LLB (Hons) Law and Criminology



Start date: September
Duration: 3 years full-time (+ optional 1 year abroad)
UCAS code: M930

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.

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Coming to Sheffield to study Law and Criminology was one of the best decisions I could have ever made. I have enjoyed every moment of being a member of the wider university community, but specifically being part of the Law school.

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Start your career with the LLB (Hons) Law and Criminology.

  • One of the leading law and criminology courses in the country
  • A law degree to take you forward into a legal career as either a solicitor or barrister
  • Law or criminology voluntary work experience schemes, such as our Miscarriages of Justice Review Centre.  More than 200 places available across the city.
  • Innovative research-led teaching by world-renowned criminologists
  • Student experience - join in our Mooting competitions to hone your advocacy skills
  • Global opportunities - optional year abroad, with over 40 destinations to choose from

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.

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Programme structure

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.

More information on skills and values

Year 1

Core modules

Semester 1 Comprehending Criminology (20 credits) *Criminal Law and Justice (20 credits) *Law of Obligations (Contract, Torts & Restitution) (20 credits)
Semester 2 Introducing Criminological Research (20 credits) *Public Law in the UK and the EU (20 credits) *Property Law (Land Law, Equity and Trusts) (20 credits)

*Including compulsory coverage of the subjects required for the Qualifying Law Degree (QLD)

Year 2

Foundation option modules

Semester 1 Responding to Crime (20 credits) *Advanced Criminal Law and Justice (20 credits) *Foundation option (20 credits)
Semester 2 Punishment and Penal Policy (20 credits) *Foundation option (20 credits) Specialist option (20 credits)

*Including selected coverage of the subjects required for the Qualifying Law Degree (QLD)

Study Abroad - optional

Gain world knowledge and extend your studies by another year to gain an extra dimension to your CV and become more attractive in today’s competitive job market. You can opt to go abroad in your third year, returning to Sheffield for your fourth and final year. You don’t need to decide on this now, and we’ll provide you with all the information to make a decision on this in Year 2 of your degree. There are some fascinating destinations to choose from, and studying abroad will allow you to compare our criminal justice system with that of another country. While you’re abroad, all your studies will be in the English language.

Final Year

Final year: Study of specialist areas of law and criminology

Specialist option modules

Semester 1 *Theoretical Foundations of Criminal Law (20 credits) Specialist option (20 credits) Specialist option (20 credits)
Semester 2 *Foundation option (20 credits) Specialist option (20 credits) Specialist option (20 credits)

*Study of specialist areas of law and criminology including a subject required for the Qualifying Law Degree.

Foundation option modules

Students must choose one of the Level 2 modules required for the QLD.

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Specialist option modules

Students have a wide choice of optional modules available to them.

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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.

Your employability

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. 

Our graduates

Some graduates go in to the legal profession; many are now at the top of their professional lives as judges, barristers, CEOs, or Senior Partners in international or national law firms. Our recent graduates also do well in securing pupillages or training contracts. We are in the top ten suppliers of pupils to the Bar. While some students gain contracts with “Magic Circle” law firms, independent research has highlighted that Sheffield supplies more former students to regional and national firms than any other law school.

97% of our graduates enter employment or further study within six months of graduation


Some apply their criminology expertise in research into crime statistics, either for police or probation services. Others gain a real passion for criminology and are inspired by their lecturers, so go into our MA in International Criminology course and later into PhD study.

Find out more about careers and employability

Fees and funding

Fees and funding

You can find out information on tuition fees, student loans, and financial assistance on the University webpages.

Tuition fees

Home and EU information on fees and financing

International student fees and scholarships

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.

Visit our Scholarships and Funding webpage for more information.

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. 

Read more about home or overseas tuition fee status.

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.

Reassessment fees

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.

Other fees

The Student Services Information Desk provides more information about continuation fees, re-examination fees, re-submission fees and writing up fees.

Study abroad

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:

  • Flights
  • Accommodation
  • Health insurance
  • Visa process
  • Living costs (e.g. food, travel, socialising)
  • Financial Guarantee

Further information is available here

Please be aware that this information can be subject to change if there is a change in policy.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

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

More information

How to apply

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.


In order to apply to any UK university, you need to contact UCAS for an application pack:

Tel: 0871 468 0468

You can also talk to the UCAS team on their social media portals:

Twitter: @ucas_online

Click here for more information on our applications process

International Students

You can apply online. Alternatively, UCAS forms are available from the British Council and by contacting UCAS:

Tel: 0044 871 468 0468 or 0044 330 333 0230 (international call rates apply) and choose option 1

Click here to find out more about the application process, including details on international qualifications

Mature Students

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: