About This Course
Law affects all of our lives and the knowledge of law increases our understanding of the society and the world in which we live. This Law with Criminology programme provides a quality education in Law, or in Law combined with another discipline, to promote such an awareness and to allow those who so wish, to progress to careers in the legal professions.
You can combine the study of Law with a range of subjects. Approximately two-thirds of the curriculum will focus on Law and one-third on the other subject. All are LLB degrees and all have been accredited by the Law Society and the Bar Council as Qualifying Law Degrees (QLD). This status denotes that Bangor LLB graduates have completed the academic stage of training for the legal professions in England and Wales, and may enter directly onto Legal Practice Courses (LPC) to become solicitors or the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) to become barristers.
Combining the study of Law with Criminology leading to a Qualifying Law Degree gives you an opportunity to study in greater depth areas relating to the criminal justice system. Studies will relate to theories, policies, practice and important issues that are affecting the Law - studies that will be of value for graduates and for individuals who will later qualify as practising solicitors or barristers.
Examples of the areas of Criminal Justice that relate to Law include: policing, the sentencing framework, the function of the courts in England and Wales, housing and welfare matters, and issues relating to immigration and ethnic minority groups.
A range of Criminal Justice modules is undertaken in conjunction with the compulsory modules in Law.
Bangor University is recognised as a qualifying law degree provider by the Bar Standards Board and this degree is accredited by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.
This course is available as a 4-year ‘with Placement Year’ option. Please apply for Law with Criminology with Placement Year M1MP. Find out more about 'with Placement Year' coures here.
The placement year provides you with a fantastic opportunity to broaden your horizons and develop valuable skills and contacts through working with a self-sourced organisation relevant to your degree subject. The Placement Year is undertaken at the end of the second year and students are away for the whole of the academic year. The minimum period in placement (at one or more locations) is seven calendar months; more usually you would spend 10-12 months with a placement provider. You would normally start sometime in the period June to September of your second year and finish between June and September the following year. Placements can be UK-based or overseas and you will work with staff to plan and finalise the placement arrangements.
You will be expected to find and arrange a suitable placement to complement your degree, and will be fully supported throughout by a dedicated member of staff at your academic School and the University’s Skills and Employability Services.
Students have the opportunity to enhance their degree programme and extend their understanding of their degree subject area by spending a period of study at an overseas host Institution. This route is optional and if you choose to follow it, you will extend your period of study from three years to four and will gain an enhanced degree qualification – LLB Law with Criminology (International Experience). Students will need to pass a specified number of credits* during their year abroad but no credits from that year will feed into their degree.
* For the purpose of passing the year abroad, a student is required to pass the following number of credits at the host institution: the equivalent of 60 Bangor credits / 30 ECTS credits. Where a student fails to attain this minimum number of credits, they can take resit essay papers during the summer following their return to the UK. A student who fails to pass the resit will be entered into the final year of their Bangor degree but will not be eligible for the enhanced degree title.
Why choose Bangor University for this course?
- All LLB degrees have Qualifying Law Degree (QLD) status denoting that Bangor LLB graduates will have completed the academic stage of training for the legal professions in England and Wales.
- As all Bangor LLB degrees have QLD status, graduates may enter directly onto Legal Practice Courses (LPC) to become solicitors or Bar Vocational Courses (BVC) to become barristers.
- Bangor LLB degree holders are eligible to take the Law Society of Ireland entrance exams: FE-Is.
- The degrees address the British, European and global dimensions of contemporary legal development.
- The degrees allow you to specialise as well as to cover a broader range of options.
- You can choose to have tutorials in all of the foundation subjects in either English or Welsh.
- The School has its own state-of-the-art mock courtroom, in which you can gain essential practical experience by taking part in mock legal trials.
- We have a dedicated and well-resourced Law library.
- 10% of the School's students achieve 1st class honours degrees.
- Bangor is the only institution in north Wales to offer a Law degree and has committed major resources to develop the subject.
- The Law (LLB) degree is taught by bilingual staff with a wide range of expertise in the subject.
For more on studying degree courses see our Study at Bangor section.
In compulsory modules you will usually have 2 hours of lectures every week and one hour-long tutorial every fortnight, while in optional courses tuition is by means of weekly seminars, 2 hours in length. Reading and library-based research are required before tutorials and seminars. Written essays and/or class tests are also set.
Final assessment is by means of examinations in the first and second years, but independently-researched essays and the dissertation on a legal subject of your own choice contribute to assessments in the final year.
What will you study on this course?
You will study the seven foundation subjects to obtain a Qualifying Law Degree plus additional legal and/or non-legal subjects which allow for specialisation. You will be encouraged to study in areas which complement your chosen degree scheme.
The Foundations of Legal Knowledge are:
- Public Law
- Law of the European Union
- Criminal Law
- Obligations (including Contract, Restitution and Tort)
- Property Law
- Equity and the Law of Trusts
- Legal Research
- Public Law
- Contract Law
- Introduction to Law
- Legal Skills
Including the following Criminology modules:
- Introduction to Criminology and Criminal Justice
- Understanding Society
- European Union Law
- Criminal Law
- Equity and Trusts
Including the following Criminology modules:
- Theories of Crime and Control
- Crime and Justice in Modern Britain
- Land Law
20 credits from:
- Commercial Law
- Company Law
40 credits from:
- Regulating Society
- Crime and Punishment
- Crime and Power
- Crime and the Media
Modules for the current academic year
Module listings are for guide purposes only and are subject to change. Find out what our students are currently studying on the Law with Criminology Modules page.
