The University of Southampton
Southampton Law School

M200 LLB (Hons) Law with Psychology (3 years)

This qualifying law degree will allow you to explore the relationship between law and psychology. Develop essential legal, academic, analytical and important transferable skills to prepare for a broad range of legal and non-legal careers.

Introducing your degree

Studying Law at Southampton

The Law School at Southampton has been delivering high quality undergraduate degrees in Law for over 60 years. Our alumni occupy leading positions in the legal profession in the UK and around the world. Our law degree is also an avenue to exciting careers in business, government, media, and politics.

Our LLB programmes, all of which lead to a qualifying law degree, are challenging and exciting. Delivered by our expert academic staff working at the cutting edge of legal research into society’s problems, the curriculum has been designed to provide you with a strong foundation in the core subjects, coupled with opportunities to pursue a range of optional modules of your choosing.

Take a combined degree in law and psychology to develop essential legal, academic, analytical and important transferable skills to prepare for a broad range of legal and non-legal careers. An ideal degree course for those with interests in justice, criminal profiling and seeking justice when clients' state of mind is in question.

This programme provides a platform for careers in many areas, attracting both those interested in becoming a Solicitor or a Barrister, but also those wishing to pursue careers in the police, criminology, business, government, voluntary organisations, research and teaching. Perhaps one of the most fascinating and intriguing courses you can take and can be a qualifying law degree (QLD).


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The programme provides a Qualifying Laws Degree (QLD) with a minor in Psychology. The LLB Honours (Bachelor of Laws) with Psychology takes a rigorous approach to the study of law in which you will develop a detailed understanding of the content of law; skills of critical analysis and practical application of laws. The Programme enables you to explore the complexity of law as a practice by considering social, political and historical contexts of the law as well as the relationship between legal concepts and how the law applies to resolve practical legal problems. The Programme has been specifically designed to fulfil the needs of those going into the legal professions and who require a QLD but the Programme also provides a firm foundation for careers in other areas. Notably, through access to appropriate Psychology modules offered by the School of Psychology at the University of Southampton, it broadens the scope of your studies, so opening up a wider range of opportunities in terms of both further study and career paths.

Learning and teaching

The Core modules are delivered in lectures and tutorials. Lectures provide the opportunity for academic staff to present, explore, analyse and discuss key legal doctrines, principles, policies and ideas with the whole class. Tutorials are conducted in smaller groups in order to facilitate discussion and debate about specific topics led by a tutor. You may also be taught by seminar, particularly in optional modules. A seminar provides a structured opportunity to explore, in detail, texts and materials with a tutor and through class discussion.


Each module that you study is assessed to ensure you have met each of the learning outcomes; this is termed summative assessment. For Semester 1 modules, exam based assessment will take place in January and for Semester 2, and full year, modules in May/June. Normally by November of each year you will be informed of the summative assessment deadlines for each module. Each module will also provide you with one formative assessment before you complete your summative assessment. This is intended to provide you with an understanding about your progress in that module. Formative assessment does not count towards your final mark in the module. Your degree result will be calculated by reference to the modules that you study in Part 2 (2nd Year) and Part 3 (3rd Year) of your study.

We use a variety of different summative assessment methods; the precise approach depends on the individual module. For the core subjects most modules assess by examination, some by essay, or a combination. There is a degree of variation in the examination method adopted, with some using seen and open-book examinations instead of the traditional unseen examinations. Optional modules are also predominantly assessed by various forms of examination and essay, although a number employ different forms of assessment such as small group presentation, blog entry, portfolio, law reform project or oral presentation.

You will also be assessed in the Legal Research and Writing Module in Part 3 (3rd Year) through an extended research essay of 10,000 words.

Please note: As a research-led University, we undertake a continuous review of our programmes to ensure quality enhancement and to manage our resources. As a result, this programme may be revised during a student’s period of registration; however, any revision will be balanced against the requirement that the student should receive the educational service expected. Please read our Disclaimer to see why, when and how changes may be made to a student’s programme.

Programmes and major changes to programmes are approved through the University’s programme validation process which is described in the University’s Quality handbook.

To Apply

All applications from UK, EU and International students to the Law School must be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS)

Contact UCAS on +44 (0)870 112211 or go to

Please ensure that all questions on the UCAS application form are answered fully, and remember to include your personal statement explaining why you wish to study law.

