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Course details

Study options

Full-time: 3 years

UK/EU fee

£9,250 per year* (2020/21)

International fee

£14,045 per year (2020/21)

UCAS points

120 (September 2020 entry)

UCAS code

M1M2

Course level

Undergraduate

Start date

September

Location

One Friar Gate Square, Derby Campus

Course description

By studying our LLB (Hons) with Criminology you’ll gain a comprehensive all-round undergraduate legal education, alongside a thorough grounding in criminology and the challenges facing criminal justice professionals today.

You'll cover every aspect of legal services and engage with all the core professional skills, bringing what you read in the textbooks to life through genuine practical experience. At the same time, you’ll debate major ideas about retribution, rehabilitation and punishment, exploring why people commit crime, why laws are created and broken, the effectiveness of sentencing and punishment, and the impact of crime on victims, communities and wider society. 

Flexibility and choice are a cornerstone of this course: our broad selection of optional modules means that you can specialise in areas as diverse as company law, commercial and consumer law, family law, international human rights, child protection, murder, psychopathy, cybercrime and miscarriages of justice.  

Professional Recognition 

The Derby LLB (Hons) with Criminology meets stringent criteria set by the Bar Standards Board and Solicitors Regulation Authority and covers all the foundations of legal knowledge. As a ‘qualifying law degree’, it offers exemptions from the academic stage of study if you want to progress to become a barrister or solicitor. 

Hands-on learning

Derby Law School has an ethos of ‘learning by doing’ to build your employability skills and ensure you’re work-ready on graduation. We offer different variations of real-world learning to take legal education out of the abstract and into reality – from mooting competitions and mock trials to drafting contracts and bail applications.

Work placements enable you to learn more about the legal sector. Through the Law School’s excellent relationship with the local legal profession, some of our students in previous years have had the opportunity to undertake work placements.  The Law School actively supports students in identifying work placements where possible. A vibrant programme of ‘paid for’ study visits will give you insights into the profession, including fieldtrips to local courts. Previous students on our LLB (Hons) with Criminology have toured London, including the Supreme Court and the Houses of Parliament and have also visited The Hague, the legal capital of the world, where you can see the international courts in action. There is also an opportunity to visit Dublin to explore a different legal system.

Links with the profession

Contributions from the wider legal community, including regular careers talks and workshops, are central to this course. Through our professional mentoring scheme, practitioners from the legal field will share their perspectives with you. All students on the course are eligible to apply for this scheme. Previous mentors have included serving judges, solicitors and barristers. In some cases this has led to placements, part-time paralegal work and even permanent jobs for our students.

A highlight of our academic calendar is a prestigious black-tie law dinner where you can network with members of the local judiciary and legal profession. In addition, the Derby Junior Lawyers group invites our students to networking events and social opportunities. You can also join our active student Law Society.

Student Legal Advice Centre and Pro Bono work

Our Student Legal Advice Centre enables you to build your skills in clinical legal practice by offering free advice and assistance to members of the public. It reaches out to individuals who might otherwise be unable to access such services due to financial constraints.

Through the Centre, you’ll undertake a high-quality programme of training, engage in simulated scenarios and then work under the close supervision of a qualified solicitor to help members of the community with issues including family law and criminal injuries compensation authority claims. You’ll meet with clients, take instructions, carry out research and advise accordingly. In some circumstances, you could even represent the client at a form of tribunal.

In addition, the Law Student Representation project – a joint initiative between Derby Law School and Derbyshire County Council – provides much-needed social security representation to people countywide. During six-month placements, our students work alongside experienced representatives supporting benefit appeals.

Expert teaching

Our teaching team includes barristers, solicitors, criminal psychologists, sociologists and experienced police officers. Several are still actively engaged with practice, which helps you keep up to date with contemporary issues in justice. Our teaching is also enriched by research covering some of the most pressing issues confronting society today, from slavery to digital privacy.

The LLB (Hons) with Criminology is supported by visiting professors and guest lecturers who are leading authorities in their fields, including a deputy district judge and a coroner. Our celebrated Public Lecture Series also brings influential figures to the University to shed new light on the legal system.

Extra qualifications

If you have a particular interest in youth justice, the LLB (Hons) with Criminology gives you the chance to achieve an additional professional qualification – the Youth Justice in Effective Practice Certificate (YJEPC) – alongside your degree studies.

The YJEPC is the most widely held qualification in youth justice: since it was launched in 2012, it has been adopted by over half of the Youth Offending Teams countrywide to improve the skills of their staff. Bringing together current theory, practice and evidence, it will not only boost your employability but also help you to make more effective judgements in your future career.

The opportunity to gain the YJEPC is available if you take two specific modules – Working with Young Offenders and Youth Justice.

Facilities

Law students are based on the Derby Campus at One Friar Gate Square. It includes a mock court room, replica custody suite (expected completion November 2019) and social learning hubs where you can develop your skills and familiarise yourself with the type of environments you’ll encounter in real-life legal situations.

You’ll also be provided with all the leading essential texts from top publishers and unique content from Oxford University Press and Pearson.

Study overseas

Along with our international fieldtrips, we offer you the opportunity to spend time studying abroad as part of the LLB (Hons) with Criminology. We have an extensive network of global associates, including strong partnerships with universities in Pisa, Naples, Paris, The Hague and Brno in the Czech Republic. These not only ensure our curriculum is truly international but also paves the way for exchange opportunities.

