LLM Law

Year of entry: 2020

Overview

Degree awarded
Master of Laws (LLM)
Duration
1 year (full-time)
Entry requirements
A minimum Upper Second class honours degree, or the equivalent, in law.

Full entry requirements

How to apply
Apply online

Course options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning
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Course overview

  • Explore a range of law disciplines and topics.
  • Pursue a flexible course, allowing a specialised or multi-directional approach to law.
  • Benefit from the wealth of research expertise and the knowledge that practising law staff bring to the course.
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Open days

The University holds regular open days, where you will have the opportunity to tour the campus and find out more about our facilities and courses.

For more information, see open days .

Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2020, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • LLM (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £9,500
    International students (per annum): £19,500

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of courses lasting more than a year for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for International students, for the course duration at the year of entry). For general fees information please visit: postgraduate fees . Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your qualification award and method of attendance.

Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1000 towards their tuition fees before a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) is issued. This deposit will only be refunded if immigration permission is refused. We will notify you about how and when to make this payment.

Policy on additional costs

All students should normally be able to complete their programme of study without incurring additional study costs over and above the tuition fee for that programme. Any unavoidable additional compulsory costs totalling more than 1% of the annual home undergraduate fee per annum, regardless of whether the programme in question is undergraduate or postgraduate taught, will be made clear to you at the point of application. Further information can be found in the University's Policy on additional costs incurred by students on undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes (PDF document, 91KB).

Scholarships/sponsorships

Contact details

School/Faculty
School of Social Sciences
Contact name
Postgraduate Taught Admissions Team
Telephone
44 (0)161 306 1270
Email
Website
https://www.socialsciences.manchester.ac.uk/law/
School/Faculty

Courses in related subject areas

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Entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

A minimum Upper Second class honours degree, or the equivalent, in law.

English language

  • IELTS - overall score of 7, including 7 in writing with no further component score below 6.5;
  • TOEFL IBT 103 with 28 in writing and no further score below 25 in each section. TOEFL code for Manchester is 0757.
  • Pearson - overall 73 with 73 in writing and no further score below 66

Scores are valid for 2 years.

Please note that CAS statements are issued only when all conditions of the offer have been satisfied, PDF copy of passport received and the offer accepted.

Applicants from certain countries may be exempt from having to provide an IELTS or TOEFL score. For further advice please email  pg-soss@manchester.ac.uk  .

Pre-Sessional English Courses

If you are eligible to do a pre-sessional English course (either 6 weeks or 10 weeks, depending on your English score), you will need to successfully complete the course at the required level before you are permitted to register on your academic course.

English language test validity

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Other international entry requirements

We accept a range of qualifications from different countries. For these and general requirements including English language see entry requirements from your country.

Application and selection

How to apply

Advice to applicants

Due to high demand for this course, we operate a staged admissions process with selection deadlines throughout the year, as follows:  

  • 1 November (decision by 8 December; accept offer by 15 January);
  • 7 January (decision by 14 February, accept offer by 16 March);
  • 2 March (decision by 8 April, accept offer by 8 May);
  • 1 May (decision by 1 June, accept offer by 1 July).

If we make you an offer, you will have approximately 4 weeks to accept (conditional and un-conditional offers). Any offers not accepted by the deadline will be withdrawn so that an offer can be made to another candidate.

All conditional offer holders will have until 1 August to satisfy the conditions of their offer.

Due to competition for places, we give preference to students with grades above our minimum entry requirements. 

You need to ensure that you submit your supporting documents with your online application as it may delay us processing your application.

Whilst we aim to give you a decision on your application by the decision date, in some instances due to the competition for places/volume of applications received, it may be necessary to roll your application forward to the next deadline date. If this is the case we will let you know after the deadline date.

Applications received after our final selection deadline will be considered at our discretion if places are still available.

We can accept your application before you complete your undergraduate studies; please submit your latest transcripts with your online application. 

Please note: 

  • all places are subject to availability and if you apply for one of the later dates, some courses may already be closed, we recommend that you apply early in the cycle to secure your place with us;
  • meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee an offer;
  • you are not required to submit references, but ensure that you put the names and contact details of two academic referees on your form and if we then require references, we will contact them directly.
  • if you are a current undergraduate student at the University of Manchester, you may be eligible to apply via the 'Fast-Track' scheme, email pg.law@manchester.ac.uk for further information;

for a copy of the postgraduate prospectus, email pg.law@manchester.ac.uk

Re-applications

If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry. In your new application you should demonstrate how your application has improved. We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.

Transfers

The University of Manchester Law School does not accept transfer students.

