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LLM Law / Course details

Year of entry: 2020

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
Postgraduate Competition Law in an International Context LAWS60172 30 Optional
Law, Money and Technology LAWS63002 30 Optional
International Sale of Goods LAWS63051 30 Optional
Global Economic and World Trade 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
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
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 Law & Practice of Securities Markets LAWS72021 30 Optional
International Investment Law LAWS72042 30 Optional
International Human Rights Law LAWS75082 15 Optional
International Commercial Arbitration and Mediation Law LAWS77082 30 Optional
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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