As a joint honours programme, Law with Politics offers students the chance to study for a Qualifying Law Degree whilst also engaging with research in areas such as conflict, co-operation, power and decision making, the result being a highly nuanced degree option. The close relationship with the regional political infrastructure in
Northern Ireland creates a unique environment for students to engage with and respond to political as well as legal developments on a local, regional, national and international level.
Law with Politics Degree highlights
Law at Queen's is ranked 9th in the UK in The Times and The Sunday Times University Guide 2017.
- There are opportunities to study or work abroad, supported by schemes such as Study USA. This can significantly enhance the employability of students and the global opportunities open to them.
- All of the undergraduate Law degrees offered at Queen’s are recognised qualifying law degrees, which means that they are accredited by legal professional bodies in Northern Ireland, England and Wales and the Republic of Ireland.
- Those students more interested in politics orientated placements can avail of some of the opportunities within the Department of Justice, Equality Commission, Police Ombudsman’s Office, BBC Northern Ireland and so on.
- Our students benefit from the Law School at Queen's having a well-established tradition of regular consultation with legal professional bodies and top international law firms.
- Past students have gained work placement with organisations such as the Council of the EU, European Commission, European Parliament, United Nations (UN), Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), Council of Europe, and Thomson Reuters.
World Class Facilities
- The new Law school at Queen’s offers students access to world-class facilities such as a fully interactive moot court room, various seminar rooms and a wellbeing room.
Internationally Renowned Experts
- Law at Queen’s is taught by world leading experts in the area of Law including Human Rights, Criminology and Socio-Legal Studies. Our staff have close research links with the professions, government and Civil Society. Research in Law was ranked 15th in the UK in the most recent Research Assessment (2014).
- Students can join a number of student led initiatives within the school including the Law Society, the ADR society and the Street Law Project. Other initiatives include the Queen’s Student Law Journal and the Mooting society.
“Being a student at Queen’s is, without doubt, the best decision I have made. The teaching, access to world-class academics and personal relationships you are able to develop with those at the top of their respective fields is unrivalled. The university has immensely aided my career aspirations and given me access to employers that wouldn’t be possible anywhere else.”
Cal Girvan, LLB Law with Politics Student
The degree offers students the opportunity to study the modules required for a Qualifying Law Degree (Legal Methods and Skills, Constitutional Law in Context, European Constitutional Law, Internal Market Law, Criminal Law, Rights and Accountability, Torts, Contract, Equity, Land Law, Contemporary Issues in Property Law, Evidence) alongside a number of Politics modules.
• Perspectives on Politics
• Constitutional Law in Context
• Legal Methods and Skills
• Comparative Politics
• Rights and Accountability
• Criminal Law
• European Constitutional Law
• European Internal Market Law
• Land Law
|Stage 2 Optional Courses*|
• Politics of Deeply Divided Societies
• International Relations
• Studying Politics
• British Politics
• Irish Politics
• American Politics
• International Organisations
• Security and Terrorism
• Modern Political Thought
• Contemporary Issues in Property Law
|Stage 3 Optional Courses*|
• Politics of Irish Literature
• Political Thought and Sites of Memory in Ireland
• The Politics of Sustainable Development
• Middle Eastern Politics
• Contemporary Political Philosophy
• Arms Control
• Women and Politics
• Northern Ireland: A Case Study in Ethno-National Conflict and Peace Making
• Challenges to Contemporary Party Politics
• Security and Technology
• Contemporary Critical Theory
• Scotland and Northern Ireland: Points of Political Comparison
• US Foreign Policy: War
• Ethics, Power and International Politics
• National and Ethnic Minorities in European Politics
• Politics, Public Administration and Policy Making
• Global Resource Politics
*Please note this is not an exclusive list of the optional modules available. Optional modules are subject to staff availability and change each academic year.
People teaching you
Dr. Ciara Hackett
Programme Director for LLB pathways
Queen’s School of Law
Ciara is a lecturer in the School of Law. Her areas of expertise are Corporate Governance, Corporate Social Responsibility, Business and Human Rights, Torts and Obligations.
Contact Teaching Times
|Large Group Teaching|
6 (hours maximum)
hours of lectures
30 (hours maximum)
24-30 hours studying and revising in your own time each week, including guided study using handouts, online activities and group study opportunities.
|Small Group Teaching/Personal Tutorial|
4 (hours maximum)
3-4 hours tutorials per week
Learning and Teaching
The Law School at Queen's is ranked as one of the top Schools in the UK and Ireland. Teaching quality within the School was judged to be 'excellent' and our research was awarded a 5B (excellent) by the UK Higher Education Funding Bodies. There are over 1,000 undergraduate students enrolled in the School, 250 postgraduates, 30 PhD students and almost 50 members of academic staff. You will be taught by scholars from all over the world, many of whom have international reputations in their fields and all are committed teachers and researchers. Students will also have access to an excellent law section in the new library and extensive IT facilities. In addition, the School has active relationships with universities in China and throughout Europe through which opportunities for study abroad and staff exchanges are fostered.
The School operates a proactive system of student support. Advisers of Studies are allocated to each degree programme tasked to guide and support you throughout your time with us, together with the School's experienced and helpful administrative staff. In addition, students are allocated a Personal Development Programme Tutor for their time in the School. We place considerable emphasis on facilitating good communication between staff and students. To this end, a Staff-Student Consultative Committee, comprised of elected student representatives, the Advisers and the Director of Education, meets twice each semester. This Committee provides students with a forum in which to raise matters of concern to them and also enables the School to keep students informed about matters affecting the School and wider university.
At Queen’s, we aim to deliver a high quality learning environment that embeds intellectual curiosity, innovation and best practice in learning, teaching and student support to enable students to achieve their full academic potential.
On the LLB programmes we do this by providing a range of learning experiences which enables our students to engage with subject experts, develop attributes and perspectives that will equip them for life and work in a global society and make use of innovative technologies and a world class library that enhances their development as independent, life-long learners. Examples of the opportunities provided for learning on this course are:
Information associated with lectures and assignments is communicated via a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) called Queen’s Online. A range of e-learning experiences are also embedded in the degree through, for example: interactive group workshops in a flexible learning space; podcasts and interactive web-based learning activities; opportunities to use IT programmes associated with design in project- based work etc.
Provide information about topics as a starting point for further self-directed private study/reading. Lectures also provide opportunities to ask questions, gain some feedback and advice on assessments (normally delivered in large groups to all year group peers).
Undergraduates are allocated a Personal Tutor during their time in the School. Tutors meet with their students on several occasions during the year to support their academic development.
This is an essential part of life as a Queen’s Law student when important private reading and research, engagement with e-learning resources, reflection on feedback to date and assignment research and preparation work is carried out.
Significant amounts of teaching are carried out in small groups (typically 10-20 students in Law modules and 8-15 students in Politics modules). These provide an opportunity for students to engage with academic staff who have specialist knowledge of the topic, to ask questions of them and to assess their own progress and understanding with the support of peers. Students should also expect to make presentations and other contributions to these groups.
In conjunction with the Careers, Employability and Skills Department, there are opportunities for a number of summer internships. These provide significant learning and employability enhancement opportunities.
Work-Related Study Tour
The School sponsors a Law Study Tour to London which is run annually by Careers, Employability and Skills Department. Selected students spend a week in London visiting the City’s commercial and corporate law firms. Time is spent taking part in workshops in the various firms and allows students to get an insight into the work undertaken and how these firms operate as well as appreciating what the London firms are looking for in potential employees.
Details of assessments associated with this course are outlined below:
The way in which students are assessed will vary according to the learning objectives of each module. Some modules are assessed solely through project work or written assignments. Others are assessed through a combination of coursework and end of year examinations. Details of how each module (and module family) is assessed are shown in the Student Handbook which is provided to all students during their first year induction.
As students progress through their course at Queen’s they will receive general and specific feedback about their work from a variety of sources including lecturers, module co-ordinators, placement supervisors, personal tutors, advisers of study and your peers. University students are expected to engage with reflective practice and to use this approach to improve the quality of their work. Feedback may be provided in a variety of forms including:
Summative feedback provided via formal written comments and marks relating to work that students, as individuals or as part of a group, have submitted.
Formative feedback opportunities such as face-to-face comment. This may include occasions when students make use of the lecturers’ advertised “feedback and guidance hours” to help address a specific query.
Placement employer comments or references.
Online or emailed comment.
General comments or question and answer opportunities at the end of a lecture, seminar or tutorial.
Pre-submission advice regarding the standards you should aim for and common pitfalls to avoid. In some instances, this may be provided in the form of model answers or exemplars which students can review in their own time.
