Course information

Entry requirements

UCAS code


Entry requirements

A-level: ABB
IB: 33 points overall with Three HL subjects at 655


3 years full-time


Politics and International Relations

Course overview

Please note, applications to start this programme in 2022 are still open.

Goldsmiths' operating principles for 2022-23 have not yet been finalised but should changes be required to teaching in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, we will publish these as early as possible for prospective students wishing to start their programme in September 2022.

Law is ‘part of a larger system of public decision-making. The rest is politics: the politics of ministers and legislators, of political parties, of media and pressure groups, and of the wider electorate’ (Jonathan Sumption, Trials of the State: Law and the Decline of Politics, 2019).

The LLB Law is a qualifying law degree recognised by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board.

The LLB Law is a qualifying law degree recognised by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board.

This Qualifying Law Degree (QLD) will allow you to obtain your LLB while also immersing yourself in the study of Politics, with a focus on modern threats to democracy and human rights, and the interactions between Law and Politics required to effectively counter these threats at the local, national, and global level.

Study across disciplines

  • You will gain an interdisciplinary understanding of how the UK political system shapes Law. This LLB programme will allow you to explore the fascinating and complex interactions between law and politics. It will also give you an insight into how Law determines the parameters of the political system, defines the distribution of power between branches of government, and allows us to hold our elected representatives accountable, particularly through constitutional and human rights law.
  • Instead of studying Law in isolation, you will study it in its cultural, economic, and socio-political contexts. You will complement your knowledge of core Law subjects with key concepts in political theory and ideologies, UK and comparative governance, and world politics. The modules you choose from the Department of Law will be complemented by modules from the Department of Politics and International Relations to give you a holistic understanding of the system by exposing you to fundamental political concepts on the one hand, and the legislative structures they operate within on the other.

Prepare yourself for a career in Law

  • This programme is recognised by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and Bar Standards Board (BSB), and has been specifically designed to provide graduates with a solid foundation to tackle the new Solicitors’ Qualifying Examinations (SQE), and the equivalent training and qualification process for becoming a barrister.

Engage in real-world learning

  • Goldsmiths is based in New Cross, a vibrant area in one of the most diverse cities in the world, just 10 minutes from London Bridge. Our location, and the way we draw on it, are both key parts of what makes this programme so active.
  • You will go out on study visits to explore legal and political London, for example to the House of Commons, the House of Lords, Parliamentary Select Committees, the UK Supreme Court, the Law Society, and the Inns of Court.
  • You will also attend classes by renowned international scholars, attend high-impact research events, and have the opportunity to connect with world-leading Law Schools (our annual lectures in 2019 and 2020 were delivered by Stanford Law and Berkeley Law academics respectively). You will be taught by Judges, barristers, solicitors, Parliamentary legal counsels, MPs, MEPs, and human rights experts.
  • The programme will enable you to connect with leading organisations and individuals that bring life to the question of law and politics, such as one of the UK’s foremost human rights NGOs, Liberty, whose director, Martha Spurrier, is a visiting Law professor at Goldsmiths, or the Bar Human Rights Committee, whose first Chairwoman, Kirsty Brimelow QC, works very closely with this programme in her role as Visiting Professor.
  • Our outstanding team of visiting professors includes other eminent legal practitioners, such as Sir Geoffrey Nice QC, a distinguished barrister who has led on war crime prosecutions, and Alison Levitt QC, who was Principal Legal Adviser to the Director of Public Prosecutions.
  • Goldsmiths Law also has the privilege of welcoming Dominic Grieve QC as visiting professor. The former Attorney General (2010-2014) is one of the UK's foremost legal and political thinkers, and has also served as shadow Attorney General, shadow Home Secretary, and shadow Justice Secretary. His work in Parliament on civil liberties and the Rule of Law has been recognised by two awards – Parliamentarian of the Year in 2005, and a Liberty Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014.

Pioneering teaching

As a student on this programme, you will be exposed to Goldsmiths Department of Law’s pioneering teaching methods, which embed experiential learning activities such as parliamentary debating, simulated thinktank/public policy exercises, film screenings, immersive theatre, and public speaking exercises, as well as study visits to Parliament and the Royal Courts of Justice.

You will also be able to take part in a wide range of Clinics, including:

  • the pioneering Refugee Law Clinic, ran by the University of London, where you will be able to work with students from UCL, the LSE, Queen Mary, Birkbeck, and fellow Law Schools at the University of London, under the supervision of an experienced solicitor
  • Our Law and Policy Clinics, where you will work with leading scholars and legal practitioners, on immigration law, counter-terrorism and human rights, financial wrongdoing and suspects’ rights at the police station
  • Our Human Rights Law Clinic, which is embedded in the third year Human Rights Law module

You will also be given access to the Department of Politics’ lively events programme, which will allow you to encounter (and challenge) the latest political arguments, theories, and ideas.

Contact the department

If you have specific questions about the degree, contact the Department of Law.

