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Law with Criminology

DipHE or LLB Law (Hons) or CertHE

Key facts

UCAS code


Start dates

September 2020 / September 2021



Course length

Full time: 3 years

Part time: 6 years


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. 
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How to apply

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

Standard offer

UCAS Tariff Points: 104

A Level: BCC

IB Points: 29


Contextual offer

UCAS Tariff Points: 88

A Level: CCD

IB Points: 27


Further offer details

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

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

International full time

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

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

International full time

International part time
£1,785 per single module

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees

2020 / 21
Home/EU full time

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

International full time

2021 / 22
Home/EU full time
£9,250 (subject to agreement of Office for Students)

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

International full time

International part time
£1,785 per single module

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.

Financial support and scholarships

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

Additional costs

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.

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

In this module, you’ll get to grips with contract law. You’ll gain a detailed understanding of the formation, operation, and termination of contracts. You’ll understand the key ideas behind contract law. You’ll develop the critical skills in legal reasoning and analysis you gained from your Legal Method modules.

You’ll enhance your legal skills, as you tackle case studies in contract law. You’ll explore:

  • the purpose of contract law
  • formation of contract
  • agreement problems (such as mistake or misrepresentation)
  • terms of contract
  • exclusion causes
  • statutory control
  • breach of contract and damages.

Criminal Law

You’ve committed a crime. But what makes you responsible for it? In this module, you’ll get to grips with the key principles of criminal responsibility, and build key skills for your degree. You’ll look at individual defences and offences, as well as fatal and non-fatal offences against people and property. You’ll study crimes including: 

  • murder and manslaughter
  • theft and burglary
  • ‘offences against the person’ such as assault and battery.

You’ll also learn about defences such as: 

  • insanity and automatism
  • duress and self-defence
  • duress.

Legal Method

In this module, you’ll gain invaluable legal skills for your degree. You’ll learn to think like a lawyer, and understand:

  • the sources of English law
  • the structures and functions of the UK Courts.

You’ll also learn:

  • how to critically read and assess statute and case-law
  • how to evaluate legal arguments
  • how to find and use online legal information.

You’ll dive into the world of UK law. You’ll learn to find and understand legal information. And you’ll gain key skills in legal thought and argumentation.

Public Law

In this module, you’ll dig into Public Law, and gain key legal knowledge for your degree. You’ll explore its key elements, including:

  • civil liberties and human rights
  • judicial review processes
  • the separation of the different elements of the government 
  • constitutional and administrative law. 

You’ll explore the relationship between Public Law and three key elements of the state - the executive, the legislature and the judiciary. And you’ll consider the relationship between the State and its citizens.

Theories of Crime

What is crime? Who commits crimes, and why? And why are some acts criminal, when others aren’t? In this module, you’ll dig into the key concepts and theories of crime. You’ll challenge your own common-sense understanding of crime, through the theories of celebrated criminologists. And you’ll consider:

  • who invents crime and why
  • the role of crime in society
  • how might we study crime today digitally (online) and visually (through images).

Year 2

Compulsory modules

Crime, Capitalism and Markets

In this module, you’ll dive into capitalism, and its key relationship with crime. You’ll use a political economy approach, meaning you’ll look at the economy and its relationship with law and government. You’ll explore free-market capitalism, as well as capitalism on a global scale. And you’ll gain critical skills, as you consider the:

  • individual
  • moral
  • cultural
  • social

elements of the economy, and how these relate to crime. 

Digital Crime and Criminology

How does the digital world affect our understanding of key criminal law and criminological concepts? In this module, you’ll explore key concepts in the rapidly growing field of digital law and criminology and you’ll investigate how law and criminology meet and merge in the digital age. You’ll be introduced to the key theoretical frameworks of interest to digital criminologists and digital lawyers and you’ll work on applying these frameworks to specific topics of contemporary interest such as cyberhate, sexting and pornography.

Students will be introduced to the key theoretical frameworks of interest to digital criminologists and digital lawyers including the ‘digital’, intersectional digitalities and key themes in internet regulation. Students will then be applying these frameworks to specific topics of contemporary interest such as cyberhate, sexting and pornography, for example.

European Union Law

In this module, you’ll get to grips with the European Union (EU) and its foundations. You’ll dig into key areas of law, central to the EU system. And you’ll explore the political and social implications of EU Law. 

You’ll examine the history of EU Law, and its key institutions:

  • the European Parliament
  • the Council of the European Union
  • the European Commission. 

You’ll then focus on Union Law, and how it relates to national law. You’ll also consider the role of the Court of Justice of the EU. You’ll explore substantive law, as you understand the internal market of the EU, including:

  • free movement of people
  • citizenship.

Land Law

Land law is a fascinating attempt to solve people’s conflicting interests in land. You’ll get to grips with the English Land Law and its key concerns. You’ll explore:

  • the nature of law, property and land
  • the division of estates and interests (into legal and equitable)
  • land registration.

