Course details

A Levels AAB Other entry requirements
UCAS code M930
Duration 3 years
Fee Look up fee
Related subjects Criminology Law

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School of Law
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School of Law

A world top 100 law department
The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2018

Top 10 in the UK for research excellence
Research Excellence Framework 2014

Course description

Criminology is a major specialism here and this programme was one of the first of its type in the country. This three-year course covers the foundational legal subjects and combines them with a thorough study of the principles of criminology. These include criminal justice, explanations of crime and punishment, and other responses to the phenomenon of crime.

Modules: what you study and when

Financial help from the University - bursaries

If you're a UK student, you could be entitled to a University bursary. A bursary is the same as a grant - you don't have to pay it back.

How our bursary scheme works

Entry requirements

Qualification Grades
A Levels AAB
A Levels + Extended Project Qualification ABB + B. The Extended Project should be in a relevant subject
International Baccalaureate 34
BTEC DDD in a relevant subject (Applied Law, Applied Science, Business, Enterprise and Entrepreneurship or Personal and Business Finance)
Cambridge Pre-U D3 D3 M2
Scottish Highers + 1 Advanced Higher AAABB + A
Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels B + AA
Access to HE Entry requirements for mature students
Other qualifications Other UK qualifications
Other EU/international qualifications
Other requirements
  • At least two of your three A Levels should be in acceptable subjects
    Guidance on acceptable A Level subjects
  • BTEC relevant subjects: Applied Law, Applied Science, Business, Enterprise & Entrepreneurship, Personal & Business Finance Access relevant subjects: Law, Business Studies/Management, Humanities, Social Science
  • You must demonstrate that your English is good enough for you to successfully complete your course. For this course we require: GCSE English Language at grade C/4; IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component; or an alternative acceptable English language qualification
  • Equivalent English language qualifications
If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department

Modules - what you study and when

The modules listed below are examples from the last academic year. There may be some changes before you start your course. For the very latest module information, check with the department direct.

Course information on School of Law website

First year

Core modules:

Comprehending Criminology
Criminal Law and Justice
Introducing Criminological Research
Law of Obligations (Contract, Torts & Restitution)
Property Law (Land Law, Equity and Trusts)
Public Law in the UK and the EU
Law School Without It No Success 1 (WINS1)

Second year

Core modules:

Advanced Criminal Law and Justice
Punishment and Penal Policy
Responding to Crime
Law School Without It No Success 2 (WINS2)

Optional modules:

Advanced Administrative Law and Justice
Advanced Constitutional Law
Advanced Contract: Contract Theories in a Commercial Perspective
Advanced EU Law
Advanced Equity & Trusts
Advanced Land Law
Advanced Law of Contract
Advanced Torts Law
Analysing Crime Data
Criminology Research Project
Drugs, Crime and Control
Gender, Crime and Criminal Justice
Legislatures and Legislative Processes
Police and Policing in a Global Context
Prisons and Imprisonment
Private Law Aspects of Company Law
Restorative Justice
The Rehabilitation of Offenders
Youth Crime and Justice

Third year

Core modules:

Theoretical Foundations of Criminal Law
Law School Final Year Success

Optional modules:

Advanced Administrative Law and Justice
Advanced Constitutional Law
Advanced Contract: Contract Theories in a Commercial Perspective
Advanced EU Law
Advanced Equity & Trusts
Advanced Issues in International Law
Advanced Land Law
Advanced Law of Contract
Advanced Torts Law
Analysing Crime Data
Banking and Financial Services Regulation
Competition Law
Criminology Research Paper
Criminology Research Project
Current Issues in EU Law
Drugs, Crime and Control
Employment Law
Environmental Law
Family Law
Foundations of International Law
Gender, Crime and Criminal Justice
Intellectual Property: Patents, Trade Secrets
International Commercial Arbitration
International Human Rights Law
International Legal Theory and Practice
International and Comparative Migration Law
Law Reform Practice
Law Research Paper
Law Research Paper
Law, Accountability and Government
Legislatures and Legislative Processes
Police and Policing in a Global Context
Principles of Healthcare Law and Ethics
Prisons and Imprisonment
Private Law Aspects of Company Law
Restorative Justice
Sale of Goods
Special Project: A Practical Perspective on Commercial Property Development
Special Project: International Mooting
Special Project: Pro Bono
The Law Relating to Public Companies
The Rehabilitation of Offenders
The Theory and Practice of the Human Rights Act 1998
Youth Crime and Justice

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. 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.

Learning and assessment

These figures give an indication of how you'll learn and be assessed. They're a combined average of all the years of the course. The learning and assessment percentages could vary depending on the modules you choose.

Scheduled teaching 14%
Independent study 86%
Placement 0%

Exams/tests 60%
Coursework 39%
Practical 1%

School of Law

All of our courses prepare you for the challenges of professional life. Learning to identify and address
the complex legal, moral, ethical or social questions that underpin the law is key to your success here.
Your teachers will be researching the very latest aspects of law and criminology and amongst them
are practising legal professionals. Their discoveries become yours, as their research filters into teaching.

Top law firms regularly visit us to meet our students and take a hands-on approach by contributing
to your wider education. They also interview our high-achieving students for jobs.

We have over 200 places for voluntary work experience, which gives you the chance to do real client work that has a positive impact in the community. You can get involved in our free legal clinic and the Miscarriages of Justice Review Centre, an opportunity to work on cases of wrongful imprisonment. You can work on our commercial pro bono project, on our criminal justice initiative or at the courts, providing help and support to individual litigants. You can also work with several local charities as a trained adviser, helping individuals with their legal problems

Our degrees have a strong international focus to prepare you for a career that could take you
anywhere. Our study abroad scheme is one of the largest of its kind in the UK and includes destinations in Europe, Australia, China, the US and Canada.

School of Law website

What our graduates do

Many of our students enter the legal profession, either as barristers or solicitors. For those planning to become solicitors, we have an in-house Legal Practice Course which is a masters programme. Many of our graduates secure training contracts as solicitors in top law firms.

Our former students have joined global, national and regional law firms, barristers' chambers and have become judges. Three Lord Justices of Appeal are among our former graduates and regularly visit to support us. With all the opportunities and skills on offer here, our students have also taken up careers in the criminal justice system and in a wide range of managerial professions.

Student profile

Kyra Bradley, School of Law

"I chose the University of Sheffield to study law and criminology because it looked like the full package: a reputable department and a course that would prepare me well for a career in law, with an award-winning students' union, too many extracurricular opportunities to count, and a friendly and close-knit city."

Kyra Bradley ,

Following all our LLB courses, you’ll be eligible to take the Legal Practice Course or Bar Professional Training Course for entry to the legal profession in England and Wales, either as a solicitor or barrister.

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