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LLB | Undergraduate

Law (Major) and Politics

Entry year
2021
Entry requirements
AAA
Duration
3 years (Full Time)
UCAS code
M1L2
  • Overview

    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 (Major) and Politics Degree highlights

    Law at QUB is ranked 7th in the UK in Complete University Guide 2019 Law was ranked 8th in the UK for Career Prospects in the Guardian University Guide 2019

    Global Opportunities

    • 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.

    Professional Accreditations

    • The degree offers students the opportunity to study the modules required for the academic stage of legal qualification. In addition, students are offered the opportunity to explore their interests in final year with modules offered that allow them to specialise in a particular area, or simply receive a more rounded sense of what ‘Law’ is. Many of these modules consider law and law-like interactions on a local, national and international level.

    Industry Links

    • 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.
    • The Law School at Queen's has a well-established tradition of regular consultation with legal professional bodies and top international law firms that is very beneficial for students.

    Career Development

    • 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 £20m School at Queen’s offers students access to world-class facilities such as a fully interactive Moot Court room, a One Button Recording Studio and a wellbeing room.

    Internationally Renowned Experts

    • Students in the School of Law are taught by world leading experts in the areas of Law, Human Rights, Criminology and Socio-Legal Studies. Our staff have close research links with the professions, government and Civil Society.

    Student Experience

    • Students can join a number of student led initiatives within the school including the Law Society, the Alternative Dispute Resolution Society and the Street Law project. Other initiatives include the Queen’s Student Law Journal, Lawyers without Borders, the student magazine ‘The Verdict’ and the Mooting Society.
    “I have greatly enjoyed my time at Queens University. The lecturers make the course interesting, and there is a great deal of support available to students. Additionally, I find many of the politics modules greatly complemented my legal studies. If I was in six form again, I would not hesitate to choose Queens.”

    Ross Carrigan (2016-19)

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  • Course content

    Course Structure

    Course ContentThe degree offers students the opportunity to study the modules required for the academic stage of legal qualification. In addition, students are offered the opportunity to explore their interests in final year with modules offered that allow them to specialise in a particular area, or simply receive a more rounded sense of what ‘law’ is. Many of these modules consider law and law-like interactions on a local, national and international level.
    Stage 1• Legal Methods and Skills - Legal Methods and Skills, as its title makes clear, is designed to introduce students to legal craft—specifically, the craft of case-handling. The course provides students with a staged introduction to case-handling, taking them from the basics of navigation and description, to more advanced skills such as written and oral argument. In so doing, the course also addresses a key question: what is law? Specifically, is law’s essence to be found in its form, its function(s), its key actors and institutions, in some combination of these, or in some other way?

    • Constitutional & Administrative Law - Introduces students to the basic institutions and principles of the constitution of the United Kingdom. Examines these institutions and principles in their wider philosophical, historical and political contexts. Introduces a comparative dimension to enable the distinctive features of the constitution to be better understood. Covers the different levels of governance including central government, devolved administrations and supranational institutions and explores the role of non-state actors in the development and workings of the constitution.

    • Contract Law - The course covers the fundamental principles of the general law of contract; rules relating to the formation of contracts and what makes a contract different from a non-binding agreement; key issues concerning the contents of a contract; grounds on which relief may be afforded to a contracting party because of some defect in the making of the contract; ways in which a contract may be ended and the applicable remedies that follow in that event. The theoretical context in which the module is set is one which stresses the transactional quality of Contract Law, i.e. how it enables transactions to be processed, and how it connects with Torts in a joined up Law of Obligations.

    • Careers & Employability


    Politics Modules

    • Contemporary Europe - The module provides a wide-ranging introduction to political developments in contemporary Europe. Following analysis of the nature and consequences for Europe of the Cold War, the module analyses some of the major political, economic and security challenges Europe has had to face since 1989 including the processes of economic and political transformation in Central and Eastern Europe as well as war in the former Yugoslavia and Ukraine. Featuring prominently in the module are developments in the process of European integration with a primary focus on the EU, how it is organized and operates, what powers it has, the attitudes of selected states in contemporary Europe towards membership, and the effects of integration on them. In doing so, the module considers the origins and implications of the Eurozone crisis for European integration as well as public attitudes towards the process


    • Issues in Contemporary Politics - To expose students to contemporary/recent and developing political issues locally, nationally and globally. The module will change year-to-year depending on these issues and staff availability. Indicative list of issues (not exhaustive)
    Political Economy - trade, finance, energy, resources, politics of austerity
    War/conflict/geopolitics - current crisis in Syria, ISIS, Ukraine-Russia-EU, Israel-Palestine
    Environment/Sustainability - climate change, climate justice, biodiversity loss,
    Political Parties and Policy-making - rise of Jeremy Corbyn, Bernie Sanders, reform of party finances, decentralisation of policy-making, innovations such as participative budgeting from around the world;
    Gender, women and politics – Hilary Clinton as US President/candidate, strategies for increasing women’s representation (including quotas), the women’s movement and politics
    Social movements and political ideas – Occupy movement, religion and politics, relevance of debates on long-standing normative political ideas – social justice, democracy, recogniton etc. to these issues; role of trades unions, workplace democracy, workers rights etc.
    Migration and refugees – normative, empirical and political-policy explanations of and responses to flows of people across borders, current Syrian one for example, but also other case studies
    Leadership and citizenship- examples of political leadership and citizenship in formal electoral politics and civil society from around the world
    Stage 2• EU Law – this module offers an introduction to European Union law in a changing world. It is divided into three parts. The initial 8 lectures and two seminars introduce the European Union as a polity, the legal framework of its institutions (role of the five core institutions Council, European Council, European Commission, European Parliament and Court of Justice of the European Union, legislative process, judicial proceedings) and its values (including a short reference to the role of citizenship and human rights protection). The module continues with 10 lectures and 3 seminars introducing the fundamentals of the Internal Market, comprising the socio-economic of the Internal Market in comparison with economic integration in the WTO and EFT, basic structure of economic freedoms, case law on free movement of goods, case law and at least one piece of secondary law for free movement of workers). It concludes with 6 lectures and 2 seminars covering a critical assessment of the interaction of institutional and substantive law, focusing on the effect of EU law in its Member States, comparing it to the functioning of international law beyond the EU, as well as critical aspect of the EU’s legitimacy.

    • Company Law & Corporate Governance - This module will introduce students to the foundations of company law. It will introduce students to the role of law in society, specifically in the economy, and to the regulation of corporate governance as a problem addressed both through and beyond company law. The module familiarises students with the corporate person as a concept, with the corporate constitution, with the company’s ‘lifecycle’ from incorporation to winding up and to the roles of and disputes between key stakeholders within the corporate form. The module will also introduce the manner in which corporate actors, mediated through law and regulation, seek to address social relationships, including through human rights and social responsibility initiatives.

    • Tort - The course covers the fundamental principles of the general law of torts, informed by a theoretical, practical and comparative approach emphasizing the underlying function and role of the law of torts in contemporary society. There is also a recurring stress placed throughout the module on the relationship between the law of contract and tort. Key topics covered in the module include the function and philosophy of torts; the relationship between torts and human rights; negligence; trespass to the person; private/public nuisance; protection of reputation (privacy and defamation); vicarious liability; defences and remedies.

    • Criminal Law - Elements of Crime Actu Reus Mens Rea Offences against Property Theft, Burglary and Robbery, Criminal Damage, Non Fatal Offences against the Person, Assault, Aggravated Assault, Sexual Offences, Homicide, Murder, Manslaughter, Inchoate Offences, General Defences.

    Students must choose 2 Politics modules* from the list below:

    • Politics of Deeply Divided Societies
    • International Relations
    • International Organisations
    • Security and Terrorism
    • Modern Political Thought

    *Please note this is not an exclusive list of the optional modules available. Optional modules are reviewed each year. Optional modules are subject to timetabling and staff availability.
    Stage 3• Land Law - The module provides a critical knowledge and understanding of key aspects of land law. Focusing on the current laws and policy debates in Northern Ireland and in England & Wales, the module outlines the legal frameworks in each, and differentiates the rules of these two legal jurisdictions in a critical and comparative context. Core elements of land law covered in the course include (1) estates in land; (2) land registration systems; (3) licences and proprietary estoppel; (4) co-ownership; (5) landlord and tenant law; (6) mortgages; (7) freehold covenants; (8) easements; and (9) adverse possession.

    • Equity & Trusts - This module deals with the rules and principles governing trusts. The syllabus focuses on three broad areas: 1. the requirements for establishing a valid trust including express trusts; purpose trusts (charitable and private purpose); resulting trusts; and constructive trusts; 2. the powers and obligations of trustees; and 3. the remedies available when trustees act improperly.

