Deadline for applications
Deadlines for Home/EU and International Applicants are available on the Taught Postgraduate application deadline page.
There is a high demand from the industry for highly-skilled professionals with a strong understanding of regulation and compliance disciplines.
This programme introduces students to the critical role played by compliance and regulation in Global Markets. The programme will provide an outline of the fundamentals of regulatory framework as well as a more focused approach to compliance in various markets. The programme also provides a comprehensive inspection of the Compliance issues emanating in practice in global markets.
Students studying on the programme will have an exposure to the cutting-edge approaches in dealing with practical issues in compliance and regulation. The programme contains a range of both general and specialist modules in London, or Distance Learning, to tailor the programme to the student's specific needs. Students have the option of specialising in one of the following sectors:
- Financial Institution
- Data protection and Intellectual Property
- Business and Insurance Law
Why study your MA in Regulation and Compliance 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 the Critical Thinking and Writing in Law programme 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.
- Professional module exemptions are available for the Chartered Banker Diploma from the Chartered Banker Institute.
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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. You will also have access to the Lock-keeper's Cottage Graduate Centre at the Mile End campus.
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 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.
The MA is available to study full-time for one year or part-time for 2-4 years in London.
The programme consists of four core modules, two electives, from a range of elective 'specialist' modules. Each module is worth 22.5 credits, except the dissertation (50% specialist case study and 50% 7,500 word essay) that is a 45 credits, with overall 180 credits. To qualify for one of the named specialist awards, the core and elective modules, and dissertation must be relevant to the chosen specialism.
A Distance Learning (DL) Option is also available in Data Protection and IP Specialisation. Students wishing to incorporate DL modules must choose three Distance Learning elective modules worth a total of 45 credits, instead of the two electives.
- MA in Regulation and Compliance (Financial Institutions)
- MA in Regulation and Compliance (Data protection and IP)
- MA in Regulation and Compliance (Business and Insurance Law)
- MA in Regulation and Compliance (Energy).
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.
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.
The part-time programme will allow students to complete their studies by any combination of modules offered in London that are part of the programme in a course of 2-4 years. This more flexible structure will cater for students who are not able to study full-time as well as for practitioners who would like to enhance their professional knowledge and career developments on a part-time basis.
Pre-sessional course: Law
Students must attend the pre-sessional course: law which will review concepts such as the difference between common law and civil, general principles of law and the basis of the different areas of law, during induction week offered within the Centre of Commercial Law Studies.
- Compliance systems in practice
- QLLM155 Principles of Regulation
- QLLM374 Law and Ethics in Finance (London).
- QLLM310 Compliance in Global Markets
- Specialist case study (50% of dissertation)
- Dissertation (7,500 word essay).
In addition to compulsory modules students will take 2 electives from the following specialisations.
Financial Institutions specialisation
- QLLM377 EU financial and Monetary Law
- QLLM366 Regulation of Financial Markets
- QLLM480 Compliance in Global context
- QLLM165 Islamic Finance and Commercial Law
- QLLM378 Securities Regulations
- QLLM361 Banking Law
- QLLM139 Insurance Regulations
- QLLM375 Corporate Governance and Responsibility in Finance.
Data protection and IP
- Corporate Copyright Law
- QLLM332 Comparative Law of Patents and Trade Secrets
- QLLM353 EU Data Protection Law
- QLLM333 International Law of Patents and Related Rights
- QLLM337 Design and Intellectual Property: EU and US
- QLLM339 The Law of Registered Trade Marks
- QLLM354 Information Security and the Law.
Business and Insurance Law
- Chinese Business Law
- Asian and African Legal Systems
- QLLM338 International and Comparative law of Unfair Competition
- QLLM305 Cartels, Collusion and Competition Law
- QLLM357 Chinese Banking and Financial law
- QLLM306 Competition Enforcement from Investigations to Sanctions
- Regulations of International Trade
- Merger and Acquisitions.
- Energy Regulations and Policy
- QLLM382 Energy Law and Ethics
- QLLM380 Energy Economics I: A legal perspective
- QLLM154 International Regulation and Governance of Energy
- QLLM315 Transnational Law and Governance in Practice.
Distance Learning modules
- CCDM008 Online Banking and Financial Services
- CCDM014 Privacy and Data Protection Law
- CCDM015 Advanced IP Issues: Digital Rights Management
- CCDM018 Internet Content Regulation
- CCDM019 Information Security and the Law
- CCDM021 European Telecommunications Law
- CCDM025 Mergers and Acquisitions in the ICT Sector
- CCDM028 Online Media Regulation
- CCDM031 Information and Communications Technology and Competition Law
- CCDM039 Internet Governance
- CCDM043 Cloud Computing.
If you are an international student and require a visa you will need to allow for the length of time needed to process your visa so please apply as soon as possible. For further information please visit our International Student pages.
We have limited spaces available and therefore to avoid disappointment we recommend that you apply soon as you can.
Applicants should have a 2.1 honours degree, or equivalent. Applicants with substantial professional experience may also qualify. If your first language is not English, you must provide evidence of your English language proficiency. A minimum IELTS grade 7 (minimum Writing: 7.0 and R, L, S: 5.5) is required.
For those looking to gain a legal qualification in regulation and compliance, we also offer the LLM in Regulation and Compliance programme.
Learning and teaching
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.
Where will my lectures and seminars be held?
Teaching is based at the School of Law's postgraduate centre in Lincoln's Inn Fields (nearest Underground station: Holborn). Depending on the courses you take, you may also have classes at the Mile End Campus (nearest Underground stations: Mile End and Stepney Green) or the University of London's Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (nearest Underground stations: Russell Square, Euston and Euston Square) or Charterhouse Square (nearest underground station: Barbican).
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.
Tuition fees for Home and EU students2019/20 Academic Year
Full time £15,100
Part time £7,550
Tuition fees for International students2019/20 Academic Year
Full time £22,150
Part time £11,075
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.
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.
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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:
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