The LLM in Media Law at Queen Mary, University of London allows you the opportunity to gain expertise in a range of legal regimes governing key aspects of the media, from the regulation of all key forms of media content to the regulation of the infrastructures via which that content is delivered, including traditional, new and still-developing media.
In an age of seemingly infinite broadcast channels, online information at our fingertips, and the ever-increasing economic and cultural significance of the entertainment industry, media law has never been more relevant to our daily lives than it is today.
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 Media 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). 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 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.
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 Media 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 22.5 credits unless otherwise stated.
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.
The updated module list below represents the result of our ongoing modularisation of the LLM which is intended to offer students greater flexibility and choice of module options.
- QLLM076 Media Law (45 credits)
- QLLM095 Intellectual Property and the Creative Industries (45 credits)
- QLLM128 Telecommunications Law (45 credits)
- QLLM330 Comparative Copyright Law (sem 1)
- QLLM331 International Copyright: International Treaties and Cross-Border Litigation (sem 1)
- QLLM342 Interactive Entertainment and Intellectual Property Law (sem 1)
- QLLM343 Interactive Entertainment Law: Contracts and Regulation (sem 2)
- QLLM344 The Law of Film (sem 1)
- QLLM345 The Business of Film (sem 2)
- QLLM348 Music Industry Contracts (sem 2)
- QLLM349 Transnational Mooting (sem 1)
- QLLM353 EU Data Protection Law (sem 1)
- QLLM355 Celebrity Privacy, the Media and the Law (sem 1)
- QLLM359 Cyberspace Law: Protecting the Online Persona: Digital Rights in Cyberspace (sem 2) (not running 2016-17)
September 2016 start: 31 July 2016
Important note: To join the programme, applicants must allow enough time to meet both the academic and English language (if applicable) entry requirements and allow enough time to organise a visa (if applicable).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org - 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 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:
- Dr Gaetano Dimita
- Laura Edgar
- Ms Anne Flanagan
- Jonathan Griffiths
- Professor Julia Hörnle
- Professor Spyros Maniatis
- Dr Noam Shemtov
- Professor Adrian Sterling
- Gavin Sutter
- Professor Ian Walden
- Professor Guido Westkamp
- Professor Christopher Millard
- Professor Uma Suthersanen
Fees are charged at a Home/EU rate for UK and EU nationals, and an overseas rate for International students - find out more about how your tuition fee status is assessed.
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
Samuel Acquah, Ghana
LLM in Media Law, Chevening Scholarship Winner 2014-15
I am a practising lawyer from Ghana but most of my adult working life has been spent working as a journalist. I have worked with several radio and television stations in Ghana over the last decade and served as Country correspondent for the BBC World Service for almost a year.
My university education was at the University of Ghana where I obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology/Sociology and subsequently an LLB in Law before studying at the Ghana School of Law for my Barrister-At-Law qualification. When I was called to the Ghana Bar in 2013 I set my sights on becoming an expert in a relevant non-traditional specialised field of legal practice.
An LLM in Media law seemed a logical pursuit because of my media background. Queen Mary was in the top three of the Guardian’s rankings for UK law Schools, and when I heard Professor Ian Walden gave a Public lecture in Ghana about Cybercrime I knew QMUL was where I needed to be.
Being at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies has been fascinating. I have discovered a scope to the subject areas that I never anticipated. My specialisms are Information and Privacy law, Telecommunication law and Cyberspace law with Media law as an audit course. In every class I feel like a kid in a candy store - eager to gobble up everything. New horizons of knowledge are being opened up to me with every lecture. Privacy and Data Protection, Communication and Technology are transforming the global economy. Unfortunately the legal practice regimes in these areas are not well developed in Ghana. With my newly acquired skills and knowledge I am well placed to be at the forefront of the practice and policy making in these areas not only in Ghana but globally.
Linda B McElwee, Ireland
LLM in Media Law, School of Law Scholarship Winner 2012-13
I completed my undergraduate studies in Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland, graduating with a degree in law and German. I chose Queen Mary based on the college’s great reputation, its ideal location, and the fact that the college offered the exact specialism I was looking for: media law. Being offered a scholarship to study at this fantastic university is an absolute privilege.
Specialising in Media Law does not just mean learning about more commonly associated aspects of the law such as freedom of speech! This is a really wide area with a lot of opportunity and Queen Mary is the perfect place to begin building a career in it. Not only are you based in London (one of the media capitals of the world) but you are learning under the instruction of some of the leading academics in growing areas of law such as media and communications, privacy law, intellectual property law and IT law.
The Centre for Commercial Law Studies, situated at Lincoln’s Inn Fields, offers great opportunities to its students to get involved in the faculty, both socially and from a research perspective: we have research initiatives in cloud computing and intellectual property to name only the first two that come to mind when speaking of media law. We have a Postgraduate Law Society, and a class rep position for each module which makes the college a really friendly place to be, where students are encouraged to be actively involved in the faculty. The facilities in the Centre are also fantastic, not to mention that we have access to a number of university of London libraries around the city, as well as those on the various QM campuses; no matter where you live, you will always have a study space to go to. As well as this, we take part in a media law moot court each year which deals with privacy and freedom of expression issues under the UDHR. Also this year an essay competition was launched and the winner will have the chance to complete an internship in a major telecommunications law firm in the city. There is ample opportunity to build a career in media law from the foundations provided by this course, and I am very glad I decided to come to Queen Mary.
Shibumi Raje, India
LLM in Media Law 2011-12
Before I came to Queen Mary I was studying LLB at ILS Law College, Pune in India. I wanted to specialise in Media Law and since it was not a taught subject in my LLB course, I decided to undertake postgraduate study. QMUL is one of the very few colleges in the world to offer Media Law, the specialisation I was looking to pursue, and I was honoured to be chosen to be awarded the Centre for Commercial Law Studies Scholarship. Apart from this, the rankings speak for the college. In hindsight, not coming here would have been a mistake, I’m glad I took it up! QMUL has been incredibly supportive and made studying in the UK an enjoyable and beneficial experience. The legal events are interesting and excellent for networking. The Postgraduate Law Society, a new development, has made some amazing progress and will definitely benefit the prospective students QMUL will attract. London, when the weather is not acting up, is a beautiful place to stay and study in. There is always something to do, something to see! Also London, much like QMUL is a cultural melting pot and that’s what makes living here so enjoyable.
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