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If you’re considering what degree to study, then criminology, politics and law are fantastic choices which can open many doors for you. They can lay the groundwork for an interesting and varied career, either in the legal profession or in one of many other industries such as the civil service, local or central government or international organisations.

Criminal Justice and Criminology and Politics and International Relations are just some of the degrees you can really get your teeth into as well as a law degree.

In addition to providing you with interesting subject matter on everything from the motivations of the criminal to leading global issues, these degrees equip you with a range of transferable skills such as critical thinking, analysis and the ability to communicate well, all of which are attractive to employers across many diverse industries.

To reflect the broader nature of degrees now on offer and a more multi-disciplinary approach, the School of Law at the University of Hertfordshire has changed its name to The School of Law, Criminology and Political Science.

Dean of School, Professor Charles Wild says: “This is an exciting time for the school and an important stage in our development. Both staff and students will benefit from a truly multi-disciplinary environment which draws on the work of our research active staff, and provides students with the unique opportunity to choose options from all three disciplines as part of their studies.”



Here are some of the degrees you can now study...

Get a global outlook from politics and international relations



A degree in Politics and International Relations allows you to build your studies around the issues you are passionate about, looking at the global picture in a whole different way. It focuses on foreign affairs and political problems affecting the world today, and takes in history, anthropology and sociology.

It could lead to work in the civil service, in a politician’s office or in the diplomatic service to name but a few. It could also prove useful for working within charity organisations, human resources and marketing.

Programme Leader Dr. Thomas Dunk, says: “This degree offers students a very varied curriculum which can be useful in many careers.

“It doesn’t restrict you to a career in politics or government and can lead to a job in law, a non-profit international organisation or as a social researcher. There are so many possibilities.”



Why do people commit crimes and how does society deal with it?



What makes a criminal tick? Why do they choose to rob a bank or attack someone? What happens when they do and how are they dealt with? These are all questions you could find yourself investigating if you opt for a degree in Criminal Justice and Criminology. Criminology refers to the causes, consequences and costs of a crime, whilst criminal justice looks at the procedures and systems in place for dealing with it – the detention of criminals, prosecution and punishment.

It’s a great course for allowing you to reflect on the current social issues of the day – things like drug crime, historic sexual abuse cases and national security. It draws, not just on the law, but on sociology, psychology and social anthropology.

The degree also teaches you valuable transferable skills such as research, presentation, analysis and communication. It can lead to jobs within the police, prison or probation service, government agencies and charity organisations.

Programme Leader Dr. Ferya Tas Cifci says: "A degree in Criminal Justice and Criminology is valued highly. It encourages students to engage with some of society's major questions and issues. For example, how does society understand crime? How can we prevent it? Why should crimes be punished? How does the criminal justice system work? Our degree also enables you to explore the nature of crime, crime prevention, criminal justice, punishment and rehabilitation within wider social contexts.”



Want to know how the criminal justice system works?



Embarking on an LLB Criminal Justice degree gives you the chance to learn about the substantive law – common law and statute – alongside procedural law – how the law is put into action.

It gives you the opportunity to look at how crime comes about, its effect on society and the most effective strategies that prevent it. Such a degree teaches you critical thinking and problem solving, getting you to look at criminality as well as the role of modern criminal justice institutions.

It also paves the way for a career in the criminal justice system, law-related areas or further academic study. You could work in industry, local government or the legal profession. But equally, it can help prepare you for a role in the police, journalism and teaching.

Interested in an LLB?



The University of Hertfordshire hasn’t stopped doing great law degrees despite its name change and still offers a variety of law degrees. The LLB Law satisfies the requirements for the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board. It can lead onto professional qualifications and eventual careers as a solicitor or barrister.

In addition, the degrees are fully accredited by the National Association of Paralegals and the Chartered Institute for Legal Executives, which provides students with the ability to start work immediately on graduation, getting a head-start on other graduates, and even greater opportunities in an increasingly diverse legal sector. A law degree also gives you a solid base for a career in many different non-law areas and can be useful for everyone from journalists to project managers.

Programme Leader Dr. Barbara Henry says: “A law degree at the University of Hertfordshire provides an excellent education and leads to high employability with 96% of students finding work within six months of graduating.”

For more information visit the School’s website.