Law and Criminology

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The LLB Law and Criminology degree at Aberystwyth University is delivered by our Department of Law & Criminology which has a long history of offering Law degrees, and which added Criminology to the mix in 2006. Our LLB Law and Criminology degree is perfect for anyone who has ambitions of a law career in the 21st Century. It is a challenging and stimulating course that will introduce you to the basics of Law alongside Criminology modules that explore the theories and debates relating to crime, deviance, victimhood, law and punishment. The combination of Law and Criminology modules is sure to keep you motivated and focused on your goals. On completion of this degree, you will emerge with real-world capabilities, enabling you to shape your future and develop the career you deserve. 

Course Overview

LLB Law and Criminology is a practical law degree designed to meet employer needs and taught by experienced legal professionals and academics who are active for large organisations such as GRETA, the Youth Justice Board, and the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. 

On this course you will study the fundamentals of law alongside learning about the causes and consequences of crime, and you will get the chance to assist legal practitioners with client advice activities. For example, you will be encouraged to put your skills to good use through our Family Legal Clinic, where you can help people and get your first taste of the law in practice. 

LLB Law and Criminology offers a number of options. You will have the opportunity to do a work placement module in different areas of law, to study abroad in the second year at one of our many partner universities (in Europe, USA, Canada and Australia) and you will also be able to take advantage of excellent social and professional opportunities such as visits to Law Fairs and Inns of Court in London. 

In addition to this, you will be able to enhance your studies by participating in our national and international competing Mooting Society to develop your key advocacy and litigation skills. We also offer a Welsh medium Mooting competition for students who wish to moot through the medium of Welsh. 

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).

Modules September start - 2024

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.


Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Crime Control and Prevention * LC10320 20
Criminal Law * LC10520 20
Introduction to Criminology * LC12220 20
Legal Skills and Research * LC10420 20
Legal and Criminal Justice Systems * LC10120 20


Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Contract Law * LC13820 20
Criminology in Action LC14120 20
Foundations of Psychology LC13620 20
Tort * LC11120 20


Module Name Module Code Credit Value


Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Commercial Law LC26220 20
Contract Law * LC23820 20
Crime & Punishment in Historical Perspective LC23020 20
Criminal Justice Placement LC22520 20
Critical Perspectives on Imprisonment LC22020 20
Cybercrime and Cybersecurity LC21920 20
Equity and Trusts LC24920 20
European Law * LC20720 20
Family and Child Law LC26420 20
Humanitarian Law LC27620 20
Intellectual Property Law LC28620 20
International Law LC26920 20
Labour Law LC26820 20
Land Law LC24820 20
Medicine Ethics and the Law LC26720 20
Principles of Evidence LC26520 20
Psychological Explanations of Criminal Behaviour LC28120 20
Psychology and Crime LC24020 20
Public Law * LC20620 20
Sports Law and Society LC27920 20
Tort * LC21120 20
Treatment and Rehabilitation of Offenders LC29120 20
Wrongful convictions in criminological context LC22320 20
Youth Crime and Justice * LC26120 20

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh


LLB Law and Criminology from Aberystwyth will prepare you for employment in the legal profession and criminal justice system and will give you an excellent springboard into a wide range of careers. Recent graduates are succeeding in these areas: 

  • criminology 
  • financial management 
  • business 
  • human resources 
  • international relations 
  • journalism 
  • education. 

Your future is important to us and our degrees will equip you with the following: 

  • the confidence to select and deploy the most appropriate range of legal methodologies 
  • the ability to write and communicate with a range of audiences, evaluating and organising information 
  • the ability to gather, assimilate and interpret a wealth of legal information quickly and accurately 
  • the ability to express ideas and communicate information in a clear and structured manner, in both written and oral form 
  • effective problem-solving and creative thinking skills 
  • the ability to work independently 
  • time-management and organisational skills, including the ability to meet deadlines 
  • self-motivation and self-reliance 
  • team-working skills, with the ability to discuss concepts in groups, accommodating different ideas and reaching agreement 
  • research skills. 

Career development opportunities while you study 

Discover more about the various opportunities that our Aberystwyth University Careers Service offers. 

Enhance your employability prospects with GO Wales and our Year in Employment Scheme (YES) which are both managed by our Careers Service. 

Teaching & Learning

What will I learn? 

During your first year you will receive core training in a number of subjects. 

You will study the legal system components that are fundamental to a qualifying law degree and gain a comprehensive overview of the criminal justice system, as well as an insight into the relationship and interaction of the two systems. 

You will explore key theoretical perspectives that help to explain crime and social disorder in society, examining these within their social and political context and looking at how they have informed criminal justice systems and processes. 

You will study the principles of criminal law upon which most offences are based, and the key criteria in identifying the most serious of criminal offences. You will examine social control generally and crime control specifically, delving into the theoretical and philosophical perspectives of each. 

In your second and final year you will study a small number of core legal topics and will tailor your studies through careful selection from a range of elective modules. 

This is a themed degree and you will be directed by the Department towards modules that are related to the theme of the scheme. The Dissertation would also be related to the particular themes of the scheme. 

How will I be taught? 

You will be taught through a combination of innovative and high-quality lectures, tutorials and seminars. 

Our lectures will introduce you to key concepts and relevant up-to-date information. You will also have access to recorded versions of lectures. 

Our tutorials and seminars are an opportunity for you to discuss specific legal themes or topics, and to evaluate and obtain feedback on your individual learning while at the same time improving your construction of legal arguments. 

How will I be assessed? 

You will be assessed through essays, exams, study logs or portfolios and oral presentations including mooting exercises. 

A personal tutor will be assigned to you for the duration of your degree course. Your personal tutor will be your key contact if you have any issues or queries. 

Typical Entry Requirements

UCAS Tariff 128 - 104

A Levels ABB-BCC

GCSE requirements (minimum grade C/4):
English or Welsh

BTEC National Diploma:

International Baccalaureate:

European Baccalaureate:
75%-65% overall

English Language Requirements:
See our Undergraduate English Language Requirements for this course. Pre-sessional English Programmes are also available for students who do not meet our English Language Requirements.

Country Specific Entry Requirements:
International students whose qualification is not listed on this page, can check our Country Specific Entry Requirements for further information.

The University welcomes undergraduate applications from students studying the Access to Higher Education Diploma or T-level qualifications, provided that relevant subject content and learning outcomes are met. We are not able to accept Access to Higher Education Diplomas or T-levels as a general qualification for every undergraduate degree course.
Our inclusive admissions policy values breadth as well as depth of study. Applicants are selected on their own individual merits and offers can vary. If you would like to check the eligibility of your qualifications before submitting an application, please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office for advice and guidance.

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