School of Law, Criminology and Government

LLB (Hons) Law with Criminology and Criminal Justice Studies

Ready to make your mark? Our academically challenging, qualifying law degree will prepare you for a career in the legal or criminal justice professions and beyond. With strong public and private sector connections, and a focus on workplace learning, we’ll ground you in the fundamentals of law and criminology so you can set your sights high. From national competitions to High Court appeals and community projects our students win acclaim.

You’ll benefit from working with a faculty of highly qualified law and criminal justice staff who provide a great mix of research-informed and practice-led teaching. You will also learn your practice while making a real difference to real clients, with work experience placements open to all year two and three students, supported by our well-connected Law Clinic.

NSS results for LLB (Hons) Law with Criminology and Criminal Justice Studies

We’re very proud of our National Student Survey (NSS) 2018 return showing that 100% of students are satisfied with the quality of the course overall. 100% of students agreed that staff are good at explaining things and 100% agreed the course is intellectually stimulating. 

Key features

  • Get ahead with a skills-focused, qualifying law degree designed to help you stand out with employers, whatever your career goals.
  • Learn your practice while making a real difference to real clients, with work experience placements open to all year 2 and 3 students, supported by our well-connected Law Clinic.
  • Benefit from working with a faculty of highly qualified law and criminal justice staff who provide a great mix of research-informed and practice-led teaching.
  • Choose the subjects that most interest you from a range of elective law or criminology modules, so you can shape your degree and prepare for a career inside or outside the legal and criminal justice sectors.
  • Take part in a range of competitions and social activities, as well as networking with high-profile guest speakers and prospective employers, as a member of our highly successful, student-run Student Law Society.
  • Make a difference – draw on our inter-disciplinary approach to study with a focus on contemporary issues and gain a real insight into the nature of crime, the workings of the criminal justice system and the society around you. You will graduate equipped with the skills to bring about change.
  • Deepen your understanding and insight through our sophisticated array of online resources.
  • Pursue your ambition to become a solicitor, barrister or criminal justice professional, or a range of other professions linked to law and criminology.
  • Enjoy the opportunity to mix with students and organisations from both the law and criminology and criminal justice parts of Plymouth Law School. You’ll benefit socially and boost your employability too.

Course details

  • Year 1
  • In the first year, you’ll learn about the core theories, principles and processes of the law, introducing you to how it’s studied and practised. We’ve structured the curriculum so that alongside studying legal systems, contract, constitutional and administrative law (fulfilling the requirements of professional bodies), you’ll also get to grips with criminology and start to develop the kind of critical thinking and self-reflective skills that will equip you for your chosen career.
    Core modules
    • CCJS1112 Criminology and Crime Problems

      This module introduces students to the subject of criminology. It emphasises criminology's multi-disciplinary and the different perspectives, methods and sources of information that it draws upon in developing theories about the different causes and problematizations of crime and deviance.

    • LAW1208 Legal Systems and Skills

      Overview of the English Legal System with reference to the criminal and civil legal process and their operation in terms of dispute resolution; introduction to the role, influence and impact of International Law, the law of the European Union and European Convention on Human Rights, and their relationship to English law and procedure.

    • LAW1209 Contract Law

      An introduction to the law of contract through study of the essential elements in contract formation. This module then considers the nature and relative significance of contractual terms. The module fulfils the contract law professional requirements of the JASB

    • LAW1214 Introduction to Law

      This short immersive module will provide a basic introduction to the study of law, the law making process and legal institutions, and the legal profession. It provides a platform to enable students to develop the relevant legal and practical skills to effectively undertake a law degree.

    • LAW1216 Contemporary Legal Issues

      This module focuses on developing critical thinking about the role of law in dealing with the challenges of social change in the 21st century. This discourse will be positioned within a detailed understanding of the concept of human rights (in a national, European and international context) and the legal principles involved in the protection of such rights, with specific reference to the European Convention on Human Rights and UK Law.

    • LAW1217 Public Law

      This module focuses on Constitutional and Administrative Law, examining fundamental theories and principles, and their application and practice within the British constitution. This module fulfils the professional requirements of the Solicitors Regulation Authority and Bar Standards Board.

    • LAWGEAR1 Graduate Employability and Achievement Record

      A module designed to facilitate students assessing and self-reflecting on their skills and to develop action to cope successfully with the transition to Higher Education. Students will also begin career planning.

  • Year 2
  • In the second year, you’ll focus on real-life scenarios and develop practical skills in areas such as negotiation and advocacy. You’ll study law of tort, land and EU law in depth and begin to tailor your degree to your specific interests by studying criminological and penal theory. Unlike most other law degrees, where you have to wait until your final year, you’ll also start gaining hands-on experience through work-based studies and a compulsory skills module.
    Core modules
    • CCJS2115 Crime, Theory and Culture

      This module examines contemporary criminological theory and scholarship, providing a critical analysis of new directions at the forefront of the discipline. The module covers the intersections of criminology with contemporary social theory, communications theory, urban studies, international relations, cultural theory and zemiology.

