Art, Business and Law

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


Deadline for applications

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

The LLM in Art, Business and Law, offered by CCLS, QMUL in partnership with the Institute of Art and Law (IAL) is a unique and challenging new programme focusing on a relatively new legal area both in terms of teaching and research.

The programme will draw upon the expertise of existing members of CCLS staff and direct the focus of this expertise towards the legal aspects of doing business in the art world. CCLS members of staff will team up with IAL instructors (who are practitioners in this field) to offer an exciting and innovative approach to learning.

Internationally recognised, IAL delivers, through its educational and publishing programmes, a depth of knowledge unrivalled elsewhere.

The programme is held in the heart of London, the second largest art market in the world.

As part of the programme we organise visits and discussions at some of the most influential art establishments in the UK. In previous years this has included:

  • Visit to the British Museum for a discussion and Q&A with the museum's legal counsel, along with a tour from IAL highlighting legal issues with collection items
  • Visit to the Victoria & Albert Museum for a discussion and Q&A with the museum's legal counsel, along with a tour highlighting legal issues with collection items
  • Visit to the Tate Britain for a discussion and Q&A with the museum's head of IP, along with a tour from IAL highlighting legal issues with collection items
  • Visit to auction house Bonham's with a presentation and Q&A from senior staff.

“This sounds like an excellent and original partnership between two well-respected institutions. We’re sure that the new LLM in Art, Business and Law will be very popular with lawyers, art professionals and creators.” - Erica Crump, Co-Head of Culture+Creative, Bates Wells Braithwaite LLP.

“We are excited to see the launch of the new LLM programme. We have enjoyed working with the IAL over recent years in relation to what is a complex and often controversial area of law, and wish them all the best with this new course.” - Maurice Turnor Gardner LLP.

Why study your LLM in Art, Business and Law 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.

We have dedicated 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.

We offer a Critical Thinking and Writing in Law programme designed 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.

Institute of Art and Law

The Institute of Art and Law is an educational organisation giving knowledge and perspective on the law relating to cultural heritage, a concept which includes art, antiquities, archives, archaeology, architecture, monuments, treasure and more. IAL's educational remit is fulfilled through publishing and courses. It convenes distance learning and intensive courses (both public and in-house) on art and museums law, as well as seminars, study groups and conferences in the United Kingdom and abroad. It also publishes monographs and commentaries on all aspects of the law relating to cultural heritage, in addition to a quarterly periodical, Art Antiquity and Law, now in its twenty-first year. Read more about IAL.


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
  • 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 Master of Laws (LLM) in Art, Business and Law is available to study full-time for one year or part-time for two years.

You will take 150 credits worth of compulsory 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).


At the start of the year after registration, you will have an opportunity to meet with staff and Programme Directors who will welcome you and give you an overview of the programme.


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. Students must take 3 modules in Semester 1 and 3 module sin Semester 2. Each module is taught for 3 hours.


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.

You will take 75 credits of taught modules per academic year from the compulsory module list for the programme. In year two, in addition to taking the remaining 75 credits of taught modules you will also submit the compulsory 10,000-word dissertation (30 credits).

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.


Students will undertake a 10,000-word dissertation for 30 credits.

They will also undertake all of the six modules below:

    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. Particular regard will be had to (i) successful completion by the applicant of any certificate or diploma course or courses offered by IAL and (ii) professional experience in the art field with a legal element.

    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 for a place on the LLM in Art, Business and Law

    You may not apply simultaneously for any other London-based LLM Programme. This restriction does not include the London-based LLM in Law and Economics programme or other non-London based LLM programmes. You are permitted to apply for a maximum of two Queen Mary taught postgraduate programmes, so you may still apply for a further programme in any other Department, should you wish.

    If you apply for one of the LLM in Art, Business and Law, then later decide you would prefer to attend a different LLM specialism, please contact the Admissions Office Law Team at - prior to enrolment - to request a manual change of LLM programme. Do not submit a new application.

    Learning and teaching

    Teaching is based at the School of Law's postgraduate centre in Lincoln's Inn Fields (nearest Underground station: Holborn) 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).

    The teaching timetable, including relevant teaching venues for the different modules, will be given to students during the welcome programme but a draft will be available on the website late summer.

    It is envisaged that modules on this programme will be offered after 3pm Monday – Friday.

    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). Classes may also be held 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).

    The teaching timetable, including relevant teaching venues for the different modules, will be given to students during the induction period (after enrolment).

    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.


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


    You will complete a dissertation of 10,000-words. The School of Law run many advisory sessions on dissertation writing and structure, which you will be able to attend.

