Master of Laws (LLM) Programme

Modes of study

The LLM is an attendance-based taught masters programme that can be studied on a full-time, part-time, or flexible basis. It is not possible to study the LLM at UCL by distance learning or online. If you wish to study an LLM via distance learning, you may wish to consider the University of London LLM programme via distance learning.

Full-time Study (1 year)
The programme is completed in 12 months (September to September).

Part-time Study (2 years)
The programme is completed in two years, with 60 credits of taught modules completed each year. The Independent Research Essay (IRE) is undertaken in the second year, with some informal preparation for it beginning in the first year. Each module must be completed within 12 months.

Flexible Study (up to 5 years)
The programme is completed in up to five years. The IRE 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.

Modules offered on the LLM programme may not run in every academic year. If there are any modules that are integral to your study, you should check whether they are running in the relevant academic year.

Continuing Legal Education

If you do not wish to undertake the full LLM programme, it is possible to study individual modules as a Continuing Education Student. For more information on studying in this way, please see the Continuing Legal Education section of this site. You will not gain academic credits by studying as a Continuing Education Student.


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.