What you'll study

Year 1

In your first year, you will take the following compulsory modules:

Module title Credits
Public Law and the Human Rights Act 30 credits
Criminal Law: Theory and Practice 30 credits
Contract Law 30 credits
21st Century Legal Skills 15 credits
English Legal System in a Global Context 15 credits

Year 2

In your second year, you will take the following compulsory modules:

Module title Credits
Modern Political Theory 30 credits
EU Law and the UK 15 credits
Law of Tort 30 credits
Land Law 15 credits
Trusts 15 credits
International Law and Politics 15 credits

Year 3

In your third year, you will study the following compulsory modules:

Module title Credits
Dissertation 30 credits
Human Rights Law (with Goldsmiths' Human Rights Clinic)

You will take 45 credits of Politics and International Relations modules from a list provided annually by the Department. These may include:

Module title Credits
Fascisms, Old and New 15 credits
Finance and the Global Political Economy 15 credits
Migration, Technology, and Humanitarianism 15 credits
The Politics of Popular Music 15 credits
Britain and Europe 15 credits
Colonialism and Non-Western Political Thought 15 credits
Feminist Politics 15 credits
Liberal Government and Power 15 credits

You will also take 30 credits of Law modules from a list provided annually by the Department. These may include:

Module title Credits
AI, Disruptive Technologies and the Law 15 credits
Work Placement 15 credits
Commercial Law and International Trade Agreements 30 credits
Art Law 15 credits
Company Law 15 credits
Criminal Evidence (with Advanced Mooting and Advocacy) 15 credits
SQE2: Practical Legal Skills in Context 15 credits

Teaching style

You'll be taught through lectures, seminars and self-directed learning, but you'll also benefit from more modern and diverse teaching styles, such as blended, experiential and clinical learning, learning through the production of reflective journals, videos and reports, and learning through online or even virtual reality environments.

You’ll take your learning outside of university with field trips and professional development initiatives such as annual mooting competitions, mock trials and debates, leading to finals at the UK Supreme Court, the Inns of Courts and other prestigious venues.

Dispute resolution workshops and integrated teaching on advocacy and client interviewing, alongside simulated contract negotiations and the option to participate in a human rights clinic, will all help you to develop a deep understanding of how the law works in practice in addition to your theoretical knowledge. These styles of teaching and learning will enhance your understanding of theory and hone transferable skills and will give you a competitive edge irrespective of whether you're pursuing a career as a solicitor or barrister or a different career path.

The following information gives an indication of the typical proportions of learning and teaching for each year of this programme*:

  • Year 1 - 17% scheduled learning, 83% independent learning
  • Year 2 - 26% scheduled learning, 84% independent learning
  • Year 3 - 14% scheduled learning, 80% independent learning, 6% placement learning

How you'll be assessed

You’ll be assessed by a variety of methods, depending on your module choices. These include coursework, examinations, reports, case notes, statutory interpretation, critiques of articles, and research projects such as the dissertation.

As well as these traditional assessment methods, you'll also have the option in your second and third years to take modules that are wholly assessed in more innovative ways, such as:

  • a portfolio of mooting contributions
  • client interviewing, persuasive argumentation, written advice and legal drafting
  • voluntary and prepared contributions in the classroom
  • taking part in a human rights clinic and other experiential learning activities

*Please note that these are averages are based on enrolments for 2020/21. Each student’s time in teaching, learning and assessment activities will differ based on individual module choices. Find out more about .

Credits and levels of learning

An undergraduate honours degree is made up of 360 credits – 120 at Level 4, 120 at Level 5 and 120 at Level 6. If you are a full-time student, you will usually take Level 4 modules in the first year, Level 5 in the second, and Level 6 modules in your final year. A standard module is worth 30 credits. Some programmes also contain 15-credit half modules or can be made up of higher-value parts, such as a dissertation or a Major Project.

Download the programme specification. If you would like an earlier version of the programme specification, please contact the Quality Office.

Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.

For 2021-22 and 2020–21, we have made some changes to how the teaching and assessment of certain programmes are delivered. To check what changes affect this programme, please visit the programme changes page.

Entry requirements

We accept the following qualifications:

A-level: ABB
International Baccalaureate: 33 points overall with Three HL subjects at 655
Access: 60 credits overall with 33 distinctions and distinctions/merits in related subject

International qualifications

We also accept a wide range of international qualifications. Find out more about the qualifications we accept from around the world.

If English isn’t your first language, you will need an IELTS score (or equivalent English language qualification) of 6.5 with a 6.5 in writing and no element lower than 6.0 to study this programme. If you need assistance with your English language, we offer a range of courses that can help prepare you for degree-level study.

Fees & funding

Annual tuition fees

These are the fees for students starting their programme in the 2022/2023 academic year.

From August 2021 EU/EEA/Swiss nationals will no longer be eligible for 'Home' fee status. EU/EEA/Swiss nationals will be classified as 'International' for fee purposes, more information can be found on our fees page.

  • Home - full-time: £9250
  • International - full-time: £17560

If your fees are not listed here, please check our undergraduate fees guidance or contact the Fees Office, who can also advise you about how to pay your fees.

It’s not currently possible for international students to study part-time if you require a Student Visa, however this is currently being reviewed and will be confirmed in the new year. Please read our visa guidance in the interim for more information. If you think you might be eligible to study part-time while being on another visa type, please contact our Admissions Team for more information.

If you are looking to pay your fees please see our guide to making a payment.

Additional costs

In addition to your tuition fees, you'll be responsible for any additional costs associated with your course, such as buying stationery and paying for photocopying. You can find out more about what you need to budget for on our study costs page.

There may also be specific additional costs associated with your programme. This can include things like paying for field trips or specialist materials for your assignments. Please check the programme specification for more information.

Funding opportunities

We offer a wide range of scholarships and bursaries, and our careers service can also offer advice on finding work during your studies. Find out more about funding your studies with us.


For a full list of staff, please visit the Department of Law's staff page.