In modern complex societies, the power of government and legal systems to regulate and facilitate human and business activity is considerable – and often deeply controversial.
The modules offered on this specialist LLM in Public Law programme enable you to pursue advanced study of many of the pressing legal and policy issues relating to how we are governed and how legal systems operate.
The strong comparative and international focus of most of the modules makes the programme suitable for international, EU and UK students alike.
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 Public 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.
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. You will also have access to the Lock-keeper's Cottage Graduate Centre at the Mile End campus.
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:
- 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
The 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 (examined in May-June) and thereafter you work on a 15,000-word dissertation worth 45 credits (submitted mid August).
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 two-week induction period that includes an overview of the programme and module selection, dissertation and research skills. In the second week you will have the chance to try out the different modules within your programme before you make your final choice. Full details of the induction programme will be made available online by 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.
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. Please contact the course convenor for precise information on the number of contact hours per week for this programme.
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 dissertations – one per year. This would then enable you to take one taught module per year.
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.
To specialise in this area, you must select 90 credits of modules from this list and do your compulsory dissertation in the field of Public 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 modules.
All modules are 45 credits unless otherwise stated.
Note: Not all of the modules listed will be available in any one year. Any modules not available in the forthcoming academic session will be marked as soon as this information is confirmed.
- QLLM008 Challenging Public Power: Advanced Administrative Law (Not running in 2014-15)
- QLLM023 Courts in Comparative Perspective (Not running in 2014-15)
- QLLM029 EU Justice and Home Affairs (Not running in 2014-15)
- QLLM047 International and Comparative Social Justice (Not running in 2014-15)
- QLLM067 Judicial Protection in the EU (Not running in 2014-15)
- QLLM087 Taxation Principles and Concepts
- QLLM100 EU Immigration Law (22.5 credits Semester 1)
- QLLM101 EU Criminal Law (22.5 credits Semester 2) (Not running in 2014-15)
- QLLM106 EU Constitutional Law I - Concepts, Values and Principles (22.5 credits) (Not running in 2014-15)
- QLLM107 EU Constitutional Law II - Governance (22.5 credits) (Not running in 2014-15)
- QLLM122 European Union Tax Law
- QLLM127 International Human Rights Law
- QLLM128 Telecommunications Law
- QLLM129 European Human Rights Law
- QLLM130 Terrorism and Human Rights
- QLLM155 Principles of Regulation (22.5 credits Semester 1)
- QLLM170 Cultural Diversity and Law (22.5 credits Semester 1)
- QLLM172 Comparative Immigration and Nationality Law (22.5 credits Semester 2)
- QLLM173 Terrorism and Human Rights: Constitutional Perspectives (22.5 credits Semester 1)
- QLLM174 Migration, Security and Human Rights (22.5 credits Semester 1)
- QLLM175 International Refugee and Migration Law
- QLLM176 International Refugee Law (22.5 credits Semester 1)
- QLLM177 International Migration Law (22.5 credits Semester 2)
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 graduatesNon-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 on our English language entry requirements webpage.
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, please contact the Admissions Office.
If you are unable to find the information you require, please contact the Admissions Office for assistance.
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.
The deadline for applying for the London LLM Programme is 31 July 2015. We may close earlier if places are filled, so we recommend that you apply early.
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 sample LLM teaching timetable 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).
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 three taught modules, followed by more self-directed work on your 15,000-word dissertation.
You will also complete a dissertation of 15,000-words.
Teachers contributing to this programme include:
- Ms Merris Amos
- Mr Stephen Bowen (V)
- Dr Andromachi Georgosouli
- Professor Valsamis Mitsilegas
- Dr Violeta Moreno-Lax
- Dr Tom O'Shea
- Mr Emmanual Osuteye
- Dr Prakash Shah
- Professor Geraldine Van Bueren
- Professor Ian Walden
- Mr Richard Walters
Tuition fees for Home and EU students
Tuition fees for International students
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
Stella Tsakona, Greece
LLM in Public Law, 2010-11
"During my studies I have come to realise that the way that leads to a complete education includes constant intellectual procedure and everlasting struggle for excellence, requiring a lot of effort and demanding full commitment. After successfully completing my undergraduate studies at the Department of Law, National & Kapodistrian University of Athens and before joining Queen Mary, I worked at a law firm in Greece dealing mostly with labour and Insurance cases.
I was highly aware of the global reputation of Queen Mary. I was keen on Queen Mary's offering the most benefits in terms of both facilities and courses. Indeed my studies here have been one of the most constructive and fascinating experiences. I am doing the LLM in Public Law. I have combined the courses of the EU Justice and Home Affairs and Judicial Protection in EU which are placed within the ambit of pure European public law with the Privacy and Information Law and I had the opportunity to be taught by internationally leading academics, at the cutting edge of their fields, namely Professors Valsamis Mitsilegas, Takis Tridimas and Ian Walden respectively. Being certain that this experience will affect the rest of my life in the most positive way, I would definitely recommend Queen Mary's LLM for its excellent taught courses and seminars, the helpful feedback, the wonderful facilities and the multicultural environment. Equipped with valuable knowledge and having acquired a deep insight to the European know-how in the field of Public Law I am planning to implement all I have learnt in my country."
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