Time spent abroad is an excellent way to improve your academic experience and enhance your job prospects while enjoying a different culture.

What you will study

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Code: 4LA507

Tortious Liability and Negligence

This module explores the concept of obligations imposed by law. To that end, it introduces the student to notions of tortious liability and uses an in-depth examination of the tort of negligence. Where appropriate, it links with the notion of contractual obligations in order to demonstrate the interaction between certain contractual obligations and those of a tortious nature. It is assessed by a combination of coursework and performance in tutorials.
20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 4LA500

Administrative Law and Human Rights

Administrative Law and Human Rights focuses on the process and rationale for judicial review of bodies exercising public functions. It takes the students through each stage of the process, using practical examples and case law to illuminate the key methods and principles for the control of public power by the courts.

It is essentially a practice-focused module that will equip the students through teaching and assessed practice to undertake a time-constrained simulation of the first stage of judicial review as their summative assessment. In the teaching and learning students engage with as part of the module, particular emphasis is placed on the UK human rights framework and the ongoing dialogue between the executive and the courts in relation to rights in public law. Employability will be enhanced for students seeking to work in legal professional practice connected to administrative and human rights law, as well as for students seeking to work in the public sector more broadly.

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20 Credits
core
Exam

Code: 4LA501

Constitutional Law and Civil Liberties

This module explores the legal and constitutional foundations of public power in England. More than any other area of law it has to draw on the rich historical, political and social traditions that veil the distinct absence of full mechanisms of legal accountability of central government and law-making institutions.

The traditional underlying principles of the British constitution will be explored and examined in their historical context and their relevance in light of modern constitutional arrangements explored. The effect of external influences such as membership of the European Union, the European Convention on Human Rights and international law obligations will also be addressed. Finally, the efficiency of the constitution in protecting civil liberties will be explored. In addition, students, through regular assessed tutorial essays, will be taught the vital skill of academic legal writing.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 4LA502

Contract Law Theory and Practice

This module examines the formation of voluntary legal relationships. It considers how contracts are entered into, agreed, evidenced, vitiated (impaired) and discharged. It considers the theoretical and normative nature of contractual obligations in the context of the common law and statute. Terms, conditions and warranties are considered, as is their relationship with public policy, such as consumer protection legislation.

This module will be taught through a combination of media: lectures, tutorials, reflective questions and group work. Lectures will be used to introduce each subject and explore difficult topics in depth. 

Tutorials provide an opportunity for students to analyse practical questions related to the subject material, thus providing a real link between the academic subject material and legal practice. Reflective questions on Blackboard will reinforce the independent self-study that is undertaken. Students will be expected to work in groups for Contract Law in Practice, in the style of a law firm providing advice to a client.

An opportunity for all students to complete a formative mock-examination will be provided in the first semester of the module.

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20 Credits
core
Exam
Coursework

Code: 4LA504

Legal Context, Skills and Ethics

The study of Law at LLB Honours level needs to be placed into its theoretical, societal, historical and administrative context. The issues of professional practice – in particular those relating to professional ethics – require focused examination.

This module provides the opportunity for student to do this. An undergraduate student of Law also needs to acquire appropriate skills. As well as skills which relate to the study and method of Law, students require reinforcement and development of their communication, research, information technology and basic legal research skills together with development of general critical abilities. 

This module seeks to provide a structured route, allowing students to achieve these objectives and demonstrate their skills development in a tangible way and at a level that may not always be required through the skills development that takes places within substantive modules. It acts as a foundation for further study and assists employability by giving the student transferable skills to use while undertaking the award and also in further vocational stages and research stages of education.

An international context is delivered by consideration of comparative legal systems and the European influence on the UK jurisdiction. The study of ethics is introduced and a specific workshop is delivered in which key areas are highlighted.

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20 Credits
core
Practical
Coursework

Code: 4LA506

Specific Torts and Remedies

This module explores further the concept of obligations imposed by Law. It builds upon the module Tortious Liability and Negligence (a prerequisite for this module) by extending students’ studies to encompass the major areas of tort other than negligence. It is assessed by way of a written examination.
20 Credits
core
Exam

Code: 5LA503

Land Law

Through lectures and tutorials, the student develops a concept of ownership/title and how these relate to both land and personality. The historical background of conveyancing, leading to the present system of unregistered/registered title to land and the concept of trusts of land, along with the roles of trustees and beneficiaries. Estates and land tenure is discussed, and what is included in the sale of land as fixtures and chattels. Interests, such as legal, equitable, third party and overriding are discussed, along with covenants and easements. The student will have a general understanding of co-ownership, licences, leases and mortgages by the end of the module.
20 Credits
core
Exam

Code: 5LA504

Advanced Legal Skills and Ethics

Advanced Legal Skills and Ethics is a module which develops the legal skills of interviewing, negotiation, advocacy and audit accountability with a focus on legal ethics. Students are provided with an ‘insider’s perspective’ of the day-to-day influences on the legal process.

The module develops valuable generic skills, including those relating to employability and personal development. Students are encouraged to operate within the context of professional ethics and the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) Codes of Conduct. The module enables students to gain an appreciation of how lawyers use their skills in order to deal with a demanding case load.

Employability and timekeeping elements bring ‘everyday reality’ and an excellent opportunity to develop generic skills. It gives an understanding of general procedural requirements and skills-based activities. The assessment strategy is in place in order to enable students to gain knowledge of how law ‘works in practice’ and students are then prepared for further study such as ILEX (Institute of Legal Executives), LPC (Legal Practice Course) or BPTC (Bar Professional Training Course). There is an international dimension in that students are asked to negotiate in a matter involving European Union issues.

