Law and Psychology BA (Hons)
About the course
Develop relevant practical skills to prepare you for a wide range of careers.
Our law modules are taught through a participative and interactive environment. You will develop:
- interpersonal and group skills
- an ability to solve problems,
- logical argument and reasoning skills,
- your interpretation of the written word
- an understanding of social values and public affairs
Whether you are interested in becoming a legal practitioner or simply interested in the law in a more general context, you will develop a core set of skills that will develop your employability and provide valuable insights. Joint Honours students studying the Law field as a major subject will gain a law qualifying degree and will be exempt from the first stage of legal professional examinations. You can progress to the postgraduate solicitors’ (LPC) or barristers (BPTC) course.
This course gives you an advanced understanding of human psychology, and its application in a wide range of settings.You will also develop core transferable skills highly valued by employers such as time management and effective communication skills.
Your first year of study will provide you with a good foundation in the subject enabling you to progress on to your second year where your module options will depend on the proportion of time you choose to study psychology for. Psychology can be studied as a joint or minor subject within the Joint Honours programme.
The course does not allow graduate membership to the British Psychological Society but this can be obtained through a further year of study on a Psychology Conversion Course
Why choose this course?
- Study at one of the top five post-1992 university law schools in the UK
- Equip yourself for a broad range of careers in the law industry, commerce and the public sector
- Gain experience through mooting and debating competitions as well as visits to courts and tribunals
- Benefit from our psychology department’s exciting multidisciplinary approach to experimental research, world-class facilities and highly respected teaching staff.
- Develop an advanced understanding of human psychology
- Learn to critically evaluate and integrate various psychological approaches into everyday situations
320 UCAS points including at least 180 points from two A Levels or a BTEC National diploma in either Applied Science, Social Sciences, Construction and the Built Environment, Engineering or Sport and Exercise Science. GCSE English language and maths at grade C or above (or equivalent). A minimum IELTS score of 6.0, TOEFL 550 (79 IBT)is required for those for whom English is not their first language.
Equivalent qualifications welcomed.
- Part Time,
- Sandwich, 4 Years
- Part Time, 6 Years
- Full Time,
- Full Time, 3 Years
- University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield
This programme gives you flexibility in your studies at university resulting in flexibility in your choice of career at the end of your course. You will acquire a much broader base of knowledge and experience that could really widen your employment opportunities. Graduates have found employment in diverse roles such as computer programmers, design engineers, management development specialists, accountants and project managers. Over 72% of our graduates had entered employment six months after graduation, and a further 17% had gone on to further study or training.
You will develop your capacity for independent study and interpersonal skills on this programme.There is an emphasis on structured research, well-prepared written and verbal presentations and computer literacy.
You will experience a wide variety of teaching styles on the programme including:
- standard lectures
- case studies
- individual and group projects
In your final year you will normally have the opportunity to hone your independent study and interpersonal skills by undertaking a major project or dissertation.
You will have the opportunity to take a paid work placement or study abroad for a year between your second and final years, extending your degree from a three year to a four year qualification. You will not be required to pay tuition fees for this year and you will gain excellent experience that sets you apart from the crowd in the graduate jobs market.
You can study in most European countries, USA, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Uruguay, South Africa, Russia, China, Korea, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Australia. You will study a programme of taught modules and/or project work with one of our partner universities, which will complement your studies on the Joint Honours Programme. You may need to study the language of your chosen country in your first and second years. Depending on where you choose to study you may be eligible to apply for certain grants, scholarships and financial support to help finance your study abroad experience.
A work placement provides you with an excellent opportunity to gain valuable experience and put your theoretical knowledge and understanding from your studies in to practice.
Our Careers and Placements service will help you to develop your CV and support you through the application process for a wide range of placement opportunities in a variety of sectors and organisations.
Law of Contract
The module will cover:- Formation of a contract: offer, acceptance, consideration, privity. Contents of the contract: conditions, warranties, express and implied terms, standard form contracts, exclusion clauses. Vitiating factors: misrepresentation, mistake, undue influence, duress; unconscionable bargains and inequality of bargaining power. Discharge of contractual obligations; performance, agreement, frustration, breach. Remedies for breach of contract: damages, specific performance, rescission, injunctions. An outline of the law of restitution.
Legal Procedures, Ethics and Skills
The module is designed to introduce students to research skills concepts, aspects and structure of the civil and criminal branches of the English legal system and the professional ethics of the legal profession.
Introductory Developmental and Language Psychology
The greatest changes in cognitive and social development arguably occur in childhood. This is therefore a period of particular interest in psychology. This module introduces students to topics in child development including language. Consideration will be given to research methods applicable to to working with children. In addition, an applied area of interest (e.g. the classroom, interventions, health care, parenting, advertising) will be presented and discussed with a view to students learning how theory and research can be drawn on to explain and understand contemporary questions.
