Law with International Relations LLB (Hons) – 2021 entry

Key information

Start date: October 2021

LLB (Hons) UCAS: M1T0

3 years

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LLB (Hons) UCAS: M1T1

4 years with professional training

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LLB (Hons) UCAS: M1T2

4 years with foundation year

LLB (Hons) UCAS: M1T3

5 years with foundation year and professional training

Why choose this course

Our LLB (Hons) Law with International Relations course offers you the opportunity to study both core law subjects and international politics. 

You’ll develop a political perspective on law as a body of rules and the ability to tackle the fundamental issues of fairness, justice and equality that are at the heart of every society. 

Our School of Law will provide you with a stimulating and supportive environment for undergraduate study. Members of our academic staff have international reputations for research and are experienced legal practitioners. They  provide consultancy to law firms, governments, non-governmental organisations and businesses around the world. 

Five reasons to study a course within the School of Law at Surrey

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What you will study

Our LLB (Hons) Law with International Relations course will challenge you to not only understand the law, but also to apply it and consider its impact on society on a global scale. 

Our law courses are enhanced by our student-focused teaching approach, engaging tutorials and the opportunity to study legal areas that are of particular interest to you. 

You’ll learn how to debate the law, analyse its application to given situations and apply your legal understanding in a national or international context. We’ll develop your professional skills through a series of extracurricular activities including client interviewing, negotiation and mooting. 

Professional recognition

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 of our graduates take up permanent employment with prestigious employers. These 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. These 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 law graduates have secured roles such as: 

  • Compliance Associate, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP 
  • HR Case Manager, Ministry of Justice 
  • Graduate Scheme Trainee (Banking), Lloyds Bank 
  • Paralegal, Shoosmiths 
  • Tax Analyst, Deloitte 
  • Corporate Paralegal, Meade King LLP 
  • Claims Handler, Arthur J Gallagher.

Academic year structure

The academic year is divided into two semesters of 15 weeks each. Each semester consists of a period of teaching, revision/directed learning and assessment.
 
The University operates a credit framework for all taught programmes based on a 15-credit tariff. 

Modules

Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability, student demand and/or class size caps.

Please note: If there is an optional Professional Training placement as part of your course you can view the full module listing for this on the relevant programme specification.

The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specifications which include further details such as the learning outcomes:

This course is subject to validation therefore no modules have been confirmed at this moment in time. These modules will appear once the course has been validated.

Timetables

Course timetables are normally available one month before the start of the semester. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week (Monday–Friday). Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities. Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week, details of which can be obtained from the course administrators. View our Timetabling Policy (PDF).

Teaching

For our core law subjects, teaching consists of weekly lectures and tutorials. You will carry out extensive research into the law in preparation for tutorials, using lecture content as guidance. 

During tutorials you will engage with varied teaching methods, drawing upon material covered in lectures and your own independent reading. Tutorials may involve traditional seminars and inquiry-based learning, with opportunities to debate contentious issues, and to work in teams on presentations and mooting. We offer a dynamic and inclusive teaching environment, where every student is supported in building their skills and pursuing their academic interests. 

Assessment

We assess modules individually and award credits for the successful completion of each one. Assessment takes place through a combination of examination and/or coursework, practical examinations and reports.  

Check individual module information to see full details at a module level. 

Contact hours

Contact hours can vary across our modules. Full details of the contact hours for each module are available from the University of Surrey's module catalogue. See the modules section for more information.

Entry requirements

A-level

Overall:

  • BSc (Hons):
    • BBB

Applicants taking an A-level science subject with the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass the practical element.

  • BSc (Hons) with foundation year: 
    • CCD

Please note: A-level General Studies and A-level Critical Thinking are not accepted.

GCSE or equivalent: English Language at Grade C(4) and Mathematics at Grade C (4) (or equivalent).

International Baccalaureate

Overall: 32.

GCSE or equivalent: English HL4/SL4 and either Maths HL4/SL4 or Maths Studies HL4/SL4.

European Baccalaureate

Overall: 75%.

