Goldsmiths, University of London

Law with Criminal Justice and Human Rights Goldsmiths, University of London Degree level: Undergraduate


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The Criminal Justice and Human Rights pathway leads to an LLB Law (Hons) with Criminal Justice and Human Rights. This programme gives you the opportunity to obtain specialist knowledge and deepen your understanding of criminal justice and human rights, and their challenging interactions.

This programme enables you to contextualise the study of Law and broaden your horizons, opening up career opportunities in criminal justice professions, and human rights jobs in the third sector.

Why study LLB Law with Criminal Justice and Human Rights at Goldsmiths?

  • Goldsmiths has a rich heritage of social awareness and engagement. You'll be part of an environment that champions human rights and social justice.

  • Not only is this a qualifying law degree, it has also been developed in anticipation of the new Solicitors Qualifying Examinations (SQE). Training for these is integrated throughout the degree and you'll also have the option to take a specific SQE2 module in your final year.

  • This degree is active. You won't just be sitting and reading , you'll learn problem-solving, debating and advocating through a range of experiential learning, extra-curricular and professional development activities, on campus and beyond.

  • You will gain systematic knowledge and understanding of criminal justice and human rights theory and practice, and be equipped with the ability to critically engage with core debates in these areas.

  • The programme will provide you with the right conceptual and methodological tools required to analyse and explore the ideas, actors, and practices central to criminal justice and human rights law.

  • This pathway of the LLB law at Goldsmiths allows you to specialise in a range of areas related to Criminal Justice and Human Rights, including:

    Domestic human rights law, and European human rights law as applied in the United Kingdom
    How human rights norms are inplemented in criminal law and the criminal justice system
    What are the causes of crime, and what can be done to prevent it
    Contemporary developments in criminology and criminal justice
    Sociological approaches to crime, and how crime is linked to social inequalities, such as gender, class, ethnicity etc.
    Global issues of crime and crime control, populism, and international human rights responses
    The use of Artificial Intelligence in policing
    State surveillance and Big Data collection
    Cyber crime and the regulation of internet communication
    Freedom of the press

  • You will also hone the essential critical thinking and practical skills needed in representing clients and defending cases as a solicitor or barrister specialised in criminal law and human rights.

Course details


This LLB gives you the opportunity to focus on your interests in the second and third year by choosing from a range of law option modules. You will study a wide range of specialisms, drawing on globally leading expertise in the departments of Sociology, Anthropology, Psychology, Media and Communications, and Art.

Year 1 (credit level 4) In your first year, you will study the following compulsory modules:
English Legal System in a Global Context
21st Century Legal Skills
Criminal Law
Contract Law
Public Law and the Human Rights Act

Year 2 (credit level 5) In your second year, you'll study the following compulsory modules.
EU Law in the UK
Land Law

You'll also choose up to 15 credits from the following list of modules:
Immigration Law or Intellectual Property Law

And between 15 and 30 credits of Law and Society modules from the following list:
Criminal Justice in Context
Law and Contemporary Society
Globalisation, Crime and Justice

Year 3 (credit level 6) In your third year, you will write a dissertation (30 credits), take two compulsory modules (30 credits), and choose from a number of option modules.
Year 3 compulsory modules
Criminal Evidence (with Advanced Mooting and Advocacy)
Human Rights Law or Human Rights Law (with Goldsmiths' Human Rights Clinic)

You will select modules from the following Law & Society options (15 to 30 credits).
Year 3 Law and Society module options
Media Law and Ethics
Contemporary Issues in Criminology
The Anthropology of Rights
Prisons, Punishment and Society
Psychology and Law

You will also select modules from the following list (30 to 45 credits):
AI, Disruptive Technologies and the Law
Commercial Law and International Trade Agreements
Art Law
Company Law
SQE2: Practical Legal Skills in Context

Assessment method

You’ll be assessed by a variety of methods, depending on your module choices. These include coursework, examinations, reports, case notes, statutory interpretation, critiques of articles, and research projects such as the dissertation.

As well as these traditional assessment methods, you'll also have the option in your second and third years to take modules that are wholly assessed in more innovative ways, such as:

a portfolio of mooting contributions client interviewing, persuasive argumentation, written advice and legal drafting voluntary and prepared contributions in the classroom taking part in a human rights clinic and other experiential learning activities

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • Solicitors Regulation Authority
  • Bar Standards Board

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code M200
Institution code G56
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff Not accepted
A level ABB
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DDD
Access to HE Diploma D: 33 credits 60 credits overall and distinctions/merits in related subjects
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 33 points with 3 HL subjects at 655

English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
IELTS (Academic) 6.5 with 6.5 in writing and no element lower than 6.0

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9,250 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

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Provider information

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Goldsmiths, University of London
New Cross
SE14 6NW

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