The Academic Mind
This module helps students to make the transition to undergraduate level study by providing direction and a chance to practice the skills that are essential to psychology graduates as well as transferrable skills that will equip them for more general employment.
Foundations of Social and Cognitive Psychology
This module introduces students to: a. theory and research that seeks to understand the way in which individual attitudes and behaviours may be influenced by other people with particular reference to a contemporary issue; b. theory and research that seeks to explain the way in which individuals learn, store and use knowledge to make sense of everyday experiences and how understanding of these processes can enable others to manipulate individual attitudes and reactions.
Brain & Behaviour
This course will introduce the beginner to the terms and ideas necessary to understand biological psychology. The course will give an appreciation of how neurons and brains work, and, to some extent, why and how, from a biological point of view, we and other animals behave as we do. In addition, the course will consider what psychologists may learn from the effects of brain damage, for example following a stroke or in neurological/mental health disorders.
European Union Law
The module examines the EU institutions, the decision-making process as well as the key principles underpinning the EU legal order. The general principles of EU law are also examined, including the principles regarding the protection of fundamental rights. Enforcement procedures are examined. Students will also be introduced to substantive areas of EU law such as free movement of persons, free movement of goods and competition.
This module introduces students to aspects of English commercial law with substantial reference to the laws relating to sale of goods contracts including the legal issues surrounding implied terms, exemption clauses, the passing of property and risk, nemo dat and exceptions to that rule, and remedies of the seller and buyer, including consumer protection mechanisms. Students will examine the wider implications of English commercial law with particular reference to the areas of codification and an introduction to agency and international commercial law.
This course provides students with knowledge of research methods appropriate for investigating age-related change. Students will be introduced to age-related development in specific cognitive and social areas in both normal and exceptional populations and to the theories offered to explain such change. Where appropriate, the application of research findings to applied settings will be explored.
This course will examine evidence, theory and applications relating to selected areas of current research interest in cognition. Topics such as knowledge representation, problem solving and psycholinguistics will be addressed.
Contemporary Social Psychology
The course will introduce students to a variety of recent theoretical developments in Social Psychology and how these may be relevant in various applied settings. Topic areas to be studied will typically include prejudice, stereotype suppression, the effects of culture on the perception of self and others, terror management theory, evolutionary approaches in social psychology, motivated reasoning, reconciliation, tyranny.
Psychology of Performing Arts
The content will include: The psychology of magic, humour and charisma, theatre and human expression, social facilitation, the psychology of role preparation, delivery and role-play, the psychology of memory and language in the theatre and the therapeutic use of drama and dance.
The course will introduce students to a variety of recent theoretical developments in Cyberpsychology and how these may be relevant in various applied settings. Topic areas to be studied will typically include online behaviour, (e.g. consumer, gambling, addiction), online education and health, online impression formation, social-networking, online relationships, online security, cyber-ethics, general principles of human computer interaction.
Understanding Individuals: Personal Construct Psychology
This module introduces the student to Personal Construct Psychology ("PCP"). PCP is a particular psychology based on George Kelly's personal construct theory. PCP offers a means of understanding both the behaviour of other people and one's own behaviour. PCP has a wide range of applications in both clinical and non-clinical settings and because it is rarely considered in any detail within undergraduate degrees in Psychology, this module offers students an unusual opportunity to discover an alternative way of thinking about how to make sense of why people behave in the ways they do and how attempts at behaviour change might be undertaken,. Practical methods of applying PCP will be taught in the module.
This module examines the nonverbal behaviour of individuals (including facial expression, eye gaze, posture) with a focus on hand gestures. Over the course of this module, students will gain insight into the social, cognitive and developmental aspects of gestures and understand the wider, real world implications of nonverbal behaviour. Specific topics include: the formation and interpretation of facial expressions, the communicative and cognitive functions of gestures, the role of gestures in development and the implications of nonverbal psychology in the real world. Students will be asked to review and critically evaluate current published research in this area.
Schools of Psychotherapy
The module begins with an overview of the theories in psychology, over the last century triggering multidimensional discussion of the practical constraints in which psychotherapy takes place. It discusses major schools of psychology and psychotherapies and their founders. Various methods of psychotherapies are explored. Clinical methods and weaknesses of interviews are considered, as are ways to improve clinical assessment's validity. The design and use of clinical interview is covered, as are psychometric measures (ability and personality). Students are made aware of legal and broader clinical issues relevant to psychotherapy practice. Evaluation of psychotherapy's procedures is also addressed. The module will also focus on practical, methodological and ethical issues that are likely to affect the efficiency of psychotherapy in the different clinical workplaces.
