Key Facts

  • UCAS Tariff

    104 - 128

  • Course Length

    3 Year

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The LLB Law and Criminology is perfect for anyone ambitious for a law career in the 21st century. This challenging and stimulating course within the Department of Law and Criminology will introduce you to the basics of Law alongside Criminology modules which introduce theories and debates relating to crime, deviance, victimhood, law and punishment. You will benefit from the experience and the enthusiasm of our expert staff, many of whom have also practiced as barristers, solicitors, thus providing 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.

Student Satisfaction and Employability Results

91% overall satisfaction for the Department of Law and Criminology (NSS 2020).

Top 10 in the UK for Student Experience for the subject of Law (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019)


This twenty-first century LLB Law Degree encompasses a range of traditional and contemporary legal subjects and will deliver the skills and competences which will make you ‘career ready’ and to enhance 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 e.g. GRETA, the Country Side Commission for Wales, 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).


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


Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Legal and Criminal Justice Systems * LC10120 20
Crime Control and Prevention * LC10320 20
Legal Skills and Research * LC10420 20
Criminal Law * LC10520 20
Introduction to Criminology * LC12220 20
Tort * LC11120 20
Foundations of Psychology LC13620 20
Contract Law * LC13820 20
Criminology in Action * LC14120 20


Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Law and Criminology Dissertation * LC39000
Law and Criminology Dissertation * LC39020 20


Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Human Rights * LC35220 20
Sports Law and Society * LC37920 20
Intellectual Property Law * LC38620 20
Law and Criminology Dissertation * LC39000
Law and Criminology Dissertation * LC39020 20
Cyfraith a Pholisi Cymru CT32120 20
Sgiliau Cyflogadwyedd ar gyfer Gweithwyr Proffesiynol CT36600
Sgiliau Cyflogadwyedd ar gyfer Gweithwyr Proffesiynol CT36620 20
Land Law * LC34820 20
Equity and Trusts * LC34920 20
Commercial Law LC36220 20
Criminal Justice and the Penal System LC36320 20
Family and Child Law LC36420 20
Principles of Evidence LC36520 20
Employability Skills for Professionals LC36600
Employability Skills for Professionals LC36620 20
Medicine Ethics and the Law LC36720 20
Labour Law LC36820 20
International Law LC36920 20
Environmental Law LC37720 20
Sports Law and Society * LC37920 20
Critical Perspectives on Imprisonment * LC32020 20
Psychology and Crime LC34020 20
Crime and Punishment in Historical Perspective * LC33020 20
Contemporary Issues in Criminology * LC34220 20
Treatment and Rehabilitation of Offenders * LC39120 20
Criminal Justice Placement * LC32500
Criminal Justice Placement * LC32520 20
Law and Criminology Dissertation * LC39000
Law and Criminology Dissertation * LC39020 20
Traethawd Estynedig Empeiraidd Troseddeg CT30100
Traethawd Estynedig Empeiraidd Troseddeg CT30140 40
Cyflwyniad i Droseddeg CT32220 20
Troseddeg Feirniadol a Radical CT37120 20
Empirically Based Criminology Dissertation LC30100
Empirically Based Criminology Dissertation LC30140 40
Criminal Law * LC30520 20
Police, Policing and Society * LC31020 20
Introduction to Criminology LC32220 20
Youth Crime and Justice LC36120 20
Criminal Justice and the Penal System LC36320 20
Principles of Evidence LC36520 20
Critical and Radical Criminology LC37120 20
Psychological Explanations of Criminal Behaviour LC38120 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.
  • Your LLB in Law offers you the possibility 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:

  • Possess the confidence in selecting and deploying the most appropriate range of legal methodologies;
  • Ability to write and communicate with a range of audiences, evaluating and organising information;
  • 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. 

Learning & Teaching

What will I learn?

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

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;
  • Sociological and psychological approaches to the study of criminal behaviour; 
  • The relationship of the judicial precedent and the court system;
  •  Essential research skills in criminology;
  • Analyse the process of creating legislation and how it is interpreted by judges.

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.

You will also have the opportunity to complete a Personal Development Plan (PDP) at Aberystwyth. This is a structured process of self-appraisal, reflection, and planning, which will enable you to chart your personal, academic and professional development throughout your time at university. By recording your academic performance, and highlighting the skills you already have and those you will need for future employability, the PDP portfolio will equip you with the necessary tools to plan effectively, develop successful approaches to study, and consider your future career options and aspirations

Typical Entry Requirements

UCAS Tariff 104 - 128

A Levels ABB-BCC

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

BTEC National Diploma:

International Baccalaureate:

European Baccalaureate:
75%-65% overall

The University welcomes applications from students studying the Access to Higher Education Diploma. 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 are studying a qualification not listed on this page, please get in touch with the Undergraduate Admissions Office for further advice. Details about the country-specific qualifications the University accepts can be found on our country-specific pages. For further information, contact

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