What Will You Study

This internationally recognised postgraduate Law degree is our most flexible programme, providing you with the freedom to choose your modules from the whole range offered in the Law School. Taught by research active faculty the LLM is your chance to study a wide range of legal, jurisprudential and socio-legal issues, and to engage with teaching staff who are working at the forefront of their specialisation.

Our Law School is home to the Centre for Crime, Law and Justice, the Centre for Law and Society, and the Centre for Child and Family Justice; these influential centres underpin our postgraduate teaching, which is research-led and research-informed.

We pride ourselves on the choice and breadth of modules available, offering you access to sought-after expertise in highly-relevant, high-demand areas and growing fields such as Intellectual Property Law, European Union Law, International Terrorism and Law, and International Environmental Law.

Our teaching approach is international in scope and comparative by nature, and we actively encourage you to build a beneficial network of academics, peers and alumni during your time with us. All of this will help you to broaden your experience, deepen your understanding, and prepare for your next step.

There are two pathways for the LLM, both of which enable you to pursue your own interests:

  • Studying five elective modules and completing a 20,000 word dissertation
  • Studying six elective modules and completing a 15,000 word dissertation

The dissertation is an independent, in-depth inquiry into a research topic of your choosing. The topic will link to a key legal question or issue and may also directly relate to your professional/career interests. This is your opportunity to make a contribution to the legal and academic community with new, original research and writing. A dissertation supervisor will provide you with support and introduce you to relevant legal material and research; their personal research interests will closely align with your chosen topic wherever possible.

Your postgraduate LLM degree opens doors to a huge range of careers. Whether you wish to advance in your existing professional career, or to contribute to the legal and academic community with new, original research, this opportunity to tailor-make your programme enables you to work towards those goals. You will develop the skills required to critically evaluate research, which are highly prized by employers in both the public and private sectors. The analytical and communications skills developed through your studies are a real boost if you opt for a career outside of the legal sector. The LLM is also an ideal stepping stone to PhD study and academia.