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Course Overview


By studying the LLB Law with Computing Science you will experience an integrated education combining a qualifying law degree with computing science skills.

Legal practice is already being transformed by big data and computer forensics. It is likely that legal practice will be impacted on by developments within artificial intelligence, for example AI supporting law document creation. The advent of computer protocols such as the block chain are also likely to drive further innovation in legal documentation and transactions. The legal profession is facing the paradigm changes previously seen in engineering ,banking and the media that were driven by advancements in computer science. This degree will enable graduates to embrace these changes and success in the new world of computationally enhanced legal services.

Law at Northampton looks at the historical, social, political and economic forces that influence our legal systems and govern our societies. You will learn to think like a lawyer rather than just ‘learn’ law.

A major factor in our quality is the calibre and enthusiasm of our staff, testing your mental agility with complex, realistic legal scenarios as you get to grips with criminal, public and private law, legal systems, contracts, human rights and explore family law, the law of property and legal aspects of the EU.

From a computer science perspective you gain a solid foundation in a subject area which is in high demand, giving you skills in programme languages, data management, different systems, robotics, and problem-solving, operating systems and web application development.

You will graduate with great employment opportunities, both in legal professions and also in careers for which the intellectual and practical qualities you have developed will make you highly sought-after by employers, including business, politics, media, finance and banking, and government services.

LEARNING MODE On Campus Learning, Distance learning
DURATION 48 months
What You'll Study

You will develop a deep understanding of the law by studying topics like Criminal Law, Foundations of Private Law, Legal System, Contract, Property Law, Evidence and Legal method. These subjects will prepare you for legal practice in Scotland subject to the requirements of the Law Society of Scotland and Society of Advocates.

With us you will learn a range of key computing skills and components, including, data management, artificial intelligence, computer programming, human-computer interaction, operating systems and web application development, to name a few. You will also gain a great mix of theory and practical skills, possible because of an excellent staff-student ratio.

How You'll Study

Compulsory Courses

Professional Skills Part 1 (NT1001)
Criminal Law (NT1020) – 15 Credit Points
Foundations of Private Law (NT1022) – 15 Credit Points
Legal System (NT1025) – 15 Credit Points
Contract (NT1520) – 15 Credit Points
Delict and Unjustified Enrichment (NT1536) – 15 Credit Points
USA Constitutional Law (NT1537) – 15 Credit Points

Optional Courses

Select 30 credits from the below courses.

Web Application Development (NT1025) – 15 Credit Points
Computer Architecture (NT1520) – 15 Credit Points
Object Oriented Programming (NT1527) – 15 Credit Points

Compulsory Courses

Eu Institutions and Law (NT2026) – 15 Credit Points
The Law of Property (NT2031) – 15 Credit Points
Commercial Organisations and Insolvency (NT2525) – 15 Credit Points
Family Law (NT2526) – 15 Credit Points
Introduction to Legal Theory (NT2527) – 7.5 Credit Points
Succession and Trusts (NT2528) – 7.5 Credit Points

Optional Courses

Select 30 credit points from the below courses.

Mathematics for Computing Science (NT2013) – 15 Credit Points
Object Oriented Programming (NT1527) – 15 Credit Points
Human Computer Interaction (NT2506) – 15 Credit Points
Modern Programming Languages (NT2510) – 15 Credit Points
Algorithmic Problem Solving (NT2521) – 15 Credit Points

Compulsory Courses

Evidence (NT3025) – 15 Credit Points
Commercial and Consumer Contracts (NT3032) – 15 Credit Points

Optional Courses


  • 30 points from level 3 Law courses
  • 45 credits from the below courses
  • 15 further credit points from courses of choice


  • 50 points from honours Law courses
  • 45 credits from the below courses
Knowledge Based Systems (NT3025) – 15 Credit Points
Operating Systems (NT3026) – 15 Credit Points
Languages and Computability (NT3518) – 15 Credit Points
Distributed Systems and Security (NT3524) – 15 Credit Points
Enterprise Computing and Business (NT3525) – 15 Credit Points
Robotics (NT3027) – 15 Credit Points

Compulsory Courses

Dissertation (NT4025) – 25 Credit Points

Optional Courses

Plus 100 credits from honours courses.

Assessment Methods

Students are assessed by any combination of three assessment methods:

  • coursework such as essays and reports completed throughout the course;
  • practical assessments of the skills and competencies learnt on the course; and
  • written examinations at the end of each course.

The exact mix of these methods differs between subject areas, year of study and individual courses.

Honours projects are typically assessed on the basis of a written dissertation.