GCSE or equivalent: Maths 6 and either English Language (1/2) 6 or English Language (3)7.

Access to HE Diploma

Overall: 45 Level 3 credits overall including 30 at Distinction and 15 at Merit to 45 Level 3 credits overall including 27 at Distinction and 18 at Merit.

GCSE or equivalent: English Language at Grade C(4) and Mathematics at Grade C (4) (or equivalent). 

Scottish Highers

Overall: ABBBB.

GCSE or equivalent: English Language - Scottish National 5 - C Maths - Scottish National 5 - C.

Welsh Baccalaureate

Overall: Pass overall with BBB from a combination of the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and two A-levels.

Applicants taking an A-level science subject with the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass the practical element. 

GCSE or equivalent: English Language and Mathematics ­– Numeracy as part of the Welsh Baccalaureate. Please check the A-level drop down for the required GCSE levels.

Please note: A-level General Studies and A-level Critical Thinking are not accepted.

Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

Applicants taking the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) will receive our standard A-level offer, plus an alternate offer of one A-level grade lower, subject to achieving an A grade in the EPQ. The one grade reduction will not apply to any required subjects.

Other international qualifications

If you are an international student and you don’t meet the entry requirements to this degree, we offer the International Foundation Year, run by the Surrey International Study Centre.

English language requirements

IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall with 6.0 in Writing and 5.5 in each other element.

View the other English language qualifications that we accept.

If you do not currently meet the level required for your programme, we offer intensive pre-sessional English language courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.

Selection process

We normally make offers in terms of grades.

If you are a suitable candidate you will be invited to an Applicant Day. During your visit to the University you can find out more about the course and meet staff and students.

 

Foundation

There will be the option to study this course with an additional foundation year available soon. This is subject to validation.

Recognition of prior learning

The University of Surrey recognises that many students enter their higher education course with valuable knowledge and skills developed through a range of professional, vocational and community contexts. If this applies to you, a process called recognition of prior learning (RPL) may allow you to enter your course at a point appropriate to your previous learning and experience, or to join the start of a course without the formal entry requirements. This means that you may be exempt from certain elements of study in the course for which you have applied and be awarded credit based on your previous qualifications/experience. There are restrictions on RPL for some courses and fees may be payable for certain claims. 

Please see the code of practice for recognition of prior learning and prior credit: taught programmes (PDF) for further information. Please email Admissions with any queries.

Fees

The annual tuition fees for courses starting in October 2021

LLB (Hons)

UK and EU To be confirmed

Overseas To be confirmed

LLB (Hons) (with professional training year)

UK and EU To be confirmed

Overseas To be confirmed

Professional training £1,850

LLB (Hons) (with foundation year)

UK and EU To be confirmed

Overseas To be confirmed

LLB (Hons) (with foundation and professional training year)

UK and EU To be confirmed

Overseas To be confirmed

Professional training £1,850

View a complete listing of all ongoing fees for our undergraduate courses.

  • Fees for UK students: The University will apply annual regulated increases in the fee rates as set by Government each year, in order to maintain the same value in real terms. 
  • Fees for EU students: While the UK is part of the EU, the University will apply annual regulated increases in the fee rates as set by the Government each year, in order to maintain the same value in real terms. Once the UK has left the EU, the fees rules may change and the University is bound to comply with applicable legislation.
  • Fees for international students: Annual fees will increase by 4% for each subsequent year of study, rounded up to the nearest £100, subject to any overriding applicable legislative requirements. 
  • Fees for international students with an integrated foundation year: The programme fee for Year 0 will match the lowest Year 1 overseas fee rate from across the substantive programmes for that year of entry. Students subsequently progressing into Year 1 will be liable for the same fee as overseas students joining at Year 1 for the same programme in that year. Annual fees after Year 1 will increase by 4% for each subsequent year of study, rounded up to the nearest £100, subject to any overriding applicable legislative requirements. 

The University will assess your fee status. If you are unsure whether you are likely to be considered a home, EU or overseas student for fees purposes, the UKCISA website offers more information.