You’ll gain a detailed knowledge of freehold and leasehold estates. And you’ll explore co-ownership and trusts of: 

  • land leases
  • licences
  • mortgages

You’ll also consider the rising importance of the Human Rights Act 1998 to Land Law. 

Tort Law

In this module, you’ll get to grips with tort law (law which deals with civil loss or harm). You’ll explore:

  • the tort of negligence 
  • employers’ liability
  • trespass to land
  • public nuisance
  • the Rylands-v-Fletcher case
  • trespass to the person
  • defamation
  • privacy
  • vicarious liability (when you’re liable for acts you didn’t commit).

You’ll also investigate the rising importance of human rights law. 

Optional modules

Applied Criminology 1

In this module, you’ll dive into real world problems of crime and criminal justice. You’ll apply your criminology knowledge to:

  • find solutions to key questions of crime and justice
  • find solutions to problems in current practice
  • explore how these solutions can inform future research. 

You’ll examine case studies from current policy and practice. You’ll apply the insights of:

  • practitioners
  • policy-makers
  • politicians

currently working in criminal justice. You’ll gain a strong understanding of how criminology works in real life. And you’ll explore why there is a disconnect between the classroom, and criminology in practice. 

Applied Criminology 2

In this module, you’ll kick-start your career, and gain key work experience in organisations related to crime. You’ll do a placement, or work-based learning activity in:

  • a public sector organisation
  • a non-governmental organisation (NGO)
  • a voluntary organisation.

Whether working with the police, prison services, schools or charities, you’ll gain invaluable skills for your future career. You won’t engage directly with clients or service users, but you’ll gain a strong knowledge of how organisations identify and fight crime. 

Crime and Intersectionality

In this module, you’ll get to grips with intersectionality - a way of understanding someone’s identity as made of characteristics such as race, gender and class. Intersectionality offers you a unique way to study crime. You’ll discover how criminal justice institutions, such as the police and criminal courts, respond to and discriminate against different social groups.

Globalisation and Crime

In this module, you’ll use comparative data (where you compare multiple sets of data) to understand criminal behaviour across nations. You’ll explore criminological issues and global harms.

You’ll also explore human rights violations, which result from:

  • human trafficking
  • organised crime
  • cybercrime
  • terrorism
  • eco crime.

You’ll also analyse crime patterns, and responses to criminal activities in different parts of the world. You’ll also look at how ideas and ways of regulating crime occur within different environments, and our now increasingly connected global society. 

Researching Crime: Methods, Approaches and Ethics

In this module, you’ll explore the key research methods of Criminology. You’ll gain invaluable critical skills, as you look at:

  • research methods
  • design 
  • processes
  • outcomes

You’ll also understand the ethics of research, including:

  • the requirements of conducting research with vulnerable populations.
  • how your identity can help or hinder research relationships.

Year 3

Compulsory modules

Border Criminology

In this module, you’ll examine border criminology, which is the study of the intersection of border control and criminal justice.  You’ll get to grips with key issues around:

  • migration
  • punishment
  • citizenship and belonging.

You’ll investigate core developments of border criminology, including:

  • immigration removal centres
  • foreign national prisons
  • policing of borders.

You’ll gain key critical skills, as you explore debates surrounding immigration, punishment and national identity. You’ll examine the institutions concerned with border control, and the increasing use of punishment and force around immigration control in the UK and abroad.

Equity and Trusts

In this module, you’ll explore Equity (fairness in the law). You’ll also investigate trusts, which exist to regulate situations where someone cares for another person’s affairs. 

You’ll engage with Equity, and equitable remedies. You’ll also dive into trusts in all their forms. You’ll gain key critical skills as you analyse private trusts, and how they generate equitable interests. You’ll then consider the key features of charitable trusts. You’ll explore:

  • the administration of trusts
  • the powers and duties of trustees
  • breach of trust 
  • the law of tracing.

Picturing the Criminal: From Mugshot to Fine Art

In this module, you’ll study images of crime, including:

  • the world’s most troubling mugshots
  • early crime-scene photographs
  • bloody and brutal paintings
  • criminal courtroom artworks.

Seeing and picturing is a key way of understanding crime. You’ll get to grips with the fast-growing field of visual criminology. You’ll discover the importance of images at the birth of criminology, and how they perpetuate stereotypes about race and gender. You’ll also consider why, because of this, criminologists have been sceptical about working with images. 

You’ll have the rare chance to go behind the scenes, and visit Western-Europe’s most unique visual arts and social scientific-imaging collections, held in Oxford at:

  • the Pitt Rivers Museum
  • the Ashmolean Museum.

The Prison and Imprisonment

Should we punish prisoners, or support them to re-enter society? In this module, you’ll dive into the key issues of prisons. You’ll consider modern prisons, globally and historically. And you’ll examine prisons through:

  • prisoners
  • prison staff
  • wider society. 