Why Study Law with Computing Science?
  • At the Northampton University , we give you every opportunity to broaden your horizons and develop the professional and personal skills and attributes you will need to build a successful career.
  • The high quality of our degrees combined with our strong focus on employability opens up a wide range of career options
  • Students benefit from the reputation of the  Law School and Computing Science Department, and strong links with industry.
  • Northampton law graduates today occupy roles at the top of Scotland’s legal system.
  • Courses accredited by the Law Society of Scotland and the Faculty of Advocates.
  • Small class sizes and a highly personalised learning experience.


The University places a strong emphasis on applied learning and therefore, our Law graduates enjoy high employability. A Law degree from Northampton will help you enter the legal profession as well pursue a wide range of alternative careers. Our previous graduates have gone on to work in chartered accountancy, the media, merchant banking, stockbroking, human resources and financial management, the Civil Service, social work, teaching, the Inspectorate of Taxes and the police force.

The employment record of our computing science graduates is excellent, with the vast majority entering occupations of their choice within three months of graduation. Our graduates have taken up posts in sectors as diverse as banking, pharmaceuticals and computer game development. Recent employers include IBM, Amazon, BP, ConocoPhillips, Hewlett Packard, EDS, CGI, Wipro, Scottish Hydro Electric, Scottish & Newcastle Breweries, British Telecom, QinetiQ and the National Health Service.

Entry requirements



SQA Highers

Standard: AABB*

Applicants who have achieved AABB (or better), are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/ Advanced Highers may be required.

Minimum: BBB*

Applicants who have achieved BBB (or are on course to achieve this by the end of S5) are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/Advanced Highers will normally be required.

Adjusted: BB*

Applicants who have achieved BB, and who meet one of the widening participation criteria are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/Advanced Highers will be required.

* Including good performance in at least two Mathematics/ Science subjects by the end of your senior phase of education.


Standard: BBB*

Minimum: BBC*

Adjusted: CCC*

* Including good performance in at least two Mathematics/ Science subjects by the end of your senior phase of education.

International Baccalaureate

32 points, including 5, 5, 5 at HL*.

* Including good performance in at least two Mathematics/ Science subjects by the end of your senior phase of education.

Irish Leaving Certificate

5H with 3 at H2 AND 2 at H3 OR AAABB*, obtained in a single sitting. (B must be at B2 or above)

* Including good performance in at least two Mathematics/ Science subjects by the end of your senior phase of education.

English Language Requirements

English Language Requirements

To study for an Undergraduate degree at the University of Northampton University it is essential that you can speak, understand, read, and write English fluently. The minimum requirements for this degree are as follows:


IELTS Academic:

OVERALL – 6.0 with: Listening – 5.5; Reading – 5.5; Speaking – 5.5; Writing – 6.0


OVERALL – 78 with: Listening – 17; Reading – 18; Speaking – 20; Writing – 21

PTE Academic:

OVERALL – 54 with: Listening – 51; Reading – 51; Speaking – 51; Writing – 54

Cambridge English Advanced & Proficiency:

OVERALL – 169 with: Listening – 162; Reading – 162; Speaking – 162; Writing – 169

How to apply


This programm by online learning has start dates in September and January of each academic year. 

We recommend that you apply as early as possible; this is particularly important for applicants who may need to allow sufficient time to take an English language test

Documentation required

Applications are made online via the University Application Service, EUCLID.

Please follow the instructions carefully and make sure that you have included the following documentation with your application:

  • Degree certificates showing award of degree.
  • Previous academic transcripts for all past degree programmes.
  • A reference in support or your application. The reference should be academic and dated no earlier than one year from the start of study on the LLM programme.
  • Evidence of English language proficiency, if required.

If you are currently studying for your degree or you are not in a possession of an English test result you may still apply to the programme. Please note that it is your responsibility to submit the necessary documents.

After you apply

After your application has been submitted you will be able to track its progress through the University’s applicant hub.

Application processing times will vary however the admissions team will endeavour to process your application within four to six weeks of submission. Please note that missing documentation will delay the application process.

You will be informed as soon as possible of the decision taken. Three outcomes are possible:

  • You may be offered a place unconditionally
  • You may be offered a conditional place, which means that you must fulfil certain conditions that will be specified in the offer letter. Where a conditional offer is made, it is your responsibility to inform the College Postgraduate Office when you have fulfilled the requirements set out.
  • Your application may be unsuccessful. If your application has not been successful, you can request feedback from us or refer to our guidance for unsuccessful applicants, which explains some of the common reasons we why we reach this decision.
    View the University’s guidance for unsuccessful applicants
Terms and conditions of admissions
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