Course details

Course description

This general LLM offers you a solid grounding in the fundamental principles of law, combined with the flexibility to explore your own interests with support from research-active teaching staff.

This way of pursuing advanced legal study will suit anyone who would like to maintain a multi-directional legal profile, applicable to a broad range of professional careers.

Aims

Combining the core principals of law with a specialism, our LLM Law includes a compulsory research element, allowing you to develop strong research skills, while offering the opportunity to deep dive into one of the range of topics you have studied during your degree.

Special features

Our LLM Law is taught by a unique combination of legal, criminological and ethical specialists.

Teaching and learning

Manchester's unique combination of legal, criminological and ethical specialists collaborating within the School means you will benefit from an impressive and wide range of optional subjects and opportunities, enabling you to further develop your own interests while studying with us.

Coursework and assessment

Course units are usually assessed by either one unseen written examination, or one essay, or a combination of these two methods of assessment.

The course will be 180 credits in total and has a compulsory research component. 120 credits will be taught units and the remaining 60 credits in the form of a 14,000-15,000 word dissertation.

Your dissertation must be within the area of one unit you have chosen. The research element of the course is supported by weekly research methodology lectures delivered throughout semesters one and two designed to improve your legal writing and research skills.

Course unit details

You will be doing 180 credits in total, 120 of which will be taught course units and the remaining 60 credits, in the form of a dissertation.

The LLM course typically offers around 30 different course units in any one year, and will always reflect a wide range of subjects across the legal spectrum. 

There will usually be course units offered on diverse topics, such as:

  • international trade and corporate law;
  • financial services regulation;
  • European law;
  • international economic law;
  • intellectual property law;
  • human rights law;
  • corporate governance;
  • law and finance in emerging markets.

Course units are worth 15 or 30 credits each. You will be required to select course units to a total of 120 credits, and so must choose a minimum of four course units or a maximum of eight course units. The remaining 60 credits will be in the form of a 14,000-15,000 word dissertation.

Your dissertation must be within the area of one unit you have chosen. The research element of the course is supported by weekly research methodology lectures delivered throughout semesters one and two designed to improve your legal writing and research skills. For specialised streams.

Course unit list

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
LL.M Dissertation LAWS70990 60 Mandatory
Academic Skills for Legal Studies LAWS50000 0 Optional
Human Rights Law LAWS60291 30 Optional
PG International Courts and Tribunals LAWS61082 15 Optional
International Sale of Goods LAWS63051 30 Optional
International Commercial Arbitration and Mediation Law LAWS65082 30 Optional
Corporate Governance, Global Trade and Labour Laws LAWS67021 30 Optional
W.T.O. & Regional Integration Law LAWS67031 30 Optional
Subjects and Actors of International Law LAWS70021 15 Optional
Transnational Corporate & Capital Markets Law LAWS70081 30 Optional
Intellectual Property Law LAWS70101 30 Optional
Postgraduate Competition Law in an International Context LAWS70172 30 Optional
Trade Mark Law and Policy LAWS70261 30 Optional
Patent Law and Policy LAWS70271 30 Optional
Copyright Law and Policy LAWS70292 30 Optional
International Financial Services Regulation LAWS70352 30 Optional
The Principles and Practice of Corporate Governance LAWS70362 30 Optional
Sources of International Law LAWS70431 15 Optional
International Obligations LAWS70441 15 Optional
International Institutional Law and the Use of Force LAWS70451 15 Optional
Cyber-Security and International Law LAWS70462 15 Optional
International Criminal Law and Justice LAWS70472 30 Optional
Law of Armed Conflicts LAWS70482 15 Optional
Argumentation Before Domestic, Regional and International Courts LAWS70512 15 Optional
Legal Theory and Global Governance LAWS70522 15 Optional
International Investment Law LAWS72042 30 Optional
Law, Money and Technology LAWS73002 30 Optional
International Human Rights Law LAWS75082 15 Optional
Displaying 10 of 28 course units

Scholarships and bursaries

There is a range of funding opportunities for students continuing their education with a taught postgraduate master's course.

To find out more please visit our master's funding opportunity search page .

Facilities

At The University of Manchester Law School, you are supported by the first-class resources you would expect of a top law school.

In addition to the networked study spaces at the Williamson Building, you can access a specialist moot courtroom, enabling future legal minds to hone your debating skills in a realistic court setting.

You also have access to The University of Manchester Library , which houses a substantial collection of law books and periodicals, as well as texts to support all the degrees we offer.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: dass@manchester.ac.uk

Careers

Career opportunities

Manchester Law LLM graduates are equipped with the tools to build a multi-directional legal profile for themselves, preparing them for a career in the law, for further study, and for a number of other possible paths.