    • LAW2213 Land Law

      The module examines the law relating to the ownership of estates and interests in land and the systems of registered and unregistered land. It fulfils the property law professional requirements of the Law Society and Bar Council.

    • LAW2216 Human Rights Law

      This module focuses on the law relating to human rights with reference to national, regional and international law principles. It examines the development and scope of fundamental rights in both theory and practice, and the legitimate limits and restrictions on rights in the interests of balancing conflicting interests in democratic societies.

    • LAW2221 European Union Law

      This module focuses on the law of the European Union. There will be emphasis on the means of enforcing EU Law and substantive legal areas such as the free movement of persons and goods and competition law. This module, in conjunction with the module Legal Systems fulfils the professional requirements of the Law Society and Bar Council.

    • LAW2222 Tort Law

      The Law of Tort is concerned with the creation and imposition of civil rights obligations on people generally. It is focused on the legal protection of a number of key rights, such as the right to bodily integrity, reputation, enjoyment of property and privacy amongst others.

    • LAW2230 Dispute Resolution Skills

      This module focuses on the development of transferable skills based on real-life scenarios with an emphasis on enhancing employability. It revolves around dispute resolution exercises helping ¿clients¿ to resolve disputes using role play and teamwork. It is designed to enhance practical skills such as negotiation as well as so called `soft skills¿ such as people skills and problem solving.

    • LAWGEAR2 Graduate Employability and Achievement Record

      A module designed to facilitate students assessing and self-reflecting on their skills and to develop action to enhance them; and to focus on career development planning to enhance employability.

  • Final year
  • Core modules
    • LAW3242 Criminal law

      "This module provides in depth examination of basic principles and concepts of criminal law, an introduction to modes of participation, and detailed analysis of selected offences and defences. The module fulfils the professional requirements of the Law Society and Bar Council. "

    • LAW3243 Equity and Trusts

      The module examines the principles of equity and the law relating to trusts. It builds on the basic understanding of equity and trusts as acquired through Land Law and fulfils the equity and trusts professional requirements of the Law Society and Bar Council.

    • LAWGEAR3 Graduate Employability and Achievement Record

      A module designed to continue the process of development of self-assessment and reflection with particular focus on career planning and employability post- graduation.

    Optional modules
    • CCJS3165 Crime, Punishment and Social Change

      This module responds to a growing criminological interest in the history of crime and punishment. It examines how attitudes towards crime and the punishments used have changed and developed since the 18th century. It introduces students to historical research methods by utilising both digital and local archives, and encourages them to research aspects from crime history and critically compare and contrast them with contemporary perspectives and criminological literature.

    • CCJS3166 Digital Crime and Deviancy

      This module explores the issue of crime related to digital technology, in particular the Internet. It will consider how digital technology normalises and legitimises criminal activity, with a particular focus on harassment, sexual crimes and activities related to children and young people. The module will also consider approaches to tackling digital crime, considering legislative approaches contrasted against human rights issues.

    • CCJS3170 Deviant Leisure

      This module explores contemporary developments within the study of deviant leisure, offering a theoretically informed understanding of key issues at the forefront of the discipline. Students will have the opportunity to study the changing nature of criminology¿s engagement with leisure against a backdrop of global consumer capitalism.

    • CCJS3172 Critical Hate Studies

      This module will present the problem of `hate crime¿ to students by identifying legislation, policy and practice that has been framed within its context. It will deconstruct the notion of hate crime and provide a critical reflection on the notion of `hate¿ and its manifestations in late modernity.

    • LAW3222 Dissertation

      The production of a substantial dissertation (12,000-15,000 words) on a legal or legally related area with content and form determined by the student. For the LLB with CCJS or Business the dissertation will be set in context.

    • LAW3229 Environmental Law

      The module provides an examination of key themes in environmental law, with a focus on the generation, application and enforcement of this law within a critical and applied context.

    • LAW3230 Family Law

      This module will examine the principles of family law from both theoretical and practical perspectives.

    • LAW3235 Immigration, Nationality and Refugee Law

      This module focuses on the key and topical issues in Immigration, Nationality and Refugee law in the UK. The UK¿s system of immigration control is fully considered and there is some emphasis on the application of decision making to those entering the UK both for immigration purposes and as refugees. There is consideration of the global and European context and of the influence of policy, politics and the media in the field.

    • LAW3238 Sex, Power and Legal Control

      This module examines how law and society controls and regulates sexual behaviour and conduct and why and how it criminalises and punishes certain activities and sexual expression. In particular it will focus on the enactment and implementation of laws relating to sexual autonomy and sex crime and examine how these are practically operationalized within the criminal justice process. Within this context the impact upon those affected by such legal regulation is also examined.

