LLB (Hons) Law and Criminology
We are justly proud of our world-class reputation in criminology, which has been taught here for over 30 years. This three year qualifying LLB Law Degree was one of the first of its kind and has evolved into one of the leading law and criminology degrees in the country. Like all our LLB degrees, it is well received by the profession as a basis for further study to become either a barrister or a solicitor. It may also appeal to those who wish to pursue a career in criminology or the criminal justice system.
Start your career with the LLB (Hons) Law and Criminology.
You'll be taught by world-renowned criminologists who are highly respected for their research at the forefront of what's new in this sphere. In this course you study the core foundational elements of the law and combine this with a systematic grounding in criminal justice, explanations of criminality, perceptions of crime and punishment and other responses to the phenomena of crime.
You study the foundational modules of law alongside other LLB students, and at the same time develop your understanding of criminology and criminological research methods. You examine real case studies of crime and deviance happening right now, and get to grips with how the history and theory of criminology can affect social and legal issues. You also study areas such as victimisation, policing and prosecution, crime prevention, restorative justice and victim support. In light of the rapid growth of the prison population since the mid-1990s, you also study how the criminal justice system operates, learn about new and emerging response to crime, and study public attitudes to punishment.
The course also provides scope for choices from a wide range of law or criminology optional modules.
Skills and values
The skills and values programme takes place throughout both semesters, and will continue into the second and final year of the course.
We continually review our courses and reserve the right to discontinue or amend programmes/entry requirements. Course structures may be subject to change in future years. Content of our courses is reviewed annually to ensure it’s up-to-date. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers.
In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.
Real world, real work
During your degree, you can join our in-house and community-based volunteering schemes, which provide you with the chance to help and advise real clients. There are opportunities to work at the local courts, or work with victims and witnesses of crime within local charities, or work in our Miscarriages of Justice Review Centre evaluating cases of possible wrongful imprisonment. In this way your criminological and real-world awareness is enhanced and you also use your education and skills to the benefit of others.
Our goal is to prepare you for the world of work in a relevant area. We provide a wealth of extracurricular sessions so you can gain the latest information from working law and criminology professionals, develop your own networks and hone your professional awareness skills.
Follow this qualifying law degree and your career path could lead you to become a barrister or solicitor in England or Wales. Our LLB Law degree is widely recognised by a number of bar councils abroad, providing an ideal starting point for a law career elsewhere in the world. Alternatively, you may become more interested in policing, crime prevention or the probation service. Other employers find our graduates well equipped for work in management, local government, research or academia.
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Fees and funding
You can find out information on tuition fees, student loans, and financial assistance on the University webpages.
Find out more about financial support, the University of Sheffield Bursary Scheme, money management and additional support here.
We are committed to giving you as many opportunities as possible to succeed. One of the ways we do this is through the range of scholarships and prizes that are available to you through the School as well as the wider University.
Home or overseas tuition fee status?
In common with other UK universities, the University of Sheffield charges different fees dependent on whether students are classed as Home or Overseas for tuition fee purposes. The decision to class a student as a Home or an Overseas student is determined by government legislation as set out in the Education (Fees and Awards) Regulations 2007.
Other potential costs
We provide all undergraduate students with an annual allowance on their UCard which is designed to help offset some of the costs for materials and printing. It is up to the individual student to manage this allowance and budget accordingly.
There are no compulsory text books required for the undergraduate courses in the School of Law.
We provide a recommended reading list which is intended to give a general background to your undergraduate course. It is not expected that you will read every book over the course of the year, but you are encouraged to read as widely as possible to inform your coursework, project work and exams. Individual modules will provide more specific reading lists, which include readings that can be accessed electronically via the University's library.
You are encouraged to use the University's Library, which has an extensive collection of recommended books to support your studies.
If for any reason, you fail or are unable to complete an assessed piece of work which is a requirement to pass your course, you may be required to pay a reassessment fee. information about these fees can be found on the University's exam webpages.
On this course you can opt to take your third year abroad if you wish, extending your studies to four years in total. For the year that you spend overseas you will pay a reduced tuition fee to Sheffield. No tuition fees are payable to the overseas university. Please be aware that some University have additional fees, standard charges or 'non tuition' fees which all students are required to pay.
Additional costs for study abroad:
Further information is available here.
Please be aware that this information can be subject to change if there is a change in policy.
All applications are considered on an individual basis based on an applicant's merit and satisfactory references. As a general rule we do not interview standard entry candidates.
Standard offers are A Level grades AAB or international equivalent
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How to apply
Whether you are from the UK or overseas, you must apply through the University and College Admissions Service (UCAS) between 1 September and 15 January.
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You can apply online. Alternatively, UCAS forms are available from the British Council and by contacting UCAS:
We welcome mature students and are committed to ensuring they have an equal opportunity of access to our courses. We do not set an upper age limit for entry. Click here for more information.
Please remember to highlight in your personal statement that you are applying as a mature student. This will ensure that the Admissions Tutor considers your application appropriately.
Applicants with disabilities or dyslexia
We welcome disabled students and are committed to responding effectively and appropriately to individual support needs. We take all practicable steps to ensure that students with disabilities can participate in their studies without disadvantage, and can make full use of the university's academic and support services.
Specific information for students with a disability or dyslexia is available by: