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LLM ( 1 year Full-time / 2 years Part-time )

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Applications are now open for 2018 entry and will close late July 2018.

As the European Union has developed into new policy areas, EU law has grown in significance. The LLM in European Law offers students the opportunity to gain a detailed knowledge of EU law in a range of fields. These include constitutional law, the law relating to the single market, competition law, environmental law, employment law, the law on migration, and human rights law.
Your fellow students will come from the UK and more than 80 other countries, each able to draw on prior academic and in many cases professional experiences from different jurisdictions to enrich discussion and debate in class.

Why study your LLM in European Law at Queen Mary?

The School of Law has consistently been ranked in the top 10 law schools in the UK for the quality of our research and teaching, and many of our internationally recognised staff act as advisers to governments, industry and NGOs, both nationally and internationally.

The Postgraduate Law Centre is based in Lincoln’s Inn Fields, Holborn, the legal district of London, close to law firms, chambers and the Royal Courts of Justice.

  • There is a very high rate of employment of our students within six months of graduation.
  • We have dedicated law careers advisers who organise events and internship opportunities with top UK and international law firms.
  • Many of our internationally recognised staff act as advisers to governments, industry, regulatory authorities and NGOs, both nationally and internationally.
  • We offer a Critical Thinking and Writing in Law programme designed to improve your writing and research in law skills.
  • You will be able to take part in networking and social events run by the Queen Mary Postgraduate Law Society and upon graduating join our extensive alumni network.

Facilities

You will have access to facilities and equipment at the Postgraduate School of Law Centre in Lincoln's Inn Fields, which comprises workstations, wireless internet access, projectors and a common room. The Graduate Centre at Mile End campus will also provide work areas and social spaces tailored specifically to the needs and working patterns of postgraduate students.

As well as housing the Law Library and a European Documentation Centre, the Queen Mary Library at Mile End provides access to all the main British, European and international textbooks, law reports and periodicals and also offers one of the best commercial law collections in the country. Through the University of London College network, students have access to an unrivalled range of electronic law journals and databases.

In addition, Queen Mary provides free access to extensive online databases and collections including:

  • Lexis
  • Nexis
  • Westlaw
  • Justis
  • Eur-lex
  • Hein-Online
  • Business Source Complete
  • Index to Legal Periodicals
  • International Court of Justice Reports
  • Kluwer Arbitration
  • Oxford Scholarship Online (Law)
  • Reports of Patent, Design and Trademark Cases
  • UK Statute law database
  • United Nations Treaty Collection

In addition to the Queen Mary Library and the British Library, postgraduate students are able to access the well-stocked law library at the University of London’s Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (IALS). The Institute, located at Russell Square, a few minutes’ walk from Lincoln’s Inn Fields, is one of the major law libraries worldwide. You will also have access to the University of London Library at Senate House.

 

Structure

The Master of Laws (LLM) is available to study full-time for one year or part-time for two years.

Each of the LLM programmes follows a common format: you will take 135 credits worth of taught modules which may be assessed by essays or examinations (see module overviews for full assessment details and dates) and thereafter you work on a 15,000-word dissertation worth 45 credits (submitted mid August). You are required to balance your taught modules equally across the two teaching semesters – a full explanation of this process will be available during induction and before module selection.

What differs from programme to programme is the range of modules that you are required to choose from. If you wish to take an unrestricted range of modules and any approved dissertation topic you should apply for the Master of Laws.

Induction and choosing your modules

We run a comprehensive two-week induction period that includes an overview of the programme and advice on module selection as well as a range of other vital information sessions. You do not have to select your modules until you have had the opportunity to listen and learn about them in greater detail during induction. More detail of the induction programme will be made available online by early September each year.

LLM Year Planner

The LLM Year Planner gives you an idea of the structure of the programme and key periods for assessment and exams.

Full-time

Undertaking a masters programme is a serious commitment, with weekly contact hours being in addition to numerous hours of independent learning and research needed to progress at the required level. When coursework or examination deadlines are approaching independent learning hours may need to increase significantly.

Part-time

The part-time LLM is essentially aimed at legal practitioners working full-time in the UK. You will attend the same modules and follow the same teaching timetable as full-time students.

The part-time programme is, however, spread over two academic years.

In year one, you will normally complete 90 credits of taught modules. In year two, you will normally take a further 45 credits of taught modules and submit the compulsory 15,000-word dissertation (45 credits). This can of course be changed if necessary, as the dissertation can actually be done in either year. However we would always advise part-time students to take 90 credits of taught modules in their first year if they are timetabled in a convenient slot.

Although not recommended, it is possible for part-time students, who are having difficulties in finding taught modules that fit in with their work timetable, to submit two 45 credit dissertations – one per year. This would then enable you to take only 45 credits of taught modules each year, one per semester.

Part-time students may also wish to consider the LLM Flexible Study programme.

For more information:

Visit the School of Law website.

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

If you can't find the information you are looking for on these pages, take a look at our LLM Frequently Asked Questions.

Modules:

To specialise in this area, you must select 90 credits of modules from this list and do your compulsory dissertation in the field of European Law (45 credits). The additional 45 credits of taught modules can be in this area or can be unrelated and therefore selected from the full list of LLM available modules.

From the 2017/18 academic year, all LLM modules will be single semester taught 22.5 credits.

Note: Not all of the modules listed will be available in any one year and semesters listed can be subject to change. Any modules not available in the forthcoming academic session will be marked as soon as this information is confirmed by teaching academics.

Certain combinations of modules may be restricted or required – see the individual module description for more details. These are also subject to change but will be confirmed prior to module selection.

    Entry requirements

    Application deadline

    Due to the introduction of new specialist modules, we are now to remain open for applications for September 2017 entry until Sunday 6 September 23:59pm.

    If you are an international student and require a visa you will need to allow for the length of time needed to process your visa so please apply as soon as possible. For further information please visit our International Student pages.

    We have limited spaces available and therefore to avoid disappointment we recommend that you apply soon as you can.

    Law graduates

    The usual qualification for entry to the LLM programme is a degree in law, or a degree with a substantial law content, of at least 2.1 honours (or equivalent). Law graduates with 2.2 honours who also have other legal qualifications and/or substantial professional legal experience may also qualify.

    Non-law graduates

    Non-law graduates with a minimum second class honours degree, that have also obtained a Merit (or 60 per cent) in the Common Professional Examination (CPE) or Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) recognised by the UK professional bodies, may also qualify. Non-law graduates may also be considered on the basis of exceptional professional experience (of at least five years) in a legal area or an area directly related to their programme of study.

    In all cases, a full online application is required in order for a fair assessment and decision to be made. Each application is considered on its merits and on sight of full application documents.

    A full and detailed CV is required for all applications and is particularly relevant where professional experience needs to be considered.

    International applicants:

    Students from outside of the UK help form a global community here at Queen Mary. For detailed country specific entry requirements please visit the International section of our website. If your first language is not English, you must provide evidence of your English language proficiency. Find details of the English language entry requirements for postgraduate law programmes.

    If you do not meet language or scholarly requirements it might be possible for you to undertake foundation or pre-sessional programmes that will prepare you for the masters programme. For more information you require, please contact the Admissions Office.

    How to apply - one LLM programme only

    You may only apply for one of the School of Law's LLM London programmes at a time. This restriction does not include the LLM Law and Economics programme or the LLM in Paris programme, which you may still apply for. You are permitted to apply for a maximum of two Queen Mary taught postgraduate programmes, so you may still apply for a further non-LLM London programme should you wish.

    If you apply for one of the LLM London programmes, then later decide you would prefer to attend a different LLM specialism, please contact the Admissions Office Law Team at lawpgadm@qmul.ac.uk - prior to enrolment - to request a manual change of LLM programme. Do not submit a new application.

    Learning and teaching

    As a student at Queen Mary, you will play an active part in your acquisition of skills and knowledge. Teaching is by a mixture of formal lectures and small group seminars. The seminars are designed to generate informed discussion around set topics, and may involve student presentations and group exercises as well as open discussion. We take pride in the close and friendly working relationship we have with our students. You will have a team of advisers to support you, including the LLM and Research Directors, your dissertation supervisor and tutors and your module convenors.

    Where will my lectures and seminars be held?