Please ensure that your reference is from an Academic Referee, who is a person who has taught you in the last three years, and that you include all your academic results on the form.

All UK and EU applications are considered by the Undergraduate Admissions Tutor and all international undergraduate applications are considered by the International Undergraduate Tutor and Admissions Selectors.

International applicants may send their qualifications as attachments to email to the International Undergraduate Admissions Tutor if there is insufficient space on the UCAS form.

Programme Structure

Upon successful completion of the Programme you will obtain a Qualifying Law Degree (QLD) accredited by the Law Society and Bar Council. As part of the QLD you must study seven foundational law subjects which are covered in Part 1 (1st Year) and Part 2 (2nd Year) of the Programme. Additionally, you must study Legal System and Reasoning in the Semester 1 of Part 1 (1st Year) as a core module. This module is designed to give you an introduction to the features of the legal system and also how to read and interpret legal materials/sources. The connection between different subjects is emphasised throughout the programme.

To develop the skills to enable successful study throughout your degree programme, in Part 1 you will take the Compulsory module 'Legal Skills’. This module will enable you to develop your key research, legal analytical and writing skills which are essential for every module. To do so ‘Legal Skills’ will utilise and develop your ability in case analysis and statutory interpretation, using examples from a range of areas. Part 1 also offers you choice between two optional modules, ‘Historical Development of the Common Law’ and ‘Philosophical Perspective on the Common Law’. These modules are designed to develop your critical analytical skills, your understanding of the contested nature of law and legal principle, and to broaden and deepen your capacity to construct and communicate persuasive argument. Additionally, you will be studying the Psychology module Introduction to Psychology (Core) in Semester 1 and then you have a choice between Behavioural Neuroscience and ‘Individual Differences’ in Semester 2.

In Part 2 (2nd Year) of the Programme, additionally to the core modules, you will also be provided an opportunity to select two optional Modules (worth 15 ECTS /30 CATS). The options offered reflect the research strength of the school, and the diversity of contemporary legal scholarship and practice. After you have gained a thorough introduction to Psychology, in Part 1 you will, in Part 2 be able to select one Psychology option in Semester 1, and a further option in Semester 2.

In your final year of the Programme you will study four core Law modules and two Psychology option modules, additionally you will write a 10,000 word dissertation, in a subject chosen by you, combining Law and Psychology in the full year compulsory Legal Research and Writing Module.

Key Facts

This qualifying law degree will allow you to explore the relationship between law and psychology.

The School constantly reviews its module offerings and regularly develops exciting and dynamic new options to reflect the results of the vibrant research being carried out in the School.

This programme provides a platform for careers in many areas, attracting both those interested in becoming a Solicitor or Barrister, but also those wishing to pursue careers in the police, criminology, business, government, research and teaching.

Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

A Levels:
GCE A-level

AAA or for students taking the Extended Project Qualification in the same year as their A2 exams, AAB at A level plus A in the EPQ. Applicants should offer at least two traditional, academic subjects.

Dance, General Studies, Photography, Moving Images, Physical Education, Practical Art, Practical Music, Sports Studies and Textiles are not accepted subjects.

International Baccalaureate36 points overall (18 at higher level). An equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University is considered, so please contact us if you require advice on equivalency. LNAT (Law National Admissions Test) is not required.
Other qualifications

We welcome students with other qualifications eg European or Welsh Baccalaureate, Scottish Advanced Highers and Irish Leaving Certificates.

We also welcome applications from overseas students offering foundation programmes with a substantial amount of academic study. Less than half the programme should be English language tuition and you will be expected to reach a high standard in your programme comparable to our A level requirements.

For more details on the suitability of your qualifications or foundation programme please contact the Admissions Team at

English Language requirements

If English is not your first language, you will be required to pass an approved test prior to joining the University in October. The University’s English Language entry requirement for the Law School programme is;

An overall IELTS score of 6.5 with not less than 6.5 in each component, or equivalent

The link below takes you to a complete list of the other English language qualifications accepted.

Test results should be less than two years old at the time of expected registration at the University of Southampton and must be verified before admission.

If you do not meet the University’s English Language entry requirements for direct entry onto our programmes, you may be eligible to study on one of the University’s pre-sessional English language courses. For further information on these pre-sessional programmes, please visit the Centre for Language Studies website.

