Our School of Law has a reputation for high quality research and teaching. Whilst studying law and sociology at Royal Holloway you will explore the fundamental principles of justice, equity and equality within the framework of English and European law. You will also be introduced to the discipline of sociology and will review some of the key debates in sociology. This degree is for anyone looking to start a career in law, whether as a barrister or a solicitor, additionally for those who are interested in the legal system and the ways in which laws are made and upheld along with the study of sociology. You will be equipped with a wide range of transferable skills, including the opportunity to acquire research methods training, which are highly sought after by employers in a wide variety of fields.
You will consider the laws which apply to a variety of legal problems within the legal system. This will enable to understand how the law regulates agreements between individuals and the relationship between the individual and the state. You can also consider the range of contemporary problems in society with a view to understanding how we understand society. In addition to acquiring invaluable legal skills in research and oral presentation, you can also acquire research methods training. You will also have the opportunity to choose from a range of subjects in fields such as family law, medical law, company law and international law along with sociology options in health and illness, youth in society, children society and risk and drug, crime and society.
Our balanced approach to research and teaching guarantees high quality teaching from subject leaders, cutting edge materials and intellectually challenging debates. You will receive individual attention and flexibility to acquire expertise within a specialist field.
- Qualifying Law Degree, as defined by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and Bar Standards Board.
- Understand the key features and principles of English and European Law.
- Develop key legal research and communication skills.
- Develop a sound and extensive knowledge base in Sociology.
- Develop skills to evaluate legal developments, analyse legal texts and develop independent thinking.
Teaching & assessment
We use a variety of different methods of assessment. These might include an essay about a controversial issue or an established case, an analysis of a video, a report of an experiment or a critical analysis of a recently published research. Some course units involve oral presentations. Assessment is both summative and formative, and you will be provided with detailed comments on essays and other coursework. Many course units also have a written examination in May or June. Progression to the next year is dependent on passing the compulsory course units. The combination of quality and range of assessments helps our students to develop a wide portfolio of skills and learning.
A Levels: AAB
At least five GCSEs at grade A*-C or 9 - 4 including English and Mathematics.
Where an applicant is taking the EPQ alongside A - levels, the EPQ will be taken into consideration and result in lower A-level grades being required. Socio - economic factors which may have impacted an applicant's education will be taken into consideration and alternative offers may be made to these applicants.
Other UK Qualifications
International & EU requirements
English language requirements
All teaching at Royal Holloway is in English. You will therefore need to have good enough written and spoken English to cope with your studies right from the start.
The scores we require
- IELTS: 6.5 overall. Writing 6.0. Reading 6.0. No subscore lower than 6.0.
- Pearson Test of English: 61 overall. 54 in writing. 54 in Reading. No subscore lower than 51.
- Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English (ISE): ISE III.
- Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) grade C.
For more information about country-specific entry requirements for your country please visit here. For international students who do not meet the direct entry requirements, we offer an International Foundation Year, run by Study Group at the Royal Holloway International Study Centre. Upon successful completion, students can progress on to selected undergraduate degree programmes at Royal Holloway, University of London.
Your future career
A Law and Sociology degree at Royal Holloway makes you highly employable in the UK and internationally. As well as a legal career, the transferable skills gained will form the basis of a career in the criminal justice and publi service agencies. You will be equipped with the knowledge, skills and experiences essential to advance your future career or move onto further study and pursue a career in research and evaluation in academic and policy contexts.
- Full time employment or further study achieved by 95% of graduates of the Department within six months of graduation (Unistats 2015).
- Graduates have begun professional careers performing a range of jobs, including: Police, Prison and Probation Officers, Social Worker, Solicitor/ Barrister, Adult Guidance Worker, Further Education Lecturer, Housing Manager, Local Government Officer, Social Researcher and Youth Worker.
- Laws graduates are also working with a variety of organisations, including: John Lewis Partnership, BAA, Reed and Panasonic.
Fees & funding
Home and EU students tuition fee per year*: £9250
International students tuition fee per year**: £16500
Other essential costs***: There are no single associated costs greater than £50 per item on this course.
*The tuition fee for UK and EU undergraduates is controlled by Government regulations, and for students starting a degree in the academic year 2018/19 will be £9,250 for that year. The UK Government has confirmed that EU students starting an undergraduate degree in 2018/19 will pay the same level of fee as a UK student for the duration of their degree.
**Fees for international students may increase year-on-year in line with the rate of inflation. The policy at Royal Holloway is that any increases in fees will not exceed 5% for continuing students. For further information see fees and funding and our terms and conditions.
***These estimated costs relate to studying this particular degree programme at Royal Holloway. Costs, such as accommodation, food, books and other learning materials and printing etc., have not been included.