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20 Credits
core
Practical
Coursework

Code: 5LA510

Criminal Law Principles and Application

Criminal law is a fascinating and ever-changing area of law. This module aims to provide students with an understanding of the essential elements of criminal liability which include the guilty act, the required mental state and the proof of causation, along with a consideration of any relevant defences, and the relationship between these.

The module aims to explore these concepts in relation to the application of these to a variety of both fatal offences and non-fatal offences. The module also considers mechanisms of liability which deal with discrete areas of criminal liability and the application of these concepts in practice.

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20 Credits
core
Exam
Coursework

Code: 5LA511

Criminal Practice and Property Offences

Criminal Practice and Property Offences enables students to gain an understanding of how criminal liability arises in relation to a range of specific offences relating to property and to understand how the criminal law operates to protect property rights and impose liability. The module will also consider the liability of parties for their actions prior to the completion of a criminal act in relation to a range of offences. It equips students for further study and gives an understanding of general procedural requirements.

The assessment strategy is in place in order to enable students to gain academic understanding of the substantive law and how such law ‘works in practice’. The module has links with professional accreditation bodies such as ILEX (Institute of Legal Executives). It provides a foundation to further vocational study with ILEX, LPC (Legal Practice Course) or BPTC (Bar Professional Training Course). Students will gain employability skills and benefit from knowledge of the general workings of the criminal litigation process, coupled with property offences, in contemporary legal society. There is an international dimension in that the module considers the possibility of foreign nationals absconding in the Bail process.

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20 Credits
core
Practical
Coursework

Code: 5LA514

European Union Law

The role of law in ensuring that the objectives of the European Union are achieved is paramount. The aim of this module is to explore how European Union law has emerged as a new legal order which operates at a European level but which is now intertwined with the English legal system.

It, therefore, examines the various sources of European Union law, its implementation and enforcement at both European and national levels and the judicial controls which exist to fetter the exercise of power by the European Union. It will examine, as a precursor to the subsequent module of European Union Trade Law and its International Context, the notion of citizenship of the European Union and the development of fundamental and human rights.

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20 Credits
core
Exam
Coursework

Code: 5LA515

European Union Trade Law

The purpose of this module is to examine the principal elements of the trade law of the European Union. It covers, in detail, the law relating to the free movement of goods, and the removal of fiscal, physical and technical barriers to trade. Also included is an examination of the free movement of persons, of services and the right of establishment.
20 Credits
core
Exam

Code: 6LA514

European Union Law

The role of law in ensuring that the objectives of the European Union are achieved is paramount. The aim of this module is to explore how European Union law has emerged as a new legal order which operates at a European level but which is now intertwined with the English legal system.

It, therefore, examines the various sources of European Union law, its implementation and enforcement at both European and national levels and the judicial controls which exist to fetter the exercise of power by the European Union. It will examine, as a precursor to the subsequent module of European Union Trade Law and its International Context, the notion of citizenship of the European Union and the development of fundamental and human rights.

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20 Credits
core
Exam
Coursework

Code: 6LA515

European Union Trade Law

The purpose of this module is to examine the principal elements of the trade law of the European Union. It covers, in detail, the law relating to the free movement of goods, and the removal of fiscal, physical and technical barriers to trade. Also included is an examination of the free movement of persons, of services and the right of establishment.
20 Credits
core
Exam

Code: 6LA520

Equity and Succession

Equity is a core module for all qualifying Law degrees. Traditionally seen as the most conceptually difficult undergraduate law subject, a study of it should impart into students an enjoyably gained and sound knowledge, understanding and application of equitable principles, maxims, concepts and remedies. The module includes a study of the Law of Succession, aimed at addressing key issues which arise frequently in the areas of wills and intestacy in legal practice.

The module is taught in themes:

  • Equity’s History and Maxims
  • The Express Trust
  • Unwritten Trusts
  • Equitable Remedies
  • Significant Uses of Equity Today
  • Fundamental Principles of Succession

Assessment is broken down into two component parts:

  • An examination aimed at testing knowledge, understanding and analytical skills relating to the subject material
  • A practical element of coursework, aimed at testing knowledge and application of the subject material in a real-world inspired setting
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20 Credits
core
Exam
Practical

Code: 6CJ501

Cybercrime

This module examines cybercrime as one of the fastest-growing criminal activities and explores the transformation of criminal activity in the information age. The module will examine issues such as: the automation of offender victim engagement; policing online deviance; practical, ethical and legal issues for the detection, investigation and prosecution of cybercrime; the global nature of many cybercrimes; the relevance and applicability of existing criminological theory to a range of cybercrimes; predicting future challenges of cybercrimes for individuals, the criminal justice system and society as a whole.
20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6CJ503

Hate, Ethnicity and Crime

The social, cultural, political and religious landscapes of Britain have changed dramatically over the last fifteen years. The terrorist attacks in New York and London, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, responses to asylum and immigration, the rise of far-right politics and new criminal justice legislation have all had an impact on issues of hate, ethnicity and crime. Conceptualising and accurately defining hate crime is no easy task, considering the plethora of ambiguities that arise from social norms and accepted notions of difference, identity and group belonging. Hall (2005) argued that crimes perpetrated because of a person’s ethnicity are predominately based on prejudice.

