Study this programme anywhere in the world and receive a fully accredited University of London degree

Postgraduate Laws LLM

LLM, PGDip and PGCert

Available to study anywhere in the world

Our world-class, flexible Postgraduate Laws programmes are designed for UK and international students, of diverse backgrounds and educational levels, with enthusiasm to learn and achieve a postgraduate law qualification. You can study flexibly at your own pace, over a period of 1-5 years. You can achieve your LLM even without a prior degree, via three entry points, namely the Postgraduate Certificate, the Postgraduate Diploma, and the LLM. Wherever you start, you can pick up three specialist awards with or without specialisation. For each of the three awards, you can select from 68 courses and achieve a general award, or an award from our 32 specialisations. 

You can study for a prestigious Master of Laws (LLM) anywhere in the world with the University of London.

Study this programme at a teaching centre near you

You can receive local support from a local teaching centre, use the dropdown to find your nearest centre.

Which point of entry should I choose?

You decide which level you enrol at and where to exit.   

Your point of entry is determined by your entry qualifications but does not set your exit award. It is your choice to leave the programme with a PGCert, PGDip and LLM qualification - or all three! You can collect all three qualifications as you wish, provided you complete within a maximum of five years. 

If you begin with the Postgraduate Certificate, you can still progress to the LLM by completing the requirements for each award and working upwards. You simply complete the additional modules necessary to achieve the next award. Please see in the table below:

Postgraduate Certificate 

Postgraduate Diploma 

LLM 

5 modules

10 modules

16 modules from four courses

You must finish each award for which you are registered before moving on to the next, but transition is seamless and automatic. 

Programme details

Programme structure, modules and specification

Each course is divided into four modules (each assessed separately). Often we recommend the order to take modules to help you study the course effectively.

To complete the qualifications, you must take the following number of courses and modules within five years:

  • PGCert – Five modules from up to four courses.
  • PGDip – 10 modules from up to four courses.
  • Master of Laws (LLM) – 16 modules from four courses.

Progress through your awards

Once you achieve the PGCert or PGDip, you automatically progress to the next award and you simply complete the additional modules necessary to achieve the next award.

Courses available

Key dates

To sit exams in October 2022
Application deadline 05 May 2022
Registration deadline 15 May 2022
To sit exams in May 2023
Application deadline 10 November 2022
Registration deadline 10 December 2022

How you study

The programme is offered online and is fully supported by a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). You study at a time and pace that suits you (subject to course-specific deadlines) using the study materials provided, and revision forums from academic staff.

Study materials

You have access to study materials developed by academics from Queen Mary, University of London (QMUL) and University College London (UCL). These include a Postgraduate Laws Handbook with practical information; Programme Regulations, Study Guides written for your chosen modules; a comprehensive skills guide; and past exam papers, examiners' commentaries and sample scripts, which give you valuable insights into how to perform well in exams.

Online support

You have access to: 

  • The Student Portal with the University's 'Ask a Question' contact form, and an interactive student induction to prepare you for study.
  • A University of London email account.
  • The Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) with an induction module, a library literacy module, course materials, introductory videocasts for each course, the Director's vlog and the 'Ask Me Anything' Director's forum for academic queries.
  • The Student Café, where you can share perspectives with fellow students from all over the world.
  • The Online Library with a dedicated Law Librarian, holds thousands of journal articles which you can access free of charge. Access more than 10 legal databases, including Lexis/Nexis, Westlaw and other valued materials.
  • The Introduction to English Common Law MOOC, available through Coursera.
  • Senate House Library provides free reference access for all registered distance and flexible learning students.

Student support

We are committed to delivering an exceptional student experience for all of our students, regardless of which of our programmes you are studying and whether you are studying independently or with a Recognised Teaching Centre.

You will have access to support through:

  • The Student Advice Centre – provides support for application and Student Portal queries.
  • TalkCampus – a peer support service that offers a safe and confidential way to talk about whatever is on your mind at any time of day or night.

Time commitment

You will need to spend about 120 hours on each module (or 1,920 hours for the full LLM). Approximately 40 to 50 hours per module are linked to assessment activity such self-assessment exercises found in the study guides, and preparation for taking the exam.

