Course details

Study options

Full-time: 3 years, Part-time: 6 years

UK/EU fee

£9,250 per year* (2020/21)

International fee

£14,045 per year (2020/21)

UCAS points

112* (September 2020 entry)

UCAS code


Course level



Joint Honours

Start date



One Friar Gate Square, Derby Campus

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.

Course description

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

Law (Joint Honours) is not a qualifying law degree and therefore does not exempt you from the academic stage of legal training. After successful completion of stage one and dependant on your module choices in your first year, it may be possible to transfer onto the second year of the LLB Law which is a qualifying degree. 

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. 

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.

A chance to study abroad

We have strong links with universities in France, Italy and the Czech Republic. Through the Go Places, Go Further programme, you could even spend part of your studies studying abroad - an excellent way to improve your academic experience and enhance your job prospects while enjoying a different culture.

Popular Joint Honours combinations

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

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

What you will study

You can study Law as either a joint, major or minor subject. This will determine how many modules you’ll study at each stage. Please check your other subject to ensure it is possible to create your chosen combination.


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

You will study modules such as:

  • Legal Context Skills and Ethics
  • Administrative Law and Human Rights
  • Constitutional Law and Civil Liberties 
  • Contract Law: Theory and Practice
  • Tortious Liability and Negligence 
  • Specific Torts and Remedies 

You will study modules such as:

  • 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
  • Family Law and Practice 
  • International Human Rights Law 
  • Public International Law
  • Specific Torts and Remedies*
  • Tortious Liability and Negligence*  

You will study modules such as:

  • Child Protection
  • Commercial and Consumer Law*
  • Company Law*
  • 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 

*If not taken during a previous stage

Please note: modules are subject to availability, and may change to suit the needs of industry. 

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

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Find out more about Law

The best way to find out if studying at Derby is right for you is to experience an Open Day. Get a feel for the city and campus, tour our first-class facilities and see where you could be living.

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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 may be assessed through a mixture of group work, oral presentations, written coursework and examinations, enabling you to develop and demonstrate your legal knowledge and skills effectively.

Who you will meet

George Ellison - Lecturer in Law and the link tutor for Joint Honours students who study law modules. George is a former police officer and Senior Lecturer in Law who specialises in teaching public law, human rights and crime.

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.

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.

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 - Head of Derby Law School 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 teaching tort law and has a keen interest in medical law.  Indeed, he is currently working on Chapters in 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.

Chris Poole - 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 lawHe has lectured in Germany, the Czech Republic, Israel and Malaysia, as well as the UK.

Entry requirements

September 2020 typical entry requirements

RequirementWhat we're looking for
UCAS points112* (up to 16 from AS-levels)
Specific requirements at A-level

No specific subject requirements

Specific requirements at GCSEGCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification
Interview / AuditionN/A

Alternative entry qualifications:

For joint honours degree entry you will need to choose two subjects. The entry criteria here is for this subject only. Your offer will be based on the higher entry criteria from the two subjects you choose to do. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria/offer conditions.

*The UCAS Points required for entry will depend on the subjects you choose to combine. The subject with the higher entry requirements will determine your offer.

Our entry requirements for this course should be read together with the University's general entry requirements, which details subjects we accept, alternative qualifications and what we're looking for at Derby.

Fees and funding

2020/21 Fees


£9,250 per year*

£1,155 per module*


£14,045 per year


* The fees stated above are for the 2019/20 academic year; fees for 2020/21 have not yet been confirmed by the UK government. We will update this information as soon as it is available.

Further information about our fees and support you may be entitled to.

Additional costs and optional extras

How to apply

UK/EU students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

Part-time students should apply directly to the University.

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Guidance for EU students post-Brexit

International students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

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Guidance for international applicants applying for an undergraduate degree


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. Whilst a Joint Honours Law degree does not fully qualify you to proceed to train as a barrister or solicitor, it does provide a stepping stone to many other career areas requiring legal knowledge. These include for example careers in 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. If you wish to continue to develop your legal knowledge at masters level, we offer an exciting and successful portfolio of LLMs.

As a graduate of the University of Derby, you may benefit from an alumni discount on your postgraduate course fees if you continue to study with us. Further information can be found here.

Programme leader

George Ellison

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Additional information about your studies

You will typically study your two subjects equally at stage one, before choosing whether you want to major in one subject at stages two and three.

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Teaching hours

Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.

Additional costs and optional extras

We’re committed to providing you with an outstanding learning experience. Our expert teaching, excellent facilities and great employability prepare you for your future career. As part of our commitment to you we aim to keep any additional study costs to a minimum. However, there are occasions where students may incur some additional costs.

Included in your fees

Mandatory costs not included in your fees

Optional costs not included in your fees

Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.

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