This module, therefore, will first seek to define prejudice and stereotyping and then move to discuss processes of discrimination, intolerance, hate crimes and violent acts. The origins and historical context of hate crimes will be analysed, as will the confusion/resentment which may be driven by social and cultural change.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6CJ510

Youth Justice

This module brings together the current state of theory, practice and evidence to give you the knowledge, confidence and knowledge base and transferable skills around working with young people at risk of offending. It will also give you the framework to assess new ideas and evidence arising in the future. The module is taught in three blocks; block one introduces you to the youth justice system operating in England and Wales providing you with a historical perspective on how the system has evolved over time and how it compares with systems in other countries. You are encouraged to reflect on political and social attitudes to young people and their impact on responses to youth crime. The second element focuses on theories of youth offending and provides you with an opportunity to consider the question, ‘why do young people commit crimes?’.

You will develop your understanding of the theoretical perspectives introduced at Level 4 that have emerged in an attempt to explain youth crime and will have the opportunity to apply these theories to the case studies of five young people that will be introduced to you during this module. The final block looks at current practice in youth justice and how the ‘what works’ movement has developed, you will also consider some of the frameworks that have been developed for judging the quality and reliability of research and the challenges this raises.

You can undertake this module alongside the sister module - Working with Young Offenders in the Spring Semester - to build towards the Youth Justice in Effective Practice Certificate, an industry recognised practitioner-based certificate, awarded by UNITAS and endorsed by Skills for Justice. Since it was introduced in 2012 the YJEPC has been used by over half of Youth Offending Teams to enhance their members’ skills and knowledge. It is also used by the secure estate, individuals seeking to advance a career in youth justice and volunteers looking to widen their knowledge.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6CJ522

Applied Policing Studies

This is a module specially designed for students wishing to pursue a career as a Police Officer. It will provide students with the opportunity to undertake the Certificate of Knowledge (CKP) in Policing, which is a qualification designed by the College of Policing. This element of the module will cover the necessary legislation, police powers and relevant practical skills required to ensure students are competent prior to application to a police service. The CKP is a mandatory requirement for all applicants to a number of police services in England and Wales. The module will also provide students with a clear understanding of the role of a police officer, both in a social context and within the wider criminal justice system. Additionally, students will address such issues as ethics, policing by consent, legitimacy and discretion. In order to do so, students will explore theoretical studies that underpin contemporary police practice.

Finally, this module has an applied element, allowing students to develop an investigative mindset together with necessary skills required for the role of a police officer, namely, communication, investigative interviewing, critical thinking, and decision-making.

Students will be required to receive 4 hours of contact per week during the semester and attend a three-week block course during May to receive both the credits and the CKP.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6CJ538

Crime, Media and Culture

Since the beginning of cinema, crime has been a mainstay of modern media: The Australian film, The Ned Kelly Gang (1906) is commemorated in the UNESCO ‘Memory of the World Register’ as the oldest surviving feature film. Even before then, pamphlets and chapbooks recounting the exploits of notorious criminals circulated as popular forms of entertainment. The 21st Century has seen no lessening of the representation of crimes, criminality and deviance in the mass media. Film and television rely on tropes of criminal families, extremes of criminal behaviour, policing and crime detection for a range of entertainment products; news on all media repeatedly feature crime stories whilst video games place players in the roles of both law enforcers and perpetrators of crime. In all of these instances the texts rehearse and confirm boundaries of legally sanctioned behaviours and, simultaneously, the pleasures of transgression.

They also serve to define and reproduce stereotypes and preconceived notions of criminals, their victims, enforcers and the locations of crime. This module thus serves to explore the tension between the representation of crime and the impact of these representations on wider culture and society.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6CJ539

Sexual Violence, Exploitation and Abuse

This module explores the sexual violence, exploitation and abuse of women, children and men. In particular, it focuses upon the impact on victims and the responses of voluntary and state services. It starts by unpacking what is meant by ‘sexual violence’, analysing social attitudes, myths, moral panics and the impact on contemporary society. Here, the focus is on sexual politics, the control of sexual behaviours and philosophical approaches to sex and sexuality. Secondly, the module considers violence against women, men and children with an emphasis on policy and practice, considering the role of practitioners in supporting victims of sexual crimes. There will be an exploration of the responses of the criminal justice system, including changing policy and practice and competing theories on supporting victims of sexual violence. As a result, this module provides both a broad theoretical framework and applied knowledge for those students seeking to work with victims of sexual violence.
20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6CJ540

Substance Misuse

The misuse/use of illegal and legal drugs is of growing concern across many areas of health and social care provision. The trade in illicit drugs is a global issue, crossing international boundaries, and creating threats to public health and political stability in many countries. The use of legal drugs such as alcohol and tobacco has been recognised as contributing toward a significant expenditure in the NHS. In addition to the impact of substance use/misuse to the UK as a whole, it is also important to consider the potential impact on the individual user and their close social networks. This module aims to provide you with an overview of the substances used in contemporary society, their effects on the individual and impact on public health. Social policy, linked to drug use, will be considered at a national and international level acknowledging substance use/misuse as a global issue. The treatment options available in the UK will also be considered within the module.
20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6CJ542

Working with Young Offenders

This module provides you with the practical skills as well as the theoretical underpinning to work with young people at risk of offending. It will give you the knowledge that you need to make informed decisions about the interventions which offer the best prospect of success in a particular case. It will also guide you to ways of implementing interventions that will engage and involve young people and hence has an applied element. The module is taught in two blocks, with an optional third if you wish to undertake the Certificate. In the first block you will consider the structural cycle of interventions and the key components of assessment, planning and review. You are encouraged to explore different approaches to assessment and consider the importance of linking assessments to intervention planning.

