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Law (General)

This programme builds on the School of Law's experience in providing postgraduate legal education at Master's level. Studying over 1 or 2 years, you will have an opportunity to tailor your programme of studies to your own professional or research interests. A personal supervisor will help you choose your best path through a wide range of options. If you so choose, your personal supervisor will also provide you with support if you undertake a research dissertation option.

Entry requirements

Good second-Class Honours degree in law, the humanities or social sciences; other good honours degrees will be considered. Degrees from overseas institutions must be equivalent to a UK second-class degree. Other relevant qualifications and appropriate professional training and experience are welcome and will be taken into account. If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, the requirement for this programme is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 7.0, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.

Course modules

You choose 6 option modules from the wide range on offer in the School. For one of these option modules you may choose to undertake a dissertation.
Option modules:

Children's Rights and Childhood;
Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice;
Crime and Control;
Criminal Law Theory and History;
Cultures of Human Rights;
Futures: The Globalization of Human Rights;
Gender, Sexuality and Criminal Justice;
Globalisation of Land Markets;
Hate Crime;
Healthcare and Human Rights;
Human Rights in Britain;
International Rights of Minorities;
Qualitative Methodology;
Social Justice;
Southern Perspectives on Constitutional and Political Transformation;
The World Trade Organization and the Environment;
Youth Justice .

Please note: not all option modules will be available every year.

Assessment methods

Final assessment for most compulsory and option modules is based on a 4000-word essay. If you choose the dissertation option, you will be required to submit a dissertation of 8000-10,000 words.

Sponsorship information

The government's new postgraduate loan scheme allows you to borrow up to £10,000 to cover the cost of your tuition fees, living costs or other study expenses - and you don't have to start repaying until 2019.

Applicants with a strong academic background may be eligible to apply for AHRC awards (UK and EU-based applicants only).

Candidates with an outstanding academic record who demonstrate high potential for strong performance on one of our Master's degrees can apply for School of Law Postgraduate Fee Awards.

Part-time students who are experiencing financial need may apply for assistance from the Birkbeck Alumni Fund Postgraduate Opportunity Bursary.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
LLM Full-time October 2018 14,450 (Year 1) International 1 1 Years
LLM Full-time October 2018 7,950 (Year 1) Home/EU 1 1 Years
LLM Part-time October 2018 7,225 (Year 1) International 2 2 Years
LLM Part-time October 2018 3,975 (Year 1) Home/EU 2 2 Years

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