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Royal Holloway's Department of Law and Criminology provides a close-knit, innovative and supportive learning environment for its students.

Ours is diverse and vibrant community dedicated to criminal and social justice. Our aim is to help students reach their highest potential, by expanding their horizons and developing their analytical and critical thinking skills. We have a strong reputation for excellence in research and teaching, with national and international recognition of our expertise in a range of areas. These are reflected in our four research clusters: Crime and Punishment; Families and Children; Health and Social Care; Rights and Freedoms.

The unique strength of our community is that it brings together so many exceptionally talented people of different backgrounds, interests, experiences, methodologies and perspectives in a subject mix which is stimulating and special in legal and social science education. Interdisciplinarity is part of our identity, part of the fabric of our teaching and research.  

We are a relatively new department but have grown significantly on the basis of the excellent teaching and dynamic programmes that we offer. Members of our department have strong relationships with the Supreme Court, HM Prison Service, HM Courts & Tribunals Service, The Disabilities Trust, the Ministry of JusticeThe Griffins Society, Fundación Amparo Justica (Chile), Public Health Foundation (Georgia), Defence for Children (Netherlands), along with leading City and local legal firms. These partnerships allow us to pursue impactful research, develop teaching that links the classroom to the outside world, and are part of our commitment to making a difference in society.

We offer a number of undergraduate degrees in Law, Criminology and Sociology, Criminology and Psychology, and Social Science. Our innovative and interdisciplinary programmes allow students to study a mix of these subjects, along with Politics, International Relations, Philosophy, Sociology, Criminology and Modern Languages. In addition we offer a range of Masters degrees including Forensic Psychology, Social Work and Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism.

We are committed to offering students a fully rounded experience during their studies with us. The department maintains a range of extra-curricular activities. We provide a range of professional skills training that are open to all students in the department. The Legal Advice Centre gives students the opportunity to do hands-on work with clients under the supervision of a qualified solicitor. As part of our commitment to forging closer community ties amongst students and staff, we run social activities throughout the academic year, which have included public lectures from leading public figures, film showings, pub quizzes and even murder mystery dinners.

We are dedicated to exploring and thinking critically about issues that matter, and to equipping our students to make a difference out in the world. We look forward to having you join us!

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