    • LAW3239 Cybercrime: Issues and Regulation

    • LAW3244 Jurisprudence: law, society and justice

      This module follows jurisprudential inquiries into themes and topics relating to the concept of law and the intersection between law and society. It analyses key ideas and theories on the development of legal concepts and regulatory frameworks. It adopts a broad range of theoretical perspectives from sociology, cultural studies and economics to examine the phenomenon of law, providing a platform for developing rich interdisciplinary discussion and reflection.

    • LAW3247 Work-Based Learning

      A 40 credit module in which students develop intellectual, practical, transferable and ethical skills in a work-based learning context. The placement may be in or for any work-based organisation, though many of these will be law related. Students may be placed within one of the Law School's Law Clinic projects or within a Law Clinic partner organisation or they may choose to find the whole or part of their work experience independently.

Every undergraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the course aims, the course structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

The following programme specification represents the latest course structure and may be subject to change:

LLB Law and LLB with Business and with CCJS Programme Specification Aug19 4490

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

Entry requirements

UCAS tariff

104 - 120

A levels: 104-120 points including a minimum of two A levels. Excluding general studies. 

GCSE: All applicants must have GCSE (or equivalent) mathematics and English at grade C or above.

18 Unit BTEC National Diploma/QCF Extended Diploma: DMM–DDM in any subject. 12 Unit BTEC Diploma: D*D to D*D* dependant on subject.

BTEC National Diploma modules
If you hold a BTEC qualification it is vital that you provide our Admissions team with details of the exact modules you have studied as part of the BTEC. Without this information we may be unable to process your application quickly and you could experience significant delays in the progress of your application to study with us. Please explicitly state the full list of modules within your qualification at the time of application.

Access: Pass a named Access to HE Diploma in any subject with at least 33 credits at merit/distinction.

International Baccalaureate: 27–30 overall to include Higher Level 4 English and Maths accepted within: Higher Level = 4, Standard Level = 5.

All relevant international qualifications will be considered - please contact

Short of the entry requirements for this course? Don’t worry you may be eligible for a foundation year to prepare you for possible entry onto this course for the following year.

English language requirements 

For a full list of all acceptable qualifications please refer to our tariff glossary.

Fees, costs and funding

EU applicants should refer to our dedicated Brexit webpage for details of the implications of the UK’s plans to leave the European Union.

New Student 2019 2020
Home/EU £9,250 To be confirmed
International £13,400 To be confirmed
Part time (Home/EU) To be confirmed To be confirmed
Full time fees shown are per annum. Part time fees shown are per a number of credits. Please note that fees are reviewed on an annual basis. Fees and the conditions that apply to them shown in the prospectus are correct at the time of going to print. Fees shown on the web are the most up to date but are still subject to change in exceptional circumstances.

Undergraduate scholarships for international students

To reward outstanding achievement the University of Plymouth offers scholarship schemes to help towards funding your studies.

Find out whether you are eligible and how you can apply

Additional costs

This course is delivered by the Faculty of Arts and Humanities and more details of any additional costs associated with the faculty's courses are listed on the following page: Faculty of Arts and Humanities additional costs.

How to apply

All applications for undergraduate courses are made through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). 

UCAS will ask for the information contained in the box at the top of this course page including the UCAS course code and the institution code. 

To apply for this course and for more information about submitting an application including application deadline dates, please visit the UCAS website.

Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email

Student Insight

The academic staff are very supportive and encourage students to explore different career opportunities and gain vital work experience so after graduation you are attractive to potential employers.

Faith Pengilly, Criminology and Criminal Justice Studies graduate.


Do you see yourself working as a barrister or taking your legal skills into the business sector? Whatever your chosen path, we’ll work closely with you throughout your degree to help you set your career off in the right direction.

Find out more about career opportunities

Student success stories

As well as benefitting from excellent teaching and unrivalled opportunities to learn in the workplace, becoming a Plymouth law student also means you can join one of the most active societies of its kind in the country.

Find out more about the Plymouth Student Law Society

Study sessions for students by students: Peer Assisted Learning Scheme (PALS)

To complement your formal learning we offer regular sessions that provide the opportunity for you to learn with and from your peers. Share knowledge, discuss ideas, and ask questions in a relaxed and friendly environment

If you are a first or second year take the opportunity to study in a relaxed environment, along with other students on the same programme.

Find out more about how PALS can benefit your studies

International study pathways with the University of Plymouth International College

The University of Plymouth International College (UPIC) offer university foundation, first year degree and pre-masters pathways to a range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. With 96% of all students progressing on to their chosen University of Plymouth degree, the UPIC pathways are an excellent alternative entry point for international students.

Find out more about your study opportunities with UPIC


* These are the latest results from the National Student Survey. Please note that the data published on Unistats is updated annually in September.

The results of the National Student Survey (NSS) and the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey (DLHE) are made available to prospective students and their advisors through the Unistats website.