BA Law with Mathematics

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In choosing to study this Law with Mathematics Degree, you'll discover a challenging and stimulating degree; elements of this degree are recognised by the Bar Standards Board and the Solicitors regulation authority - a direct route to the legal profession. This 21st century Law with Mathematics Degree encompasses a range of traditional and contemporary legal subjects and will deliver the skills and competences demanded in the many career options available to you upon its successful completion. Additionally you combine your legal training by following the core elements of a mathematics degree. You'll emerge with real-world capabilities, enabling you to shape your future and develop the career you deserve.

Department of Law and Criminology: 82% student satisfaction (NSS 2016)

100% of undergraduates who graduated from the Law Department at Aberystwyth University in 2015 were in employment or further education six months after graduating (DLHE 2015)

Department of Mathematics: 92% student satisfaction (NSS 2016)

94% of undergraduates from the Department of Mathematics who graduated in 2015 were in employment or further education six months after graduating (DLHE 2015)

Overview

This BA Law with Mathematics programme is designed to equip you with the formal knowledge required for a successful law career in the 21st Century, whilst also allowing you to study key aspects of Mathematics.

This course has a major/minor structure, meaning two-thirds of your time is spent learning the fundamental principles of law, legal reasoning and the legal profession, and one-third studying mathematics modules. In your first year, you will be introduced to the basics of law alongside core Mathematics modules such as Probability; Algebra and Calculus; Mathematical Analysis; and Statistics. You will go on to study legal concepts such as Tort, Civil, European and Public Law, as well as being able to choose further module options from both subjects.

This world-class course is the product of Aberystwyth University's century-old law department, which specialises in the related discipline of Criminology. All Departmental staff members are active in research and publication, and many participate in national and international debates and policy-making in legal, criminological and other related fields.

The university has a proud tradition of research excellence, as demonstrated in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (2014) assessment. It placed the university in the top 50 institutions for research power and intensity. It submitted 77% of eligible staff and 95% of the university's research was of an internationally recognised standard.

You will be able to enjoy Aberystwyth's law-related Societies, such as the Mooting Society, which can provide social and professional opportunities – such as trips to law fairs and to the Inns of Court in London. This BA can also provide you with an international perspective. In addition to Aberystwyth's own departmental expertise, you will have the opportunity to spend a semester abroad with one of our partner institutions in Europe or further afield.

The skills you learn in this major/minor degree will be of enormous benefit in any legal or non-legal profession. Your expertise in advocacy, litigation, negotiation and numerical skills are just some of the many transferable skills that will assist you in any career path you choose.

Our Staff

Department of Law and Criminology lecturers are mostly either qualified to PHD level or have professional experience and qualifications as practicing lawyers. Many staff also have a PGCE (Higher Education).

Most lecturers in the Department of Mathematics are qualified to PhD level and are research active. Many have a postgraduate teaching qualification.

Course Content

Welsh medium modules available

Please note: The modules listed below are those currently intended for delivery during the next academic year and may be subject to change. They are included here to give an indication of how the course is structured.

Year 1 Core (20 Credits) The following modules are core:

Semester 1

Algebra MA10510

Calculus MA10610

Year 1 Options Core Modules Part I: Students must choose 80 credits of the following LA or GF modules dependant on language preference.

Semester 1

Sgiliau Cyfreithiol GF13110

Y Gyfundrefn Gyfreithiol GF13410

Cyfraith Ymrwymiadau GF13520

Legal Skills LA13110

Legal System LA13410

The Law Of Obligations LA13520

Semester 2

Cyfraith Camwedd GF11120

Cyfraith Cytundebau GF13820

Tort LA11120

Law Of Contract LA13820

Year 1 Options Mathematics Minor: Students must take (i) MA11010 and MA11110 or (ii) MA11310 with one of MA10310 and MP12910.

Semester 1

Probability MA10310

Semester 2

Further Algebra And Calculus MA11010

Mathematical Analysis MA11110

Statistics MA11310

Year 1 Options Welsh medium alternative modules

Semester 1

Tebygoleg MT10310

Semester 2

Algebra A Chalcwlws Pellach MT11010

Dadansoddi Mathemategol MT11110

Ystadegaeth MT11310

Cynllunio Gyrfa A Datblygu Sgiliau MT12910

Year 2 Options Year 2 - Students have a free choice of 80 credits of LA/GF modules, however, those wishing to gain professional exemption in Law must study the following modules (LA/GF):

Semester 1

Ecwiti A Chyfraith Ymddiriedau GF32900

Cyfraith Gyhoeddus GF34500

Equity And The Law Of Trusts LA32900

Public Law LA34500

Semester 2

Cyfraith Camwedd GF31120

Ecwiti A Chyfraith Ymddiriedau GF32920

Cyfraith Gyhoeddus GF34530

Tort LA31120

Equity And The Law Of Trusts LA32920

Public Law LA34530

Year 2 Options Mathematics Minor (FSS): Students must take 40 credits of MA modules; EITHER Block A OR Block B plus a further 10 credits of MA Level 2

Year 2 Options BLOCK A:

Semester 1

Real Analysis MA20110

Semester 2

Linear Algebra MA21410

Complex Analysis MA21510

Year 2 Options BLOCK B:

Semester 1

Distributions And Estimation MA26010

Year 2 Options Welsh medium alternative modules

Semester 1

Dadansoddiad Real MT20110

Semester 2

Algebra Llinol MT21410

Available both years Options Students must take 160 credits of LA/GF modules from the Department of Law and Criminology and must take 80 credits in their minor department over Part II of the scheme.

