Goldsmiths, University of London
Law with Criminal Justice and Human Rights LLB (Hons)
Goldsmiths, University of London

Key Course Facts

Course Description

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 implemented 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.

Law and Policy Clinics In Goldsmiths’ Law and Policy Clinics, students confront challenging societal issues through supervised legal research and public engagement activity.

Areas of research and public engagement activity covered by the Clinics include immigration, the law of financial wrongdoing, police interrogation, and counter-terrorism law.

  • The LLB Law is a qualifying law degree accredited by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board.


Salary of all UK Graduates of Criminal Justice

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £22235 £21138 £26234
25-75 percentile range £18588 - £27775 £16765 - £27938 £19593 - £35841

What You Will Learn

Programme content: As a student of Law with Criminal Justice and Human Rights, LLB (Hons) you will study the following course modules.

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

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

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Minimum Required UCAS Tariff

UCAS Tariff of Accepted Students for this course

Qualification requirements

60 credits overall and distinctions/merits in related subjects

with 3 HL subjects at 655

English language requirements

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IELTS (Academic) 6 with 6.5 in writing and no element lower than 6.0
Do you not fulfill the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements?
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Average student cost of living in London

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

How to apply

Application deadline:

January 1, 2024

This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.

Possible Entry Points:

  • year 1 (Default entry point)

University Rankings

Positions of Goldsmiths, University of London in top UK and global rankings.

Rankings of Goldsmiths, University of London in related subject specific rankings.

Social Studies & Humanities

    • #29 
    • #39 
    Social Policy
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 13 June, 2022]

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What students say about studying Criminal Justice in the UK?

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About Goldsmiths, University of London

Founded in 1891, Goldsmiths, University of London, is located in the South-Eastern area of London known as New Cross. The facilities are impressive at this university, providing students with Art, TV, and Radio studios, as well as a host of other resources aimed at optimising the experience for students on any of their courses. With Goldsmith’s exceptionally active event calendar, making new connections is easy, giving learners a way to socialise without even having to step foot off campus.

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Where is this programme taught

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