Our Department of Politics and International Relations and School of Law have excellent reputations for high-quality research and teaching, and for their engagement in policy and practice, through active involvement with government bodies and voluntary statutory agencies.
You will receive high-quality teaching, with the opportunity to take a range of modules from across the two disciplines and participate in small tutorial groups which are led by our friendly and engaging staff.
You will study law and cover all the elements required to achieve the LLB. The topics you will cover include English Legal System, Methods and Legal Practice (Legal Skills), Public Law, Criminal Law, Law of Contract, Law of Torts, Land Law, European Union Law and Equity and the Law of Trusts. You will also study Politics modules, which include Introduction to International Relations, International Relations Theory and the Politics of Human Rights. Optional law modules include Public International Law, Family Law, Company Law and Medical Law as well as International Relations modules in War and Security in World Politics, International Organisations, US Foreign Policy, Global Energy Policy and Refugees and Migration in World Politics. By electing to spend a year in industry you will also have the opportunity to integrate theory and practice and gain real business experience.
You will have the chance to contribute to topics at the cutting edge of research in both politics and international relations and in law, with our research rated as internationally excellent. You will gain a wide variety of transferable skills, such as critical reading, report writing, interviewing, mooting, along with voice training and negotiation. Our graduates progress to a range of successful careers internationally, in and out of political and law-related fields, as well as go on to further study.
This course will provide you with a sound and extensive knowledge in the foundations and content of the law of England and Wales, and a rigorous grounding and understanding of the fundamental doctrines and principles underpinning the common law. You will critically evaluate modern legal developments and develop an appreciation of some of the historical developments international relations, as well as developing your awareness of the current debates in international relations.
Teaching & assessment
We use a variety of methods of assessment.
These might include an essay about a controversial issue, an advisory question where students have to apply the law to a particular scenario or a critical analysis of a recently published piece of research. Some modules involve oral presentations.
Assessment is both summative and formative, and you will be provided with detailed comments on essays and other coursework. Many modules also have a written examination in April or May.
Progression to the next year is dependent on passing the mandatory modules. The combination of quality and range of assessments helps our students to develop a wide portfolio of skills and learning helps students to achieve excellent degrees.
We require at least five GCSEs at grade A*-C or 9 - 4 including English and Mathematics. It is an advantage if you have studied essay-based subjects.
A Levels: AAB-ABB
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. Read more about what we look for here.
Other UK Qualifications
International & EU requirements
English language requirements
We accept the following internationally-recognised English language qualifications:
- Pearson Test of English
- Cambridge ESOL
Your future career
A Law degree at Royal Holloway makes you highly employable in the UK and internationally. As well as a career in law, the transferable skills gained will form the basis of a career in the criminal justice 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.
Our graduates have entered into a range of professional careers including:
- Police, Prison and Probation Officers
- Social Worker
- Adult Guidance Worker
- Further Education Lecturer
- Housing Manager
- Local Government Officer
- Social Researcher
- Youth Worker.
Organisations employing our law graduates include 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***: TBC
*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, and is shown for reference purposes only. The tuition fee for UK and EU undergraduates has not yet been confirmed for students starting a degree in the academic year 2019/20.
**Fees for international students starting a degree at Royal Holloway in the academic year 2019/20 have not yet been set, and those for 2018/19 are shown for reference purposes only. 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.