School of Law

Semester in London (Taught Postgraduate Associate)

Postgraduate Taught Associate (No award) ( 3 months Full-time )


Deadline for applications

Deadlines for Home/EU and International Applicants are available on the Taught Postgraduate application deadline page.

The School of Law at Queen Mary has a long tradition of welcoming overseas students who wish to incorporate legal academic study at Queen Mary into their home institutions’ academic programmes, normally for one semester, from September to December. Students have the opportunity to attend a selection of law classes from our prestigious LLM programme and receive credits towards their home degree.

Your fellow students will come from the UK and more than 80 other countries, each able to draw on prior academic and in many cases professional experiences from different jurisdictions to enrich discussion and debate in class.

Since welcoming the first students onto the programme from the University of Texas  in 1985, over the years we have welcomed students from Harvard University, Bucerius Law School, Hamburg, University of Pennsylvania, University of California and the College of William and Mary, University of Florida from the USA and University of Sao Paulo and PUC-Minas University, Brazil, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands.

The Semester in London programme will:

  • Give you an opportunity to study in London for one semester during September to December
  • Allow you to choose from a selection of LLM modules and study alongside the LLM students
  • Give you access to all the resources available to Queen Mary postgraduate law students.

Why study your Semester in London at Queen Mary?

The School of Law has consistently been ranked in the top 10 law schools in the UK for the quality of our research and teaching, and many of our internationally recognised staff act as advisers to governments, industry and NGOs, both nationally and internationally. The Postgraduate Law Centre is based in Lincoln’s Inn Fields, Holborn, the legal district of London, close to law firms, chambers and the Royal Courts of Justice.

You will benefit from the practical expertise and insights of our leading academics, many of whom act as advisers to governments, industry, regulatory authorities and NGOs, both nationally and internationally across almost all areas of law. You will be able to attend many of the numerous conferences and seminars organised by law academics across the School of Law during your semester which attract high-profile guest speakers including judges, senior partners, industry experts and regulatory authorities.


You will have access to facilities and equipment, including the Postgraduate School of Law Centre in Lincoln's Inn Fields, which comprises workstations, wireless internet access, projectors and a common room.

As well as housing the Law Library and a European Documentation Centre, the Queen Mary Library at Mile End provides access to all the main British, European and international textbooks, law reports and periodicals. Through the University of London College network, students have access to an unrivalled range of electronic law journals and databases.

In addition, Queen Mary provides free access to extensive online databases and collections including: Lexis, Nexis, Westlaw, Justis, Eur-lex, Hein-Online, Business Source Complete, Index to Legal Periodicals, International Court of Justice Reports, Kluwer Arbitration, Oxford Scholarship Online (Law), Reports of Patent, Design and Trademark Cases, UK Statute law database and United Nations Treaty Collection.

In addition to the Queen Mary Library and the British Library, postgraduate students are able to access the well-stocked law library at the University of London’s Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (IALS). The Institute, located at Russell Square, a few minutes’ walk from Lincoln’s Inn Fields, is one of the major law libraries worldwide. You will also have access to the University of London Library at Senate House.


You will study with us in London for one semester (September to December).


You will selection  between 45 – 60 credits of law modules.


Modules will either be assessed by:

Course Essay – word count for course essays will vary, please refer to the module descriptions for further details.

Final Assessment Exercise: a set of question released via the QMplus (Online Learning Environment). Students will have 24 hours to submit their answers from the time of release.

    Entry requirements

    Entry requirements

    You must be in your final or penultimate year of a first level/bachelors law degree or JD degree or degree with law as a major element. We are looking for academically strong performing students whom have achieved good academic grades equivalent to the 2.1 (upper second) UK honours degree in law.  We will assess each application on an individual basis.

    International Applicants

    Students from outside of the UK help form a global community here at Queen Mary. For detailed country specific entry requirements please visit the International section of our website. If your first language is not English, you must provide evidence of your English language proficiency. Find details of the English language entry requirements for postgraduate law programmes.

    If you do not meet language or scholarly requirements it might be possible for you to undertake foundation or pre-sessional programmes that will prepare you for the masters programme. For more information you require, please contact the Admissions Office.

    Further information

    Please contact:


    Learning and teaching

    Teaching is by a mixture of formal lectures and small group seminars. The seminars are designed to generate informed discussion around set topics, and may involve student presentations and group exercise as well as open discussion. We take pride in the close and friendly working relationship we have with our students. You will have the support of the Programme Director and the LLM module convenors.


    You must write a 4,000-word essay for each module at the end of the semester.


    Tuition fees for Home and EU students

    2020/21 Academic Year

    Full time £7,550
    Part-time study is not available for this course

    Tuition fees for International students

    2020/21 Academic Year

    Full time £7,550
    Part-time study is not available for this course


    There are a number of sources of funding available for Masters students.

    These include a significant package of competitive Queen Mary bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas, as well as external sources of funding.

    School of Law scholarships

    The School of Law offers a range of scholarships for Law Masters programmes each year. Full details are made available on the law funding page from October – November each year.

    Queen Mary bursaries and scholarships

    We offer a range of bursaries and scholarships for Masters students including competitive scholarships, bursaries and awards, some of which are for applicants studying specific subjects.

    Read more about funding a masters

    Alternative sources of funding

    Home/EU students can apply for a range of other funding, such as Professional and Career Development Loans, and Employer Sponsorship, depending on their circumstances and the specific programme of study.

    Overseas students may be eligible to apply for a range of external scholarships and we also provide information about relevant funding providers in your home country.

    Detailed information about postgraduate funding options is available in our Postgraduate Funding Guide.

    Read more about funding a masters.

    Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 5079

    Other financial help on offer at Queen Mary

    We offer one to one specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.

    Our Advice and Counselling Service also has lots of Student Advice Guides on all aspects of finance including:

    Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8717