OverviewThe BA Law and Politics joint honours degree was the first of its kind in the University of London, it offers you the opportunity to study the closely related disciplines of Law and Politics side by side in a three-year programme.
The programme is designed so that you could, by choosing the appropriate law options, obtain the usual exemptions from legal professional examinations, or alternatively you could focus on subjects in the School of Politics and International Relations leading to a non-qualifying degree. The first year is a 50/50 split allowing you to experience both sides of the degree with teaching in both departments before deciding which programme route to follow.
The degree is aimed at those who wish to pursue a career in which knowledge of both the legal and governmental systems is of major importance, and should appeal especially to those wishing to study public policy in its legal context. For anybody considering a career in either law or an alternative sector Law and Politics graduates are very employable.
Why Queen Mary?The School of Law at Queen Mary is ranked first in London for law, and third in the UK, behind only Oxford and Cambridge by the Guardian University Guide 2016. Our students are also happy with us, giving an overall satisfaction rating of 91 per cent in the most recent National Student Survey.
Law Student SocietiesAlongside our degree programmes students can take advantage of the large number of student run law societies and get involved with departmental events and networking opportunities through becoming a student ambassador.
Legal Advice CentreThe School of Law was the first law school in London to set up a Legal Advice Centre (LAC), offering free legal advice to members of the public. Our students volunteer in an advisory capacity and work alongside qualified solicitors from top city law firms. The LAC enters its 10th year in 2016 and has a number of award winning projects; its most recent, SPITE , aimed at victims of revenge porn has been nominated for a number of awards in its first year of running.
- Public Law
- Elements of Contract Law
- Introduction to Politics
- Comparative Government and Politics
- Introduction to International Relations
Students wishing to graduate with a qualifying law degree:
- Law of the European Union (half-module)
- Administrative Law (half-module)
- Land Law
- Criminal Law for BA Law and Politics students
Plus one module from Politics.
Students wishing to graduate with a non-qualifying law degree:
Plus three modules from Law or Politics of which one full module must be from Politics.
Year 2 Politics options
- Modern Political Thought I and II
- International Relations: Theories and Contemporary Issues
- War and Security in World Politics
- Global Governance
- British Politics
- The International Politics of the Developing World
- Theories of State, Economy and Society
- Representative Democracy in Practice
Students wishing to graduate with a qualifying law degree:
Plus one module from Law and one module from Politics.
Four option modules from either Law or Politics. Students must do at least one module from Law and one module from Politics.
3rd Year Politics options:
- The Politics Research Project
- Case Studies in Ethnic Conflict: Northern Ireland
- Theories of the Self
- European Integration and the European Union as a Political System
- French Politics
- The Politics of Economic Ideas: Key Texts in Modern Political Economy
- Analysing Public Policy
- Select Topics in British Politics
- Globalisation: Issues and Debates
- Tolerance: Theories and Cases
- Theories of Radical Democracy and Politics
- US Foreign Policy
- Gender and Politics
- The Politics of the Post-Colonial Middle East
- Marxism in World Politics
- Socialist Political Thought
- Latin American Politics
- Nationalism & Ethnicity in International Relations
Typical tariff or grades required: AAA (GCE A-level).
Excluded subjects: General studies, critical thinking.
Subjects and grades: Minimum of 37 points overall with combined total of 18 points from three higher level subjects.
Vocational and other qualifications:
The College accepts a wide range of qualifications such as Access and Foundation programmes, vocational awards, Irish Leaving Certificate, Scottish Highers and other Baccalaureates. Please visit our further information page below.
Further information on our entry requirements.
Admission is based on academic merit and on the proven ability of the applicant to achieve success on their chosen programme of study. Every application to Queen Mary is considered on its individual merits with personal statement and reference taken into consideration.
For any other enquiries, please go to our FAQ section or contact the School of Law:
Tel: + 44 (0)20 7882 3924
For international students: http://www.law.qmul.ac.uk/undergraduate/international/index.html
You can also call the Enquiries Hotline (UK callers only) on Freephone 0800 376 1800.
International students should contact the Admissions Office:
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 5511
Learning and teachingFirst year students studying for the three year BA in Law and Politics typically have 12 hours of contact time per week. Each module normally has a two-hour lecture supplemented by a one hour weekly or fortnightly tutorial. We offer small group tutorials so it is easy for you to meet the teaching staff to discuss ideas and get support.
