A deeper understanding of the causes and effects of criminal behaviour or specialist legal expertise, or knowledge of the law governing trade and commercial relationships, can set legal professionals apart, enhancing their practice and enabling them to pursue employment in a wide range of professions.
Law and Criminology at Lincoln offer an introduction to the fundamental elements of law, enabling students to develop legal skills and sound knowledge of the professionally required foundation areas of law while specialising in an area that interests them.
How You Study
The LLB (Hons) Law and Criminology degree at Lincoln offers students the chance to study for a law degree while deepening their understanding of the causes and consequences of crime.
The programme considers the rules by which society is organised, how they can be changed, and what happens when they are broken. It draws on a range of disciplines, including sociology, anthropology, and psychology, as well as law, meaning that graduates can progress to a diverse range of careers.
In addition to the fundamentals of law, a third of the course consists of criminology modules, which can include Applying Criminology; Images of Crime and Criminal Justice; and Human Rights (Social Sciences).
Contact hours vary by course and can take many forms, including lectures, seminars, and workshops. A full-time undergraduate student should expect to undertake a minimum of 37 hours of study each week during term-time, supplementing contact hours with independent study. This is an important aspect of university-level education. As a general rule, you will be expected to spend two to three hours working independently for every hour in class.
Constitutional and Administrative Law (Core)
Contract Law (Core)
Images of Crime and Criminal Justice (Core)
Legal Systems and Skills (Core)
Applying Criminology (Core)
Criminal Law (Core)
European Union Law (Core)
Land Law (Core)
Financial Services Regulation (Option)†
Study Abroad (Option)†
Equity and Trusts (Core)
Human Rights (Social Sciences) (Core)
Law of Tort (Core)
Penology and Penal Policy (Core)
War Crimes and Genocide (Core)
How You Are Assessed
In addition to examinations, students are assessed by coursework which takes the form of assignments, mooting, individual and group presentations, and workbooks. Written assignments may be in the form of an in-depth case study, an essay, or writing a review. Coursework aims to provide students with an important opportunity to gauge how they are coping with various subject areas and levels of study before having to sit an examination.
The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to students promptly – usually within 15 working days after the submission date.
Methods of Assessment
The way students are assessed on this course may vary for each module. Examples of assessment methods that are used include coursework, such as written assignments, reports or dissertations; practical exams, such as presentations, performances or observations; and written exams, such as formal examinations or in-class tests. The weighting given to each assessment method may vary across each academic year. The University of Lincoln aims to ensure that staff return in-course assessments to students promptly.
For eligible undergraduate students going to university for the first time, scholarships and bursaries are available to help cover costs. The University of Lincoln offers a variety of merit-based and subject-specific bursaries and scholarships.
"The course provided me with an excellent understanding of the theory and practice that underpins many of the agencies within the criminal justice system and helped me to develop the skills required to be an academic."
Gary Saunders, Law and Criminology graduate
Entry Requirements 2021-22
GCE Advanced Levels: BBC
International Baccalaureate: 29 points overall
BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit
Access to Higher Education Diploma: 45 Level 3 credits with a minimum of 112 UCAS Tariff points
Applicants will also need at least five GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, which must include English. Equivalent Level 2 qualifications may also be considered.
The University accepts a wide range of qualifications as the basis for entry and will consider applicants who have a mix of qualifications.
We also consider applicants with extensive and relevant work experience and will give special individual consideration to those who do not meet the standard entry qualifications.
If you have studied outside of the UK, and are unsure whether your qualification meets the above requirements, please visit our country pages for information on equivalent qualifications.
EU and Overseas students will be required to demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in each element. For information regarding other English language qualifications we accept, please visit the English Requirements page.
If you do not meet the above IELTS requirements, you may be able to take part in one of our Pre-sessional English and Academic Study Skills courses.
Teaching and Learning During Covid-19
At Lincoln, Covid-19 has encouraged us to review our practices and, as a result, to take the opportunity to find new ways to enhance the student experience. We have made changes to our teaching and learning approach and to our campus, to ensure that students and staff can enjoy a safe and positive learning experience. We will continue to follow Government guidance and work closely with the local Public Health experts as the situation progresses, and adapt our teaching and learning accordingly to keep our campus as safe as possible.
Students are encouraged to gain as much experience as possible during the degree. They can develop their practical legal skills in the University’s moot court, and by entering competitions in mooting and negotiation. There is a University pro bono Law Clinic, where students have the opportunity to give legal advice to real people, under supervision.
Study Abroad and Placement Opportunities
Between their second and final years, students are able to take time out to study abroad or gain experience through a work placement. Those who choose to do so are responsible for covering their own travel, accommodation, and general living costs. Please note that places on the study abroad scheme are limited and allocated competitively.
Both Law and Criminology graduates have career prospects both within and outside of the legal profession. Some pursue paths to become barristers or solicitors, while those specialising in criminology may follow careers in the police and criminal justice networks. Those wishing to embark on careers in corporate law may take further legal qualifications to qualify as solicitors.