    Teachers contributing to this programme include:

    Non QMUL staff

    • Professor Geoffrey Bennett (Notre Dame University)
    • Professor Janet Ulph (University of Leicester)
    • Tony Baumgartner (Clyde and Co.)
    • Alexander Herman (IAL)
    • Emily Gould (IAL)
    • Elizabeth Emerson (Shearman and Sterling LLP)
    • Luke Harris (5 Stone Buildings)
    • Isabel Paintin (Farrer's)
    • Anthony Misquitta (Victoria & Albert Museum and Keystone Law)
    • Hetty Gleave (Hunters Solicitors)
    • Charlotte Woodhead (University of Warwick).


    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.


    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


    Alexander Herman

    Alexander Herman is the Assistant Director of the Institute of Art and Law. He oversees the academic content and assessment procedure for the Institute’s academic programmes. He has written and presented on an array of topics in relation to art and cultural property, including on international conventions, copyright, private arbitration involving disputed works of art and the legal implications of art collecting. He has been quoted widely in the press on art law topics, including in The Guardian, The New York Times, ArtNET, Bloomberg and The National Post. He is trained in both common law and civil law legal systems and has practised law in Canada in a dual-language environment (English-French).

    Anthony Misquitta

    Anthony is a commercial, intellectual property and technology solicitor with almost 20 years of experience of both IP contract negotiation and IP litigation. He trained and rose to partner at Farrer & Co solicitors, leaving that firm in 2015 to pursue a more flexible legal career. He now spends half of the week as the General Counsel at the Victoria and Albert Museum and the rest of the week as consultant solicitor with Keystone Law, a full service virtual law firm.

    Outside of CCLS and the Institute of Art & Law Anthony lectures on IP and related subjects for the London School of Economics’ Executive Summer School and for Textprint at Chelsea College of Art. He is also a trustee of the Association for Cultural Enterprises, a charity that promotes commercial best practice in the cultural and heritage sector by providing training and networking opportunities and facilitating the sharing of information and experience between its members.

    Charlotte Woodhead

    Charlotte Woodhead lectures at Warwick Law School and is a non-practising barrister. She also serves on the UK Museums Association Ethics Committee. Charlotte researches in the field of cultural heritage law. Her current research focuses on the ways in which a holistic approach can be taken to caring for cultural heritage both through legal and self-imposed moral obligations. She has written articles on various aspects of cultural heritage law, including the restitution and repatriation of objects from museum collections, in particular in the context of claims made to the Spoliation Advisory Panel for Nazi Era cultural objects and claims against museums for the repatriation of human remains.

    Emily Gould

    Emily Gould is Senior Researcher at the Institute of Art and Law. Emily entered the legal profession after studying history at Cambridge University. After working with the IAL for a year in 1997-8, she trained as a solicitor, initially working in private practice as an intellectual property lawyer with a US firm then moving in-house as counsel for a global pharmaceutical company. After a period working in the charity sector in grants fundraising and management, she returned to the IAL in her current full time position. She writes, teaches and presents on a range of areas pertaining to art and cultural heritage law including copyright, heritage crime, museum ethics and contracts.

    Geoffrey Bennett, MA, Barrister

    After graduating from Cambridge University in Classics and Law, Geoffrey Bennett held teaching posts at Liverpool, Leeds and City Universities where his teaching included Criminal Law, Contract, Commercial Law with International Trade and Evidence. He also practiced as a barrister. He taught for two years at the University of Louisville and was most recently Director of the University of Notre Dame’s London Law Programme. He has published in the areas of criminal law and procedure, comparative law, contract and cultural property.

    Hetty Gleave

    Hetty Joined Hunters in 2001 and became a partner in 2003 specialising in the law of cultural property and family law

    In June 2015, she was reappointed as a member of the Treasure Valuation Committee which advises the Secretary of State on the fair market value of declared Treasure finds from England, Wales and Northern Ireland which museums wish to acquire. She was also a member of the Parliamentary Working Group on Human Remains which reported in 2003 on the status of human remains in publicly funded museums and galleries in the United Kingdom.

    She advises on matters relating to art and cultural property issues, whether or not contentious. These have included disputes concerning attribution, provenance, title, illegally exported and excavated goods and the restitution of cultural property.

    She is a Fellow of the Institute of Art and Law and teaches various modules of their Diploma course.

    Professor Janet Ulph

    Janet Ulph is Professor of Commercial Law at the University of Leicester. She has carried out research in relation to the laws governing moveable property and focused, in particular, on cultural property and fraud. She is the main author of The Illicit Trade in Art and Antiquities: International Recovery and Criminal and Civil Liability published by Hart Publishing in 2012. Janet’s recent work has been concerned with the museum sector and she has produced extensive guidance regarding transfers and sales of unwanted items in museum collections.

    Tony Baumgartner

    Tony Baumgartner is a Partner in Clyde & Co's global specialty insurance practice and heads up the fine art team. His wider practice areas are focused on commercial litigation and international arbitration.

    Tony is a Recorder of the Crown Court. He is a member of the British government's Spoliation Advisory Panel, a group of expert advisers who consider claims for cultural objects lost during the Nazi era (1933-1945).


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