Payment schedule

  • Students in receipt of a Tuition Fee Loan: will have their fees paid by the Student Loans Company in line with their schedule.
  • International students, or UK/EU students who have not taken out a Tuition Fee Loan: are required to pay their fees either in full at the beginning of the programme or in two instalments as follows:
    • 50% payable 10 days after the invoice date (expected to be early October of each academic year)
    • 50% in January of the same academic year.

The exact date(s) will be detailed on invoices. Students on certain part-time programmes, where fees are paid on a modular or stage basis, are not eligible to pay their fees by instalment.

If you are sponsored: you will provide us with valid sponsorship information that covers the period of your study.

Professional Training placement fees

If you are studying on a programme which contains a Professional Training placement year there will be a reduced fee for the academic year in which you undertake your placement. This is normally confirmed 12 to 18 months in advance, or once Government policy is determined.

See the information about 2019/20 academic year Professional Training placement fee.

Placements

You have the option to complete a Professional Training placement as part of this course. This will give you the opportunity to develop your professional, academic and personal potential, helping to prepare you for your future career.

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 International Relations placements

Our law courses all offer optional Professional Training 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. These include solicitors’ offices, local authority legal departments, non-governmental organisations and corporations. 

Some examples of organisations that participate in this scheme include: 

  • Shoosmiths 
  • GLD Legal Services Ltd 
  • Citizens Advice Bureau 
  • MCI Group (Brussels) 
  • National Centre for Domestic Violence 
  • Bail for Immigration Detainees 
  • Thompson & Co Solicitors. 

Applying for placements

You can apply for numerous opportunities via an open and free-to-all process. Placement providers use their own recruitment and selection procedures and the majority of students will secure their placement in this way.

Students are generally not placed by the University, however we offer support and guidance throughout the process alongside access to a vacancy portal representing thousands of placement opportunities each year. We also provide support if you wish to source your own placement.

Find out about more about the application process.

Please be aware there may be travel costs incurred when attending interviews and assessment centres at the placement provider’s premises.

Study and work abroad

We give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their studies by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities or by completing a Professional Training placement abroad.

Want to study at an overseas institution as part of your degree or work abroad during your Professional Training year? Perhaps you would like to volunteer in India or learn about Brazilian business and culture in São Paulo during your summer holidays? With more than 200 partnerships, from 50 different countries worldwide, there is something for everyone.

Not only is the opportunity to go abroad a hugely enjoyable experience, you will develop key skills and knowledge that will strengthen your CV and increase your employability.

View our study and work abroad exchange information to find out more and see where you can go.

Please note: the status of the Erasmus+ scheme is dependent on the outcome of the Brexit negotiations.

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, Australia 
  • Monash University, Australia 
  • University of Queensland, Australia 
  • University of Wollongong, Australia 
  • Universiteit Gent, Belgium 
  • Ryerson University, Canada 
  • Turun Yliopisto, Finland 
  • Universite Catholique de Lille, France 
  • Albert-Ludqigs-Universitat Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany 
  • Universitat Mannheim, Germany 
  • Republic of Seoul National University, South Korea 
  • Universiti Malaya, Malaysia 
  • Rijsuniversiteit Groningen, Netherlands 
  • Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand 
  • Singapore Management University 
  • Stockholm Universitet, Sweden 
  • California State University, US 
  • Texas Tech University, US 
  • University of Central Florida, US 
  • University of North Carolina, US 
  • University of Virginia, US. 

Our partners complement our commitment to excellence in teaching and research and will enable you to enhance your international outlook. 

In your third year you have the option of spending your Professional Training placement abroad.

Students share their experiences of going on an international exchange to Hong Kong.

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 (PDF) 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.

Disclaimer

This online guide 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.

Course location and contact details

Campus location

Stag Hill

Stag Hill is the University's main campus and where the majority of our courses are taught. 

Placement location

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.

University of Surrey
Address

University of Surrey
Guildford
Surrey GU2 7XH