Three years full-time.
Six years part-time.
112 UCAS tariff points (or above)
Please see Entry Requirements below.
This course allows you to benefit from a firm grounding in law while taking modules in politics. You will develop a comprehensive understanding of the contexts in which political and legal institutions function, as well as the ability to conduct both legal and political analysis of current problems and issues.
We draw on a range of perspectives in our teaching, combining the finest traditions of legal education and political science. You will notice a substantial change in your confidence and ability to engage with topical issues and current affairs, including international relations.
If you wish to pursue a career in legal practice after graduation, this course is designed to meet the requirements for completion of the academic stage of legal training as determined by the Bar Standards Board and the Solicitor’s Regulation Authority.* You may also seek exemptions from aspects of the CILEX programme.
During a period of profound and fast-moving political change, a combined law degree with politics will give you an additional edge to lead and succeed in a rapidly changing world.
* The Solicitors Regulation Authority is implementing additional qualifying requirements for solicitors with effect from 2019.
Full downloadable information regarding all University of Suffolk courses, including Key Facts, Course Aims, Course Structure and Assessment, is available in the Definitive Course Record.
Optional modules available in any year will be communicated to you prior to your enrolment to facilitate module choice. Some optional modules may not run in every year of study, and the availability of optional modules depends on the level of student demand, the availability of specialist staff and timetabling constraints. In addition, we regularly review our curriculum to ensure it is up-to-date, relevant, draws on the latest research and addresses contemporary issues. As a result, the modules we offer may change over the course of your degree.
Public law is multifaceted and students will engage with a range of issues to include the relationship between the individual and the state, the effect of membership of the EU, devolution within the United Kingdom and the significance of judicial review. Students will be able assess the significance of human rights in constitutional and administrative law, with due reference to the impact of the Human Rights Act 1998.
Students will engage with the techniques of legal reasoning used in the common law world, the law-making process and the sources of law in England and Wales. This module also introduces students to the nature of legal obligations (contract and torts) and the principles and sources of EU Law. Students will have the opportunity to learn how to apply legal knowledge in practical exercises such as mooting and alternative dispute mechanisms.
This module examines the concepts and principles of criminal law in England and Wales. It covers the general principles of criminal law and the substantive law concerning a range of offences. Students will be able assess the impact of the Human Rights Act 1998 on criminal law. Students will be equipped to interpret and apply cases and statutes to legal problems and engage critically with academic legal discourse.
Students will examine the principles, policies and practical applications of contract law from a variety of perspectives. They will develop a thorough understanding of how contractual obligations are formed and regulated, how legal principles and concepts are used to identify and resolve legal problems, and the function of contracts in society and the economy. The module also addresses the dimensions of contract law that are shaped by the impact of EU law.
Grassroots Politics and Activism takes a local approach to politics. It examines how individual political actions can affect change and the local and national levels. The module also has an applied side, as it seeks to develop your skills in political activism.
In Policy and Politics we introduce British politics, including how the UK political system works, its main political institutions, and some of the key political debates taking place in British politics today. We look at how the operation of politics in the UK shapes important areas of policy which affect us every day, such as crime and justice.
Students will examine the development and function of the law of torts in society. The module places considerable emphasis on the current applications of legal principles, policy and academic discourses in this branch of the law of obligations. Very complex sets of social relationships are governed by legal concepts of duty, harm and compensation. The module also engages with the impact of human rights and EU law on tortious liability.
Students will develop insights into how legal research is conducted to address substantive, procedural and contextual legal issues and how to apply techniques from related subjects in the social sciences and humanities. Since legal problems are often multifaceted, legal research methods require effective integration of doctrinal, theoretical and empirical research techniques. An important feature of this module is the application of legal research skills to solving legal problems and to the analysis of legal issues.
Students will develop a solid understanding of the historical and theoretical foundations of English land law and of the current legal principles and concepts in use today. The module examines the development of the legal frameworks regulating property in land, including the normalisation of the registration of titles. The module explores and examines the different forms in which property rights in land arise and the mechanism used to accommodate developments.
Students will develop a solid understanding of the principles and concepts used in the law of trusts in England and Wales, covering the main forms of trust property. The module examines the development and current application of the fundamental maxims in equity, using both primary legal sources and academic discourses. The module also contextualises equity and trusts by facilitating understanding of the historical, social, political and economic functions of this area of law.
The module studies the rise and evolution of a number of systems of thought such as Marxism and post-Marxism, post-colonialism and the critique of eurocentrism in political thought, Liberalism and Neoliberalism, Conservatism and Neo-conservatism, as well as the dark side of the 20th century by looking at Nazism, Fascism, Neo-Nazism, and racism. You will have the opportunity to explore questions such as the restriction of the citizens’ rights in the name of security and safety, civil disobedience, global warning, the rise of populism, the effect of identity politics on the public sphere, the politics of austerity, animal welfare and others.
The module introduces students to the important role of language in politics. It explores the role of speech, words, phrases, and images in politics.
To have a fairer society has been a rallying call for many political thinkers, politicians and activist over the past few hundred years. This module examines the nature of social justice and the range of policies that have sought to make societies fairer.
This module will develop a range of skills relating to organisation and communication with a particular focus on argument and negotiation. In this way, the module deals with a central question of the mechanisms by which politics takes place. The module will use case studies and group work to develop skills and provides a key element of the University of Suffolk approach to politics.
This module consolidates the legal research skills developed over the previous two years and enables you to undertake an independent project in your final year. You will develop your project proposal with support from a supervisor on the course team.
European Union law (EU law) governs the relations among member states of the European Union and the means by which economic, social and political integration are designed and enforced. This module examines the laws and principles that comprise EU law and determine implementation in member states.
This module will focus on proceedings in the High Court for judicial review of the decision of public bodies. The module will also examine the Human Rights Act 1998 and alternatives to judicial review proceedings such as internal complaints mechanism and ombudsmen.
Comparative politics is about exploring how different human communities make decisions. Most decisions still take place within nation states and the aim of comparative politics is to allow for an understanding of different ways that people organize their politics or have them organized by others for them. This module will allow students to develop a knowledge of the operation of other European and Asian political systems. It will allow an exploration of different forms of democratic and authoritarian government.
Graduates can progress in to a range of careers across the private and public sectors, and may pursue further study, due to the combined nature of this degree.
Graduates may choose to enter a role within the law sector or move in to a more political role.
Law graduates are highly employable throughout many sectors due to their transferable skills, including problem solving, time management, analysis, research and negotiation skills.
Fees and finance
- Full-time tuition fee: £9,250 p.a
- Part-time tuition fee: £1,454 per 20 credits (please contact the Student Centre for further information)
- Full-time International tuition fee: £12,996 p.a
At University of Suffolk, your tuition fees provide access to all the usual teaching and learning facilities that you would expect. However, there may be additional costs associated with you course that you will need to budget for.
* 2022-23 tuition fees are subject to change in line with inflation, or a government change in the fee cap.
112 UCAS tariff points (or above), BBC (A-Level), DMM (BTEC) or Access to HE Diploma - a minimum of 30 Level 3 credits at merit grade or above.
Applicants are also required to have GCSE English and Maths grade 4/C or above, or equivalent Level 2 qualifications. Applicants who do not hold these qualifications may be considered on an individual basis based upon their overall application and the course applied for.
If you do not hold these qualifications please contact Admissions directly on 01473 338348 to discuss.
If you have previously studied at higher education level before you may be able to transfer credits to a related course at the University of Suffolk and reduce the period of study time necessary to achieve your degree.