Year Study Abroad
The content and learning/teaching methods will be determined by modules that the student chooses and that are agreed as appropriate by the relevant schools in both institutions. These will be recorded in the learning agreement document.
The module will examine the structure of the modern day company in both the public and private form. It will consider the constitution of the company, the rights and duties of directors and shareholders and the interests of employees and creditors. The financing of companies will also be considered, as will the key areas of corporate governance, minority protection and the current reform issues in Company Law as a whole.
Personality: Past and Present Debates
This module introduces students to a critical analysis of personality theory and measurement, with particular reference to historical background and conceptual debates. Approaches typically included are: - Psychodynamic - Humanistic - Trait - Biological - Interactionism
Law of Tort
The module considers the law relating to Torts including the tort of negligence, with consideration of 'special duty' topics such as psychiatric injury and economic loss. Statutory torts such as the Occupier's Liability 1957, 1984; Animals Act 1971 and Consumer Protection Act 1987 are also examined. The module also considers intentional torts of assault, battery, false imprisonment and the rule in Wilkinson v Downton. Nuisance and Rylands v Fletcher, together with employer's liability - vicarious and primary non-delegable duty are also covered in the module.
The module will contain a brief introduction to the meaning of land, the historical development of land law and the formalities for the creation of legal and equitable third party interests in land. A more in-depth study will be made of the registered system (with emphasis on the Land Registration Act 2002), trusts of land (including disputes), resulting and constructive trusts of the family home, proprietary estoppel, co-ownership, leases (with emphasis on enforceability of leasehold covenants), easements, freehold covenants, mortgages and adverse possession.
Occupational and Work Psychology
This module will provide an introduction to some of the key topics relating to people’s behaviour in the workplace. Topics will include stress; relationships in the workplace; error and accidents; leadership; and career development as well as other relevant aspects of organisational behaviour.
This course attempts to show how a variety of disorders of perception, language and memory can provide a critical sourse of evidence through which to understand normal cognitive function. The course will focus on current models of cognition, through the relationship between cognitive function and neuropsychological systems will also be considered. The aim of the course is to provide students with a thorough grounding in understanding higher mental processes .
Topics in Psychopathology
The course addresses substantive and methodological issues relating to mental illness from a cognitive perspective.
Topics in Forensic and Criminal Psychology
Forensic Psychology concerns the application of psychological theory and principles to the understanding of crime, crime control and the legal process. This module is designed to equip students with an overview of current psychological theory as applied to forensic topics. Particular attention will be paid to the psychology of judicial proceedings, eyewitness testimony, false confessions, offender profiling, investigation of the causes of offending behaviour and methods of tackling crime and offender behaviour. In addition, students will study the role the media play in the construction of ideas about crime, fear of crime and policy in relation to crime.
Advanced Topics in Memory
This module examines contemporary research into the structures and representations of memory and the roles of memory in broader cognitive functions. Laboratory and naturalistic approaches will be compared. Specific topics may include working memory, autobiographical memory and prospective memory. Students will be asked to review and evaluate current published research.
Health psychology is the practice and application of psychological research into: the promotion and maintenance of health; prevention and treatment of illness; the analysis and improvement of the health care system and health policy formation. This module introduces some of the key theories and principles of health psychology in relation to the maintenance of health, the adoption of healthy behaviours as well as the development of, recovery from and adaptation to illness. In particular the emphasis will be on health in its broadest sense, i.e. a state of social, physical and mental well-being, rather than simply the absence of illness.
Advanced Topics in Thinking
This module presents and examines recent research into how knowledge of things in the world may be organised and how basic mental abilities such as the evaluation of similarity and difference may affect a number of cognitive processes. Students will be asked to review and evaluate current published research in these areas.
Development and Self
This course examines research on how cultural events contribute to the development of the self. In particular, it focuses on the nature of the relationship between bodies, intersubjectivity, language and our grasp of who we are. The interaction between learning to talk and using language for planning and moral judgements will also be covered. In reviewing this evidence, we will examine research from within the domains of first (child) language learning, cognitive science, anthropology, developmental science and the study of language impairment.
Fees & funding
Full time: £9,000 for the 2014 academic year
Part time: If you decide to study this course on a part time basis you will be charged on a modular basis. The cost is £1,125 for each 15-credit module
Full time: £10,100 for the 2014 academic year
Other financial support
Living costs / accommodation
The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.
Key course information
- Institution code: H36
- UCAS code: M1C8BA (Hons) Law and Psychology (University Joint Honours),
- Course code: APJHLWPSY
- Course length:
- Part Time,
- Sandwich, 4 Years
- Part Time, 6 Years
- Full Time,
- Full Time, 3 Years