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The LLB Law and Criminology is perfect for anyone who has ambitions of a law career in the 21st century. This challenging and stimulating course within the Department of Law & Criminology at Aberystwyth University will introduce you to the basics of Law alongside Criminology modules that introduce theories and debates relating to crime, deviance, victimhood, law and punishment. 

You will benefit from the experience and enthusiasm of our expert staff, many of whom have also practised as barristers and solicitors, which offers a practical application to your theoretical studies. 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

This twenty-first century LLB Law and Criminology degree encompasses a range of traditional and contemporary legal subjects and will deliver the skills and competences to make you ‘career ready’, enhancing your employability in a legal context.

Why study Law and Criminology at Aberystwyth University?

  • It is a practical law degree designed to meet employer needs and taught by experienced legal professionals and academics.
  • Upon completion, you will be eligible to continue vocational training on the Legal Practice Course (LPC), or the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC).
  • Successful completion of particular modules will grant you exemption from certain professional examinations.
  • Taught by professionals who are active for large organisations eg GRETA, the Youth Justice Board, the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.
  • Excellent social and professional opportunities, visits to Law Fairs and Inns of Court in London.
  • Option to do a work placement module in different areas of law.
  • Option to study abroad in the second year at one of our many partner universities in Europe, USA, Canada and Australia.
  • Option to participate in our national and international competing Mooting Society, in order 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 - 2022

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
Company Law LC27220 20
Criminal Justice and the Penal System LC26320 20
Drugs and Crime LC28220 20
Environmental Law LC27720 20
Equity and Trusts LC24920 20
European Law LC20720 20
Family and Child Law LC26420 20
Human Rights LC25220 20
Intellectual Property Law LC28620 20
Labour Law LC26820 20
Land Law LC24820 20
Medicine Ethics and the Law LC26720 20
Principles of Evidence LC26520 20
Public Law LC20620 20
Contemporary Issues in Criminology LC24220 20
Crime & Punishment in Historical Perspective LC23020 20
Crime and the Media LC24320 20
Criminal Justice Placement LC22520 20
Critical Perspectives on Imprisonment LC22020 20
Introduction to Criminology LC22220 20
Police, Policing and Society LC21020 20
Psychological Explanations of Criminal Behaviour LC28120 20
Psychology and Crime LC24020 20
Psychopathology LC29220 20
Treatment and Rehabilitation of Offenders LC29120 20
Victimology LC20820 20
Youth Crime and Justice LC26120 20

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh


Your LLB in Law and Criminology opens up a range of exciting opportunities for you.

  • You will be a strong candidate for training to become a barrister or a solicitor.
  • You will have the potential to succeed in many different areas including criminology, financial management, business, human resources, international relations, journalism and 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-work, with the ability to discuss concepts in groups, accommodating different ideas and reaching agreement
  • research skills.

What career opportunities are there as a student at Aberystwyth?

Discover more about the various opportunities that our Aberystwyth University Careers team offer.

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

Course Content

What will I learn?

The breakdown below will provide you with an illustration of what you may study during this three-year degree scheme.

In the First Year you will:

  • receive core training in a number of subjects e.g. Contract law, Criminal Law and Tort Law, which must be studied and passed for exemption from the first stage of professional law examinations
  • explore the structure and development of the English and Welsh Legal system
  • learn about sociological and psychological approaches to the study of criminal behaviour 
  • study the relationship of the judicial precedent and the court system
  • learn essential research skills in criminology
  • analyse the process of creating legislation and how it is interpreted by judges.

In the second year and third year, you will be introduced to:

  • EU Law
  • Public Law
  • Critical perspectives of imprisonment 
  • Police, Policing and Society
  • Youth Crime and Youth Justice 
  • Psychology and crime
  • Equity and the Law of Trusts Land Law.

You will also be able to tailor your study through careful selection from a range of elective modules.

How will I be taught?

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials and seminars which are innovating and high quality allowing you to realise your potential.

In your lectures, you will be introduced 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 particular legal themes or topics, to evaluate and obtain feedback on your individual learning whilst at the same time improving your construction of legal arguments.

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

You will be assigned a personal tutor throughout your time at the Aberystwyth Law School. Your personal tutor will be the key contact when you have 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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