    • Evidence and Criminal Procedure - The module covers a range of issues in relation to criminal proceedings and the rules of evidence. It will consider the rules governing criminal investigations, prosecutions and the criminal trial. The module may cover areas of criminal procedure and evidential rules including the burden and standard of proof; rules circumscribing police powers, PACE, the admissibility of evidence, the right to silence; the admissibility of confessions; improperly obtained evidence; character evidence; cross-examination; witnesses and aspects of the trial process.

    Students must choose 1 Law Optional Modules from the list below *
    • Gender, Justice and Society - The module provides students with an understanding of how law affects people differently, depending on gender and the ways in which law contributes to regulating and representing gender. This understanding is not specific to one area of law, rather the course cuts across a number of different areas (such as criminal law, human rights, international law) increasing students’ knowledge and understanding of legal issues more generally at the national and international levels from a gendered perspective. Students will have the opportunity to further evaluate these issues through film and visual representation of the interaction between gender, justice and society. The module introduces students to a number of new and different topics (for example, judicial decision making, the Global South, LGBTQI, kinship and reproduction, the military) from which to interrogate contemporary debates on gender and contribute to the development of students’ critical and analytical skills.

    • Global Business Law and Regulation - The role of law and regulation in the global economy shifted significantly over the past decades. This shift has been described as a shift to a modern regulatory state or to regulatory capitalism which is based on a complex mix of private and public regulation. This module focuses on the role of law and regulation in the area of global business and introduces students to key theoretical issues and practical problems affecting the operation of business in the global economy. Students will gain a detailed understanding and knowledge of the motives and drivers behind global business law and regulation, the dynamics of regulatory change and the problems, flaws, and challenges of global business law and regulation.

    • Intellectual Property Law - Intellectual property is widely perceived to be vital in fostering innovation and creativity in the global marketplace. Intellectual property protects innovative ideas, original literary and artistic works, attractive designs, and distinctive marks. The fact that protection is available provides an incentive for individuals and businesses to create new inventions and eye-catching products, cultural goods and brands. Moreover, intellectual property contributes enormously to the national economy. For example, the UK government recently reported that the creative industries generated £76.9 billion towards the country’s economy in 2013, and that the creative industries are currently growing at twice the rate of the wider UK economy. Similarly, the US Chamber of Commerce estimates that IP-intensive industries employ over 55 million Americans and are worth around $5.8 trillion to the country’s economy.

    • International Humanitarian Law - International humanitarian law (IHL sometimes called the Law of Armed Conflict (LOAC) is a core component of international law and governs the conduct of hostilities. The laws of war do not prohibit warfare – they are meant to regulate it, and mitigate the resultant humanitarian suffering, by directing the use of force towards the opposing armed forces. Surprisingly, the laws of war do not prohibit the killing of civilians; instead they prohibit their specific targeting, allowing for deaths of civilians (under the euphemism of ‘collateral damage’) in proportion to the military objective sought. The module begins by charting the history and legal basis of IHL, exploring the work of the Red Cross and the development of the Hague and Geneva Conventions, before examining the international law regarding the commencement of hostilities (jus ad bellum) and the conduct of hostilities (jus in bello). Further lectures will explore contemporary challenges regarding the conduct of hostilities, accountability for breaches of the laws of war, and modern methods of warfare through lectures, presentations and inter-active group work.

    • International Trade Law - This module will introduce students to the foundations of international trade law. We will explore the theories explaining the benefits, barriers and problems of a free trade regime, the institutional evolution of the global trade regime and policy, especially within the World Trade Organisation, the principles of international trade law, the role of tariffs and non-tariff standards, dispute settlement, various key issues of conflicts and tensions between trade and other policy domains, and challenges for the contemporary global trade regime.

    • International Criminal and Transitional Justice - Since the Second World War international criminal justice has emerged as a body of law to hold individuals responsible for mass atrocities. This module aims to introduce students to the key questions on the relationships between international law, justice and the transition from conflict in the 21st century through an exploration of law, criminological and social theory and case studies. The module adopts a broad interdisciplinary approach to mapping these connected issues and draws on a range of source and geo-political contexts (Latin America and Africa). It touches on contemporary controversies with international justice and domestic political conflicts, such as the intervention of the ICC in Palestine, criminal responsibility of child soldiers who become commanders, and reparations by multinational corporations.

