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Postgraduate Laws LLM

LLM, PGDip and PGCert

Our world-class, flexible Postgraduate Laws programmes are designed to meet a diverse range of needs. With 32 specialisations and 65 courses, you can either build a broad range of skills or specialise in a specific field.

Master of Laws - LLM
You can study for a prestigious Master of Laws (LLM) anywhere in the world with the University of London.

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Master of Laws (LLM), Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) or Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert)?

Students accepted to the Postgraduate Laws programmes start at three points of entry, namely at PGCert, PGDip or LLM. Your point of entry is determined by your entry qualifications but does not set your exit award. It is your choice to leave the programme with a PGCert, PGDip or and LLM - or all three!

You can collect all three qualifications as you wish, provided you complete within a maximum of five years.

  • All students are eligible for a PGCert award upon completion of five modules.
  • Upon completion of a total of ten modules (five towards a PGCert plus an additional five), you are eligible for a PGDip award. 
  • Upon completion of a total of sixteen modules (five towards a PGCert plus five towards a PGDip plus an additional six) you are eligible for an LLM award.

Programme details

Each course is divided into four modules (each assessed separately). Often we recommend the order to take modules to help you study the course effectively.

To complete the qualifications, you must take the following number of courses and modules within five years:

  • PGCert – Five modules from up to four courses.
  • PGDip – 10 modules from up to four courses.
  • Master of Laws (LLM) – 16 modules from four courses.

Progress through your awards

Once you achieve the PGCert or PGDip, you automatically progress to the next award and you simply complete the additional modules necessary to achieve the next award.

Courses available

To sit exams in May

Application deadline30 September 2019
Registration deadline10 November 2019

 

To sit exams in October

Application deadline28 February 2020
Registration deadline15 April 2020

 

The programme is offered online and is fully supported by a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). You study at a time and pace that suits you (subject to course-specific deadlines) using the study materials provided, and revision forums from academic staff.

Study materials

You have access to study materials developed by academics from Queen Mary, University of London (QMUL) and University College London (UCL). These include a Postgraduate Laws Handbook with practical information; Programme Regulations, Study Guides written for your chosen modules; a comprehensive skills guide; and past exam papers, examiners' commentaries and sample scripts, which give you valuable insights into how to perform well in exams.

Online support

You have access to: 

  • The Student Portal with the University's 'Ask a Question' contact form, and an interactive student induction to prepare you for study.
  • A University of London email account.
  • The Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) with an induction module, a library literacy module, course materials, introductory videocasts for each course, the Director's vlog and the 'Ask Me Anything' Director's forum for academic queries.
  • The Student Café, where you can share perspectives with fellow students from all over the world.
  • The Online Library with a dedicated Law Librarian, holds thousands of journal articles which you can access free of charge. Access more than 10 legal databases, including Lexis/Nexis, Westlaw and other valued materials.
  • The Introduction to English Common Law MOOC, available through Coursera.
  • Senate House Library provides free reference access for all registered distance and flexible learning students.

Time commitment

You will need to spend about 120 hours on each module (or 1,920 hours for the full LLM). Approximately 40 to 50 hours per module are linked to assessment activity such self-assessment exercises found in the study guides, and preparation for taking the exam.

To complete the full LLM in two years, you will need to study for roughly 20 hours per week throughout the two years. It is up to you how you schedule your studies, depending on your work and personal commitments.

Assessment

Modules are assessed by a 45-minute unseen written exam, which you can sit in May or October. You can sit your exams at any of our approved centres around the world.

You don't have to sit exams in every session. As long as you finish within your five-year registration period, you can plan your exams as you choose.

More about exams.

What qualifications do you need?

For the LLM entry point, you normally need one of the following:

  • A Bachelor of Laws (LLB) with second-class honours from the University of London.
  • A second-class bachelor's degree (or equivalent), where at least half the units are in law-related subjects.
  • A pass in the Bar Vocational Course (BVC) of England and Wales, or the Qualifying Exam of the Solicitors' Regulation Authority of England (or corresponding exams in Scotland or Northern Ireland), plus a second-class bachelor's degree (or equivalent).
  • The Common Professional Examination or a Graduate Diploma in Law, plus a second-class bachelor's degree (or equivalent).
  • You are qualified as a solicitor or barrister in England or Wales, or the equivalent elsewhere.