    Teaching is based at the School of Law's postgraduate centre in Lincoln's Inn Fields (nearest Underground station: Holborn). Depending on the courses you take, you may also have classes at the Mile End Campus (nearest Underground stations: Mile End and Stepney Green) or the University of London's Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (nearest Underground stations: Russell Square, Euston and Euston Square) or Charterhouse Square (nearest underground station: Barbican).

    The Draft LLM Teaching Timetable 2017/18 [PDF 79KB] will give you some idea of the different locations used for teaching. This is a sample only and venues and times/days can change from year to year. The LLM teaching timetable is given to students during the induction period (after enrolment).

    Independent Study:

    For every hour spent in classes you will be expected to complete further hours of independent study. Your individual study time could be spent preparing for, or following up on formal study sessions; reading; producing written work; completing projects; and revising for examinations.

    The direction of your individual study will be guided by the formal study sessions you attend, along with your reading lists and assignments. However, we expect you to demonstrate an active role in your own learning by reading widely and expanding your own knowledge, understanding and critical ability.

    Independent study will foster in you the ability to identify your own learning needs and determine which areas you need to focus on to become proficient in your subject area. This is an important transferable skill and will help to prepare you for the transition to working life.

    Assessment

    You will be assessed by a mixture of formal examinations and coursework in the six taught modules, followed by more self-directed work on your 15,000-word dissertation.

    Dissertation

    You will also complete a dissertation of 15,000-words.

    Teachers contributing to this programme include:

     

    Fees

    Tuition fees for Home and EU students

    2018 entry
    Full time £14,250

    Tuition fees for International students

    2018 entry
    Full time £20,700

    Funding

    There are a number of sources of funding available for Masters students.

    These include a significant package of competitive Queen Mary bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas, as well as external sources of funding.

    School of Law scholarships

    The School of Law offers a range of scholarships for Law Masters programmes each year. Full details are made available on the law funding page from October – November each year.

    Queen Mary bursaries and scholarships

    We offer a range of bursaries and scholarships for Masters students including competitive scholarships, bursaries and awards, some of which are for applicants studying specific subjects.

    Read more about funding a masters

    Alternative sources of funding

    Home/EU students can apply for a range of other funding, such as Professional and Career Development Loans, and Employer Sponsorship, depending on their circumstances and the specific programme of study.

    Overseas students may be eligible to apply for a range of external scholarships and we also provide information about relevant funding providers in your home country.

    Detailed information about postgraduate funding options is available in our Postgraduate Funding Guide (pdf).

    Read more about funding a masters.

    Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 5079
    email bursaries@qmul.ac.uk

    Other financial help on offer at Queen Mary

    We offer one to one specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.

    Our Advice and Counselling Service also has lots of Student Advice Guides on all aspects of finance including:

    Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8717

    Profiles

    Chiara Boeynaems, Belgium

    LLM in European Law 2013-14

    Right before I joined Queen Mary, I completed a Master in Law at the University of Antwerp, including one term at the University of Trento. During my studies, I familiarised myself as much as possible with the world of Immigration Law. Specifically, I did an internship with the Belgian authorities and at a law firm.

    Still, I wanted to further explore the field of Immigration Law, preferably in an international setting in order to increase my career opportunities. I was attracted by both the courses and the experienced lecturers at Queen Mary. I chose to study 'Comparative Immigration and Nationality Law', 'EU Justice and Home Affairs' and 'Terrorism and Human Rights'. One of the best things about my course, is that classes require a lot of independent work and active participation in the discussion. Students are motivated to speak up and share their knowledge. But Queen Mary does not only revolve around studying. I am actually an active member of the Postgraduate Law Society, responsible for charity and career events.

    Finally, London is incredibly diverse and you meet open-minded people from all over the world. There is definitely something for everyone!


    Enik Pogace, Albania

    LLM in European Law

    Enik Pogace, European Commission, Albania

    Before joining Queen Mary, University of London I was working at the Ministry of Justice of Albania in the field of approximation of national law with the EU acquis. My job was quite demanding and involved various interesting legal initiatives that were related both to EU and national law.

