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MA Law

Our MA Law is designed for non-law graduates who want to gain a legal qualification at Masters Level. An MA Law is an internationally recognised qualification which maintains its merit both within the legal and broader business sector.

This qualification gives you the opportunity to progress with training to become a qualified solicitor or barrister within the UK, whilst also providing an internationally recognised Master’s award, which is highly attractive to employers in a variety of disciplines. This makes it the perfect choice if you want to keep your career options open.

Studying a Master’s degree will develop academic key skills such as evaluation, critical thinking and problem-solving while preparing you for further academic study in law and other related areas. You’ll be using the same research tools available to practitioners to enhance skills in legal research, including a wide range of written and oral communication skills.

Our award-winning employability service has an outstanding track record of finding students the right career path to suit them, whether in the legal sector or the wider business world.

Why choose our MA?

  • Learn by experience through practical workshops, problem-based learning, negotiations, mooting and presentations
  • Develop essential professional skills in analysis, problem-solving and research
  • Explore an area of law that interests you via your own Research Project
  • You could be eligible for a postgraduate student loan
  • Get award winning careers support to help you stand out from the crowd as soon as you accept your place

Entry requirements

To be eligible to take up your place on our MA Law you must possess an undergraduate degree (or equivalent) at 2:1 or above in any discipline.

Overseas graduates and mature non-graduates: 

  • Please send your qualifications through to the Admissions team who can advise on your eligibility for the course  
  • If you decide you wish to proceed onto the BPTC, please apply for a Certificate of Academic Standing from the Bar Standards Board (BSB)

A sufficient command of English is required to successfully complete the course. Please note that students providing a degree from a UK university as proof of English must have studied the whole degree in the UK. 

Further information can be obtained from the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) (for future solicitors) or Bar Standards Board (BSB) (for future barristers)

English language requirements

If you have completed a degree outside the UK and you do not come from a majority English speaking country:

A certified copy of any document that proves that you are qualified in English at CEFR level B2 or above in each of the four components of language learning.

Course modules

The course comprises of a short introductory module on the English legal system followed by eight full modules covering seven foundation subjects and an in-depth study through legal research of an eighth area of law.

In addition to the knowledge and understanding of the core areas of law required for legal practice in England and Wales, the course develops the key intellectual and personal skills required by lawyers. In all modules there is a focus on combining knowledge and understanding of core areas of law with the ability to analyse, evaluate and form critical judgements about the law. Study is centred on practical activities that will enable you to learn by doing.

The course is completed in a single year with an introductory, non-credit module, seven foundation modules and a research module.

MA Law modules

Compulsory online pre-course study programme on legal method (50 hours)

Foundation modules:

  • Public law
  • European Union law
  • Criminal law
  • Tort
  • Contract law
  • Land law
  • Equity and trusts law

Legal Research and Independent Project module

All modules must be passed in order to obtain the award.

Assessment methods

Legal Method has a 30 minute multiple-choice open book exam.

Each of the seven foundation subjects have a three hour closed book exam where students must answer three questions from a choice of six.

The Legal Research and Independent Project module is assessed by a 6,000 word legal essay.

Please note that a Masters Award requires a minimum 50% pass mark, as opposed to the 40% pass mark required for the GDL, which is an undergraduate level qualification.


Course fees vary slightly depending on which campus you'd like to study at. Please contact the University of Law for more information on course fees.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
MA Full-time 38 Weeks

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