The Master of Laws (LLM) is one of 23 LLM programmes of study at Queen Mary. It is designed to give you maximum flexibility in your choice of modules and dissertation topic. The programme allows you to follow a variety of interests (and take modules simply because you will enjoy them) or to select a range of modules designed with a specific career or personal aspiration in mind.
You can choose any combination taught-modules of 135 credits in total and your dissertation (45 credits) may be in any field of law. You may choose from the full range of available LLM modules that are taught within the School of Law.
If you apply for the Master of Laws your final degree certificate will show Master of Laws. If you would like your degree to show expertise in a specific area of law then you should apply for one of our specialised LLM programmes. If you choose one of our specialised programmes you will benefit from module selections that provide a complementary study programme, as well as joining a community of students with an interest in a similar field of 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 Master of Laws 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.
- You will benefit from the expertise of the 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.
- You will be able to attend a Critical Thinking and Writing in Law course 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.
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 and the 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.
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. For the Master of Laws programme you can take an unrestricted range of modules and any approved dissertation topic.
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.
You will have up to eight hours of teaching time per week during term time, though this may vary depending on the modules you choose. In addition you will be expected to undertake independent learning to support each module, so you should plan for at least 40 hours each week.
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.
On the LLM Master of Laws you select 135 credits of taught modules from the full range of LLM available modules. Your compulsory dissertation can be in any legal field.
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.
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 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.
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 email@example.com - prior to enrolment - to request a manual change of LLM programme. Do not submit a new application.
Learning and teachingAs 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.
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.
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.
You will also complete a dissertation of 15,000 words.
Tuition fees for Home and EU students
Full time £13,400
Tuition fees for International students
Full time £19,500
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
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:
- Postgraduate Funding (pdf)
- Planning your budget and cutting costs (pdf)
- Part-time and vacation work (pdf)
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8717
Adi Talanaivini Mafi, Tonga
Master of Laws, UK Commonwealth Scholarship Winner 2014-15
Upon completion of my LLB (Vanuatu, 2011) and my Professional Diploma in Legal Practice (Fiji, June 2012) from the University of the South Pacific I was admitted to the Tongan Bar in August 2012 and began my legal and civil service career as a legal officer in the Ministry of Justice. My main responsibilities were to provide legal and policy advice on matters relating to the legal and justice sector and conduct training for staff on their duties under the law.
After almost 2 years I felt it was time to pursue my studies further. As a legal officer in a new democracy I felt I was not well equipped to properly execute my duties. I had the opportunity of applying for a UK Commonwealth Scholarship and it was only appropriate to seek out a Masters of Law degree in the UK from which Tonga has adopted its legal system and like Tonga, is also a Kingdom, albeit a much bigger one.
Apart from its international rankings and its prestigious LLM programme, Queen Mary stood out to me particularly because of its range of modules which included a specific course in International Law on the Rights of the Child, and, of course, it is right in the heart of London.
So far, my experience at Queen Mary has exceeded my expectations. It is truly an international university; the cultural diversity, wealth of experience and knowledge in my classes are vast. I learn new things everyday and I look forward to learning a lot more! I can only hope I will be able to effectively use the knowledge and experience gained during my Queen Mary experience upon my return for the legal development of my home country.
Ann Zachariah, USA
Master of Laws, Queen Mary Drapers Scholarship Winner 2014-15
While in law school in the United States, I was drawn to international law and took as many courses in the subject as I could. I knew that I wanted to learn even more and that entering an LLM program would be the best next step. Queen Mary boasted an excellent reputation as well as an impressive selection of modules.
I am doing the Master of Laws LLM, which means that I can choose from any of the courses offered at the school. I was able to customize my course schedule by choosing courses from Computer and Communications Law, Public International Law, and Human Rights Law. The General LLM allows students to weave different subject areas into a degree program that is truly tailored to their interests and career goals.
Studying in the heart of London is another great benefit of the program. Not only do we have access to all the great programs hosted by Queen Mary, but students also get the privilege to access events hosted by many other organizations both legal and non-legal.
Cristiane Dias, Brazil
Masters of Laws 2006-7
Cristiane Dias, Brazil
"After graduating, I worked as a correspondent lawyer in Rio (in the field of commercial law) for several law firms before deciding to do an LLM. I chose Queen Mary because it is a prominent institution and I received great treatment from the staff whilst applying, having visited the University.
I studied Public International Law focusing in Environmental Law, which was taught by leading experts, as I hoped to use this knowledge when I returned to Brazil. I am now working in the Environmental department at Thyssenkrupp CSA, a German company, based in Rio."
Diana Goldau, Germany
Master of Laws 2008-2009
"As a practising lawyer in Germany for one year after my traineeship I realised I needed a broader knowledge of my field of law to succeed in the international market. Hence I was looking for a program to navigate me into the complicated professional sphere of tax and international commercial law.
When considering my alternative for a postgraduate program I was looking for a school that offered a range of options that suited my needs and challenged my academic skills. I chose Queen Mary because of its worldwide academic reputation and teaching staff as well as its outstanding results achieved by Centre of Commercial Law Studies.
To my mind the programme’s biggest assets were the professionals, including lawyers such as David Southern and Angie Raymond, as well as Senior lecturer Ann Mumford, who are the best amongst their fields of law. They brought their first hand experience of the financial world into the classroom. Further they knew how to balance between practice and theory on various foreign affairs and presented issues of the past and the present.
