School of Law

Laws

LLM ( 1 year Full-time / 2 years Part-time )

Overview

Deadline for applications

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

The Master of Laws (LLM) is one of 23 LLM programmes of study at Queen Mary. It is designed to give you maximum flexibility in your choice of modules and dissertation topic. The programme allows you to follow a variety of interests (and take modules simply because you will enjoy them) or to select a range of modules designed with a specific career or personal aspiration in mind.

You can choose any combination taught-modules of 135 credits in total and your dissertation (45 credits) may be in any field of law. You may choose from the full range of available LLM modules that are taught within the School of Law.

If you apply for the Master of Laws your final degree certificate will show Master of Laws. If you would like your degree to show expertise in a specific area of law then you should apply for one of our specialised LLM programmes. If you choose one of our specialised programmes you will benefit from module selections that provide a complementary study programme, as well as joining a community of students with an interest in a similar field of law.

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.

Why study your Master of Laws 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.

  • There is a very high rate of employment of our students within six months of graduation.
  • You will benefit from the expertise of the law careers advisers who organise events and internship opportunities with top UK and international law firms.
  • Many of our internationally recognised staff act as advisers to governments, industry, regulatory authorities and NGOs, both nationally and internationally.
  • You will be able to attend a Critical Thinking and Writing in Law course to improve your writing and research in law skills.
  • You will be able to take part in networking and social events run by the Queen Mary Postgraduate Law Society and upon graduating join our extensive alumni network.

Facilities

You will have access to facilities and equipment at the Postgraduate School of Law Centre in Lincoln's Inn Fields, which comprises workstations, wireless internet access, projectors and a common room. The Graduate Centre at Mile End campus will also provide work areas and social spaces tailored specifically to the needs and working patterns of postgraduate students.

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 and also offers one of the best commercial law collections in the country. 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 the 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.

Structure

The LLM is available to study full-time for one year or part-time for two years.

For this programme you will take 150 credits worth of taught modules which may be assessed by essays or examinations (see module overviews for full assessment details and dates) and thereafter you work on a 10,000 word dissertation worth 30 credits (submitted mid August). You are required to balance your taught modules across the two teaching semesters – a full explanation of this process will be available during induction and before module selection.

The range of modules that you are required to choose from differs from programme to programme. If you wish to take an unrestricted range of modules and any approved dissertation topic you should apply for the Master of Laws.

Induction and choosing your modules

We run a comprehensive two-week induction period that includes an overview of the programme and advice on module selection as well as a range of other vital information sessions. You do not have to select your modules until you have had the opportunity to listen and learn about them in greater detail during induction. More detail of the induction programme will be made available online by early September each year.

LLM Year Planner

The LLM Year Planner gives you an idea of the structure of the programme and key periods for assessment and exams.

Full-time

Undertaking a masters programme is a serious commitment, with weekly contact hours being in addition to numerous hours of independent learning and research needed to progress at the required level. When coursework or examination deadlines are approaching independent learning hours may need to increase significantly.

Part-time

The part-time LLM is essentially aimed at legal practitioners working full-time in the UK. You will attend the same modules and follow the same teaching timetable as full-time students.

The part-time programme is, however, spread over two academic years.

In year one, you will normally complete around 90 credits of taught modules. In year two, you will normally take a further 60 credits of taught modules and submit the compulsory 10,000 word dissertation (30 credits). This can be changed if necessary, as the dissertation can be done in either year. However we would always advise part-time students to take around 90 credits of taught modules in their first year if they are timetabled in a convenient slot.

Although not recommended, it is possible for part-time students, who are having difficulties in finding taught modules that fit in with their work timetable, to submit two dissertations – one per year. This would then enable you to take fewer credits of taught modules each year.

Part-time students may also wish to consider the LLM Flexible Study programme.

For more information:

Visit the School of Law website.

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

If you can't find the information you are looking for on these pages, take a look at our LLM Frequently Asked Questions.

Modules

On the LLM Master of Laws you select 150 credits of taught modules from the full range of LLM available modules. Your compulsory dissertation can be in any legal field.

Note: Not all of the modules listed will be available in any one year and semesters listed can be subject to change. Any modules not available in the forthcoming academic session will be marked as soon as this information is confirmed by teaching academics.

Certain combinations of modules may be restricted or required – see the individual module description for more details. These are also subject to change but will be confirmed prior to module selection.


    Entry requirements

    Law graduates

    The usual qualification for entry to the LLM programme is a degree in law, or a degree with a substantial law content, of at least 2.1 honours (or equivalent). Law graduates with 2.2 honours who also have other legal qualifications and/or substantial professional legal experience may also qualify.

    Non-law graduates

    Non-law graduates with a minimum second class honours degree, that have also obtained a Merit (or 60 per cent) in the Common Professional Examination (CPE) or Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) recognised by the UK professional bodies, may also qualify. Non-law graduates may also be considered on the basis of exceptional professional experience (of at least five years) in a legal area or an area directly related to their programme of study.

    In all cases, a full online application is required in order for a fair assessment and decision to be made. Each application is considered on its merits and on sight of full application documents.

    A full and detailed CV is required for all applications and is particularly relevant where professional experience needs to be considered.

    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.

    How to apply - one LLM programme only

    You may only apply for one of the School of Law’s LLM London programmes at a time. This restriction does not include the LLM Law and Economics programme or the LLM in Paris programme,  which you may still apply for. You are permitted to apply for a maximum of two Queen Mary taught postgraduate programmes, so you may still apply for a further non-LLM London programme should you wish.