Our academic staff are world leaders in their fields; many have been involved with high profile organisations such as the United Nations, the International Court of Justice and the European Commission.
We also have Graduate Student Advisors, these are current postgraduate students who offer support and advice either individually or to groups of undergraduates on a range of topics including academic and non-academic matters.
For every hour spent in classes you will be expected to complete a further 2-3 hours of independent study (which amounts to around 28 hours spent in your personal time). Your individual study time will be spent preparing for, or following up on formal study sessions; reading; producing written work; completing projects; and revising for examinations.
The direction of your individual study will be guided by the formal study sessions you attend, along with your reading lists and assignments. However, we expect you to demonstrate an active role in your own learning by reading widely and expanding your own knowledge, understanding and critical ability.
Independent study will foster in you the ability to identify your own learning needs and determine which areas you need to focus on to become proficient in your subject area. This is an important transferable skill and will help to prepare you for the transition to working life.
The law components within the BA Law and Politics programme are mainly assessed by examination, though some of the optional modules have elements of coursework. In the final year of all the law programmes, there is the option to research and write a dissertation on a legal or politics topic in place of a taught module. The politics modules are assessed through a mixture of examinations and coursework.
Law Library Service:
School of Law students have access to state of the art library resources and e-learning facilities. Read more here:
Fees and finance
Fees are charged at a Home/EU rate for UK and EU nationals, and an overseas rate for International students - find out more about how your tuition fee status is assessed.
You can either take out a Tuition Fee Loan (see Funding section below) to pay your fees or, if you are paying them yourself, you can pay in instalments.
Tuition fees for a year abroad or placement year on a full time undergraduate course will be a proportion of the full fee for the year in which you commence your time abroad or placement.
For information on field trip and other course related costs which are not included in your tuition fee, please contact the relevant Department/School.
See more general information about fees.
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 7676
Queen Mary has a substantial package of scholarships and bursaries which will benefit around 50 per cent of our undergraduate student body.
Scholarships and Bursaries available at Queen Mary for Home/EU Students
There are a number of scholarships and bursaries available each year for home students. Visit our Bursaries and Scholarships page for more information.
Visit our Advice and Counselling website for more information about financial support.
Scholarships available at Queen Mary for International Students
There are a number of Scholarships available each year for International Students including bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas.
Find out more about international scholarships.
Some International students may also be eligible for a fee reduction.
Loans and Grants available to help with tuition fees and living costs
Student Finance England administers all grant and loans for your studies if you normally live in England.
Through Student Finance England, you can apply for (figures relate to programmes starting from September 2016):
- A Tuition Fee Loan of up to £9,000 to pay all or part of your fees
- A Maintenance Loan of up to £10,702 to help pay your living costs like rent, food and travel
- Extra grants if you have a disability or you have children or an adult dependant
- You might get a grant to cover some travel expenses if you normally live in England but study away from home. If you’re a medical or dental student you might also qualify for help with the costs of attending clinical placements in the UK.
Visit Student Finance Information to find out more about:
- How to apply for student finance
- What eligibility rules apply, including if you already have a degree or previous higher education study
- What the income thresholds are and how much you might personally get for each element of Student Finance
- What to do if you have problems getting your Student Finance
Other financial help on offer at Queen Mary
We offer one to one specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.
Our Advice and Counselling Service also has lots of Student Advice Guides on all aspects of finance including:
- Additional sources of funding
- Planning your budget and cutting costs
- Part-time and vacation work
- Money for lone parents
For more information visit the Advice and Counselling service website, or call +44 (0)20 7882 8717.
BA FT Law and Politics students go on to work in a wide variety of careers across the private, public and charity sectors, applying transferable skills such as research, verbal reasoning, communication and negotiation. Those who decide to take this course as a qualifying law degree may choose to apply their degree knowledge directly, entering careers in the legal services (solicitor, paralegal, legal advisor).
The national 2012 destination survey confirmed that 93% of the School’s graduates were in employment and/or study six months after graduation with 83% already working/studying at graduate level. Queen Mary’s School of Law graduates have a strong earning power, with a median salary of £23,038.
