BA (Hons) Law and Psychology

Law and Psychology

BA (Hons)


Study level
Part time
3 years+
Faculty of Social Science

Course Overview

Law and psychology may be two separate fields, but they’re united by their relevance to human behaviour. If you’re interested in finding the answers to the big questions, and you’ve got the drive to excel in an exciting and challenging career, then this law and psychology degree is perfect for you.

On our law and psychology undergraduate course, you’ll develop core legal skills and explore the science behind the human mind and how it works. Designed to provide you with the fundamentals of two fascinating disciplines, the course gives you the chance to understand the world of social values and behaviours - but from different perspectives. 

With an increasing demand for graduates with knowledge of both subjects, this course will set you up for a career within areas such as legal psychology, policy making, or criminal justice, to name just a few future possibilities. 

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Course details and modules

By providing you with all the fundamentals of two complementary social sciences, you’ll gain a solid grounding in both legal and psychological knowledge, and the practical skills related to these subjects - such as debate, research, and presenting ideas. Studying law with psychology will give you a full appreciation of both disciplines, as well as an insight into how we think and why we act the way we do.

Bettina Finna

Arden is for winners. Nobody will beg you to sit down and start working on your career, if you don’t do it yourself! At Arden, if you have an honest interest for what you learn and you want to reach out for more, you will be welcomed, helped, and advised. But to do that, you must be determined.

Bettina Finna
BSc (Hons) Psychology


You have 3-9 years to complete this course, meaning that you can take up to three years to complete each level; however, many of our students complete the course in 3-6 years.

  • Introduction to Social and Developmental Psychology
  • Effective Interdisciplinary Study 
  • Introduction to Biological and Cognitive Psychology
  • English Legal System
  • Criminal Law
  • Law and Ethics
  • Research and Ethics in Action
  • Tort 1 (Negligence)
  • Civil Liberties and Human Rights
  • Personality and Intelligence
  • Social Psychology
  • Tort 2 (Other Torts)
  • Research Planning and Project
  • Contemporary Developmental Psychology
  • Cross-Cultural Psychology
  • Occupational Psychology
  • Law of Evidence

*The order of modules within each level vary depending on intake and mode of study

How do we assess you?

The way we assess our students provides you with the opportunity to demonstrate your strengths in a variety of ways. That’s why we choose a range of different methods to keep track of your progress. These include:

  • Assignments
  • Essays
  • Presentations
  • Case studies
  • Portfolios of work
  • Exams

Study options

This course is available to students as a fully online programme, which gives you the convenience of being able to study from anywhere worldwide. 

Ornella Russo

I chose online learning because it suited my lifestyle and work schedule. Being able to access the online portal and libraries 24/7 has been extremely helpful for me to be able to keep up with my studies. Studying while working isn’t the easiest thing to do, but Arden gives you the support you need.

Ornella Russo
BA (Hons) Law & Psychology

Online learning

How does it work?

Studying this course online gives you the ultimate in convenience. You can enrol with Arden from anywhere in the world and study your degree from the comfort of home, without the requirement to attend classes in a physical location.
Our online students study their degree through ilearn, Arden’s university campus in the cloud. ilearn provides everything you need to study at University. It offers an integrated virtual learning experience, including your virtual classroom, lecture theatre, and online library (which when used along with our supplementary library, Perlego, gives you access to almost half a million books and journals – yours for free while you study with us).

ilearn is also integrated with Zoom, making it easier to chat with your course tutor during your scheduled seminar sessions. You can even integrate our study materials into your Kindle, making it possible to study wherever you have you Kindle handy. 

Studying online doesn’t mean studying alone. As well as receiving regular feedback and guidance from your course tutor, you’ll be studying with likeminded students who you can meet with through our Unitu community, and you’ll have access to community message boards to discuss your course and the topics being raised within it. We’ve even set up community boards embedded into each of the course modules so you can have discussions with your tutor and classmates on the topics you’re currently learning. 

Online learning students resident in the UK can apply for a Tuition Fee loan to pay for their course. If you cannot attend your course in person because of a disability, you may also be entitled to a Maintenance Loan to cover living expenses. Please find more information on our fees and funding page. If you're a student from Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland you can find information about obtaining a student loan to cover your costs from your student finance body.

