Law with History

Entry Year: 2019

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LLB (Hons)
3 years
September 2019
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Typical A-Level offer
Grades AAA at A-Level. This must include A-Level History. Excludes General Studies and Critical Thinking.
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Law with History


Qualify in law while deepening your understanding of history.

Please note: this programme will be discontinued after 2019 entry.

Queen Mary’s Law with History joint honours LLB offers an exciting opportunity to study the two subjects simultaneously, enabling you to gain a qualifying law degree while continuing to build on your interest in history.

You’ll split your studies between the two disciplines, studying core law principles and a module specifically designed to introduce you to the history of legal thought. During the three-year LLB you’ll cover the foundations of legal knowledge necessary for a qualifying law degree, and choose from a vast range of history option modules – such as society and culture in eighteenth century England, Anglo-American relations, the Russian Revolution and the Civil War.

You’ll graduate from Queen Mary with an ability to understand the practice of law in a historical context.

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Year 1


  • Elements of Contract Law
  • Historical Perspectives on Law and Legal Thought
  • Public Law

Choose one or two from

  • Building the American Nation: 1756-1900 
  • Europe 1000-1500: The Middle Ages and their Legacy 
  • Europe in a Global Context since 1800
  • Global Encounters - Conquest and Culture in World History 
  • History in Practice 
  • Reformation to Revolution: Europe and the World, 1500-1800
  • Screening History: Representing the Past in the Contemporary Historical Film 
  • The Foundations of Modern Thought: Introduction to Intellectual History 
  • The Medieval World: Structures and Mentalities
  • Unravelling Britain: British History since 1801

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 2


  • Criminal Law
  • Land Law
  • Law of the European Union (half module)

Choose one from

  • Comparative European Law: European Legal Systems
  • Comparative Law: European Integration
  • Democracy and Justice
  • Law and Literature: Justice in Crisis
  • Law and Literature: The Foundations of Law
  • Law, Justice and Ethics

Choose one or two from

  • A Century of Extremes: Germany 1890 – 1990
  • Africa in Europe: Renaissance Encounters, c. 1440-1650
  • America Incorporated 1865-1939: Railroads, Bankers and the Great West
  • Anglo-American Relations, 1939-1991
  • Architecture in London 1: 1600-1837 
  • Architecture in London 2: 1837-present
  • Art in France from Louis XIV to the Revolution
  • Britain and Europe, 1945-2016 
  • British Horror: Film, Television and Literature
  • Chartists, Rebels and Suffragettes: Democracy in Britain, 1830-1928 
  • Contemporary Art and Society 
  • Freedom and Nationhood: The State in Post-Colonial Sub-Saharan Africa, 1960-2010
  • From the Tsars to the Bolsheviks: Russia 1801-1921
  • Gender and Politics in Britain since 1870
  • History of Medieval Islamic World from Muhammad to the Ottomans
  • History of Western Political Thought
  • Human Rights in History: Origins, Foundations, Prospects 
  • Japanese Film: History, Culture and Fantasy
  • Knighthood & Chivalry in the Middle Ages 
  • Latin for Medievalists 1 and 2
  • London and its Museums
  • London on Film: Representing the City in British and American Films
  • Madness and Medicine in Modern Britain 
  • Medieval London: Pubs, Plague-pits and Cathedrals
  • Outsiders in the Middle Ages
  • Paris From Napoleon To The Present
  • Power, Politics and Religion in Britain, 1530-1649
  • Race in the United States: Slavery To Civil Rights 
  • The Age of Impressionism: Art in Britain and France, 1848-1900
  • The American Century: The History of the United States, 1900-2000
  • The Crusades (1095-1291) 
  • The Edwardian Crisis: Britain, 1900-1914
  • The Georgians: Society and Culture in 18th Century England
  • The Making of the Modern Self
  • The Struggle for Italy: 1796-1996
  • The World of Samuel Pepys: England, 1649-1703 
  • Victorian Values: Religion, Sex, Race and Deviance in 19th Century Britain
  • Violence and Modernity in Twentieth Century India 
  • Women and Gender in Late Medieval England

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 3


  • Equity and Trusts
  • Tort Law

Choose from

  • Anxieties of Empire: Rumours, Rebellion and the British Imagination
  • British Cinema and the Second World War: Propaganda, Myth and Memory
  • Death of a Dynasty: Tudors and Stuarts, c. 1590-1610
  • Exhibiting the First World War
  • Making Thatcher's Britain: The Thatcher Revolution, 1975-1997
  • Saladin, Richard the Lionheart & the Third Crusade
  • The Enthronement of Learning: Medieval Universities and their Legacy
  • The French Civil War 1934-1944
  • The " Heart of Darkness " ? Identity, Power, and Politics in the Congo c.1870-2010
  • The Idea of "the West": A History from the Nineteenth to the Twenty-first Century'
  • The Kennedy Years
  • The Lives of Oscar Wilde
  • The Pursuit of Happiness: The Creation of American Capitalism
  • The Russian Revolution and Civil War 1917-21
  • The Sixties Cultural Revolution in Germany and Britain
  • Women, Family and Work in Post-War Britain

Please note that all modules are subject to change.


The Law with History LLB gives a unique opportunity to study not just legal principles but the history behind the principles. This is an invaluable skill to have and gives an extra dimension to our understanding of the law.