    If you apply for one of the LLM London programmes, then later decide you would prefer to attend a different LLM specialism, please contact the Admissions Office Law Team at lawpgadm@qmul.ac.uk - prior to enrolment - to request a manual change of LLM programme. Do not submit a new application.

    Learning and teaching

    As a student at Queen Mary, you will play an active part in your acquisition of skills and knowledge. 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 exercises as well as open discussion. We take pride in the close and friendly working relationship we have with our students. You will have a team of advisers to support you, including the LLM and Research Directors, your dissertation supervisor and tutors and your module convenors.

    Click here to view or download the draft timetable for 2019/2020.

    Independent Study:

    For every hour spent in classes you will be expected to complete further hours of independent study. Your individual study time could be spent preparing for, or following up on formal study sessions; reading; producing written work; completing projects; and revising for examinations.

    The direction of your individual study will be guided by the formal study sessions you attend, along with your reading lists and assignments. However, we expect you to demonstrate an active role in your own learning by reading widely and expanding your own knowledge, understanding and critical ability.

    Independent study will foster in you the ability to identify your own learning needs and determine which areas you need to focus on to become proficient in your subject area. This is an important transferable skill and will help to prepare you for the transition to working life.

    Assessment

    You will be assessed by a mixture of formal examinations and coursework in your taught modules, followed by more self-directed work on your 10,000-word dissertation.

    Dissertation

    You will also complete a dissertation of 10,000 words.

    Fees

    Tuition fees for Home and EU students

    2020/21 Academic Year

    Full time £15,950
    Part time £8,000

    Tuition fees for International students

    2020/21 Academic Year

    Full time £23,950
    Part time £12,000

    Part time fees are charged per annum over two years for a two year programme and per annum over three years for a three year programme. A percentage increase may be applied to the fees in years two and three.

    This increase is defined each year and published on the intranet and in the Tuition Fee Regulations. A 3% increase was applied to the unregulated university fees in 2019/20. Further information can be viewed on our University Fees webpage, including details about annual increases.

    Funding

    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
    email bursaries@qmul.ac.uk

    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

    Profiles

    Adi Talanaivini Mafi, Tonga

    Master of Laws, UK Commonwealth Scholarship Winner 2014-15


    Upon completion of my LLB (Vanuatu, 2011) and my Professional Diploma in Legal Practice (Fiji, June 2012) from the University of the South Pacific I was admitted to the Tongan Bar in August 2012 and began my legal and civil service career as a legal officer in the Ministry of Justice. My main responsibilities were to provide legal and policy advice on matters relating to the legal and justice sector and conduct training for staff on their duties under the law.

    After almost 2 years I felt it was time to pursue my studies further. As a legal officer in a new democracy I felt I was not well equipped to properly execute my duties. I had the opportunity of applying for a UK Commonwealth Scholarship and it was only appropriate to seek out a Masters of Law degree in the UK from which Tonga has adopted its legal system and like Tonga, is also a Kingdom, albeit a much bigger one.

    Apart from its international rankings and its prestigious LLM programme, Queen Mary stood out to me particularly because of its range of modules which included a specific course in International Law on the Rights of the Child, and, of course, it is right in the heart of London.

    So far, my experience at Queen Mary has exceeded my expectations. It is truly an international university; the cultural diversity, wealth of experience and knowledge in my classes are vast. I learn new things everyday and I look forward to learning a lot more! I can only hope I will be able to effectively use the knowledge and experience gained during my Queen Mary experience upon my return for the legal development of my home country.


    Ann Zachariah, USA

    Master of Laws, Queen Mary Drapers Scholarship Winner 2014-15

    While in law school in the United States, I was drawn to international law and took as many courses in the subject as I could.  I knew that I wanted to learn even more and that entering an LLM program would be the best next step. Queen Mary boasted an excellent reputation as well as an impressive selection of modules.

    I am doing the Master of Laws LLM, which means that I can choose from any of the courses offered at the school.  I was able to customize my course schedule by choosing courses from Computer and Communications Law, Public International Law, and Human Rights Law.  The General LLM allows students to weave different subject areas into a degree program that is truly tailored to their interests and career goals.

    Studying in the heart of London is another great benefit of the program.  Not only do we have access to all the great programs hosted by Queen Mary, but students also get the privilege to access events hosted by many other organizations both legal and non-legal.  


    Guillermo Sarubbi, Paraguay

    Master of Laws, Chevening Scholarship Winner 2014-15 

    I am Guillermo Sarubbi, a Chevening Scholar from Asunción, Paraguay. At Queen Mary I am reading for a General LLM with an emphasis in Energy and Natural Resources Law.

    Before taking up my Chevening Scholarship, I was part of a civil and commercial litigation and counselling practice in Paraguay. Our client portfolio was a mix of both Paraguayan and international companies spanning the mining, import and export, construction, entertainment, and food industries.

    I have long wanted to continue my studies in Britain. I was drawn to the UK because of its excellent academic institutions, London's position as a leading financial centre, its vibrant culture, and strong democratic tradition.

    I chose Queen Mary as the place to study for my LLM because of its unsurpassed academic reputation, the vast array of subjects on offer, and its location in Central London. Now that I am in the middle of my course I can confidently say that it has lived up to my expectations. I have been academically challenged, the teaching is superb, and the staff are very helpful.

    After completing my studies in the UK, I hope to return to Paraguay and become a leading lawyer with an expertise in Arbitration and Natural Resources and Energy Law. My long-term goal is to help industries set up shop in Paraguay to diversify my country's economy and enable it to realise its potential for growth.