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Postgraduate Laws LLM

LLM, PGDip and PGCert

Our world-class, flexible LLM is designed to meet a diverse range of needs. With over 30 specialisations and 60 courses, you can either build a broad range of skills or specialise in a specific field, such as public law for government or human rights law for NGOs.

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

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LLM, PGCert or Diploma?

You are welcome to apply without a first degree. You simply begin with a Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma and progress to the LLM, with up to five years to complete the programme. You will graduate with a qualification that will provide you with many of the key attributes valued by law firms.

Course details

Each course is divided into four modules (each assessed separately). Sometimes we pre-set the module order to help you study the course effectively. In other cases, you decide the order.

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

  • Postgraduate Certificate – 5 modules from up to four courses.
  • Postgraduate Diploma – 10 modules from up to four courses.
  • Master of Laws (LLM) – 16 modules from four courses.

Progress through your awards

Once you achieve the Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma, you can simply complete the additional modules necessary to achieve the next award.

Courses available

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, with support available from academic staff.

Study materials

We will send you study materials developed by academics from Queen Mary and UCL. These include a Postgraduate Laws Handbook with practical information; study guides written for your chosen modules; a comprehensive skills guide; and past exam papers and commentaries, which give you valuable insights into how to perform well in exams.

Online support

When you register, we will give you access to your Student Portal. You can then access your University of London email account and other key resources:

  • The Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) enables access to course materials, resources, and forums to discuss course material and work collaboratively with others. Watch videos or presentations from the lead academic of each course.
  • Join dedicated discussion forums for each module, where you can share perspectives with fellow students from all over the world, and a Director’s forum for academic queries.
  • The Online Library 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.

Time commitment

You will need to spend about 115 hours on each module (or 1,840 hours for the full LLM). To complete the programme in two years, that equates to roughly 18-20 hours per week throughout the year. It is up to you how you schedule your studies, depending on your work and personal commitments.

Assessment

All 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 direct entry to the LLM, you will usually have one of the following:

  • A Bachelor of Laws (LLB) with second-class honours from the University of London.
  • A second-class bachelor 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 degree (or equivalent).
  • The Common Professional Examination or a Graduate Diploma in Law, plus a second-class bachelor degree (or equivalent).
  • You are qualified as a solicitor or barrister in England or Wales, or the equivalent elsewhere.

Even if you do not have the requirements, you can still enter at PGCert or PGDip level and progress through the awards to gain the LLM.

For entry to the Postgraduate Diploma, you will usually have one of the following:

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

For entry to the Postgraduate Certificate, you will usually have one of the following:

  • A bachelor 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.

Even if you do not meet the requirements, we may admit you to the Postgraduate Certificate if we believe that your background or experience is sufficient to study the programme.

English Language requirements

You need a high standard of English to study this programme. You will 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

We set minimum basic computer requirements because your study resources are accessed via the Student Portal. It is vital that you can access this regularly. If this is not possible, you may contact the Programme Director to request alternative arrangements.

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 7% per year.

Pay up-front2017
Total LLM (16 modules)£8,900
Total PG Diploma (10 modules)£5,900
Total PG Certificate (5 modules)£3,400
Pay as you go 
Registration fee£900
Module fee£500
Individual modules (standalone)£545
Additional fees (where applicable) 
APL application fee£89
Examination resit fee£64
Changing modules£166

Additional Costs

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

We accept most traditional payment methods, including debit/credit card, international money order, and Western Union.

How to pay your fees.

Our LLM provides 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 LLM (and any single modules taken as short courses) towards Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours.

What do employers think of our graduates?

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

Programme Director

Helen Xanthaki (LLB, MJur, PhD) is Professor of Law at UCL. Helen specialises in legislation, legislative drafting and quality, civil law, the EU, and the Commonwealth. She works as consultant in legislative drafting to EU institutions, national governments, and international/regional organisations and trainer in legislative drafting.

Without the cost of moving to London, studying for your University of London degree anywhere in the world represents excellent value for money. However, there may be additional sources of support depending on where you live and how you choose to study.

More on funding your study.

Scholarships

A performance-based LLM Scholarship is currently available in Malaysia, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Ghana, Nigeria and Russia. Those with the best average score across five modules will receive a scholarship worth the value of four modules (a quarter of the LLM degree).

More on the LLM scholarship.

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?

Choose from 30 specialisations

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

  • Postgraduate Certificate (5 modules) - Four modules from one specialisation.
  • Postgraduate Diploma (10 modules) – Eight modules from one specialisation.
  • Master of Laws (16 modules, 4 courses) – Three complete courses (12 modules) from one specialisation.

You can decide on any specialism you wish to take after you register. You can also change as you progress.

que: 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

Alumni testimonial: Deborah Regal (UK)

LLM graduate, Deborah Regal

The quality of the programme is exceptional. I didn't realise how good it was going to be. I’d recommend the University of London LLM to anybody.