way these are perceived and responded to by others. It examines the way in which identities intersect and how this impacts on people and their lived experiences with particular reference to the criminal justice system.

Crime, Capitalism and Markets

This module offers an overview of how different types of criminal activities can be traced back to, and understood through, the imperatives of market economies e.g. demand and offer, efficiency, value extraction, cheap labour, resource accumulation, profit etc. The module adopts a broad approach that conceptualises the economy and its organisation as a complex set of interdependencies at the individual, moral, cultural and social dimensions.

Globalisation and Crime

This module explores areas of crime and criminal justice beyond the nation-state. The module adopts a comparative criminology approach and locates the discussion of specific topics and themes within theories of modernity, theories of crime, deviance and social response, and global theories of crime and criminal justice in relation to socio-demographic and geo-political data.

Researching Crime: Methods, Approaches and Ethics

This module introduces students to the development, application and realities of different qualitative methods in criminology. It has been specifically designed to equip students with both the understanding and skills required to analyse research methods, design, processes and research outcomes. Criminologists use the methods students will study in this module to gather and analyse ‘data’ or evidence about crime.

Year 3

Compulsory modules

Border Criminology

Border criminology is the examination of the intersection of border control and criminal justice. This module will provide students with an in-depth overview of the key issues related to globalisation, punishment and migration. The module will introduce the fundamental areas of investigation within this sub-field of criminology, notably citizenship, identity and belonging, placing them within the historical and evolving context of globalisation and migration. Students will examine the expansion of legal and penal powers in relation to immigration control in the UK and compare these with international responses to the same issues.

Equity and Trusts

This module examines the development and application of Equity. In particular, the course deals in detail with the trust. It begins with the development of Equity and equitable remedies before beginning the engagement with trusts. Private trusts are analysed in both their express and implied forms. The module looks at how trusts are set up expressly, how they arise by implication and generate equitable interests informally.

Picturing the Criminal: From Mugshot to Fine Art

This interdisciplinary module offers third-year undergraduate students an advanced-level introduction to the new and burgeoning field of visual criminology. The module draws on literature from the arts and humanities as well as the social sciences as well as the unique art historical and scientific-imaging collections held at the Pitt Rivers Museum, the Ashmolean Museum, and the University of Oxford’s Art History Archive.

The Prison and Imprisonment

This module will provide students with an advanced introduction to the topic of prisons and imprisonment. It will situate the modern prison within a broader historical and global context, and explore this institution from the point of view of prisoners, prison staff and the wider community. Students will examine the historical evolution of the prison and reflect upon the 'punitive shift' in penal policy from the 'rehabilitative ideal' of the immediate post-war period, to the penal populism that now characterises so much prison debate.

Optional modules

Carnivals of Pleasures

This module explores the ways in which individuals and groups participate in certain forms of crime, disorder and anti-social behaviour. It draws on a variety of theoretical approaches to understand the role of pleasure, performance, identity and meaning in criminal acts and investigates the multiple actions and meanings that crime may have for different actors across time and space.

Computer Law and Intellectual Property

As social and business activities become increasingly dependent upon digital technologies, basic understanding of these technologies and of the regulatory challenges they present is of key importance to the lawyer seeking to critically engage with the information society. This module aims to provide students with a critical awareness of the legal implications of the emergent Internet technologies and associated hardware, and to encourage students to evaluate and analyse the regulatory systems employed in terms of their wider social implications.

Dealing with Drugs

This module explores and challenges some of the widely-held assumptions around psychoactive drugs, their uses and the social controls imposed upon them. It makes use of criminological, sociological, historical and policy insights to challenge students to think about the complex relationships between public morality, the individual body and acts of consumption.

Equality Law

This course focuses on the Equality Act 2010 and other legislation on sex, race, sexual orientation, religion and disability discrimination and equal pay. It considers its interpretation by courts; its impact, particularly in the workplace; its interaction with the law of the EC; and proposals for extending the scope of equality law. The impact of anti-discrimination and equality law will be assessed by asking what difference it has made, who benefits, who does not benefit, and what can be done in future to improve the systems of protection.