You will also evaluate safeguarding issues and the diversity of young people in determining the most appropriate interventions. Having looked at the cycle of intervention, block two explores the significance of building and sustaining relationships with young people at all stages of the cycle in order to promote positive outcomes. You will have the opportunity to develop your understanding of communication strategies by young offenders as well as enhance your own applied skills with a practical focus.

You can undertake this module alongside the sister module - Youth Justice - in the Autumn Semester to build towards the Youth Justice in Effective Practice Certificate, an industry recognised practitioner based certificate, awarded by UNITAS and endorsed by Skills for Justice. Since it was introduced in 2012 the YJEPC has been used by over half of the Youth Offending Teams to enhance their members’ skills and knowledge. It is also used by the secure estate, individuals seeking to advance a career in youth justice and volunteers looking to widen their knowledge.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6CJ546

Murder: Dynamics, Pathologies and Investigation

Accounts of murder are commonplace in today’s world. Whilst they fixate both public and media attention, beyond the simplicity of newspaper headlines the offence of murder often involves complex underlying dynamics, psychological pathologies, detailed investigative procedures, and a legal framework for sentencing and punishment. In this module, students travel the chronology of murder, from the development of a killer’s psychology through to the commission of the offence(s), their investigation, and then sentencing. Students will see, from crime scene to trial, the complex tasks of both understanding, and investigating, murderers and their crimes.
20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6CR501

Psychopathy

The focus of this module is to acquire in-depth knowledge of central issues within the psychopathy research field. Through scheduled lectures and seminars the students will gain an understanding of the psychopathy construct, how to reliably and validly measure psychopathic traits, etiology (“nature versus nurture”), the relationship between psychopathic traits and criminality, and treatment amenability. Furthermore, the role of psychopathic traits in sentencing, probation, and treatment decisions will be discussed. Please note that this module will concentrate on the experimentally focused criminal psychologist.
20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6CR502

Mentally Disordered Offenders

The general public, rightly or wrongly, often views mentally disordered offenders as dangerous individuals, whose unpredictable behaviour provokes fear. Does mental disorder cause crime? Does crime cause mental disorder? How should the mental health care and criminal justice systems respond to crime? This module critically analyses the nature of the relationship between mental disorder and crime, critically examines how societal changes have impacted on the treatment or imprisonment of mentally disordered offenders and considers how legislation and government policy have embodied those changes.

The Crown Prosecution Service uses the term "mentally disordered offender" to describe a person who has a disability or disorder of the mind and has committed a criminal offence. The provisions of the Mental Health Act 2007 reflect official policy that mentally disordered people who offend should receive specialist mental health treatment rather than punishment, wherever that can safely be achieved. The tension between the rights of individuals detained under criminal and mental health law is considered. The module examines the balance to be struck between the public interest in diverting mentally disordered defendants from the justice system and the imperative to safeguard the public.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6LA500

Advanced Legal Studies

Advanced Legal Studies offers the student the opportunity to develop in-depth knowledge through the further exploration of a topic studied through traditional classroom means combined with independent study. By the combination of two approaches to legal study, the student can develop a level of in-depth research which would otherwise not be possible in a 20-credit module.
40 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6LA501

Advanced Professional Legal Studies

Advanced Professional Legal Studies offers the student the opportunity to develop in-depth knowledge through the further exploration of a topic studied through traditional classroom means combined with independent study.

By the combination of two approaches to legal study, the student can develop a level of specialism through in-depth research which would otherwise not be possible in a 20-credit module. Students are required to undertake an examination assessment in the chosen area of study in order to meet the requirements of professional accreditation.

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40 Credits
optional
Exam
Coursework

Code: 6LA502

Applied Legal Studies

Applied Legal Studies offers the student the opportunity to develop in-depth knowledge through the further exploration of a topic studied through traditional classroom means combined with work-based learning. By the combination of two approaches to legal study, the student can develop a level or specialism which would otherwise not be possible in a 20-credit module.
40 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6LA503

Applied Professional Legal Studies

Applied Professional Legal Studies offers the student the opportunity to develop in-depth knowledge through the further exploration of a topic studied through traditional classroom means combined with work-based learning. By the combination of two approaches to legal study, the student can develop a level of specialism which would otherwise not be possible in a 20-credit module. Students are required to undertake an examination assessment in the chosen area of study order to meet the requirements of professional accreditation.
40 Credits
optional
Exam
Coursework

Code: 6LA506

Combined Legal Studies

Combined Legal Studies offers the student the opportunity to develop in-depth knowledge through the further exploration of a topic studied through traditional classroom means combined with the interdisciplinary study of a related topic. By the combination of the study of two legal disciplines, the student can develop a level of interdisciplinary specialism which would otherwise not be possible at undergraduate level.
40 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6LA507

Combined Professional Legal Studies

Combined Professional Legal Studies offers the student the opportunity to develop in-depth knowledge through the further exploration of a topic studied through traditional classroom means combined with the interdisciplinary study of a related topic.