For the PGDip entry point, you normally need one of the following:

  • A second-class bachelor's degree (or equivalent) from the University of London or an acceptable institution.
  • A master’s degree.

For entry to the PGCert, you normally need one of the following:

  • A bachelor's degree from the University of London or an acceptable institution.
  • At least five years’ relevant work experience, such as accounting, banking, finance or insurance.

We accept a range of qualifications from around the world: see a full list for details.

Your entry point is just your starting point in the Postgraduate Laws programmes. Irrespective of your entry point, you can be awarded the PGCert, the PGDip, the LLM, or all three, provided that you complete your study within five years.

English language requirements

You need a high standard of English to study this programme. You meet our language requirements if you have achieved one of the following within the past three years:

  • (IELTS) International English Language Testing System - overall score of at least 6.5 and at least 6 in the written test.
  • (TOEFL) Test of English as a Foreign Language - overall score of 92 or above with at least 22 in the Reading and Writing sub-tests and at least 20 in the Speaking and Listening sub-tests.
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) – overall score of 59 or above with at least 59 in both Reading and Writing elements and at least 54 in Speaking and Listening elements.
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English.
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (grade C or above).

Computer requirements

Provision on the Postgraduate Laws programmes is fully electronic. Our students are expected to have excellent internet access. However, if circumstances prevent you from accessing the internet, you can make a case to the programme director, who has discretion to offer printed copies of the basic learning materials. This is reserved for extra-ordinary circumstances and solely for the purposes of enhancing accessibility: examples include disability or imprisonment.

More about computer requirements.

If you choose to pay for your qualification in full, everything is included and you are protected against annual fee increases.

With pay as you go, you pay a registration fee followed by the fee for each module when you register for it. Fees may be increased by up to 5% per year.

Pay up-front2019
Total LLM (16 modules)£9,345
Total PG Diploma (10 modules)£6,195
Total PG Certificate (5 modules)£3,570
Pay as you go 
Registration fee£945
Module fee£525
Individual module fees (standalone)
Individual module (taken on a standalone basis)£570
Extending registration per year for an individual module (taken on a standalone basis)£190
Additional fees (where applicable) 
APL application fee£98
Examination resit fee£67
Changing a module£174

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Additional Costs

You also need to budget for exam centre fees, which are paid directly to the venues where you sit your exams.

How to pay your fees.

Please note: all student fees shown are net of any local VAT, Goods and Services Tax (GST) or any other sales tax payable by the student in their country of residence. Where the University is required to add VAT, GST or any other sales tax at the local statutory rate, this will be added to the fees shown during the payment process. For students resident in the UK, our fees are exempt from VAT.

The Postgraduate Laws programmes provide you with many of the key attributes required by law firms – advanced, specialist legal training and the ability to work in a multinational legal environment. Our graduates regularly advance to high-level positions in a variety of sectors, including banking, financial services, financial regulation, human rights agencies, NGOs and public service.

Many professional associations and Bar Councils also accept our qualifications towards professional development quotas. For example, in England and Wales, the Solicitors’ Regulation Authority accredits our programmes (including individual modules taken on a standalone basis) towards Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours.

What do employers think of our graduates?

We advise you to explore the local recognition status before you register, even if you plan to receive support from a local teaching institution.

Academic direction for the Postgraduate Laws programmes is provided jointly by the Department of Law of Queen Mary, University of London (QMUL) and the Faculty of Laws at University College London (UCL). These schools plan the structure and content, develop and write study materials, set the examination papers and mark scripts.

Dean of Postgraduate Laws

Professor Helen Xanthaki (LLB, MJur, PhD, SFHEA) specialises in legislation, legislative drafting and legislative quality. She is president of the International Association for Legislation, and works as consultant and trainer in legislative drafting for governments and international/regional organisations.

The combination of our low fees, avoidance of the considerable cost of living in London and possibility to continue earning whilst you study represents excellent value for money. In addition, there may be additional sources of support depending on where you live and how you choose to study.

