LLM Programme

The taught modules offered on the LLM programme vary from year to year. Please check the full list of taught modules list for details of modules running in specific academic years. We make every effort to ensure that every module will be offered, but modules are subject to change and cancellation. You are therefore advised to check this site regularly for further updates throughout the year preceding entry to the LLM programme.

Credit value: 15 credits (6 ECTS)
Module Convenor:
Professor Paul Mitchell
Other Teachers:
Professor Eric Barendt
Intercollegiate teaching: No
Teaching Method: 10 x two-hour seminars
Who may enrol: LLM students
Prerequisites: None
Barred module combinations: LAWSG082
Core module for specialism: Public Law , Human Rights Law
Practice Assessment: 1,500 word practice essay
Assessment method for LLM students: 3,000 word coursework essay
Module Overview

Module summary

This module examines the protection of reputation and privacy offered by English law, with particular focus on how those protections affect the media. As well as covering the torts of defamation and breach of confidence, it also looks at the protections offered by the Press Complaints Commission.

Module syllabus

Libel (including jurisdiction)
The Press Complaints Commission

Recommended materials

Robertson and Nicol, Media Law, Fifth edition (2008)

Preliminary reading

P Mitchell, The Making of the Modern Law of Defamation (Hart, 2005)

Other information

Although the module focuses on English law, a common law background is not required to take this module.
Candidates may wish to take this module in combination with Media Law: Principles of Regulation.

Prizes for this module: There are currently no prizes available for this module.


The application process for the 2014-15 academic session, for entry in September 2014, is now closed.

Information regarding applications for September 2015 will be updated on the website in September 2014.

IMPORTANT NOTICE : Updated 28 May 2014

The Home Office issued an update about the acceptance of ETS tests (including TOEFL). They have now confirmed that Higher Education students applying for a Tier 4 visa may use a TOEFL test taken after 17 April, if a Higher Education Institution is willing to use its academic discretion. For those students entering in September 2014, UCL will continue to accept the TOEFL even if it was taken after 17 April. However, if an applicant still needs to book a test then we recommend that they take an alternative test to TOEFL. Those who have already arranged to take a different test following the previous advice from the Home Office, we encourage you to go ahead with taking the alternative test.

The TOEFL test will continue to be accepted for 2014 entrants who have been asked to take an English language qualification as part of their offer condition, and do not need to apply for a visa to study in the UK.