By the combination of the study of two legal disciplines, the student can develop a level of interdisciplinary specialism which would otherwise not be possible at undergraduate level. Students are required to undertake an examination assessment in Company Law, Consumer and Commercial Law, Evidence or Family Law and Practice in order to meet the requirements of professional accreditation.

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40 Credits
optional
Exam
Coursework

Code: 6LA509

Principles of Sentencing

The task of how courts in England and Wales deal with those convicted of criminal offences comes at a crucial stage in the Criminal Justice process. This module aims to explore and critically examine the legal and policy frameworks within which the sentencing of offenders takes place. Particular attention will focus on the aims and principles of punishment.

The module offers students the opportunity to explore the concept of offence seriousness as well as other practical issues most likely to be taken into account by the courts. Safeguards and challenges to this process will also be a focal point throughout the module.

The sentencing structure of England and Wales will also be compared with that set out in the Australian Criminal Code. It goes without saying that the sentencing of offenders engages the State’s obligations under Art 6 of the ECHR (European Convention on Human Rights).

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6LA513

Environmental Law

This module explores the concept of obligations, imposed by law, which recognise and seek to preserve the environment as a precious heritage. To that end, it introduces the student to the application of the law and proactive risk analysis techniques employed to prevent pollution of the environment.

The need to maintain a sustainable balance between environmental protection and socio-economic development is fundamental to preserving natural resources and the influence of environmental law will be discussed. The module will be assessed by coursework.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6LA521

Evidence

Evidence is a significant area of law which is directly relevant to all court actions and the information introduced during such proceedings. Emphasis is placed on evidence in criminal court proceedings with some comparative consideration of the civil court process and rules of evidence.

The module explores the body of legal rules regulating the roles and input of the judge, jury and witnesses, and the court process. Rules relating to the level of proof and burden of proof required in court actions and the role and rights of the police in obtaining evidence are studied. Specific types of evidence are studied along with issues of their admissibility and their value and weight. It is assessed by coursework and by written examination.

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20 Credits
optional
Exam
Coursework

Code: 6LA526

Child Protection

This module will enable students to appreciate the law’s role in caring for and protecting children in need and the role of the various agencies involved in carrying out their legislative obligations.
20 Credits
optional
Exam
Coursework

Code: 6LA527

Coroners Court

This module gives students the opportunity to explore the role of the Coroners Court in identifying the medical cause of death: where this is not immediately known; when a person has died suddenly; or where the cause of death was not natural and may have occurred in circumstances where medical treatment was inadequate and/or negligent.

The role of the coroner in ascertaining the cause of death is considered as well as the role of the expert medical witness. The module explores the process and requirement for reporting a death to the coroner, as well the conduct of the inquest with consideration as to when a jury will be involved in this process. The module also considers the power of the coroner to report findings where the death was preventable. Additionally access to legal aid to assist at coroners court is considered along a consideration of possible action following the inquest.

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20 Credits
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Practical
Coursework

Code: 6LA528

Discrimination

This module will enable students to appreciate the main areas of law and practice in relation to discrimination in the workplace. In particular, students will explore the impact of the Equality Act 2010 on employment law and its operation in the workplace.
20 Credits
optional
Exam
Coursework

Code: 6LA530

Mental Health Law

This module will explore the statutory and common law provisions of mental health law. The definition of a “mental disorder” will be examined in detail. The idea of competence in medicine and where the line should fall between capacity and incapacity will also be discussed. It will be questioned whether certain patients can make medical decisions for themselves.

A patient can be sectioned under the Mental Health Act 1983 if they are suspected to be suffering from a mental disorder. These provisions will be explored and their fairness will be called into question. The definition of treatment is also rather controversial, and students will get an opportunity to learn how medical treatment has developed over the generations. 

Anorexic patients are deemed to have a mental disorder under the Mental Health Act 1983, and many human rights complaints have arisen as a result of force-feeding these vulnerable patients. The notion of “food” being a “treatment” for a mental disorder will be examined in this module.

The role of the Mental Health Review Tribunal will be outlined, and their role in community care will be researched. Patients can, of course, admit themselves to hospital and care for themselves. The provisions to allow this will be highlighted towards the end of the module.

Finally, the healthcare of prisoners will be explored in this module. It is thought by some commentators that prisoners are suffering from significant mental health disorders and are not being treated appropriately in their prison environment.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6LA537

Wills, Probate and Succession

This module deals with the practical, personal and procedural aspects of private client work, focusing particularly on personal arrangements in anticipation of death and the management of matters following death. It provides a complete overview of practice in this area, bringing together legal and procedural knowledge with an understanding of client care in this context. It forms the basis for Level 6 exemptions in these areas.
20 Credits
optional
Exam
Coursework

Code: 6LA538

Civil and Criminal Litigation

This module explores, in a holistic matter, the essentials of preparing a case for court. It examines the practical aspects of process and procedure, the rules of court, forms and templates, as well as issues relating to case management and the management of clients in the context of litigation.

It considers the unique complexity of civil and criminal litigation. It forms a basis for CILEX (Chartered Institute of Legal Executives) Level 6 exemptions in these areas and provides an opportunity for those completing a qualifying law degree to claim graduate membership of the Institute without further qualification.

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40 Credits
optional
Exam
Coursework

Code: 6LA542

Road Traffic Offences

Road Traffic Offences enables students to gain an understanding of how criminal liability arises in relation to a range of specific offences relating to road usage and to understand how the criminal law operates to regulate the use of the road system and the imposition of rights and obligations on road users.

