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Law, crime and social studies

Take the first step in your legal career

This pathway encompasses law, criminology and social sciences.

Key information

Postgraduate course


  • Full Time (15-19 months)


  • January
  • May
  • September


  • Cambridge

Law, crime and social studies overview

Our postgraduate degrees let you explore your interests, boost your knowledge and expand your horizons. They’re designed with your career in mind.

In social sciences, that means you’ll be supported by research-active staff and leading practitioners from the fields of history, sociology and international relations.

In law  you will master the theory and practice of international, business or commercial law. Train to become a solicitor, or explore emerging legal questions and policy issues in the digital economy. With advanced legal knowledge and hands-on experience, you’ll be perfectly placed to embark on a career in law.

In Criminology you will help shape the landscape of the criminal justice system. You’ll apply your learning to live situations as you engage with experts and research-active academics.

Pathway progression

Successful completion of this pathway will lead to the award of the following from ARU:

Please see our International and UK Course Matrix for intake information.

Stage 1: Pre-Masters in Law, Crime and Social Studies


Cambridge at ARU College

You will do the following modules during your pre-masters with ARU College:


Interactive Learning Skills and Communication

This module aims to help students develop a range of academic and communicative skills necessary for successful study at postgraduate level.

Students will be taught and will practice a range of transferable communicative skills (written and oral) to prepare students for professional life. Students will be encouraged to find useful ways to develop independent learning and encourage students to take responsibility for their personal, academic and professional development.

Law and Governance

This module has been designed to present some of the fundamental aspects of Law and Governance to students seeking to progress to one of the prescribed postgraduate degree pathways at Anglia Ruskin University.

The key features of the English legal system will be examined, including the creation and development of the law, as well as issues of judicial interpretation and parliamentary sovereignty. The impact of Human Rights legislation on all aspects of English law will also be discussed.

The syllabus will then focus directly on company law, in particular, reference to the various types of business entity and associated advantages and disadvantages, including: limited liability and unlimited liability organisations, lifting the veil of incorporation, duties of various bodies and posts within a company, liquidation, ethics and corporate governance. Employment law will be discussed with specific reference to identifying an employee, obligations of employer and employee, various types of dismissal and associated remedies and reparation. Issues of discrimination in the workplace will form the underlying basis for discussion.

Principles of ICT

Students will be introduced to fundamental ICT skills that will be necessary to utilise throughout University level studies. This course will address ICT software and topics as they currently exist, bridging the knowledge gap between various versions of software. Students will use common productivity software as well as internet-based applications.

This module introduces students to the interesting challenges that ICT presents today and covers many anchor points that may serve as a bridge to their interests and lifestyles. These bridges include the technology in their mobile telephones, computing equipment, and entertainment software.

This module takes into account that we will be dealing with students from a wide range of cultures and experience with computers, and successful completion indicates that students have obtained a good understanding of and ability to apply common applications (Ms Word, Excel and Power Point) to document creation, data collation and presentation whilst students will also be made aware of the benefits of using web based applications for information presentation and will be expected to use IT to communicate information effectively in a variety of forms.

Business Management (Double Module)

This module aims to present some of the fundamental aspects of management.

Students will be taught the basic elements of business strategy and management to explore its uses in real-world contexts. This course will focus on the UK economic system and its place within broader context. Students will be taught how UK economy interacts with international trade to function in our global environment. Students will learn about economics and basics of marketing and financial accounting including its application and interpretation. This course will overview economic policy and its influence on modern economies.

You will be required to pass all modules (75 credits) in order to successfully complete the pre-masters course.

Stage 2: Masters Degree


Cambridge at ARU

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For more information about intake semesters and campus location please see our course matrices.

Find out the academic entry requirements for our courses listed by country. Unless stated, requirements are standard across all courses.

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