    Then I decided to further upgrade my academic and professional skills by completing an LLM degree in the field of EU law. My decision to study at Queen Mary, University of London was attributed to the fact that the degree is internationally recognised, and the University has an outstanding quality of education and besides it is based in London. What is more, Queen Mary has an excellent reputation in the area of EU law, with prominent professors that are authority in the field.
    Queen Mary’s LLM program in EU law is a rare combination of practical, relevant knowledge sharpened by transferable skills as well as coupled with intellectual challenges which provided me with the right academic stimulation to go through highly informative lectures.

    The lecturers at Queen Mary were excellent. They were really inspiring and the facilities at the University are just superb. The Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS) at Queen Mary, a leading institution of the University, was incredibly good, providing the resources I needed to do all the research for my course. The Centre is relatively small compared to other academic environments, which helps to create a friendly and informal academic atmosphere. Academics and researchers from many different backgrounds are present and are one of the striking features of conducting research, which can be carried out with considerable emphasis on teamwork and collaboration in this internationally flavoured institution.
    At Queen Mary I have gained knowledge but also know-how to analyse and critique what I learned in my courses. There are recurrent opportunities to interact with fellow postgraduate and academic staffs which in my view represent a very helpful and up-to-date method of teaching.

    London is a great place to study and an exciting place to live. Life is very fast and there is always something to do. The city is exciting and there are lots of places to visit for the day or weekend. Another good thing is the multicultural environment. Wherever you go you'll find people from different cultures and backgrounds. I enjoy this because I like learning and conversing with people from other countries and lifestyles. This city offers everything from a place to dance, to listen to pop, rock, jazz, enjoy an opera, or chill out in pubs and clubs, cafes and bars to international scale concert halls, rock festivals or gigs. You can have all of this while studying in this stunning city.
    The university has a state-of-the-art campus where I used to live. Studying at a campus university in London, like Queen Mary’s, means a lot because there's a real community atmosphere here. Apart from several clubs and societies on campus, it is very close to the centre of the city, which meant that I could easily visit museums, contemporary art spaces and galleries, with collections and exhibitions from all over the world. London also has an incredibly vibrant theatre and performing arts heritage, maintaining both traditional plays and musicals but also new and alternative productions too.

    The most valuable aspect of my EU course was the fact that it provided me with broad academic skills, which will enable me to practice if I choose so, but will in addition open me up to various other career opportunities. It will give me the opportunity to explore the international job market, and be able to interact in any social, cultural and work setting.
    I've now moved back to Albania and I'm currently working for a European Commission project focused on many key areas of the justice system related to the EU integration processes. I was employed because my LLM degree meant that I had the necessary communication and academic skills to work in an international work environment.
    Nevertheless, my future plans are to focus on a Ph.D. to specialise further in EU and integration processes. I hope to achieve the satisfaction of having obtained the competitive edge required when seeking further study opportunities by capitalising on my work experience and improving my professional and academic profile.


    Enkelejda Koka, Albania

    LLM in European Law 2008-2009

    Before joining Queen Mary University I was working at a law firm in London dealing mostly with Extradition and Immigration cases. I have always been interested in European Law and its development. During my work experience I realised the importance United Kingdom authorities and courts placed on European law and Human Rights. One of the most important grounds for refusing an extradition case was to argue a breach of Human Rights and Fair Trial under the European Convention. This is when I decided that I had to learn more about European Law and Human rights to be able to succeed in practice.

    I chose Queen Mary, University of London because of its reputation in the LLM programme and its wide choice of modules in all its topics. Not many Universities provide so many modules to choose for the LLM programme, especially in European Law which I was interested in. The lecturers are very professional, experts in their field and most importantly very friendly and easily approachable.

    Another thing that I loved about Queen Mary was its international environment. There were students coming from all over the world. I had the opportunity to learn about other cultures. This also made the lectures very interesting as we had the opportunity to hear from students coming from European Member States and see how the discussed issues in class really affected the Member states.

    I have really enjoyed the LLM programme especially the fact that I decided to complete it in London. London is a multinational environment in which everyone is equally respected and no one feels discriminated against. There are many opportunities in London to socialise with friends and have nights out. One can go sightseeing in London and be amazed by its beauty.