Teaching and learning

First year students studying the LLB in Law with History receive approximately 12 hours of contact time per week. For each module there is usually a two-hour lecture supplemented by a one-hour weekly or fortnightly small group tutorial.

For every hour spent in class, you’ll complete a further two to three hours of independent study. This time is spent reading, preparing for formal study sessions, working on projects and revising for exams.


Assessment typically includes written exams, oral presentations, midterm essays and coursework.

In the final year of all our law programmes, students have the option to research and write a dissertation on a legal topic in place of a taught module.

Resources and facilities

The Schools of Law and History both offer excellent on-campus resources to aid your studies, including:

  • the Law Library service, home to state-of-the-art library resources and e-learning facilities
  • the award-winning Legal Advice Centre (LAC), giving you the opportunity to work alongside trained solicitors and advise members of the public on real issues
  • the Queen Mary History Journal, a major scholarly publication stocked by the British Library, which is written, produced and edited entirely by students
  • a central London location offering ready access to a wealth of world-class libraries, archives, museums and galleries
  • Graduate Student Advisors – friendly and experienced postgraduate students who can offer support and advice.

Entry requirements

A-LevelGrades AAA at A-Level. This must include A-Level History. Excludes General Studies and Critical Thinking.
IBInternational Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum of 36 points overall, including 6,6,6 from three Higher Level subjects. This must include History at Higher Level.
BTECSee our detailed subject and grade requirements
Access HEWe consider applications from students with the Access to Higher Education Diploma. We will hold all UCAS applications until January before drawing up a shortlist based on the information in the UCAS form about your pre-Access experience, academic record, personal statement and academic reference. In February and March, applicants are shortlisted and an updated academic reference may be requested. A shortlisted applicant may be invited for interview or further assessment. The minimum academic requirement is to achieve 60 credits overall, with 45 credits at Level 3, all of which must be at Distinction. (The School of Law may specify particular Level 3 subjects in which we require a Distinction.) Typically, successful candidates are aged 21 and above at the start of the Access programme.
GCSEAt least six GCSE passes at grades AAAABB or 777766 are required, including English and Mathematics.
Contextualised admissionsWe consider every application on its individual merits and will take into consideration your individual educational experiences and context. More information on how academic schools and programmes use this information as part of the admissions process, can be found on our contextualised admissions pages.

Non-UK students

We accept a wide range of European and international qualifications in addition to A-levels, the International Baccalaureate and BTEC qualifications. Please visit International Admissions for full details.

If your qualifications are not accepted for direct entry onto this degree, consider applying for a foundation programme.

English language

Find out more about our English language entry requirements, including the types of test we accept and the scores needed for entry to the programme.

You may also be able to meet the English language requirement for your programme by joining a summer pre-sessional programme before starting your degree.

Further information

See our general undergraduate entry requirements.


Loans and grants

UK students accepted onto this course are eligible to apply for tuition fee and maintenance loans from Student Finance England or other government bodies.

Scholarships and bursaries

Queen Mary offers a generous package of scholarships and bursaries, which currently benefits around 50 per cent of our undergraduates.

Scholarships are available for home, EU and international students. Specific funding is also available for students from the local area. International students may be eligible for a fee reduction. We offer means-tested funding, as well as subject-specific funding for many degrees.

Find out what scholarships and bursaries are available to you.

Support from Queen Mary

We offer 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.

Take a look at our Student Advice Guides which cover ways to finance your degree, including:

  • additional sources of funding
  • planning your budget and cutting costs
  • part-time and vacation work
  • money for lone parents.


A degree from the Schools of Law and History opens up an enormous pool of roles for our graduates. Many apply their degree knowledge directly, entering legal roles such as barrister, solicitor, paralegal and legal adviser. Others use the broad range of skills gained during study in other sectors, such as government, arts and heritage, and media and communications.

Recent graduates from the School of Law have been hired by:

  • Arcadis LLP
  • Chambers and Partners
  • Deloitte
  • Dentons
  • House of Commons
  • Macfarlanes LLP.

Career support

The Schools of Law and History offer excellent on-campus resources to aid your studies, including:

  • one-on-one appointments throughout the year with your assigned academic adviser
  • workshops and events to help you identify your career options, train you in recruitment and selection methods and provide you with networking opportunities
  • the opportunity to apply for a six-week mentoring scheme with a leading law firm
  • over 120 employer-led events per year, from seminars to large fairs, which host major legal employers on campus including Clifford Chance, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Macfarlanes, Linklaters, Herbert Smith Freehills, Eversheds and Blackstone Chambers.

Learn more about career support and development at Queen Mary.


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About the Schools

School of Law - Department of Law

The School of Law at Queen Mary is ranked first in London and third in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2018, behind only Oxford and Cambridge.

Our academics are some of the UK’s top legal minds and have expertise advising high profile international organisations such as the United Nations, the World Bank and foreign governments.

The School is home to the Legal Advice Centre (LAC), through which our students work alongside solicitors to offer free legal advice to the local community.

School of History

The School of History is ranked 11th in the UK by the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018. 

Our staff are world-leading scholars engaged in innovative teaching and bringing history to the wider public on TV and radio: you will learn from academics at the forefront of research in their respective fields. Our London location offers students unrivalled access to museums, archives and libraries.

Contact us

School of Law

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 3924


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