Year 3 Options Year 3 - Students have a free choice of 80 credits of LA/GF modules, however, those wishing to gain professional exemption in Law must study the following modules (LA/GF):

Semester 1

Cyfraith Tir GF36100

Land Law LA36100

Semester 2

Cyfraith Camwedd GF31120

Cyfraith Tir GF36130

Tort LA31120

Land Law LA36130

Year 3 Options Optional Modules Year 3 - 30 credits of LA/GF modules from the Department of Law and Criminology.

Final Year Options Mathematics Minor. Students must take 30 credits from Maths level 3 modules and another 10 credits from Maths level 2/3 modules.

Available both years Options Students must take 160 credits of LA/GF modules from the Department of Law and Criminology and must take 80 credits in their minor department over Part II of the scheme.

Employability

Your BA in Law with Mathematics opens up a range of exciting opportunities for employment and further training. Providing you take the appropriate modules, this BA can be a qualifying law degree, making you a strong candidate to train as a barrister or solicitor. Your study of Law with Mathematics can also open up employment opportunities in government, business, and finance.

Recent statistics from HESA (Higher Education Statistics Agency) show that law graduates succeed in the areas of criminology, financial management, business, human resources, international relations, journalism and education.

Throughout your training you will develop a wealth of core legal skills and other skills that can be easily transferred into almost any graduate or professional employment situation.

You will be able to gather, assimilate and interpret a wealth of legal information quickly and accurately, and you will be confident in selecting and deploying the most appropriate of a range of legal methodologies. You will also have proven your abilities in structuring and communicating ideas efficiently, writing for and speaking to a range of audiences, evaluating and organizing information, working effectively with others and working within time frames and to specific deadlines. In addition, you will have developed high level numerical skills, ICT skills and career development skills which will enhance your employment prospects.

In addition to these skills, you will benefit from the prestige of holding a BA in Law from one of the UK's foremost universities. Law and Mathematics are both rightly perceived as academically demanding subjects, and this puts you at an advantage over your competitors in any employment context.

To help you discover the most appropriate career pathway for you, you will be assigned a dedicated subject-specific careers advisor who will assist you in constructing a Personal Development Plan. This process will encourage you to reflect on your learning and your career aspirations so that every academic option you choose will point you towards your future career.

Teaching, Learning and Assessment

This major/minor BA Law course will be delivered through a balanced programme of lectures and seminars. You will receive comprehensive training in the rules and complexities of law; and you will be able to explore and interrogate this learning in lively and interactive seminars with your peers. You will also have access to a personal tutor throughout your degree scheme who will meet with you regularly and handle your queries.

Among many skills, you will learn: to explain the structure and function of legal institutions; to analyse the processes of legislation and development of legal principles; to understand the importance of legal precedent and make use of it; and to construct convincing and cogent arguments on the basis of relevant law and available evidence.

In addition to developing advanced numerical skills, a Career Planning and Skills Development module from Mathematics will support your future employability by providing skills in software programming, use of IT packages in the workplace, skills awareness and preparing a CV.

You will be assessed through essays, exams and oral presentations. You will also be required to complete additional assignments and work with others on particular tasks. For your Law assignments and tasks you will need to construct legal arguments and apply legal reasoning as you build your case. In your Mathematics assignments you will learn and apply advanced mathematical techniques.

The lectures, seminars and the Departments' supportive staff will only take you so far in your legal and mathematical training. You must assume responsibility for your learning and engage fully with the fascinating but demanding subjects. You must also take advantage of the many opportunities within the department and the university to develop your academic rigour and professionalism so that, upon graduation, you are perfectly positioned for the next stage of your career.

Student Views

Law is a challenging subject which stretches me each and every day, and that is exactly why I enjoy it! Thanks to both the brilliant staff and the expansive resources available to students, the challenge remains one which I’ve never felt was out of my grasp. Aberystwyth itself is a great town and ideal for a variety of students; it has something to offer for everyone and I know of no better place to make close friends. The town is very relaxed and welcoming and when it is sunny there is no place in the UK I’d rather be. Andrew James Hall

The combination of a brilliant course with a beautiful town is perfect. I have loved studying Law at Aberystwyth over the past 3 years, and although it has been hard work and exhausting, it has been both thrilling and challenging. All the lecturers, tutors and staff are fantastically friendly and helpful and care about the department and the way modules are taught. The Law library houses everything you need for your study so you don’t need to go far. Law attracts so many different personalities and students from different backgrounds, and spending 3 years with them has been great. The modules for Law offers great choice. William Pryce

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UCAS Code: M1G1

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Tariff Required: 300

Entry Requirements: Grade B in A level Mathematics. GCSE: Grade C in English or Welsh.

Course Length: 3 Years

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