    • Business and Human Rights - This module is designed to introduce students to an emerging and important area of the law, namely the role that business plays in the protection of human rights. Large business, typically referred to in the literature as global corporations (or Multi-national/trans-national corporations) have in the last fifty years or so become increasingly powerful entities within the global system. Now not only concerned with economic impacts on society, increasingly their operations are having a profound effect on the social, economic and environmental lives of the people with whom directly, or indirectly they interact. In order to govern and legitimize their global corporations, they rely on different outlets. Two of these outlets are the focus for this course, human rights discourse and corporate social responsibility (CSR). The primary aim of this module is to attempt to situate the role of business within the human rights and broader responsibility discourse. We will cover issues around the international regulation of human rights through and around law, important interactions between state and non-state actors and human rights discourses and obligations across corporate groups, through value chains and in investment operations.

    • Clinical Law - This module, which involves a ten-week placement with the Law Centre NI, is intended to facilitate critical reflection on the law in practice and to help you understand what the law can, and cannot, achieve on behalf of individuals. In practice, this will be done by allowing you to assist in cases related to tribunal proceedings and to analyse the relationship between law and facts, statute law and case law, and the human needs of clients. While you will, of course, be able to develop only a partial understanding of such issues in a twelve-week module, you will have the chance to transpose some of your learning from the classroom into the reality of the Law Centre’s work. The course is, in that sense, very much about (clinical) law in practice, and it can for that reason be regarded as unique within the Law School’s curriculum.

    *Please note this is not an exclusive list of the optional modules available. Optional modules are reviewed each year. Optional modules are subject to timetabling and staff availability.

    Students must choose 2 Politics modules from the list below *

    • Politics of Irish Literature
    • The Politics of Sustainable Development
    • Contemporary Political Philosophy
    • Arms Control
    • Women and Politics
    • Northern Ireland: A Case Study in Ethno-National Conflict and Peace Making
    • Scotland and Northern Ireland: Points of Political Comparison
    • US Foreign Policy: War
    • Politics, Public Administration and Policy Making
    • Global Resource Politics
    • European Cultural Identities

    *Please note this is not an exclusive list of the optional modules available. Optional modules are reviewed each year. Optional modules are subject to timetabling and staff availability.

    People teaching you

    Dr. Kevin Brown
    Programme Director for LLB pathways

    Queen’s School of Law
    E: k.brown@qub.ac.uk T: +44 (0)28 9097 3858 www.qub.ac.uk/law

    Contact Teaching Times

    Large Group Teaching6 (hours maximum)
    hours of lectures
    Personal Study30 (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 Tutorial4 (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 800 undergraduate students enrolled in the School, 190 postgraduates, 70 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, North America 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 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 Director of Education, LLB Programme Director and other members of academic staff, meets at regular intervals throughout the academic year. 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:

    • E-Learning technologies
      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.
    • Lectures
      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).
    • Personal Tutor
      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.
    • Self-directed study
      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.
    • Seminars/tutorials
      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.
    • Work placements
      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.

    Assessment

    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.

    Feedback

    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.

    Facilities

    The £20m School at Queen’s offers students access to world-class facilities such as a fully interactive Moot Court room, a One Button Recording Studio and a wellbeing room.

    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.
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  • Entry Requirements

    Entrance requirements

    A level requirements
    AAA
    Irish leaving certificate requirements
    H2H2H3H3H3H3
    Access/Foundation Course
    Successful completion of Access Course with an average of 75%.
    International Baccalaureate Diploma
    36 points overall, including 6,6,6 at Higher Level. If not offered at Higher Level/GCSE then Standard Level grade 4 in English would be accepted.
    BTEC Level 3 Extended/National Extended Diploma
    QCF Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma (180 credits), with 160 credits at Distinction grade and 20 credits at Merit grade.

    RQF Level 3 BTEC National Extended Diploma (1080 Guided Learning Hours (GLH), with at least 900 GLH at Distinction grade (minimum 240 GLH to be externally assessed) and 180 GLH at Merit grade.
    Graduate
    A minimum of a 2:1 Honours Degree
    All applicants
    There are no specific subject requirements to study Law with Politics.

