Criminal Law (M3007)

30 credits, Level 5

Autumn and spring teaching

This module encompasses the elements of a crime; actus reus and mens rea; negligence and strict liability; the criminal liability of corporations and children; defences; accomplices; homicide; non-fatal offences against the person; sexual offences; theft and other property offences and inchoate offences.

It places the law within the framework of the Human Rights Act 1998. Some aspects of criminal law theory such as theories of punishment, why conduct should be criminalised, and issues of procedure and evidence that are relevant to the substantive law are covered.


68%: Lecture
32%: Seminar


65%: Examination (Open examination)
35%: Written assessment (Essay)

Contact hours and workload

This module is 300 hours of work. This breaks down into 57 hours of contact time and 243 hours of independent study.

This module is running in the academic year 2019/20. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.