Law with Criminology LLB (Hons) – 2019 entry
Why choose this course
This programme combines the expertise of the School of Law with the internationally recognised research and teaching strengths of the Department of Sociology, offering you the chance to develop an understanding of the law and legal principles whilst also studying advanced areas of criminology.
We’re one of the UK's leading universities for criminology, with our programmes ranked number 1 by the Guardian University Guide 2019.
What you will study
Our LLB Law with Criminology course will equip you with the skills and knowledge necessary to proceed to professional legal qualifications as a solicitor or barrister and to engage critically with the principles of law. You will also gain an awareness of current issues in criminology – from debates surrounding criminal justice, to social control and the role of the police.
We blend traditional and modern teaching methods to help you gain an extensive understanding of the law and the legal system, allowing you to tackle the fundamental issues of fairness, justice and equality that are at the heart of every society.
|Qualification||Course length||Professional Training||UCAS||KIS code|
|LLB (Hons)||36 months||M1M9||View KIS data set|
|LLB (Hons)||48 months||M1M8||View KIS data set|
Professional Training placements
As part of this course you have the option to complete a Professional Training placement. These will give you the opportunity to develop your professional, academic and personal potential, equipping you to be adaptable, resilient, globally minded, confident, entrepreneurial and digitally savvy in the workplace. These qualities are widely recognised by employers and a significant proportion of placement students at Surrey are offered graduate-level jobs or go onto postgraduate study.
Find out more about Professional Training placements and discover how these have transformed our students’ lives and career choices.
Law with Criminology placements
You could work for the full year, either in the UK or abroad, or spend half the year on a work placement and the other half studying at one of our partner universities in countries such as the Netherlands, Sweden, France, Singapore and Australia.
Many Professional Training placements are paid, with the opportunity to experience a variety of contexts, including solicitors’ offices, local authority legal departments, non-governmental organisations and corporations.
Some examples of organisations that participate in this scheme include:
- Penningtons Manches
- Citizens Advice Bureau
- 5 Chancery Lane Commercial Barristers
- National Centre for Domestic Violence
- Bail for Immigration Detainees
- Thompson & Co Solicitors.
Applying for placements
Professional Training placements are usually applied for and secured via an open and free-to-all process, within which students can select and apply for numerous opportunities. Placement providers use their own recruitment and selection procedures and the majority of students will secure their placement in this way. However, support is also provided to students wishing to source their own placement, subject to university requirements being met.
Students are generally not placed by the University, however they are given thorough support and guidance alongside access to a vacancy portal representing thousands of placement opportunities each year. Please be aware there may be travel costs incurred when attending interviews and assessment centres at the placement provider’s premises.
LLB (Hons) - Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA)
The qualifying law degree is recognised by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) for the purposes of satisfying the academic stage of training.
Careers and graduate prospects
We offer careers information, advice and guidance to all students whilst studying with us, which is extended to our alumni for three years after leaving the University.
Each year, many former students take up permanent employment with prestigious employers who have included Electricité de France, Clifford Chance, Eversheds and other firms of solicitors, sets of barristers’ chambers and legal departments of large companies.
We offer a varied programme of careers sessions, which provide advice and guidance on what you should do to develop a suitable career path.
In combination with our student Law Society, we run a variety of events, competitions and activities, such as mooting and client interviewing, that are not only enjoyable and rewarding but will also enhance your employability and introduce you to local and regional solicitors, barristers and other legal professionals.
The School of Law also has close links with the University of Law in Guildford and co-operates with the university in a number of career-development activities.
Recent graduates have secured roles such as:
- Compliance Associate, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
- HR Case Manager, Ministry of Justice
- Trainee Probation Officer, National Probation Service
- Paralegal, Shoosmiths
- Safer Custody Coordinator, HMP Maidstone
- Police Constable, Metropolitan Police
- Corporate Paralegal, Meade King LLP.
Study and work abroad
We give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities or by completing a Professional Training placement abroad. In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV. Visit our global exchanges pages to check where you can go.
We encourage you to add an international experience to your degree by studying overseas for one or two semesters as part of your Professional Training placement programme.
Our international partners include:
- La Trobe University
- Monash University
- University of Queensland
- University of Wollongong
- Universiteit Gent
- Turun Yliopisto
- Universite Catholique de Lille
- Albert-Ludqigs-Universitat Freiburg im Breisgau
- Universiti Malaya (UM)
- Rijsuniversiteit Groningen
- Victoria University of Wellington
- Singapore Management University
- Universitat Pompeu Fabra
- Stockholm Universitet
- California State University
- George Mason University
- Texas Tech University
- University of Central Florida
- University of North Carolina
- University of Virginia.
If you study at a European university you may be eligible for an Erasmus+ grant.
Our partners complement our commitment to excellence in teaching and research and enable students to enhance their international outlook.
In your third year you might want to think about spending your Professional Training placement abroad. Students have worked in many places, both in Europe and beyond; if working in Europe you may again be eligible for an Erasmus+ grant.
This is an excellent opportunity not only to acquire valuable work experience but also to improve or learn another language.
Taking part in the exchange programme is an invaluable experience that will expand your knowledge of legal systems, broaden your horizons, enhance your CV and enrich your life on a personal and professional level.
We also offer the opportunity to learn one of 12 different languages, for free, with our Global Graduate Award.
Terms and conditions
When you accept an offer of a place at the University of Surrey, you are agreeing to comply with our policies and regulations, and our terms and conditions. These terms and conditions are provided in two stages: first when we make an offer and second when students who have accepted their offers register to study at the University. View our offer terms and conditions and our generic registration terms and conditions as a guide as to what to expect.
Please note: our offer terms and conditions will be available in the September of the calendar year prior to the year in which you begin your studies. Our registration terms and conditions will vary to take into account specifics of your course.
This online prospectus has been prepared and published in advance of the academic year to which it applies. The University of Surrey has used its reasonable efforts to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content or additional costs) may occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for a course with us. Read more.
"The academic staff from the School of Law are excellent. The teaching staff consists of high-level academics and professionals, meaning a number of my modules have been taught by barristers and solicitors."
"I would 100 per cent advocate to anyone that wants to study abroad to do it. I learnt so much about the world, and myself, during my year away and have made friends for life all across the globe."
Campus locationStag Hill
Stag Hill is the University's main campus and where the majority of our courses are taught.
As part of this course you have the option to complete a Professional Training placement which would require attendance off campus, depending on where you secure your placement.