Law (Joint Honours)

What is Joint Honours?

A Joint Honours degree gives you the opportunity to study two subjects as one degree. This type of degree will broaden your skill set and enhance your career prospects.

You can combine any two subjects as long as they’re in different zones, find out what you can combine this subject with.

Why choose this course?

Studying Law at Derby offers you an exciting combination of high quality teaching, specialist facilities and real-world learning opportunities.

  • Choose from a wide range of modules covering fascinating and topical legal issues
  • Practise hands-on legal skills such as drafting, advocacy, interviewing and negotiation, depending on your module choice
  • Build your practical experience in some of the country’s most advanced facilities for the study of Law, including courtrooms and interview suites
  • Learn from an experienced and enthusiastic teaching team with an international profile, many of whom have practised as solicitors or barristers themselves 
  • Broaden your skills and knowledge by combining Law with another subject, opening up a wider range of career paths
  • Shape your future at a university ranked in the top twelve in England for employability.
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UCAS code: Y002

Start date: September and January

Course length: Full time: three years

Campus: One Friar Gate Square, Derby Campus

College: College of Law, Humanities and Social Sciences

About this course

This intellectually stimulating and challenging programme allows you to combine your study of Law with another subject, broadening your perspectives and career prospects.

Choice and flexibility

You’ll discover a wide range of exciting and interesting options to choose from. You can select modules which match your personal interests, reflect your career aspirations or complement the other Joint Honours subject you are studying.

First-rate facilities

We offer some of the country’s most impressive facilities for the study of Law. Described as “exceptional” by Skills for Justice and including brand new crown, magistrates and family courts, they replicate environments encountered in real-life legal situations.

Expertise and inspiration

We place a strong emphasis on the development of academic, intellectual and personal skills throughout your studies. Our approachable and friendly lecturers are dedicated to supporting students of all ages from a wide variety of backgrounds. Our teaching is enriched by research covering some of the most pressing legal issues confronting society today, from slavery to digital privacy.

Networked into the profession

We work in close partnership with the legal profession locally and nationally, which gives you vital insights into practice and helps you develop your skills, networks and employability. Our celebrated Public Lecture Series brings influential figures to the University to shed new light on changes and challenges at the heart of the legal system.

An outstanding learning experience

You’ll discover a rich programme of extra-curricular events, including study trips and the chance to take part in mooting competitions. A highlight of our calendar is the prestigious black tie law dinner where you can network with members of the local judiciary and legal profession. You can also join our active student Law Society which runs educational, social and careers advice events.

Bright career prospects

We pride ourselves on producing able and employable graduates. Throughout your course, you will be encouraged to plan for your future career. You will have the chance to take part in careers events, CV clinics and mock interviews to help realise your potential. We also have a specialist careers advisor dedicated to Law students.

Popular Joint Honours combinations

Joint Honours gives you the flexibility to cover two subjects in one degree. Popular combinations with Law include:

  • Law and Criminology
  • Law and Psychology
  • Law and Business

You can also consider studying Law as a single honours subject with our LLB (Hons) and LLB (Hons) with Criminology.

What you will cover

Whether you take the minor, joint or major route, you will have a selection of modules to choose from. These may include:

Stage one

  • Principles of Law 
  • Administrative Law and Human Rights
  • Constitutional Law and Civil Liberties 
  • Contract Law: Theory and Practice
  • Tortious Liability and Negligence 
  • Specific Torts and Remedies 

Stage two

  • Administrative Law and Human Rights*
  • Commercial and Consumer Law 
  • Company Law 
  • Constitutional Law and Civil Liberties*
  • Contract Law: Theory and Practice* 
  • Criminal Law: Principles and Application 
  • Criminal Practice and Property Offences
  • Employment Law
  • European Union Law 
  • European Union Trade Law
  • Evidence 
  • Family Law and Practice 
  • International Human Rights Law 
  • Public International Law
  • Tortious Liability and Negligence*
  • Specific Torts and Remedies*

Stage three

  • Administrative Law and Human Rights*
  • Child Protection
  • Commercial and Consumer Law*
  • Company Law*
  • Constitutional Law and Civil Liberties*
  • Contract Law: Theory and Practice* 
  • Coroners Court 
  • Criminal Law: Principles and Application*
  • Criminal Practice and Property Offences*
  • Employment Law*
  • European Union Law*
  • European Union Trade Law*
  • Evidence*
  • Family Law and Practice*
  • Licensing Law
  • Independent Studies 
  • Intellectual Property Law 
  • International Human Rights Law*
  • Medical Law and Ethics 
  • Mental Health Law 
  • Public International Law*
  • Road Traffic Offences 
  • Sustainable Development and International Business Law 
  • Tortious Liability and Negligence*
  • Specific Torts and Remedies*
  • *If not taken during a previous stage

Entry requirements

September 2015 entry
UCAS Points 220-300* (up to 60 from level 3 qualifications)
Specific Subjects Required? N/A
September 2016 entry
UCAS Points 220-300* (up to 60 from level 3 qualifications)
Specific Subjects Required? N/A

The UCAS point requirements above will be made up primarily from your core A2s (full A Levels) or equivalent qualifications such as BTEC Diploma, International Baccalaureate, Scottish Highers etc.

We will accept a certain value of points (detailed above) from level 3 qualifications such as AS Levels (where those AS Levels are not taken on to A2 Level), the Extended project, or Music qualifications.

We don't accept points from Key Skills Level 3. If you have any questions about what is or isn't accepted, please contact our Admissions team.

