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Master of Laws

Giving you the opportunity to extend your knowledge of the law and develop advanced legal research skills, the taught LL.M will give your future prospects a significant boost by adding an internationally recognised postgraduate legal qualification to your existing skills and experience.

You will develop an in-depth understanding of how and why the law is formed, how it is applied and its relationship with policy and policy-making processes at national, European and international levels.

The programme is designed to provide you with the flexibility to tailor your study to meet your own professional or academic goals. You specialise in a specific area of the law that interests you, whilst developing advanced critical, analytical and evaluative skills.  

Our LL.M students tend to come from a wide range of backgrounds with varied professional and personal experience, all with intellectual drive and a dedication to their chosen area of the law.

Focusing on how law relates to individuals, society and the global arena, this programme explores in depth:

  • The operation and application of the law across all levels of society, particularly with respect to race, disability, gender, orientation, religion and age.
  • The development of a significant body of discrimination and equalities law in the UK.
  • The development of an international body of rules governing business, tarde and commerce across borders and how these rules operate in an increasingly global economy.
  • The movement of persons both across and into the European Union, including in-depth critique and analysis of policy and substantive law, particularly in the light of the Brexit referendum.  
  • The impact of an increasing body of international and European law on the UK e.g. in counter-terror policy, the provision of healthcare, respect for family life and the free movement of persons.

You can choose to follow four distinct specialist routes, or to tailor the general LL.M programme’s core and elective units based on your interest.

The programme consists of 180 credits, divided into five units. Full-time students will take these units over three terms, whilst part-time students will spread these units over five terms. 

Entry requirements

You will have a UK honours degree (or international equivalent) at a minimum of 2:2 in either a law or relevant social-science based discipline. Alternatively, you will have a Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL), a relevant postgraduate diploma or a professional qualification recognised as the equivalent to at least a lower second class degree. Other qualifications or work experience may be acceptable if you demonstrate appropriate knowledge and skills at honours degree standard.

Course modules

Core Units

LL.M students take core units, and may choose elective units from a wide range of study areas and specialisms. These taught units normally include European Migration and Asylum Law, Equality and Human Rights, Terrorism and Human Rights, and Human Rights and Healthcare. These are subject to availability each year. 

Research Methods

The purpose of this course is to provide you with an introduction to research skills and research methodology to enable you to understand the range of available sources and methodologies and to use and apply them to researching a legal issue. It will enable you to acquire confidence in exploring your research ideas and the skills to formulate a research proposal.

It will also enable you to develop the methodological tools dependent upon the specialist topic area. It will provide you with the skills to do a piece of postgraduate research and to write up a dissertation and/or research paper, following guidance regarding presentation, word limit and time scales. It will also introduce you to computer techniques and packages for preparing and presenting assignments, for research and presentations. This will include online resources, databases and specialist libraries, as well as the basic use of a statistical analysis package such as SPSS.

Equality and Human Rights

This unit aims to provide you with a critical awareness of the relationship between core Human Rights Principles of ‘Fairness, Respect, Equality, Dignity and Autonomy’ (FREDA) and the European and UK’s legislative, case law and policy response to prejudicial and unfounded discrimination. We will critically evaluate what equality means, and what the world would be like if it was achieved.

Focusing on the aspirational aspects of equality: equality of aspiration, opportunity, and achievement, the course will use discursive and textual analysis to reflect on, and critically analyse some of the current key meta-theoretical questions in Equality law.

European Migration and Asylum Law

Movement of persons both across and into the European Union has become one of the principal elements of the European Union's rasion d'etre. This module seeks to provide an in-depth critique and analysis of the institutional framework of the movement of persons, its policy underpinnings and its substantive law, in particular relating to intra-E.U. migration, citizenship, asylum and extra-E.U. migration. The implications of Brexit on free movement both for the EU and the UK will be fully addressed.

Human Rights and Health Care

This module will examine important issues in the area of human rights currently debated in the arena of health care. This would include Right to health care and allocation of resources; Autonomy, consent and confidentiality; Right to life and abortion; Right to die and euthanasia; Reproductive rights and new technologies; Body ownership and modification; International comparisons and developing countries.

Law, Terrorism and Human Rights

September 11th 2001 has changed the U.K.’s response to counter-terrorism. Measures adopted have largely been based on a proactive policy base as opposed to a reactive one. This has the potential to interfere significantly with the human rights and civil liberties of the individual. In the light of the perceived terrorist threat, there is a need for U.K. law both to ensure the security of the nation but also to respect the basic rights of individual persons. This unit evaluates how far this balance has so far been achieved in relation to the E.C.H.R. but also in relation wider strategies adopted by the European Union and the United Nations.

Assessment methods

You will be assessed through written exercises, reports, papers and essays and also occasaionally by presentation. In respect of teaching and learning, the seminars are tutor-initiated but student-led and based on material that is made available or directed to through Moodle, our virtual learning platform.  

You will also be expected to engage in group discussions and present your work both individually and as part of a group. For both full and part-time students, teaching takes place during the day, normally on a Wednesday.


All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop up to £100 each year for books and printing.

There are no compulsory placements but some electives offer competitive placements if you applied for a competitive placement then any associated costs, such as travel to the placement or to court within the placement would be your responsibility. As those costs may vary considerably, we cannot estimate costs.


Qualification Study mode Fee status Fee Study period Duration
LLM Full-time Home/EU £ 8,460 Whole course 1 years
LLM Part-time Home/EU £ 4,230 Academic year 2 years
LLM Full-time International £ 14,400 Whole course 1 years
LLM Part-time International £ 7,200 Academic year 2 years

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