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Entry requirements

At Arden University we consider applications on a case by case basis. If you have significant work experience, have qualifications you have gained elsewhere, or a degree or qualification that isn't a clear pathway to this degree - we are more than happy to discuss your application.


Our BA (Hons) Law and Psychology undergraduate course has standard entry requirements. To be able to study this course, we need to see that you have:

  • Two subjects at GCE A-Level or equivalent, plus passes at grade C or above in three subjects at GCSE level or equivalent; OR
  • Completed a recognised Access Programme or equivalent

English Proficiency

  • IELTS 6.0 (no less than 5.5 in any element); or TOEFL iBT 80; or equivalent

We also offer an internal English test for applicants. More information on this can be found here.

We are happy to consider your application if you can provide evidence of relevant work experience where you were required to demonstrate critical thinking and analysis skills.

We’ll also ask you for a personal statement that demonstrates your ability to study the course. This personal statement should outline any experience and skills you have in regard to numeracy, writing, and critical analysis/thinking. We may also ask you to provide references and evidence of further relevant experience.

Before you start studying

Whilst you can read your study materials on your smart phone or tablet, to make the most of your learning experience, you will need access to a laptop or computer (we recommend one running the latest version of Windows), and a good stable internet connection.

Course fees and funding

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Meet the faculty

Dr Isla Masson

With this Law and psychology degree you will be able to apply the knowledge and skills that you learn in relation to a wide range of careers, including those in the criminal justice system. Within this degree you will have the opportunity to study a diverse range of modules including biological and cognitive psychology, English legal system, personality and intelligence, civil liberties and human rights, law of evidence, and cross-cultural psychology, as well as your final year dissertation. All of your course modules are taught online by experienced law and psychology lecturers with extensive sector specific knowledge! I really look forward to welcoming you to the Arden University family.

Dr Isla Masson
Programme Lead, Criminology and Sociology

Career prospects

We don’t expect undergraduate students to have a career in mind before starting their degree. So, don’t worry if you’re still weighing up your options. Instead, we prepare you with a range of advanced skills that employers from a variety of organisations will value, so you’ll eventually feel confident enough to make a decision about where your future lies.

What can a psychology and law degree do for me?

As well as the chance to explore these fascinating subjects together, this law and psychology degree will also enable you to develop a range of practical and transferrable skills that will prepare you for a career in a wide range of industries. These skills include:

  • The ability to research and present information to various audiences
  • Analysis and evaluation of data
  • Effective written communication
  • Proven ability to present findings in a range of formats including essays, presentations, reports and online forums
  • The ability to work independently and within a team
  • Problem solving
  • Independent learning

What can I do after Arden University?

Developing your expertise in two crucial disciplines leaves your career options completely open. It all depends on your preference! A law and psychology degree is highly valued by employers, and provides a solid foundation for a variety of positions within different industries. With this in mind, some roles you might be interested in include:

  • Criminal Justice System
  • Police
  • Prison
  • Probation Services
  • Lawyer
  • Solicitor
  • Social Worker
  • Psychologist 

You can also go on to study at Master’s Level.  Arden University offer a variety of Master’s programmes and we are developing many more.  Keep looking for further developments!

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Career Development Resources

Career development resources

Once you’ve enrolled with Arden, our careers centre is easily accessible directly from inside our online platform, ilearn. The careers centre is here to help you discover the areas of your academic and professional life that you find most meaningful and rewarding, and then apply this to your career pathway. 
Just a few of the career tools you’ll find in the careers centre include:

  • CV360, which analyses your CV and provides instant feedback for improvement
  • Interview360, helping you practise your interview technique in a stress-free environment and tackle some of the most common interview questions - as many times as you need to
  • Aptitude tests to help your improve your critical thinking, numeric, and logical reasoning skills
  • 100s of interactive courses focused on giving you the skills and confidence you need to excel in your professional life. 
  • My Jobs, where you can search employment vacancies, browse employer profiles by location and, or connect with other employees on LinkedIn.