Mature applicants

We welcome applications from mature students: if you will be over 23 at the start of your proposed degree programme. You will be required to provide evidence of having completed recent serious and successful study (e.g. Access, Return to Education, Open University Foundation Courses). You will be required to undertake a test and interview to determine your academic suitability to pursue the programme.

Selection process:

If you have professional experience, or credit through prior learning at another institution, you may be eligible to use this experience against some of the programme requirements for period of study. You will need to present evidence that you have met the learning outcomes of the programme. Full details can be found in the University’s Policy on the Recognition of Prior Learning.

Contextual Offers

The University of Southampton is committed to widening participation and ensuring that all students with the potential to succeed, regardless of their background, are encouraged to apply to study with us. The additional information gained through contextual data supports our admissions teams to recognise a student’s potential to succeed in the context of their background and experience. Students who flagged in this way will be made an offer which is lower than the typical offer for that programme

A typical contextual offer is AAB from three A levels or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University (the excluded subjects above will still apply).

Please see our contextual admissions pages for more information.

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.


Typical course content

The following modules are compulsory, core or optional for this course. 

Year 1

Semester Two


LAWS1026 Public Law 1: Foundations

LAWS1023 Legal Skills

1 Option module from:

LAWS1022 Historical Development of the Common Law

LAWS1025 Philosophical Perspectives on the Common Law

Choice between either:

PSYC1017 Behavioural Neuroscience OPTIONAL CORE


PSYC1018 Individual Differences: Personality and Intelligence OPTIONAL CORE

Year 2

Semester One


LAWS2025 Criminal Law (AJP)

LAWS2040 Property Law 1: Land Law

1 Option module from:

LAWS2024 Criminal Justice

LAWS2026 Employment Law

LAWS2027 Family Law: Children, Parents and the State

LAWS2039 Principles of Commercial Arbitration Law

LAWS2032 Health Care Law and Bioethics

Choice between either:

PSYC2003 Social Psychology OPTIONAL CORE


PSYC2021 Language and Memory OPTIONAL CORE

Year 3

Semester Two


LAWS3052 Legal Research and Writing

LAWS3XXX Public Law 2: Administrative Justice (AJP)

LAWS2XXX Property Law 2: Equity & Trusts (AJP)


1 Option module from:

PSYC3010 Attachment & Personal Relationships

PSYC3024 Self-Conscious Emotions: Guilt, Shame, Embarrassment, Pride, Nostalgia

PSYC3044 Eye Movements and Visual Cognition

PSYC3048 Human Learning

PSYC3053 Current Topics in Developmental Psychopathology

PSYC3055 Mental Health Epidemiology

Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).

Fees & funding

Tuition fees

Course fees for 2017/18 full-time UK and EU undergraduate students are typically £9,250 per year. Tuition fees for international students differ between each course. Most part-time courses cost 50% of the full-time fee.

View the full list of course fees


Scholarships, bursaries or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

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Costs associated with this course

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the University:

EquipmentApproved calculators: Candidates may use calculators in the examination room only as specified by the University and as permitted by the rubric of individual examination papers. The University approved models are Casio FX-570 and Casio FX-85GT Plus. These may be purchased from any source and no longer need to carry the University logo.
StationeryYou will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationery items, e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks, etc). Any specialist stationery items will be specified under the Additional Costs tab of the relevant module profile.
BooksWhere a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source. Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.
Printing and copyingIn most cases, written coursework such as essays, projects and dissertations is submitted online and by hard copy. The costs of printing a hard copy for submission of such coursework will be the responsibility of the student. The cost of photocopying will also be the responsibility of the student.
OtherSome modules may include optional visits. You will normally be expected to cover the cost of travel and admission, unless otherwise specified in the module profile.

In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

Career Opportunities

All our LLB programmes are formally accredited by the Law Society of England and Wales and the Bar Council as qualifying law degree (QLD) for students wishing to undertake further professional training to become solicitors and barristers. They are also accredited for practice in many other countries worldwide, including India, Australia, Canada and Malaysia.

About half of our law graduates seek careers in the legal profession, as solicitors or barristers after further study and training. However, a law degree can open many doors outside of the legal profession. The other graduates enter careers in media, entertainment, politics, business, accountancy, banking, the civil service, police, probation and social services, national and international organisations. Furthermore, students taking the LL.B Law with Psychology have an even broader range of opportunities whether in Law or Psychology.

Our international reputation is high among employers because of the emphasis placed on the development of academic, personal and professional skills.

Study Locations

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