The broad range of skills gained through courses in the School of Law, coupled with multiple opportunities for extra-curricular activities (such as mooting) and work experience, has enabled students to move into roles such as:
- Trainee Solicitor - CMS Cameron McKenna Ltd
- Corporate Banker - Baker Tilly
- Trade Mark Attorney - IPulse
- Teaching Assistant - Manor Green Primary School
- Intern - Clifford Chance
- Case Worker - Peters Legal
- Legal Services Advisor - University of Bedfordshire
- HR & Finance Assistant - Pell & Bales
- Finance Paralegal - Mitsubishi UFJ International
- Project Assistant - Queen Mary, University of London
- Intern Analyst - CBRE Investors
- Trainee Insurance Broker - Arthur J Gallagher
- Case Administrator - London Probation Trust
- Paralegal - Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr LLP
- Trainee Solicitor - Sidley Austin
- Audit Manager - Standard Chartered Bank
Throughout the course, students have access to an annual QM Careers and Enterprise Centre programme, to prepare them for internships and graduate level work. This includes employer led workshops on job applications and interviews as well as over 90 employer events to facilitate networks and help students to explore their options.
Recent careers events in the School of Law include a Barristers networking evening, training contracts panel discussion with Simmons & Simmons, Weil Gotshal & Manges and Holman Fenwick Willan, commercial awareness workshop led by Freshfields, Alternative Careers in Law Speed Meet and the annual QM Law Fair featuring 30 law firms. There are one-to-one appointments with the Law Careers Consultant every Monday throughout the year, for support with job and work experience applications, interview practise and career choice questions. The QM Careers team run a range of employer events throughout the year that Law students can attend, including a Politics Careers Panel and Experience Journalism Workshop.
Opportunities for work experience are substantial given Queen Mary’s location between Canary Wharf, the City and the Olympic Village. Students are encouraged to build their work experience throughout their period of study. Legal work experience is available through the Law School’s pro-bono society and Legal Advice Centre. Other opportunities can be found through QProjects, a local work experience scheme, QRecruit, which advertises internships and temporary work, Experience Works, a part time work fair, and volunteering with QMSU Provide. There are also over 1400 vacancies to browse on the QM JobOnline vacancy site.
Queen Mary’s extensive campus also provides over 1200 on-campus job and volunteer opportunities ranging from E-learning Assistant to Gym Instructor and from Society President to Student Mentor.
Read more about our careers programmes and range of work experience opportunities on the QM Careers and Enterprise Centre pages
ProfilesName: Lucy Shaddock
Studying: BA Law and Politics, UK
Queen Mary was the obvious choice once I knew I wanted to study Law with Politics. The subjects complement each other perfectly and both departments have an excellent academic reputation, with internationally recognised lecturers at the forefront of their fields. Despite significant roles as barristers, Parliamentary advisers and researchers, professors are always pleased to answer questions and never make students seem anything less than their top priority.
I have been particularly impressed that the law department recognises students’ different career aspirations: more than accommodating those who aspire to be leading barristers, whilst at the same time offering an impressive range of opportunities for those who are still discovering their interests. You can volunteer, gain work experience and meet professionals, all due to the invaluable links the department has. I would certainly say that Queen Mary offers masses of choice without ever inculcating that there is one ultimate career path.
Most exciting for me is the fact that Queen Mary’s reputation attracts visitors of the highest calibre, meaning in the past there have been speeches by leading Silk Rabinder Singh QC and director of Liberty Shami Chakrabarti. Such events are priceless and never fail to inspire. One more thing - if you haven’t visited the campus, make sure you do. You won’t be disappointed!
Why did you choose to study at Queen Mary?
“Queen Mary was always the obvious choice for me. Not only is the School of Law well regarded by employers but its location in London is ideal for finding potential internships.
“As a School of Law Bursary winner, I was without the constant financial worry I had initially expected and consequently, I was able to fully commit to my studies. For example, I competed in the George Hinde Moot Competition which enabled me to showcase my advocacy skills to a practicing judge at Snaresbrook Crown Court. Experiences like this are invaluable.
How did you find your academic experience at QMUL?
“Attending lectures led by academics at the forefront of their respective areas of expertise is not to be underestimated. Law demands individual hard work but it is reassuring to know that the teaching staff will be on hand to help answer questions one may have, whether that be via email or through their weekly office hours. The contact time Queen Mary professors offer to students is undoubtedly one of the School’s strengths and enhances your learning experience.”