Independent Study Module

Take a chance to design your own research project within a supervisor’s field of expertise.

International Human Rights Law

This module will introduce international human rights law and the mechanisms for the protection of human rights at the international and regional levels. Throughout the module the student is invited to critically examine arguments and ideas about human rights, their philosophical underpinnings, and their contemporary legal and political meaning through an examination of the relevant law, contemporary debates and case studies.

Law Dissertation

Undertake an in-depth piece of self-guided research in law and criminology.

Law in Action

This placement module is designed to enhance student practical legal and wider transferable skills by providing students with an opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills in a field of practical legal activity. To this end, they will undertake a placement in a legal work-related environment, and critically evaluate and reflect upon their experience. A key focus of the module is for the student is to consider the transition from the study of law as an academic discipline, to the practice of law, and equivalent activity, in 'real world' contexts.

Medical Law

The module examines the structure of the NHS, access to health care, autonomy and consent, responsibility, accountability and negligence, birth and its regulation, death, dying and the incurably ill patient.

Nationality, Immigration and Asylum

This module examines concepts, influences and obligations relating to policies of nationality and national identity, migration of individuals and the movement of people. It offers the opportunity for students to consider the composition of British society within a framework of the law relating to nationality and immigration.

Parents, Children and the State

This course examines the law relating to Parents, Children, and the State with a critical and case-based focus on the legal concepts and values regulating relationships between parents and children and between parents and children and the state. The course will consider parental responsibility, resolution of disputes over children and child protection, child abduction, and adoption. The module will extend the technique of answering problem questions and the processes of legal reasoning and techniques of legal analysis which have been introduced in the first and second years of study.

Please note: As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the modules you can choose from may vary from that shown here. The structure of the course may also mean some modules are not available to you.

Learning and teaching

Our Law with Criminology course has been specifically tailored to meet the needs of students wishing to pursue a QLD. We offer a selection of modules that have been carefully thought through. These module selections offer a strong focus on criminology.

Throughout the course, our academic team make use of a range of teaching and learning styles. You will be supported at every level of the course, with close access to lecturers, small seminar groups and tutorials.

You will learn through a variety of teaching and learning methods including:

  • lectures, seminars and workshops
  • supervised independent learning
  • court visits
  • work with a wide range of practical resources.

During your studies, you’ll gain a range of personal and professional skills. These skills will be a springboard for your future career development in a number of industries.


Assessment methods used on this course

Assessment methods on this course are diverse. Some modules use formal exams while others award all or part of the marks on coursework.

Professional accreditation

Some students see a law degree as a route to professional practice while others choose not to practice law. Our Law with Criminology degree is a suitable education for a wide variety of careers because of its intellectually demanding nature, and it is a qualifying law degree (QLD).

This gives you exemption from the requirements of the academic stage of legal training. This means that you meet the regulations for the Law Society for the first stage of professional training.

Obtaining a qualifying law degree enables you to progress straight to the vocational stage of training for solicitors (the Legal Practice Course). Or for barristers (the Bar Professional Training Course - BPTC - formerly known as the Bar Vocational Course).

After you graduate

Career prospects

Our Law with Criminology degree is a suitable education for a wide variety of careers. This is because it is a qualifying law degree. Upon graduation, some students will embark on a professional practice route. Others will choose not to practice law.

By the time you graduate from Oxford Brookes, you will be confident in communicating legal knowledge.  You will have gained valuable skills in research, analysis and articulation. These are transferable to postgraduate study and to a wide range of careers. Whether you choose a career in legal practice or not, your law degree will open many doors.

We pride ourselves on maintaining strong links with major law firms. We have an excellent reputation for creating high calibre and sought-after trainees.

Programme Changes: On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published on the website.

For more information, please visit our Changes to programmes page.