What Will You Study

This postgraduate Law degree is designed to be a flexible programme, providing you with the freedom to choose your modules from the whole range offered in the Law School. Taught by a research active faculty the LLM is your chance to study a wide range of legal, jurisprudential and socio-legal issues, while engaging with academics in these specialised fields.

Our Law School is home to the Centre for International and Law and Human Rights, 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 often research-led and research-informed.

For your degree, you will study 6 taught modules plus write a dissertation of 15,000 words. Some of these modules are compulsory (core), while you can choose the rest from our list of optional modules.

For this degree, the core elements are the modules on Research Methods in Law and the LLM dissertation. The Research Methods in Law module will provide an insight into various theoretical approaches to the study of law, as well as give practical guidance on research design and ethics.

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 can 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.

We pride ourselves on the choice and breadth of modules available, offering you access to expertise in relevant 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.

Your postgraduate LLM degree can open doors to a 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 have the opportunity to develop the skills required to critically evaluate research, which can be highly prized by employers in both the public and private sectors. Whilst on the degree you will also have the chance to develop your analytical and communication skills which can help to build on your employability in and out of the legal sector. The LLM is also an ideal stepping stone to PhD study and academia.