The module will also consider the liability of road users and third parties for their actions in relation to crimes categorised as road traffic offences. It equips students for further study and gives an understanding of general procedural requirements. The assessment strategy is in place in order to enable students to gain academic understanding of the substantive law and how such law ‘works in practice’.

The module has links with professional accreditation bodies such as ILEX (Institute of Legal Executives), The Law Society and the Bar Council. It provides a foundation to further vocational study with ILEX, LPC (Legal Practice Course) or BPTC (Bar Professional Training Course). 

Students will gain employability skills and benefit from knowledge of the general workings of road traffic litigation, coupled with sub-offences, in contemporary legal society. There is an international dimension in that the module considers the possibility of foreign nationals driving in the United Kingdom.

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20 Credits
optional
Practical
Coursework

Code: 6LA543

Applied Legal Philosophy

Applied Legal Philosophy is intended to encourage students to think about some of the underlying philosophical etc issues which discussions about law can easily take for granted. It situates discussion of these issues of principle in the context of real-world situations and problems, hence the ‘applied’ nature of the module.

The module gives students the opportunity to test and develop their own views on complex and controversial issues, including: how to do justice in ‘tragic choice’ situations; what it is that makes law ‘law’, and the implications of a proposition (not) being law; what judges should do in corrupt or unjust legal systems; whether law is binding; and whether law is a solution to social problems, or is itself one of the problems. 

In developing their views, students will have the opportunity to deploy skills which they have been developing elsewhere in the curriculum, and by doing so, also to enhance those skills. Those skills include:

  • Research – students will be asked to pursue issues independently and to identify and retrieve relevant information
  • Communication – students will be asked to discuss and present their views to colleagues, and of course, over time, to construct a piece of assessed written work
  • Evaluation – students will be encouraged not merely to develop their understanding of the sources and the issues they encounter, but also to test, develop, refine and critique their own views, supported by good quality reasoning and evidence

The module is constructed around a number of key thematic blocks, which may vary from year to year depending on developments in the subject area and on the availability of real-world examples of interest. An indicative set of blocks would be:

  • Dilemmas, reasoning and justice
  • The characteristics of law
  • The authority of law
  • The nature of judging
  • Critical accounts of law

Assessment is broken down into two component parts:

  1. A written task, for which there is no prescribed title, and which can take a variety of formats, for example, an ‘essay’, a ‘report’, a ‘judgment’
  2. A reflective research trail in which students are required to evidence and account for a proportion of their research, for example, by commenting on their research strategy, and explaining the relative usefulness of sources which they encountered as part of their research
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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6LA544

Sports Law

The subject of Sports Law has seen rapid growth as an area of academic inquiry and significant numbers of legal practices now have dedicated departments dealing with sports-related issues (perhaps reflecting the fact that the sports industry now accounts for 3% of world trade). Numerous academic departments have developed Sports Studies courses, including postgraduate LLM (Master of Laws) courses and many lawyers have specialised in this field.

While many might think of it as an exciting area of study with the glamour of premier league football, Olympic athletes, cricketing superstars and so on, for the lawyer it brings contact with a wide range of intellectually stimulating and challenging areas:

  • The complex field of international regulation and the role of Sports Governing Bodies and the European Union
  • Match fixing and corruption in Sport
  • The exploitation and protection of commercial sporting rights
  • Doping in Sport
  • Sports Contracts of Employment and restraint of trade (and the significance of Bosman)
  • Discrimination in sport and equal opportunities
  • The use of force in sport and the overlaps with tort and criminal law where excessive force is used
  • The regulation of sports stadia and the management of crowds
  • Football hooliganism
  • Child protection
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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6LA546

Licensing Law

Licensing Law is a niche area of law and is an example of an administrative legal process. As well as administrative law, the module will cover related elements of criminal law and human rights law. Study of licensing law will provide students with a practical understanding of a legal process from start to finish, from application to determination, covering the relevant law, procedure, evidence, guidance, policy, case law and human rights.

The module will include the licensing of alcohol and entertainment, sexual entertainment venues and gambling.

Assessment will primarily be by way of examination to test knowledge and understanding but there will also be a practical element of coursework aimed at testing knowledge and application of the subject material. An administrative licensing process inevitably warrants applications to be made to licensing authorities and to the court and students will gain an understanding of Licensing Law in part through completing the necessary applications.

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20 Credits
optional
Exam
Practical

Code: 6LA548

Domestic Abuse

Students will explore the definitions of domestic violence (DV) used by the various agencies involved in this area before analysing the nature and prevalence of DV and identifying the victims and perpetrators. The legal and medical responses to victims and perpetrators will also be examined and will be further evaluated by taking a psychological approach to the dynamics of abuse.
20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6LA549

Miscarriages of Justice

This module enables you to work in an applied manner with reference to cases of miscarriages of justice (MOJ). You will be working in groups throughout your final year on past and present cases with a view to identifying the causes of MOJ.

The first part of the module takes a more traditional and theoretical approach to the subject area which is, subsequently applied during the second half of the year using live cases. The rationale for this module is to identify common themes and causes of MOJ and to make recommendations for best practice and thus prevent and minimise the number of cases going to appeal.

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40 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6LA551

Clinical Legal Skills

The emphasis of this module is on providing students with clinical legal education, which aligns with the applied and skills orientated approach of the programme. Students are provided with the opportunity to gain experience of legal practice in a live client setting, with the students applying and developing further the knowledge and skills learned throughout their journey on the programme, giving holistic value to the module as part of the programme. Through the link to other modules students will gain a more functional and meaningful understanding of the application of the law through the legal system.