Feedback and outcomes from practical classes.
Comment and guidance provided by staff from specialist support services such as, Careers, Employability and Skills or the Learning Development Service.
Once students have reviewed their feedback, they are encouraged to identify and implement further improvements to the quality of their work.
In September 2016, the School of Law moved into a new £20m facility. This provides a variety of innovative teaching spaces to support a pioneering culture of learning, central to which is the Moot Court Room interactive teaching space.
The facility also incorporates the Herbert Smith Freehills Student Hub supported by the leading global law firm as part of a 5-year sponsorship. This 600m2 space on the ground floor provides social and informal group study facilities and a café area.
In addition, to the entrance requirements above, it is essential that you read our guidance notes on 'How we choose our students' prior to submitting your UCAS application.
Applications are dealt with centrally by the Admissions and Access Service rather than by individual University Schools. Once your on-line form has been processed by UCAS and forwarded to Queen's, an acknowledgement is normally sent within two weeks of its receipt at the University.
Selection is on the basis of the information provided on your UCAS form, which is considered by the Selector for that particular subject or degree programme along with a member of administrative staff from the Admissions Service. Decisions are made on an ongoing basis and will be notified to you via UCAS.
Demand for places differs from course to course and for Law, past performance at GCSE and / or AS level is taken into account when deciding whether or not to make conditional offers. For last year’s entry, we started making offers to applicants with 2A and 4B grades at GCSE or ABB at AS-level, however at the end of the application cycle, the final threshold was a minimum average of 5B grades with 1A grade in profile at GCSE or average BBB at AS-level. Please note that this changes from year to year depending on the demand for places. Where applicants do not cash-in AS-level examinations results at the end of year 13 (Year 12 England and Wales), it is helpful if the equivalent grades are given in the personal statement or academic reference, since this will speed up the decision-making process.
GCSE English Language grade C is also required.
Offers are normally made on the basis of 3 A-levels. The offer for repeat applicants is set in terms of 3 A-Levels only and is normally the same as that asked from the first time applicants. Grades may be held from the previous year; however repeat applicants must have obtained a minimum of BBC at A-Level in first attempt.
Applicants offering two A-levels and one BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/National Extended Certificate (or equivalent qualification), or one A-level and a BTEC Diploma/National Diploma (or equivalent qualification) will also be considered. Offers will be made in terms of performance in individual BTEC units rather than the overall BTEC grade(s) awarded. Please note that a maximum of one BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/National Extended Certificate (or equivalent) will be counted as part of an applicant’s portfolio of qualifications. The normal GCSE profile will be expected.
Applicants offering other qualifications, such as BTEC Extended Diplomas and Higher National Certificates and Diplomas, the International Baccalaureate, Irish Leaving Certificate or an Access course, will also be considered.
The same GCSE profile is usually expected of those applicants taking a BTEC Extended Diploma qualification or a Higher National Certificate (HNC).
The current entrance requirements for applicants offering a BTEC Extended Diploma are successful completion of the BTEC Extended Diploma (180 credits at Level 3) with 160 credits at Distinction and 20 credits at Merit. For applicants offering a HNC, the current requirements are successful completion of the HNC with 4 Distinctions and remainder Merits.
For those offering a Higher National Diploma, some flexibility may be allowed in terms of GCSE profile but, to be eligible for an offer, a minimum of 2 Distinctions and remainder Merits is necessary in the year 1 performance. Applicants must successfully complete the HND with 4 Distinctions and remainder Merits in all units assessed in the final year. Any consideration would be for stage 1 entry only.
Applicants offering Access/Certificate in Foundation Studies courses will be considered individually on their own merits and for last year the standard was an overall average of 75% in Level 3 modules. Applicants studying the two-year part-time course must achieve a minimum overall average of 60% in year 1 in order to be made an offer.
For applicants offering the Irish Leaving Certificate, please note that performance at Junior Certificate is taken into account and at the end of last year’s application cycle, the Junior Cert profile was a minimum of 2A and 4B grades.
The information provided in the personal statement section and the academic reference together with predicted grades are noted however, these are not the final deciding factors as to whether or not a conditional offer can be made. However, they may be reconsidered in a tie break situation in August.
A-level General Studies and A-level Critical Thinking would not normally be considered as part of a three A-level offer and, although they may be excluded where an applicant is taking 4 A-level subjects, the grade achieved could be taken into account if necessary in August/September.