More on funding your study.

Scholarships and bursaries

Up to 18 scholarships per year are available for high-performing students on the Postgraduate Laws programme. Bursaries are available for all University of London LLB alumni for their LLM, PGDip or PGCert programme fees at 30%. All applicants (including LLB alumni) residing in Pakistan, Bangladesh or Malaysia can take advantage of a 40% bursary for the LLM, PGDip or PGCert.

More on LLM scholarships and bursaries.

We offer five fee-waiver scholarships for refugees and displaced people with a UNHCR registration number. The scholarship covers course fees payable to the University of London.

More on Scholarships for Refugees / Displaced Persons.

Via Canon Collins, we offer scholarships to nationals of Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia or Zimbabwe.

Can I get sponsored?

If you're employed, your employer may be willing to cover part/all of the programme fees if you can make a compelling case as to how this programme will boost your contribution to the workplace.

Our courses are ideal for employers because they get to retain you as an employee and benefit from your learning from the moment you begin.

How can I get sponsored by my employer?

We have a template available to help you present a case to your employer.

Employer sponsorship business case template [PDF]

Choose from 32 specialisations

If you choose to specialise, you need to study a minimum number of courses or modules within your specialist pathway. The number depends on the qualification you are working towards:

  • PGCert (a total of five modules) - At least four modules from one specialisation.
  • PGDip (a total of 10 modules) – At least eight modules from one specialisation.
  • LLM (a total of 16 modules from four courses) – At least three complete courses (12 modules) from one specialisation.

You can decide on any specialisation you wish to take after you register. As courses may fit into more than one specialisation, it is possible to collect a different specialisation for each of your awards.

If you complete a specialisation, this is outlined on your certificate (for example, ‘Master of Laws in the specialisation: Computer and Communications Law').

Courses usually fit into more than one specialisation, so you may be able to achieve a number of different specialist awards!

Specialisations available

Canon Collins 2018 scholars in South Africa

Canon Collins 2018 scholars

See some of the current year’s cohort of laws scholars attending the launch conference in Cape Town.

Pritchard Chimbari – Canon Collins Scholarships LLM 2018

Pritchard Chimbari – Canon Collins 2018

As part of his LLM studies, Pritchard is keen to learn if there are solutions to devising better regulation of African corporations.

Mandira Subramony – Canon Collins scholarship 2018

Mandira Subramony – Canon Collins scholar

Mandira is taking modules related to international human rights while she works as a Senior Researcher at Gauteng High Court in South Africa.

Ramani Moodley – Canon Collins scholar

Ramani Moodley – Canon Collins scholar

Ramani won the Advocacy Rights Award [Department of Social Development and Valhalla Arts], it is awarded to outstanding disabled women in the legal profession.

Ravona Naidoo – Canon Collins scholar

Ravona Naidoo – Canon Collins scholar

Ravona recently completed the Corporate Governance module and she looks forward to her next exam sessions later this year.

Precious Moyo, Canon Collins Scholarship 2018

Precious Moyo - Canon Collins scholar

Precious was awarded a postgraduate certificate in Commercial and Corporate Law and she is on course to complete her LLM later this year.

Innocent Kalua – Canon Collins scholar

Innocent Kalua – Canon Collins scholar

Innocent was awarded a Google Policy Fellowship in 2017, he aims to use the knowledge gained from it towards his current studies in Telecommunications Law.

Nigel Sithole – Canon Collins scholar

Nigel Sithole – Canon Collins scholar

Alongside studying law via distance learning, Nigel set up a Mobile Law Clinic in Harare to offer legal advice to deprived rural Zimbabweans.

Chawapiwa Masole – Canon Collins scholar

Chawapiwa Masole – Canon Collins scholar

Interested in legal protection for refugees, Chawapiwa worked with the UN High Commission for Refugees to fundraise for a pop-up initiative to educate refugees.

Shepherd Mutsvara – Canon Collins scholar

Shepherd Mutsvara – Canon Collins scholar

Shepherd enjoyed competing in the inaugural Moot Competition in Cape Town. His interests are in modules related to Patent Law, and Children and Family Life.