Course content is for guidance purposes only and may be subject to change.
For each LLB module you will be required to purchase a compulsory text, which typically will cost between £20-50. A small number of modules require you to have a statute book, typically costing between £10-15.
For students on module SXL 2110 EU Law there is the opportunity to participate on an optional field trip. Typical costs (subject to exchange rate fluctuations) vary between £450-550 which covers hotel accommodation; airport transfers; inter-country coach travel between Belgium, Luxembourg, and France; and return airfares to and from Europe, as well as UK airport transfers. Students cover their own meals.
£15 Annual Law School Dinner (for first year students only). School subsidises the Annual Dinner transport and half of the Annual Dinner price. Attendance is optional but recommended.
General University Costs
Home (UK) students
- The cost of a full-time undergraduate course is £9,000 per year (2021/22 entry and 2022/23 entry).
- The fee for all placement, international and sandwich years is £1,350 (2021/22 and 2022/23).
- More information on fees and finance for Home (UK) students.
International (including EU) students
There are also some common additional costs that are likely to arise for students on all courses, for example:
- If you choose to study abroad or take the International Experience Year as part of your course.
- If you attend your Graduation Ceremony, there will be a cost for gown hire (£25-£75) and cost for additional guest tickets (c.£12 each).
Course-specific additional costs
Depending on the course you are studying, there may be additional course-specific costs that you will be required to meet. These fall into three categories:
- Mandatory Costs: these are related to a particular core or compulsory module that you’ll be required to complete to achieve your qualification e.g. compulsory field trips, uniforms for students on placement, DBS Check.
- Necessarily Incurred Costs: these may not be experienced by all students, and will vary depending on the course e.g. professional body membership, travel to placements, specialist software, personal safety equipment.
- Optional Costs: these depend on your choice of modules or activity and they are shown to give you an indication of the optional costs that may arise to make sure your choice is as informed as possible. These can include graduation events for your course, optional field trips, Welcome Week trips.
For 2021 entry:
Offers are tariff based, 80 - 112 tariff points from a Level 3 qualification* e.g.:
- A Levels
- BTEC National/Extended Diploma and Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma: MMP - DMM
- City & Guilds Advanced Technical/ Extended Diploma: case by case
- International Baccalaureate Diploma
- Welsh Baccalaureate is accepted.
International Candidates: school leaving qualifications and college diplomas are accepted from countries worldwide (subject to minimum English Language requirements). More information here.
We also welcome applications from mature applicants.
*For full details go to our website and for a full list of accepted Level 3 qualifications, go to www.ucas.com
General University Requirements
To study for a degree, you’ll be asked for a minimum of UCAS Tariff points. For a fuller explanation of the UCAS Tariff Points, please see www.ucas.com.
We accept students with a wide range of qualifications and backgrounds and consider each application individually.
All students need to have good basic skills and the University also values IT and communication skills.
As part of the University’s policy we consider applications from prospective disabled students on the same grounds as all other students.
We also consider applications from mature students who can demonstrate the motivation and commitment to study a university programme. Each year we enrol a significant number of mature students. For more information about studying as a mature student, see our Studying at Bangor section of the website.
EU and International Students' Entry Requirements
For detailed guidance on the entry requirements for EU and International Students, including the minimum English Language entry requirement, please visit the Entry Requirements by Country pages. International applicants can also visit the International Education Centre section of our website for further details.
Bangor University offers International Incorporated Bachelor Degrees for International students whose High School qualification is not equivalent to the UK school leaving qualification. The first year (or Year 0) is studied at Bangor University International College, an embedded College on our University campus and delivered by Oxford International Education Group.
All of the LLB Law degree programmes are Qualifying Law Degrees, allowing graduates to proceed directly to the vocational stage of professional training to become barristers or solicitors. An LLB law degree is also a highly-valued qualification for entry into other careers, including government, industry and commerce. Lawyers with additional language skills are greatly in demand.
International Applicants: Each country has its own eligibility requirements and examination process to ensure sufficient legal knowledge to practise within their legal system. We strongly advise that all applicants ensure that they have satisfied themselves of their respective eligibility to practice (in whichever country) before applying or accepting an offer of a place on a Law course.
If you are unsure whether this degree is recognised in your home country, please contact us for more information. Or you can consult your country's Bar Council.
Opportunities at Bangor
The University’s Skills and Employability Service provides a wide range of resources to help you achieve your graduate ambitions.
The Bangor Employability Award (BEA)
The BEA is a comprehensive online course that you can work through at your own pace, taking you through all the steps you need to take to explore, prepare and apply for your dream career.
Bangor University runs a paid internship scheme within the university’s academic and service departments.
Volunteering widens your experience and improves your employability. Find out more about the volunteering on the Students’ Union’s website.