To complete the full LLM in two years, you will need to study for roughly 20 hours per week throughout the two years. It is up to you how you schedule your studies, depending on your work and personal commitments.

Assessment

Modules are assessed by a 45-minute unseen written exam, which you can sit in May or October. You can sit your exams at any of our approved centres around the world.

You don't have to sit exams in every session. As long as you finish within your five-year registration period, you can plan your exams as you choose.

More about exams.

Entry requirements

What qualifications do you need?

For the LLM entry point, you normally need one of the following:

  • A Bachelor of Laws (LLB) with second-class honours from the University of London.
  • A second-class bachelor's degree (or equivalent), where at least half the units are in law-related subjects.
  • A pass in the Bar Vocational Course (BVC) of England and Wales, or the Qualifying Exam of the Solicitors' Regulation Authority of England (or corresponding exams in Scotland or Northern Ireland), plus a second-class bachelor's degree (or equivalent).
  • The Common Professional Examination or a Graduate Diploma in Law, plus a second-class bachelor's degree (or equivalent).
  • You are qualified as a solicitor or barrister in England or Wales, or the equivalent elsewhere.

For the PGDip entry point, you normally need one of the following:

  • A second-class bachelor's degree (or equivalent) from the University of London or an acceptable institution.
  • A master’s degree.

For entry to the PGCert, you normally need one of the following:

  • A bachelor's degree from the University of London or an acceptable institution.
  • At least five years’ relevant work experience, such as accounting, banking, finance or insurance.

We accept a range of qualifications from around the world: see a full list for details.

Your entry point is just your starting point in the Postgraduate Laws programmes. Irrespective of your entry point, you can be awarded the PGCert, the PGDip, the LLM, or all three, provided that you complete your study within five years.

English language requirements

You need a high standard of English to study this programme. You meet our language requirements if you have achieved one of the following within the past three years:

  • (IELTS) International English Language Testing System - overall score of at least 6.5 and at least 6 in the written test.
  • (TOEFL) Test of English as a Foreign Language - overall score of 92 or above with at least 22 in the Reading and Writing sub-tests and at least 20 in the Speaking and Listening sub-tests.
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) – overall score of 59 or above with at least 59 in both Reading and Writing elements and at least 54 in Speaking and Listening elements.
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English.
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (grade C or above).
  • Duolingo: must achieve an overall score of at least 120.

Computer requirements

Provision on the Postgraduate Laws programmes is fully electronic. Our students are expected to have excellent internet access. However, if circumstances prevent you from accessing the internet, you can make a case to the programme director, who has discretion to offer printed copies of the basic learning materials. This is reserved for extra-ordinary circumstances and solely for the purposes of enhancing accessibility: examples include disability or imprisonment.

More about computer requirements.

Fees

Pay up-front 2021 2022
If you choose to pay up-front, this includes the registration fee and all modules fees for the LLM, PGDip or PGCert and you are protected against annual fee increases for these fees.
Total LLM (16 modules) £9579 £9818
Total PG Diploma (10 modules) £6350 £6509
Total PG Certificate (5 modules) £3659 £3751
Pay as you go 2021 2022
With pay as you go, you pay a registration fee followed by the fee for each module when you register for it. Fees may be increased by up to 5% per year.
Registration fee £969 £993
Module fee £538 £552
Individual module fees (standalone)
Individual module (taken on a standalone basis) £584 £599
Extending registration per year for an individual module (taken on a standalone basis) £195 £200
Additional fees (where applicable)
APL application fee £108 £58
Examination resit fee £69 £70
Changing a module £202 £207

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More about programme fees.

Additional Costs

You also need to budget for exam centre fees, which are paid directly to the venues where you sit your exams.

How to pay your fees.

Please note: all student fees shown are net of any local VAT, Goods and Services Tax (GST) or any other sales tax payable by the student in their country of residence. Where the University is required to add VAT, GST or any other sales tax at the local statutory rate, this will be added to the fees shown during the payment process. For students resident in the UK, our fees are exempt from VAT.

Further information on Sales Tax.

Your payment provider may apply additional transaction fees (if in doubt, please check with them before making a payment).

Further information about fee payment options can be found in the “How to pay your fees” link above.
 