The teaching atmosphere was dazzling and the classes itself seemed to be a mixed cluster of intellectual minds. Since Queen Mary attracts various talents from all over the world, an international environment prevails, which helps to create a great mixture of different people and cultures. Hence, getting involved with all sorts of people made me benefit from a worldwide network"
Guillermo Sarubbi, Paraguay
Master of Laws, Chevening Scholarship Winner 2014-15
I am Guillermo Sarubbi, a Chevening Scholar from Asunción, Paraguay. At Queen Mary I am reading for a General LLM with an emphasis in Energy and Natural Resources Law.
Before taking up my Chevening Scholarship, I was part of a civil and commercial litigation and counselling practice in Paraguay. Our client portfolio was a mix of both Paraguayan and international companies spanning the mining, import and export, construction, entertainment, and food industries.
I have long wanted to continue my studies in Britain. I was drawn to the UK because of its excellent academic institutions, London's position as a leading financial centre, its vibrant culture, and strong democratic tradition.
I chose Queen Mary as the place to study for my LLM because of its unsurpassed academic reputation, the vast array of subjects on offer, and its location in Central London. Now that I am in the middle of my course I can confidently say that it has lived up to my expectations. I have been academically challenged, the teaching is superb, and the staff are very helpful.
After completing my studies in the UK, I hope to return to Paraguay and become a leading lawyer with an expertise in Arbitration and Natural Resources and Energy Law. My long-term goal is to help industries set up shop in Paraguay to diversify my country's economy and enable it to realise its potential for growth.
Naealla Bainto, Philippines
Chevening Scholar 2013-14, Master of Laws
I earned my Management Economics (2005) and Juris Doctor (2009) degrees from Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines and was admitted to the Philippine Bar in 2010, ranking 10th among the successful takers.
Before studying in Queen Mary, I was working in the Office of the President of the Philippines where my work centred on the development of varying policies, mostly in the legal, economic and developmental spheres. Having this kind of job, I knew that it was incumbent to expand my knowledge of the law and to gain a better understanding of varying experiences of the international community.
Having been granted a Chevening Scholarship, I chose to go to Queen Mary as I was drawn to the wide array of modules being offered. I signed up for Corporate Governance, Terrorism and Human Rights Law, and the Law of the Sea, subject matters which I feel are very relevant to the current Philippine situation. I am also very much impressed with the outstanding credentials of the Queen Mary LLM professors who are always willing to engage in constructive debates in class. The student support system and the facilities of Queen Mary are also very remarkable. Queen Mary has beautiful campuses across London which makes each school day a worthwhile experience. I must also say that the school workload at Queen Mary allows one to have the proper balance of school and 'play' allowing not only intellectual, but also personal, social and cultural growth.
My experience in Queen Mary, and in London in general, will greatly help me when I return to my country to continue working for the government.
Sarah E Dooley, USA
Master of Laws 2007-2008
My path to Queen Mary spanned nearly two years. I first considered a postgraduate law degree while I was still a law student in New Hampshire. I wanted a degree that would expose me to very specialized knowledge in immigration law. By that point I had nearly two years of experience in US immigration law, but I wanted exposure to other immigration schemes and to have a broader knowledge of the comparative law. When I started my search, I was only able to find a handful of schools where taking immigration courses at the LLM level was even possible, and only at Queen Mary was I able to focus my entire LLM study within the field. Upon my learning about the program, I e-mailed Dr Mitsilegas, the LLM tutor and a professor of EU immigration law. I received an answer immediately. His answer was so thoughtful and thorough, and really made me believe that my research interests would be fostered and encouraged. I knew this was the school for me, plus it had the ultimate bonus of being in London.
When I ultimately decided to come to Queen Mary, it was nearly one year later, and I was at a crossroads in my career. I had graduated from law school one-year prior, had recently been admitted to the bars in California and New Jersey, and was clerking in the Family Division of the New Jersey Superior Court. I had several opportunities to stay in New Jersey and work as an immigration attorney, but I wanted something different. Queen Mary came back into my mind. I applied, was accepted, and after many e-mails between Dr. Mitsilegas and myself, and having the counsel of former professors, my family, and my supervising judge, I came to the realization that coming to Queen Mary was the right choice.
Since arriving in London, I have never regretted my decision to come. While I am one of very few students making an exclusive study of immigration law, the personal attention from the faculty has been incredible. I love my courses, I am studying comparative immigration law, immigration in the European Union, and the legal treatment of migrants once they enter a new host nation. It is fascinating. I have had the opportunity to work under the supervision of some of the premier academics in the field. I also have been given the opportunity to further my studies by being selected to attend a summer school in Vienna hosted by the European Union to further study security, border control, human rights, terrorism and public policy.
Queen Mary also provides a great deal of support. While I am a native English speaker, I have taken advantage of legal writing classes for both my dissertation and my upcoming exams. I am also a member of the LLM Staff and Student Liaison Committee which is a group of student representatives who meet with academicians and law school administers to discuss issues as they arise. The University and the School of Law want to make sure that we succeed and they provide the tools for us to do so.
Living in London has also been fantastic. When I first arrived, Queen Mary arranged for international students to be collected from the airport so I didn't need to arrange private transport. They also provided orientation to the local area, the services provided by the school, basic living (like banking and healthcare) in London, and studying law at the LLM level in the United Kingdom. I also have become involved in activities that I never would have thought of doing, like fencing. I am actually even competing now. Also, London has endless possibilities in restaurants, nightlife, museums, and culture.
I would recommend anyone to study at Queen Mary. Coming here is one of the best decisions I have ever made.