Applicants are not normally asked to attend for interview, though there are some exceptions and specific information is provided with the relevant subject areas.
If you are made an offer then you may be invited to an Open Day, which is usually held in the second semester. This will allow you the opportunity to visit the University and to find out more about the degree programme of your choice and the facilities on offer. It also gives you a flavour of the academic and social life at Queen's.
If you cannot find the information you need here, please contact the University Admissions Service (email@example.com), giving full details of your qualifications and educational background.
For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.
English Language Requirements
An IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each test component or an equivalent acceptable qualification, details of which are available at: http://go.qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs
If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.
- English for University Study: an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level
- Pre-sessional English: a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English.
INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS - FOUNDATION AND INTERNATIONAL YEAR ONE PROGRAMMES
INTO Queen's offers a range of academic and English language programmes to help prepare international students for undergraduate study at Queen's University. You will learn from experienced teachers in a dedicated international study centre on campus, and will have full access to the University's world-class facilities.
These programmes are designed for international students who do not meet the required academic and English language requirements for direct entry.
The INTO progression course suited to this programme is
INTO - English Language Course(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)
Although a large percentage of our graduates are interested in pursuing careers in Law, significant numbers develop careers in a wide range of other sectors. The following is a list of the major career sectors (and some starting salaries) that have attracted our graduates in recent years:
• Management Consultancy: £20,000 – £30,000
• Corporate Banking: £20,000
• Purchasing Officer: £21,000
• Fast Stream Civil Service: £24,500
• Publishing, Media and Performing Arts: up to £25,000
Typical career destinations of graduates include:
• Trainee Solicitor
• Legal Professional
• Para Legal
• Legal Executive
• Legal Analyst
• Compliance Officer
• Trainee Accountant
• Financial Engineer
• Business Analyst
• Management Trainee
• Audit Associate
• Civil Service
• Local Government
Employment after the Course
Many of our former graduates have risen to the top of their fields and include many famous figures; for example:
• Lord (David) Trimble – Former First Minister of Northern Ireland, Nobel Peace Prize Winner and Member of the House of Lords
• Right Honourable Sir Brian Kerr – Justice of the Supreme Court of UK and former Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland
• John Larkin QC – Attorney General for Northern Ireland
• Mary McAleese – Former Irish President
• Lord Eames – Former Anglican Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland
• Anthony Watson, CBE, Bencher at Lincoln’s Inn
• Zoe Salmon – Former Miss Northern Ireland and TV presenter
• Sonia Mac – Cool FM radio DJ
• Carolyn Stewart – U105 Presenter
• Wendy Austin – Radio and Television Broadcaster
Graduate Employers include A& L Goodbody, Allen & Overy, Baker and McKenzie, CitiGroup, Deloitte, EY, First Derivatives, PWC, Wilson Nesbitt, Herbert Smith Freehills.
Other Employer Link:s
Top international law firms, including the ‘Magic Circle’ law firms, ie Allen & Overy, Clifford Chance, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Linklaters, Slaughter & May, and mmany more.
“I graduated in 2014 with a 2:1 in Law with Politics and then completed a LLM in Business and Human Rights at Queens, graduating with a distinction in 2015. I also had the opportunity of participating in Study USA, where I was based in Houston, Texas from 2012-2013. I'm currently in my first year of a joint Masters in Research and PhD focusing on Business and Human Rights at the University of St Andrews in Scotland. My time at Queen's University gave me a unique insight into how law is created within differrent social contexts, and sparked my passion for human rights which I incorporate into my research today.”
Marisa McVey, LLB Law with Politics Graduate 2014
“After 3 challenging but enjoyable years at Queen’s, I graduated with a degree in Law with Politics in 2015. This route allows students to study all of the core law modules, gain a qualifying law degree and take advantage of the career prospects that come with that. The politics aspect of the course gave me a much broader and more interesting education in areas that I am passionate about, such as international relations, comparative politics and political theory. For any potential students who are considering a career in law and have an interest in politics, I would definitely recommend this course.”
Duncan Taylor, LLB Law with Politics Graduate 2015
What employers say
"Herbert Smith Freehills is proud to have a strong Queen's alumni network in both our Belfast and London offices – in fact, 55% of our current Belfast team are Queen's law graduates. We have found them to be ambitious and diligent members of our team...The School of Law has a reputation for excellence and innovative teaching and we are delighted to be able to connect with its students."