Engagement with this module will develop both professional legal skills and transferrable skills. Furthermore, it will assist with employability.

This module provides the students with the opportunity to participate in the Centre’s provision of free legal and advice assistance to the community of Derby on a range of areas of law, which in itself will expose the students to social justice.

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40 Credits
optional
Coursework

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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How you will learn

The LLB with Criminology offers a variety of methods of learning and teaching. Engaging in real or simulated legal practice, you will practise a range of key skills at every stage of the course, including:

Our focus on problem-based learning will also ensure you achieve a wide-ranging understanding of criminal and community justice systems.  In addition, there is the chance to undertake problem-based research or to specialise through original academic enquiry. We have a Student Research Forum and there are opportunities for you to submit articles to the Derby Law School Journal and student blog.

Through our peer assisted mentoring scheme, students from later years of the course also give helpful guidance and support to first year students.

Showcasing your skills

We give you ample scope to take part in internal and external skills competitions which will raise your profile within the legal profession. ‘Mooting’ – where you present a legal issue against an opposing counsel in a mock court case – forms part of certain LLB modules and you can develop your expertise further through regional and national competitions representing Derby Law School. We have an excellent record of success in these challenges.

In your third year, our annual Legal Skills Triathlon, run in partnership with Derby & District Law Society, will test your advocacy, interview and negotiation skills. You will compete in teams with newly qualified lawyers and will be judged by a professional panel. Some of our students have secured jobs as a direct result of this experience.  

In a new venture, we help run a schools’ debating competition in partnership with Derby & District Law Society and Enterprise for Education where you can mentor local secondary school pupils providing them with key debating skills.

How you are assessed

Assessments enable you to develop and demonstrate your legal knowledge and skills effectively. They may include:

Who you’ll meet

Our teaching team is made up of experts with broad-ranging experience and diverse research interests. It includes:

Joel Klaff 

Lisa Cherkassky

Christie Eaton 

George Ellison 

Rachael Ita 

Sue Jennings 

Tim Marangon 

Larry Mead 

Michala Meiselles

Kaye Howells

Liz Doherty

Rebekah Marangon

Jo Drummond-Child

Personal academic tutoring

Your personal academic tutor will work with you to help you get the most out of your time at university. Having someone to talk to about your academic progress, your university experience and your professional aspirations is hugely valuable. We want you to feel challenged in your studies, stretched but confident to achieve your academic and professional goals.

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Who will teach you

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Joel Klaff
Programme leader

Joel is currently the Programme Leader for the Undergraduate LL.B Law Programmes. His areas of interest include Commercial Law, International Trade and International Economic Law. He has a further interest in ensuring that the Law School engages with the local community and thereby contributes and subscribes to values of Social Justice for the benefit of the local community.

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Entry requirements

September 2020 typical entry requirements

RequirementWhat we're looking for
UCAS points120 (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
IELTS6.0 (with 5.5 in each skills area)
Interview / AuditionN/A
PortfolioN/A

 Alternative entry qualifications:

We usually consider an A-level in General Studies as a supplementary qualification. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria/offer conditions.

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

 Full-timePart-time
UK/EU

£9,250 per year*

N/A

International

£14,045 per year

N/A

* 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.

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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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Careers

By the time you graduate, you will have a clear idea of the value of your LLB (Hons) with Criminology degree and the many different career directions it opens up – and you will be equipped to excel in whatever path you choose. Our graduates could go on to take up roles in private practice, the Crown Prosecution Service, the courts, law centres, the police, probation and prison services, local and national government, and youth offending teams.

Completion of the LLB represents the end of the academic stage of your training. To become a solicitor or barrister, you must then continue to complete the vocational stage of your training.

If you wish to become a solicitor, you will need to complete our LLM Legal Practice Course (LPC). Our graduates are highly sought after by solicitors’ firms because of their practical skills underpinned by academic rigour.

If you wish to become a barrister, you must take a one-year full-time or two-year part-time Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC). Our students are particularly successful at winning substantial scholarships for the BPTC, which is testimony to the calibre of teaching we offer.

Even if you do not want to become a legal practitioner, you will find that the LLB with Criminology is a valuable qualification and will act as a stepping stone to careers in broader areas. Legal skills will ensure you can make a strategic contribution in many professions including banking, commerce, industry, HR, politics, government, publishing and education. They will also prove helpful if you want to launch your own business.

Our Careers and Employment Service will provide you with support from day one of your course to ensure you leave Derby as a ‘work-ready’ graduate – industry aware, motivated and enterprising. Throughout your studies, you’ll also benefit from our Personal Development Planning (PDP) scheme which enables you to reflect on your learning and develop your career ambitions. 

The support continues once you’ve completed your course too: you are entitled to further help and guidance from the Careers and Employment Service for up to three years after leaving the University.

Further study

If you would like to take your studies to postgraduate level, the Derby LLM is a masters degree offering maximum flexibility, choice and opportunity. If you wish to become to a solicitor, you will need to complete our LLM LPC.

If you would prefer to pursue your Criminology studies at masters level, we also run acclaimed MSc qualifications in subjects such as Criminal Justice and Criminology,  Forensic and Criminal Psychology, and Criminal Investigation. These will expand your knowledge into more specialist areas and help accelerate your progress to senior and leadership roles.

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

 

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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.

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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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