Master of Laws (LLM) Programme
Application to the LLM programme
- How do I apply?
- What are the academic entry requirements?
- What are the English language entry requirements?
- Is there an application fee?
- When do I apply?
- Can I apply if I do not have a Law degree?
- What does the admissions process involve?
- I haven't taken an English test yet. Can I still apply now or do I have to wait for an English result?
- Can I gain admission with Accredited Prior Learning (APL)?
Funding and Costs
- How much does the LL.M cost?
- What scholarships are available for LL.M students?
- When does the course start?
- How long is the programme and what are term dates?
- How many modules do I need to take?
- Can I study part-time?
- Can I study by distance learning?
- What happens after I have been made an offer?
- Will I get student accommodation in London?
- How do I contact the Graduate Office?
Application to the LLM programme
1. How do I apply?
You can apply online or download a paper application. Further information regarding methods of application and application guidance notes can be found at:
2. What are the academic entry requirements?
The academic entry requirements are detailed in full and can be found at:
3. What are the English language entry requirements?
The English language requirements are detailed in full and can be found using the link below. You are reminded that it is your responsibility to have an approved English language test result before you will be permitted to enrol onto the programme.
4. Is there an application fee?
Yes, UCL has introduced a non-refundable application processing fee for graduate taught programmes. The current fee rates are
GBP 50.00 for online applications and GBP 75.00 for paper applications. Please note that online applications are not submitted to UCL until the fee has been paid and paper applications are not processed until the application fee has been paid.
5. When do I apply?
The application process for the 2014-15 academic session, for entry in September 2014, is now closed. The application process for the 2015-16 academic year will be open in September 2014.
6. Can I apply if I do not have a Law degree?
You can apply if you do not have an undergraduate law degree, but we would like you to have completed the Graduate Diploma in Law (formerly known as the Common Professional Examination) recognised by UK legal professional bodies. In exceptional circumstances, graduates without a qualifying law degree but with substantial relevant work experience will be considered.
7. What does the admissions process involve?
Once you submit your completed application it is first received by the UCL Admissions Office. They record applicants’ details and then send the application forms to the Faculty of Laws. It is the Faculty of Laws who considers the
application forms and makes a decision. All applicants will be informed of their decision in writing by the UCL Admissions Office and not the Faculty of Laws. You can expect to receive a response from UCL around seven weeks after your application has been received and processed by the Admissions Office.
8. I haven't taken an English language test yet. Can I still apply now or do I have to wait for my test result?
You can still submit an application for the LLM programme if you have not yet taken an English test. We are able to make decisions on applications without an English test providing all other documents have been submitted (transcripts and references). If we would like to make you an offer, it will be conditional upon meeting the English language requirements (and any other requirements if necessary).
9. Can I gain admission with Accredited Prior Learning (APL)?
With the exception of UCL credits achieved within the past five years from the date of a new application, APL is not permitted for taught postgraduate programmes. APL applications must be submitted at the time of submitting an application for the LLM programme. Full regulations can be found here: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/ras/acd_regs/2013-2014/PG_Section_1_2013-2014__LC__FINAL.pdf
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Funding and Costs
1. How much does the LLM cost?
Tuition fees cover all elements of tuition, registration and examination. All fees quoted relate to the whole session. Fees for subsequent years of study are subject to increase and this is implicit in accepting the offer of a place at UCL. For full details visit: Fee Schedule.
2. What scholarships are available for LLM students?
There are various scholarships available from the Faculty of Laws. Further information can be found using the link below:
UCL also offers scholarships for graduate students and provides information on various sources of funding that may be available to you at:
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1. When does the programme start?
The programme usually starts during the last week of September each year. Full term dates can be found at:
2. How long is the programme and what are term dates?
The programme is run over a full calendar year, from September to September. The number of calendar years you are in attendance will depend on whether you are studying full-time, part-time or by flexible study mode. Teaching finishes at the end of term two, allowing students time to prepare for their examinations and coursework and Independent Research Essay submissions. Coursework is usually submitted at the start of term three before the examinations take place. Independent Research Essays are prepared for submission between June and August, and submitted 1 September in the year following commencement of the programme. Term dates can be found at:
3. How many modules do I need to take?
To obtain a Master of Laws (LLM), a student must successfully complete a total of 180 credits of LLM modules, including 120 credits of taught modules and a 60-credit Independent Research Essay. Taught modules are either 15 or 30 credits. Full-time students complete all 180 credits in twelve months. Part-time students study 60 credits in their first year and 120 credits (including the Independent Research Essay) in their second year. In flexible study mode, students can apportion credits across each year of study in agreement with their personal tutor. Further information on the programme structure can be found here: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/laws/prospective/llm/index.shtml?llm_programme_structure
4. Can I study part-time or by flexible mode?
Yes, it is possible to undertake the LLM on a part-time basis. This would normally take 2 years to complete. In flexible study mode, the programme is completed in up to five years. The Independent Research Essay is undertaken in a later year, with some informal preparation for it beginning in the preceding year. Each module must be completed within 12 months.
5. Can I study by distance learning?
It is not possible to study for the LLM at UCL by distance learning or online. However,
the University of London offer an LLM programme by distance learning, further information for which can be found at: http://www.londoninternational.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/llm-master-laws
6. What happens after I have been made an offer?
After you have been made an offer and accepted your offer you will be contacted by the Faculty of Laws and Registry with any relevant information that we think you need in order to assist you with settling into UCL life when you become a student. You will be sent information relating to enrolment, registration, and induction approximately 3-4 months in advance of the start of your programme, and anything else we think might be useful for you to know in the months before the programme commences.
7. Will I get student accommodation in London?
We endeavour to offer to all students accommodation in or around the main UCL campus in central London. Please note the relevant closing dates for accommodation, depending on whether you are applying from home or overseas by clicking on the link below:
8. How do I contact the Graduate Office?
You can contact the Graduate Office by telephone or e-mail. Please click on the link below for further information. Please note that it is not always easy to get through to the Graduate Office given the volume of calls we sometimes receive. Therefore, we would ask applicants to only contact us where they cannot obtain the information they require from the website, or where it is absolutely necessary. We ask this so that we can give a fast and fair service to all applicants.
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Updated 03 July 2014