Lisa McLaughlin, Herbert Smith Freehills
Additional Awards Gained(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)
Prizes and Awards
A wide range of prizes and scholarships are awarded to top performing students. A number of these are sponsored by leading law firms and organisations.
Degree plus award for extra-curricular skills
In addition to your degree programme, at Queen's you can have the opportunity to gain wider life, academic and employability skills. For example, placements, voluntary work, clubs, societies, sports and lots more. So not only do you graduate with a degree recognised from a world leading university, you'll have practical national and international experience plus a wider exposure to life overall. We call this Degree Plus. It's what makes studying at Queen's University Belfast special.
The tuition fee rates for undergraduate students who first enrol at the University in the academic year 2018-19 have not been agreed. Tuition fees for 2018-19 will be based on 2017-18 levels, normally increased by inflation and these are set out below.
|Northern Ireland (NI)||£4,160|
|England, Scotland or Wales (GB)||£9,250|
|Other (non-UK) EU||£4,160|
Tuition fee rates are calculated based on a student’s tuition fee status and generally increase annually by inflation. How tuition fees are determined is set out in the Student Finance Framework.
Additional course costs
Depending on the programme of study, there may be extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies.
Students can borrow books and access online learning resources from any Queen's library.
If students wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow them from the University Library, prices per text can range from £30 to £100. A programme may have up to 6 modules per year, each with a recommended text.
Students should also budget between £30 to £75 per year for photocopying, memory sticks and printing charges.
Students undertaking a period of work placement or study abroad, as either a compulsory or optional part of their programme, should be aware that they will have to fund additional travel and living costs.
If a final year includes a major project or dissertation, there may be costs associated with transport, accommodation and/or materials. The amount will depend on the project chosen. There may also be additional costs for printing and binding.
Students may wish to consider purchasing an electronic device; costs will vary depending on the specification of the model chosen.
There are also additional charges for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines.
Law with Politics costs
There are no specific additional course costs associated with this programme.
How do I fund my study?
There are different tuition fee and student financial support arrangements for students from Northern Ireland, those from England, Scotland and Wales (Great Britain), and those from the rest of the European Union.
Information on funding options and financial assistance for undergraduate students is available at http://www.qub.ac.uk/Study/Undergraduate/Fees-and-scholarships/.
Each year, we offer a range of scholarships and prizes for new students. Information on scholarships available.
Information on scholarships for international students, is available at http://www.qub.ac.uk/International/International-students/International-scholarships/.
* information shown is for 2017-18 and should be used as a guide until 2018-19 scholarships are confirmed.
How to Apply
Application for admission to full-time undergraduate and sandwich courses at the University should normally be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Full information can be obtained from the UCAS website at: www.ucas.com/apply.
When to Apply
UCAS will start processing applications for entry in autumn 2018 from 1 September 2017.
Advisory closing date: 15 January 2018 (18:00).
Late applications are, in practice, accepted by UCAS throughout the remainder of the application cycle, but you should understand that they are considered by institutions at their discretion, and there can be no guarantee that they will be given the same full level of consideration as applications received by the advisory closing date.
Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as is consistent with having made a careful and considered choice of institutions and courses.
The Institution code for Queen's is QBELF and the institution code is Q75.
Further information on applying to study at Queen's is available at: http://www.qub.ac.uk/Study/Undergraduate/How-to-apply/
Apply via UCAS
After an offer is made this will be notified to applicants through UCAS. Confirmation will be emailed by the Admissions and Access Service and this communication will also include Terms and Conditions (www.qub.ac.uk/Study/TermsandConditions) which applicants should read carefully in advance of replying to their offer(s) on UCAS Track.
Additional Information for International (non-EU) Students
- Applying through UCAS
Most students make their applications through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) for full-time undergraduate degree programmes at Queen's. The UCAS application deadline for international students is 30 June 2018.
- Applying direct
The Direct Entry Application form is to be used by international applicants who wish to apply directly, and only, to Queen's or who have been asked to provide information in advance of submitting a formal UCAS application. Find out more.
- Applying through agents and partners
The University’s in-country representatives can assist you to submit a UCAS application or a direct application. Please consult the Agent List to find an agent in your country who will help you with your application to Queen’s University.
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