You'll trace the evolution of the prison - from the rehabilitative ideal of the post-war period, to the greater focus on punishment today. You’ll look at how political parties use prison policies to win votes, rather than reduce crime. 

You’ll dive into the inner workings of prisons, from governance to administration. You’ll look at the routines of prison life, and how prisoners cope with, and give meaning to them. You’ll consider sentence progression for different types of prisoners. And you’ll explore how well prisons prepare inmates for life after release. 

Optional modules

The Carnival and Pleasures of Crime

Why do people enjoy committing crimes? How might crime offer identity and purpose? In this module, you’ll explore the role of:

  • pleasures
  • performance
  • identity 
  • meaning

in criminal acts. You’ll think about the multiple meanings and actions that crime holds for different people across time. You’ll consider the social benefits of crimes and resistance to the law. And you’ll explore how different interpretations of crime might affect crime control and criminal justice.

Computer Law and Intellectual Property

The internet rules society. In a vastly digital age, lawyers really need to understand technology and the legal challenges it presents. In this module, you’ll examine the legal issues of current internet technologies and hardware. You’ll gain key technical knowledge, as you evaluate the regulatory systems of these technologies, and how they affect society. You’ll explore how digital technologies challenge copyright law. And you’ll gain a rigorous knowledge of intellectual property.

Dealing with Drugs: Control and Intoxication

In this module, you’ll bust some key assumptions around psychoactive drugs. You’ll look at why we use them and how we control them in society. You’ll investigate:

  • criminological
  • sociological
  • historical 

and policy insights, to explore the relationship between drug use, individuals and public morality. You’ll gain key critical skills as you debate drug policies, and how we can lessen the harm of substance abuse. You’ll look at alternative ways to regulate drugs than our current ‘war on drugs’ mentality. And you’ll explore the future of synthetic drugs.

Equality Law

How do we prevent discrimination against race and sexual orientation in the law? In this module, you’ll focus on the Equality Act 2010, and other legislation on:

  • sex
  • race
  • sexual orientation
  • religion
  • disability discrimination
  • equal pay. 

You’ll explore how courts interpret the Equality Act, and how it impacts the workplace. You’ll look at how it interacts with the law of the European Commission (EC), and how we might extend equality law. You’ll gain valuable critical skills for your career, as you ask:

  • what difference the Equality Act has made
  • who benefits (and does not benefit) from the act
  • what we can do in the future to improve protection.

Independent Study Module

This module gives you the chance to do research on a topic that fascinates you. You’ll work independently, with the support of our expert academic team, and will carry out work on a specific project of your choosing. You’ll gain core skills for work, including in:

  • enquiry
  • research 
  • analysis 
  • evaluation.

International Human Rights Law

How can we effectively protect human rights? In this module, you’ll get to grips with international human rights law. You’ll gain key critical skills as you analyse arguments and ideas about human rights, and the ideas behind them. You’ll also consider their current legal and political meaning through examining: 

  • relevant laws
  • current debates
  • case studies.

Law Dissertation

This module gives you the chance to do research on a topic that fascinates you. Over the course of your final year, you’ll work independently on a research project, with the help of an expert academic supervisor. Your dissertation will grow out of your specific passion, and you’ll gain excellent self-discipline and organisational skills for work. You’ll gain core skills for your career, including:

  • research
  • critical analysis
  • time-management 
  • planned and focused writing.

If you’re a combined honours student, you’ll be able to write a dissertation on both of your chosen subject areas

Law in Action

In this module, you’ll gain core practical experience in law, as you apply your knowledge and skills to a practical legal activity. You’ll gain fantastic skills for work and boost your legal career, as you do a placement in an environment related to legal work. You’ll understand how to transfer your law studies from an academic discipline, to practicing it in the real world.

Medical Law

In this module, you’ll get to grips with the structure of the NHS. You’ll explore topics such as:

  • 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

In this module, you’ll get to grips with nationality and immigration law, and what it reveals about British society. You’ll examine the key issues and policies around nationality, national identity and migration. You’ll gain a firm understanding of migration in the UK and abroad, as you debate critical issues of today. You’ll also consider current UK law, and the historical, social and political factors that have shaped it. 

Children, Parents and the State

How does the law deal with child abduction, and disputes over children? How can the state protect children who may be victims of abuse within their own families? In this module, you’ll get to grips with law relating to parents, children and the state. You’ll dive into law reports, as you look critically at the legal concepts around:

  • relationships between parents and children
  • the relevance of the state to parents and children.

You’ll consider:

  • parental responsibility
  • resolution of disputes over children
  • child protection
  • child abduction
  • adoption.

You’ll gain vital skills in legal reasoning as you learn legal analysis techniques, and how to answer problem questions. 

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.