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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.

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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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 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:

  • 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

To sit exams in October

Application deadline 28 February 2019 
Registration deadline 15 April 2019

To sit exams in May

Application deadline30 September 2019
Registration deadline10 November 2019


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

You will have access to 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 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 as preparation for taking the exam.

To complete the programme in two years, that equates to roughly 20 hours per week throughout the year. It is up to you how you schedule your studies, depending on your work and personal commitments.


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

Provision on Postgraduate Laws is now 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 modules (standalone)£570
Additional fees (where applicable) 
APL application fee£98
Examination resit fee£67
Changing a module£174
Extending registration per year for an individual module£190

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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.

On 1 July 2017 a Goods and Services Tax (GST) [external website] was introduced in India which applies to online services. From 1 August 2019, the University will be required to add GST at the statutory rate of 18% to its programme fees for new and continuing students resident in India.

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?

In some countries, qualifications earned by distance and flexible learning may not be recognised by certain authorities or regulators for the purposes of public sector employment or further study. 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 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.


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.

We are offering five fee-waiver scholarships for refugees and displaced people with a UNHCR registration number to study the LLM. The scholarship covers course fees payable to the University of London. Apply by 01 September 2018.

More on Scholarships for Refugees / Displaced Persons.

Canon Collins offers 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?

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.

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

Following a successful launch of the summer course, we are delighted to announce that in 2019 we will be holding our third Summer Course at the Queen Mary, University of London School of Law.

The two-day course will be held on Saturday 15th June and Sunday 16th June 2019.

The weekend will include lectures from academics of law at QMUL, UCL and other leading UK universities on topics such as Refugee Law, Medical Law and Ethics, International Commercial Insurance Law and more. 

There will be a chance to meet and talk to Professor Helen Xanthaki and your course academics throughout the weekend, as well as the opportunity to network with your peers.

For more information about the course and to register, please visit the Eventbrite website.

This course booking will be managed using the Eventbrite system. You will also be subject to Eventbrite's privacy policy and terms and conditions.

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.