    After completing my Masters I can now return to Albania and contribute back by putting in practice the educational skills I have received from studying at Queen Mary. My inspiration is to work and contribute towards Albania integrating in Europe and in the same time voluntarily helping Human rights Non-Governmental Organisations in order to protect vulnerable people and helping towards making the Albanian authorities conscious of any Human Rights violations. Queen Mary has given me the opportunity to improve my professional skills and has equipped me academically with the diploma necessary to achieve my goals.


    Giovanni Carotenuto, Italy

    LLM in European Law 1996-97

    "I decided to apply to Queen Mary, University of London a year after having graduated in law in Italy (whilst I was already living and working in London) mainly because of its well known Centre for Commercial Law Studies. In particular, I was keen on deepening my knowledge of EU competition/antitrust law and thought that no better place than Queen Mary would have helped me to gain a practical and useful insight of such field.

    The time I spent there confirmed in full my initial choice: above all, I benefited from the excellent preparation and constant availability of professors and lecturers, who managed to create a pleasant and challenging atmosphere, as well as from a truly international environment made of students from all over the world, with the most different backgrounds and experiences. With some of my former LLM colleagues I actually developed friendships that will last for a lifetime.

    At the end of my studies at Queen Mary, after having sat the final exams (the first ones of my career fully in writing!), I felt ready to pursue a career in the law. Upon my return, it came as no surprise that I received offers from the best international law firms in Italy. After having worked ten years for a first rank Italy-based law firm (and one-year secondment in New York), in June 2008 I joined Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe as Of Counsel, focusing on corporate and baking/finance regulatory matters. Nowadays, I strongly recommend to my trainees to take an LLM course at Queen Mary. Based on my own experience, they would treasure for life the practical skills and legal knowledge they gain during LLM studies at the College."


    Olga Demian, Moldova

    LLM in European Law 2009-10

    Lawyer, Chevening Winner

    ''I had been working as a Legal Advisor for the European Roma Rights Center (ERRC) for more than five years when I considered a Masters in European Law. I took advantage of the Dissertation Writing and Examination Writing classes during the LLM. I am grateful to my Professors and the English trainers for advice and support both during the LLM programme and after graduation. With their guidance I completed the LLM programme with a good result. Currently, I am working in Moldova as a legal consultant. I was hired by the UNDP to work for the e-Government Center'' 


    Velimir Delovski, Macedonia

    Velimir Delovski, Macedonia, LLM in European Law 2012-13, School of Law Scholarship Winner

    Before I joined Queen Mary, I had already completed another LLM in International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at the Viadrina European University in Germany and had been working with the European Court of Human Rights for over a year. I decided to apply for the programme, as I truly believed that by spending a year in London I could further expand my knowledge in another field of law and improve my job prospects. Furthermore, the LLM scholarship which I have been granted by Queen Mary presented an additional incentive to commence the programme in September 2012.

    Studying at Queen Mary is a great experience, because it is one of the leading law schools in the UK. Overall, I am impressed by the friendliness of lecturers and administrative staff and their commitment to create a harmonious working and studying environment. One of the first challenges at the beginning was which modules to choose, as there is a variety of interesting options offered. However, I did not hesitate to specialise in the field of European Law. In particular, I am focused on the mechanisms of judicial protection within the EU system, merely by analysing the judgments of the European Court of Justice. Simultaneously, I am interested to investigate a broader spectrum of issues which are encompassed by the third pillar of the EU integration (the area of justice and home affairs). Last but not least, I am following the current human rights developments related to the case-law that has been developed by the Strasbourg Court, which complements my previous working experience obtained at this renowned institution.

    Apart from the studies, London is a perfect city designed to meet all needs of outstanding young people, who are willing to enjoy the vivid night life and to see plenty of amazing cultural events. It also offers an opportunity to attend various workshops and discussions which are organised by different institutions outside the University. Furthermore, the mere fact that I am staying in one of the most diverse places is something which enables me to make nice friendships with open-minded people from every corner of the world which, hopefully, will last for a longer period.

    All in all, I strongly believe that this programme will increase my professional capacities and after completing it I would be able to pursue a career in an international organisation or go back to my country and give my input to the Macedonian EU-integration. In addition, I am also considering pursuing a PhD and working as a legal adviser so that I could contribute to strengthening the principle of rule of law and further democratisation of the Macedonian society.


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