    Selection Criteria

    In addition, to the entrance requirements above, it is essential that you read our guidance below 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. 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 is taken into account when deciding whether or not to make conditional offers. For entry last year, we started making offers to applicants offering A-Level/BTEC Level 3 qualifications, who have achieved 2 grade A/7 and 4 grade B/6 at GCSE. This threshold may be lowered as the cycle progresses depending upon the number and quality of applications. The final threshold is not usually determined until late in the admissions cycle, so there may be a delay in processing applicants who do not meet the initial threshold. 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.
    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.


    For applicants offering a HNC, the current requirements are successful completion of the HNC with 4 Distinctions and remainder Merits.
    For those offering a HND, 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.
    For those offering an HNC or HND , some flexibility may be allowed in terms of GCSE profile.


    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 a Faculty/School 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 (admissions@qub.ac.uk), giving full details of your qualifications and educational background.

    International Students

    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.

    As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be offering Academic English and Pre-sessional courses online only from June to September 2020.

    • Academic English: 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.

    INTO - English Language Course(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)

  • Careers

    Career Prospects

    Introduction
    The following is a list of the major career sectors that have attracted our graduates in recent years:
    • Management Consultancy
    • Corporate Banking
    • Purchasing Officer
    • Fast Stream Civil Service
    • Publishing, Media and Performing Arts
    • Export Marketing
    • Advertising
    • Finance
    • Law Enforcement and Public Prosecution
    • Varied graduate programmes (Times Top 100 UK Graduate Recruiters/ AGR Association of Graduate Recruiters UK)

    Typical career destinations of graduates include:

    • Solicitor
    • Barrister
    • Legal Professional
    • Para Legal
    • Legal Executive
    • Legal Analyst
    • Compliance Officer
    • Accountant
    • Financial Engineer
    • Business Analyst
    • Management
    • Audit Associate
    http://www.prospects.ac.uk

    Employment Links
    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.

    Alumni Success
    “I graduated 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

    “After 3 challenging but enjoyable years at Queen’s, I graduated with a degree in Law with Politics. 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

    What employers say

    “Baker McKenzie selected Belfast as a location in large part because of the quality of the education system in Northern Ireland and the tremendous talent from Universities right on our doorstep. We recruit extensively at graduate level and have been delighted with the quality of graduates from Queen’s. We have developed a strong relationship with the School of Law and look to continue to work with Queen’s ahead as our business continues to grow.”
    Sarah Fowler, Baker McKenzie

    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.

  • Fees and Funding

    Tuition Fees

    Northern Ireland (NI) £4,395
    England, Scotland or Wales (GB) £9,250
    Other (non-UK) EU * £4,395
    International £16,900

    The undergraduate fees for 2021 entry have not yet been set. The fees shown are for 2020 entry and are to be used only as a guide. Please check back later in 2020 to view updated fees.

    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.

    * The tuition fees that EU students starting courses at UK universities following the agreed transition period are required to pay will depend on what is agreed as part of the UK's exit negotiations. Please refer to www.qub.ac.uk/brexit-advice/information-for-students

    Additional course costs

    All Students

    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 (Major) and 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/.

    Scholarships

    Each year, we offer a range of scholarships and prizes for new students. Information on scholarships available.

    International Scholarships

    Information on scholarships for international students, is available at http://www.qub.ac.uk/International/International-students/International-scholarships/.

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    How and when to Apply

    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/students.

    When to Apply
    UCAS will start processing applications for entry in autumn 2021 from 1 September 2020.

    Advisory closing date: 15 January 2021 (18:00). This is the 'equal consideration' deadline for this course.

    Applications from UK and EU students after this date are, in practice, considered by Queen’s for entry to this course throughout the remainder of the application cycle (30 June 2021) subject to the availability of places.

    Applications from International (non-UK/EU) students are normally considered by Queen’s for entry to this course until 30 June 2021. If you apply for 2021 entry after this deadline, you will automatically be entered into Clearing.

    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 name for Queen's is QBELF and the institution code is Q75.

    Further information on applying to study at Queen's is available at: www.qub.ac.uk/Study/Undergraduate/How-to-apply/

    Apply via UCAS

    Terms and Conditions

    The terms and conditions that apply when you accept an offer of a place at the University on a taught programme of study. Queen's University Belfast Terms and Conditions.

    Additional Information for International (non-EU) Students

    1. 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 2021.
    2. 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.
    3. 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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    Keywords

    LAW

    LAW AND POLITICS

    LAW WITH POLITICS

    LLB LAW AND POLITICS

    LLB LAW WITH POLITICS

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