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Master's Degrees

We offer taught LLM, MA, MSc degrees and diplomas

You can choose to study for a Law or Criminology postgraduate degree in the Law School. Some of our Law programmes are taught jointly with the Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion (PPR) and the Lancaster Environment Centre (LEC). Some programmes are taught by distance learning, blended and flexible modes.

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Courses taught jointly by Law and Politics, Philosophy and Religion

The following courses are taught jointly by the Law School and the Department of Politics, Philosophy and Region.

Visit the PPR website to find out more about distance Learning

Courses taught jointly by Law and Lancaster Environment Centre

The following courses are taught jointly by the Law School and the Lancaster Environment Centre (LEC)

Go to the LEC website to find out more about the Lancaster Environment Centre


Law by Research - LLM

The LLM by Research is primarily made available for those who wish to complete a research degree in one year (full-time) and may be particularly suited to those who already have some practical expertise. The intended subject of the research should normally be one in which the Law School does not offer a taught Masters degree. 

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How to Apply

Applications are welcomed from those holding a good second-class honours degree from a UK university, or an equivalent qualification. Lancaster's taught postgraduate degrees are designed to be suitable for non-law as well as law graduates, so it is not necessary to have a law degree.

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To submit an application, simply create an account on the My Applications website and then select ‘Create a new application’ from your homepage once you are logged-in.

Using your account on the My Applications website, you are able to submit applications for the programme(s) which you wish to study, upload supporting documentation and provide us with information about referees.

The supporting documentation screen will provide you with a list of required documents. These will usually include:

  • Degree certificates and transcripts of previous higher education (college/university) degrees or other courses that you have completed/for which you are currently studying. Note that, for transcripts in languages other than English, a certified English translation will be required
  • Personal Statement
  • References
  • For those for whom English is not their first language, copies of English language test results (Please note that an application can be made before these results are available, and if a place is then offered this will be conditional upon providing the appropriate results)


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If you are a current Lancaster student, or you have recently graduated from Lancaster, we can reduce the amount of information that you will need to provide as part of your application.

Go to the My Applications website and select the option for current students. We will submit an application for you using the information in your student record. If we need any further information we will let you know.

Tab Content: When to apply

You can apply at any time of the year for LLM/MA programmes, but if you wish to be considered for funding, are applying from overseas or require on-campus accommodation, we recommend you apply as early as possible.

Tab Content: Further information

If you would like more information before applying, please contact us at or + 44 (0)1524 593148. If you have any queries during the application process, please contact our Postgraduate Admissions Team.

LLM/MA funding opportunities

  • Alumni Loyalty Scholarship

    Lancaster University will offer a reduction in tuition fees to all taught Master’s programmes for eligible alumni applicants, determined by the level of undergraduate award achieved. The value of the scholarship is as follows:

    • 20% fee reduction for 1st Class Hons degree holders
    • 10% fee reduction for 2:1 Hons degree holders

    Find out more about the scheme.

  • Faculty Studentships

    Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is pleased to offer a number of Faculty Scholarships to outstanding UK, EU and Overseas applicants wishing to study for a Masters Degree followed by a PhD (“1+3”), or for a PhD degree within the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

    Applicants wishing to be considered for these awards should complete the Faculty Scholarship application form and send it to the Postgraduate Director, at

    Eligibility: All full-time and part-time students with an offer of a place of study
    Deadline: 28 February 2020 (5 pm)

    A variety of scholarships will be awarded ranging from fee bursaries to fee bursaries plus maintenance grants up to the value of £15,000.

    For further information on the advice below, and in order to contact the Postgraduate Director, please email

    Download the application form:

     Faculty Scholarship Application Form 2020-2021.

    Please read the relevant terms & conditions before applying:

    Faculty MA Scholarships 2020 terms and conditions




  • ESRC funding - North West Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership (NWSSDTP)


    Details of ESRC funding for 2020-21 should be available in December 2019

    Lancaster University forms part of the North West Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership (NWSSDTP) which offers scholarships covering tuition and maintenance for a Masters plus PhD (1+3).

    Due to the competitive nature of this funding, usually only students with a first class UG degree or a distinction in their LLM/MA would be successful. 

    Funding applications are submitted to the Faculty of Arts and Social Science, however it is important that applicants inform the department and the relevant Pathway Representative of their intention to apply for ESRC funding as soon as possible.

  • University funding for Postgraduate students

    Peel Trust Studentship

    Funds of up to £2,500 per annum are available to postgraduate students. The award is based on academic merit and financial hardship. For details of how to apply, please see the student services website

    Other University funding

    Visit the Student Based Services website for details on other funding sources for applicants and registered students.

  • UK Government Postgraduate Loan Scheme

    The UK Government provides a loan for students undertaking Master programmes.