We also accept the Access to HE Diploma.

Your points at level 3 will be in addition to 5 GCSEs at grade C or equivalent level 2 qualifications.

*This will depend on which programme you're combining this one with, for example most Joint Honours programmes require 260 points, but anything combined with Law will require 300 points.

The UCAS tariff points are a guide - we'll also consider all the information that you've included in your application. We'll also want to see that you're enthusiastic and motivated to take this course and that you have the potential to benefit from coming to university.

General undergraduate entry requirements

How to apply

Fees and finance

2015/16 Fees

This is a classroom based course.

UK/EU students

  • Full time: £8,500 (each year)
  • £1,060 per module (you usually take the equivalent of 18 single modules)

International students

  • Full time: £10,900

These fees apply if you're starting this course between September 2015 and August 2016. We recommend you check fee details with us though, as they can change. Costs can increase each year.

2016/17 Fees

UK/EU students

  • Full-time: £9,000 (each year)

These fees apply if you're starting this course between September 2016 and August 2017. We recommend you check fee details with us though, as they can change. Costs can increase each year.

How you will learn

Teaching and learning

You will enjoy a variety of methods of teaching, including formal lectures, problem-solving tutorials, seminar discussion groups, computer-assisted learning, group work and practical activities to develop skills such as interviewing, negotiation and oral presentation.


You will be assessed through group work, oral presentations, written coursework and examinations, enabling you to develop and demonstrate your legal knowledge and skills effectively.

Who you will meet

Chris Poole - Programme Leader and Principal Lecturer in Law. Chris specialises in intellectual property law covering areas such as copyright, trademarks, patents and confidential information; information technology law relating to computers, the internet and technology; and contract law. Hehas lectured in Germany, the Czech Republic, Israel and Malaysia, as well as the UK.

Scott Atkins - Senior Lecturer in Law with research interests centred on equity and trusts. His publications include Equity & Trusts (Routledge-Cavendish, 2013 - second edition in progress); Insights into Trusts Law: The Channel Islands and beyond (Institute of Law, 2013) and Futter & Pitt: Mistakes by Trustees (Institute of Law, 2014).

Lisa Cherkassky - Senior Lecturer in Law with research interests in medical law, medical ethics, the law surrounding organ transplantation and saviour siblings, and criminal law. Lisa is Chief Editor of The Journal of Medical Law and Ethics.

Karen Clubb - Senior Lecturer in Law whose teaching responsibilities centre on criminal law and independent studies. Karen also has a keen interest in medical law and ethics, having worked as a health professional in the NHS for almost 20 years.

Cherry Diggle - Lecturer in Land Law with additional research interests in medical law and ethics, including the legal considerations relating to end-of-life decision-making, stem-cell technology and human enhancement.

Christie Eaton - Lecturer in Law and solicitor teaching in areas such as legal skills and ethics as well as EU law.

George Ellison - a former police officer and Senior Lecturer in Law who specialises in teaching public law, human rights and crime.

David Hodgkinson - Senior Lecturer in Law who is also responsible for our students’ participation in external mooting competitions. A former LawCareers.Net Law Lecturer of the Year, David has research interests which centre on inchoate liability and the judicial 'matrix', and UK law enforcement in the fight against white-collar crime. His publications include Virtual Criminal Lawyer (Pearson Education, 2013).

Rachael Ita - Lecturer in Law who previously practised as a barrister and solicitor in Nigeria. Her research interests centre on international law, administrative law and human rights law.

Sue Jennings - Senior Lecturer in Law who specialises in teaching employment law and practises as a solicitor in Derby. Sue co-ordinates the hugely popular and successful Annual Skills Triathlon organised by the University of Derby and Derby & District Law Society.

Joel Klaff - Senior Lecturer in Law whose subject areas include contractual obligations, commercial law, international trade, international business and commercial theory. His research interests centre on learning, teaching and assessment within the context of international and personal development.

Tim Marangon - Lecturer in Law specialising in tort law and professional skills. Tim is currently writing a book on Medical Law, to be published by Routledge.

Larry Mead - Senior Lecturer in Law specialising in company law and evidence. Larry has combined his academic career with practice as a criminal law barrister and has published in the areas of company and business law.

Tony Wragg - University Principal Tutor in Law and former solicitor whose research interests include clinical legal education. Tony is editor of Nutshells Family Law for Thomsons and Chair of the Management Committee of the Citizens Advice and Law Centre in Derby.

Careers and employability

Studying Law as a Joint Honours subject represents a unique opportunity to develop an impressive combination of skills, making you an attractive prospect for future employers. While Joint Honours Law does not fully qualify you to proceed to train as a barrister or solicitor, it does enable partial qualification which you can ‘top up’ through part-time study on graduation.

Even if you don’t want to become a legal practitioner, you will find that Joint Honours Law provides a stepping stone to many other career areas requiring legal knowledge. These include careers in, for example, local government, criminal justice agencies, the Crown Prosecution Service, and charitable and voluntary sector organisations.

Your degree can also provide a pathway to further postgraduate study. We offer an exciting and successful portfolio of LLMs if you wish to continue to develop your legal knowledge at masters level.

What our students say

"I wanted to combine two of my passions to create a degree I knew I would enjoy and which would maintain my interest throughout my three years of learning." Helen Smith

Contact details

Course leader: Chris Poole
T: +44 (0)1332 591437

College of Law, Humanities and Social Sciences
T: +44 (0)1332 591896

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Where will I study?

One Friar Gate Square, Derby Campus