Law and Politics
Study law and politics on the doorstep of London’s legal and government hubs.
Queen Mary’s Law and Politics joint honours degree offers an exciting opportunity to study the closely related disciplines of law and politics side by side.
This three-year LLB incorporates all of the compulsory modules to meet Bar Council and Law Society requirements, making it a qualifying law degree. It’s designed for anyone pursuing a career that requires a solid understanding of both legal and governmental systems, and should especially appeal to students wanting to study public policy in its legal context.
You’ll study at the prestigious School of Law and the School of Politics and International Relations, learning the core principles of law while simultaneously gaining a solid understanding of political theories and the many systems and organisations that govern the world.
Programme changes for 2020
At Queen Mary, we have been adapting to the challenges of Covid-19 so we are ready for the new academic year, with all the academic, pastoral and community support you need to settle in and thrive. For your chosen programme of study, the result is an innovative blended learning offering, giving you access to a world-class education whether or not you can join us on campus from September. For more information, please visit our dedicated FAQ pages.
- Background to British Politics OR Global Histories
- Contract Law I: Formation and Vitiation
- Contract Law II: Terms Breach and Remedies
- Law in Context
- Public Law
- Thinking Politically: Introduction to Concepts, Theories and Ideologies
Please note that all modules are subject to change.
- Criminal Law
- Land Law
- Law of the European Union
- Accountability and Complexity in British Government
- Colonialism, Capitalism and Development
- Comparative European Politics I - Context and Institutional Development
- Comparative European Politics II - Issues and Performance
- European Integration
- International Relations Theory
- Modern Political Thought 1 and 2
- Modernity: Theories of State, Economy and Society
- Political Research
- Politics of International Law
- Power and Legitimacy in British Politics
- Power in Global Governance
- Researching Everyday Politics
- The International Politics of Security
- The International Politics of the Developing World
- US Politics
- War in World Politics
Please note that all modules are subject to change.
- Equity and Trusts
- Tort Law
- Commercial and Consumer Law
- Company Law
- Comparative Law: Asian and African Legal Systems
- Comparative Law: European Integration
- Comparative European Law
- Comparative European Law: European Legal Systems
- Cultural Diversity and the Law
- Democracy and Justice
- Family Law
- Intellectual Property
- International Commercial Transactions
- International Environmental Law
- International Human Rights
- Labour Law
- Law and Literature: Justice in Crisis
- Law and Literature: The Foundations of Law
- Law and Medical Ethics
- Law, Justice and Ethics
- Law, Modernity and the Holocaust
- Law of Evidence
- Media Law
- Medical Negligence
- Modern Legal History
- Public International Law
- Revenue Law
- United Kingdom Human Rights Law
- Use of Force in International Law
- Africa and International Politics
- American Politics, Carceral State and Social Movements
- British Economic and Social Policy Since 1945 – Ideas, Interests and Institutions
- Contemporary Russian Politics
- Doing International Politics
- Gender and Politics
- Globalisation: Issues and Debates
- Global Politics of Health and Disease
- Justice in a Global City
- Latin American Politics
- Nationalism & Ethnicity in International Relations
- Parliamentary Studies
- Parliamentary Studies (Internship)
- Political Violence and Liberal Modernity
- Politics of South Asia
- Populism: A Global Perspective
- Populism in 21st century Europe
- Race and Racism in World Politics
- Radical Politics
- The Politics of the Post-Colonial Middle East
- US Foreign Policy
- Utopia and Dystopia: Political, Economic and Literary Dreamworlds
Please note that all modules are subject to change.
This joint degree has given me a better understanding of the political ideologies that influence our legislation and, in turn, greater depth in my understanding of law. I have also developed a breadth of knowledge in areas such as international relations, modern history and critical theory.
Teaching and learning
First year students studying the LLB in Law and Politics 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.
A new Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) regime is expected to come into place in September 2021 which will affect the process that students go through to become a qualified solicitor. Queen Mary is dedicated to ensuring that students are equipped with the experience and skills required to undertake the SQE and any other post LLB bar qualification internationally.
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 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 Mile End Institute, a major policy centre at Queen Mary which brings together research, policy-making and public debate to deepen and challenge the understanding of British politics, governance and public policy
- Graduate Student Advisors – friendly and experienced postgraduate students who can offer support and advice.
|A-Level||Grades AAA at A-Level. Excludes General Studies and Critical Thinking.|
|IB||International Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum of 36 points overall, including 6,6,6 from three Higher Level subjects.|
|BTEC||See our detailed subject and grade requirements|
|Access HE||We 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.|
|GCSE||At least six GCSE passes at grades AAAABB or 777766 are required, including English and Mathematics.|
|Contextualised admissions||We 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.|
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.
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.
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.
Our Law and Politics graduates are highly employable. Many apply their legal knowledge directly, gaining roles such as barrister, solicitor, paralegal and legal adviser. Others apply their political knowledge in domestic and international careers in government, policy research, education, media, business and more.
Recent graduates from the School of Law have been hired by:
- Arcadis LLP
- Chambers and Partners
- House of Commons
- Macfarlanes LLP.
During your time at Queen Mary you will have access to a bespoke careers programme, 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
- external speakers on topics such as careers in public affairs and working in parliament
- an 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.
About the Schools
School of Law - Department of Law
The School of Law is ranked 29th in the world and 7th in the UK by QS World University rankings by subject 2021.
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 Politics and International Relations
We’re a growing School invested in high-quality teaching, and we pride ourselves on our friendly and informal approach. Our London location is home to the nation’s Parliament, political think tanks and economic powerhouses, we host high-profile speakers, and we offer students regular contact with Westminster, Whitehall and the third sector.
Our staff are active researchers with diverse interests, from British politics to the Middle East, which is reflected in our teaching and the breadth of our programmes.