LLB Law and Criminology

Course Overview

All of Swansea’s LLB courses are qualifying law degrees.

These degrees will:
• provide you with a solid foundation for a career in law
• train you to apply legal concepts in a practical environment
• provide you with transferable skills, including team working, communication, presentation, problem-solving, research and analytical skills

Key Features

All of Swansea’s LLB courses are qualifying law degrees.


Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

Year 1 (Level 4)

Year 2 (Level 5)

Year 3 (Level 6)

HE Level 6 Degree / Honours

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules

None found.

Optional Modules
Law Optional Modules 

Choose Exactly 60 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Please choose 60 credits from the list below. N.B. It is not a requirement for you to complete either a dissertation or a work placement research module. However, if you wish to apply to do a dissertation, please contact Helen Quane, and if you wish to apply for a work placement research module please contact Stuart Macdonald. Until your application has been approved you must select 60 credits from each of the sections below.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
LAA301Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Family Law: Parents & Children
LAA302Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Family Law: Adult Relationships
LAA304Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20World Trade LawIf you select this module you cannot select LAA333, LAA331or LAA309.
LAA306Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Criminal Procedure and Sentencing
LAA307Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Cymru'r Gyfraith
LAA309Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Start Up LawIf you select this module you cannot select LAA333, LAA331or LAA304.
LAA310Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Environmental Law 1 - Regulatory Law Approaches
LAA312Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Nature Conservation Law
LAA313Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Planning Law
LAA314Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Employment Law: Rights and Obligations
LAA315Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Employment Law: Enforcing Rights
LAA318Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Competition Law: Regulation of Agreements
LAA319Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Competition Law: Regulation of Dominance
LAA320Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Terrorism: The Legal Response
LAA321Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Criminal Evidence
LAA323Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Criminal Evidence Law and Psychology
LAA324Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Human Rights Law
LAA326Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Foundations in Legal Practice
LAA327Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Media Law
LAA328Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Cybercrime
LAA329Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Human Rights & Social Justice
LAA330Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Medical Law
LAA331Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20International Dispute SettlementIf you select this module you cannot select LAA333, LAA304or LAA309.
LAA332Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Human Rights of Children
LAA333Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20International Law - Principles and ProceduresIf you select this module you cannot select LAA304, LAA331or LAA309.
LAA335Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Jurisprudence
LAA336Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Company Law: Incorporation, Constitution and Control
LAA337Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Company Law: Governance, Rights and Liquidation
LAA338Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Criminal Law Theory
LAA341Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Sports Law and Liability
LAA342Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Legal Issues in Sport
LAA343Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Legislation
LAA344Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Multi-level Governance
LAA345Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Commercial Sales
Criminology Optional Modules 

Choose Exactly 60 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : And 60 credits from these options.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ASC303Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Young Offenders and Youth Justice
ASC316Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Criminalisation of Sex
ASC319Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Serious Crime and Social Harm
ASC320Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Diversity, Crime & Criminal Justice
ASC321Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Sexual Crimes


Some students will already have a particular interest in how society understands and responds to crime. The Law and Criminology degree allows students to explore such questions fully in the course of obtaining a qualifying Law degree.

Entry Requirements

Our standard offer for our various Single honours and Joint Honours programmes is 3 A-Levels at grades ranging from AAB- BBB or equivalent. Welsh Bacc is equivalent to an A at A-Level.

How To Apply

Find out how to apply as an UK or EU student

The UCAS institution code for Swansea University is: SWAN S93

How to apply as an international student 

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2016/17 are as follows:

UK/EU International
LLB (Hons) Full-time £9,000 £12,550

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to inflationary increases for International students and at the capped fee rate as set by the UK Government for UK/EU students.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

The tuition fees do not cover the costs of purchasing books or stationery, printing, thesis binding or photocopying costs.

There are no mandatory additional costs specified for this course.

Graduate Employability

The College of Law takes a proactive approach to enhancing graduate employability.  A range of activities and skills pervade the teaching and pastoral care right from enrolment through to graduation.  Our career enhancement opportunities include guest lectures, networking events, internships and student-led projects.  Highlights from the past 12 months include talks from the Judiciary, Lawyers from both local and national firms, and Commercial Directors & IP brand managers from multinational companies; and a range of internships in legal and commercial departments of businesses and public bodies across the world.

Following a pilot ‘bootcamp’ of intensive workshops in the summer of 2012, which was supported by recruiters to help fine tune our students’ job application and interview skills, the College provides interactive CV clinics and interview workshops for all undergraduate and postgraduate students.  Working with the College Student Societies, law students have the opportunity to attend networking events and dinners with the legal profession and business world – meeting those who practice the law and those who recruit lawyers.   These activities are supported by the Swansea Employability Academy and run with the assistance of the University’s Careers & Employability Service (which offers students the opportunity to gain the Swansea Employability Award). For further information on future employability visit: LLB Employability Information


Academic members of the College of Law are as ever at the forefront of their research.  In the Research Excellence Framework Exercise (REF) 2014,  60% of research conducted within the College of Law was rated to be world-leading or of international excellence, and  95% recognised as demonstrating an international standard. The resulting first-class research environment can be seen at first hand in publication in academic journals, in books published by academic presses, in the organisation of international conferences and research seminar series, and in many other instances of widespread diffusion and transfer of knowledge including staff participation in the editorial teams of a number of major legal journals. The College of Law promotes the research agendas through its University Research Centres. The resulting vibrant research environment is evidenced in publication in academic journals, in books published by academic presses, in international conferences, research seminar series, well as in the diffusion, transfer and impact of research conducted.


The Law Library

If you become a law student at Swansea it is likely that you will spend a substantial amount of your study time in the Law Library. The Law Library is located on the East Wing of the University’s Library and Information Centre (LIC). It contains over 22,000 volumes of legal information and holds nearly 200 series of law journals and law reports in paper copy.

Student Quotes

Jake Loomes:

“Ultimately I was attracted to Swansea by the forward thinking ethos of the College of Law and the clear recognition of the need to provide students not only with passionately delivered lectures, but also with the necessary skills and work opportunities to prepare them for a career post-graduation. “The College of Law at Swansea is one of the top in Wales, and puts great emphasis on facilitating employment opportunities via placements for several students every year  (something that I was privileged enough to be part of during my second year). The unwavering effort and support of my personal and academic tutors has been invaluable in helping me learn and fuelling my passion for the law. I was also attracted to Swansea for its unrivalled location - a stone’s throw away from the beach, Mumbles and the Gower - it really doesn’t get much better than that! “My main career aspiration is to be a barrister at the commercial and chancery bar, an aim that has been reaffirmed as part of my recent Scholarship Award from COMBAR (Commercial Bar Association) which provided me with the opportunity to work with a leading commercial barristers’ chamber in London as well as the opportunity to shadow a High Court Judge.”

David Turner:

"Looking back on my time at Swansea it was one of the happiest times of my life. Fantastic grounds, superb academic lectures and outstanding pastoral support, meant that if I had the chance I would do it all again."

Contact Details


For further details on LLB undergraduate study please contact (UK Enquiries):

  • Dr Patrick Bishop
    (Undergraduate Admissions Tutor)
    Tel: +44 (0) 1792 513586
  • Ms Cerys Evans
    (Undergraduate Admissions Tutor)
    Tel: +44 (0) 1792 602373
  • Ms Samantha Duffy
    (Administrative Officer)
    Tel: +44(0)1792 606341

You can contact either of the above at llb@swansea.ac.uk

For EU/International enquiries please click the following link :

Email: international@swansea.ac.uk
Tel: 00 44 (0) 1792 602600

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