Career opportunities

The Postgraduate Laws programmes provide you with many of the key attributes required by law firms – advanced, specialist legal training and the ability to work in a multinational legal environment. Our graduates regularly advance to high-level positions in a variety of sectors, including banking, financial services, financial regulation, human rights agencies, NGOs and public service.

Many professional associations and Bar Councils also accept our qualifications towards professional development quotas. For example, in England and Wales, the Solicitors’ Regulation Authority accredits our programmes (including individual modules taken on a standalone basis) towards Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours.

What do employers think of our graduates?

We advise you to explore the local recognition status before you register, even if you plan to receive support from a local teaching institution.

Academic leadership

Academic direction for the Postgraduate Laws programmes is provided jointly by the Department of Law of Queen Mary, University of London (QMUL) and the Faculty of Laws at University College London (UCL). These schools plan the structure and content, develop and write study materials, set the examination papers and mark scripts.

Dean of Postgraduate Laws

Professor Helen Xanthaki (LLB, MJur, PhD, SFHEA) specialises in legislation, legislative drafting and legislative quality. She is president of the International Association for Legislation, and works as consultant and trainer in legislative drafting for governments and international/regional organisations.

Funding your study

The combination of our low fees, avoidance of the considerable cost of living in London and possibility to continue earning whilst you study represents excellent value for money. In addition, there may be additional sources of support depending on where you live and how you choose to study.

More on funding your study.

Scholarships and bursaries

Up to 18 scholarships per year are available for high-performing students on the Postgraduate Laws programme. Bursaries are available for all University of London LLB alumni for their LLM, PGDip or PGCert programme fees at 30%. All applicants (including LLB alumni) residing in Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka or Malaysia can take advantage of a 40% bursary for the LLM, PGDip or PGCert. More on LLM scholarships and bursaries.

5 scholarships are available for Refugee and Displaced Persons.

Via Canon Collins, we offer scholarships to nationals of Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia or Zimbabwe.

Can I get sponsored?

If you're employed, your employer may be willing to cover part/all of the programme fees if you can make a compelling case as to how this programme will boost your contribution to the workplace.

Our courses are ideal for employers because they get to retain you as an employee and benefit from your learning from the moment you begin.

How can I get sponsored by my employer?

We have a template available to help you present a case to your employer.

Employer sponsorship business case template [PDF]

Specialisations

Choose from 32 specialisations

If you choose to specialise, you need to study a minimum number of courses or modules within your specialist pathway. The number depends on the qualification you are working towards:

  • PGCert (a total of five modules) - At least four modules from one specialisation.
  • PGDip (a total of 10 modules) – At least eight modules from one specialisation.
  • LLM (a total of 16 modules from four courses) – At least three complete courses (12 modules) from one specialisation.

You can decide on any specialisation you wish to take after you register. As courses may fit into more than one specialisation, it is possible to collect a different specialisation for each of your awards.

If you complete a specialisation, this is outlined on your certificate (for example, ‘Master of Laws in the specialisation: Computer and Communications Law').

Courses usually fit into more than one specialisation, so you may be able to achieve a number of different specialist awards!

Specialisations available

What our students think

89%

agreed the reality of the programme was what they expected or better.

84%

were satisfied overall with the quality of the programme.

92%

agreed the flexibility of the programme met their needs.

Kashmir Harbans Singh: It was always my dream to undertake the LLM with the University of London, and the journey was truly a fulfilling one. The rich, broad range of specialisations offered, and flexibility in progression enabled me to map out my studies around and in line with my career trajectory. Many thanks to Professor Helen and team, for handling the LLM programme exceptionally well and reaching so many people around the world, who like me, have great aspirations to further their studies.

Kashmir Harbans Singh

Kashmir completed their LLM programme in October 2022, and is now working as a lecturer in law at the Advance Tertiary College in Kuala Lumpur.

Marie Zakka: The LLM I studied met my expectations. It provided me with incredible opportunities, especially at a professional level. It also gave me the possibility to embark on another more ambitious academic adventure, that I am working on, a PHD in Artificial Intelligence. When facing a problem you can be sure that you will not be left alone, the University Of London will stand by your side wherever you are in the world.

Marie Zakka

Marie completed their LLM programme in 2019, and is now a lawyer member of the Beirut Bar Association. Additionally, they are also a lecturer and Academic Coordinator at Université La Sagesse in Lebanon.

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