Master of Laws (LLM) Programme

Specialist Degrees

A large number of LLM students choose to obtain the traditional degree of Master of Laws (LLM). This allows them to choose any combination of taught modules and the broadest choice of Independent Research Essay (IRE) topics. Once enrolled, students may choose to orientate their programme towards a particular specialism. The Faculty of Laws offers a range of specialist degrees in addition to the general degree of Master of Laws (LLM). Each specialist degree programme leads to the award of a Master of Laws (LLM) in a particular area of law, such as a Master of Laws (LLM) in International Commercial Law or a Master of Laws (LLM) in Legal History. The list of specialist degrees (or specialisms) is set out below.

To enable you to sample all taught modules and specialisms, we do not accept applications for admission to a specialist degree programme. All successful applicants are admitted to the general LLM programme, and upon arrival at UCL in September, are then free to register in the general programme or in any one of the specialist degree programmes. There are no additional qualifications required for admission to a specialist degree programme. Every student admitted to the LLM programme is eligible to take one of the specialist degree programmes instead of the general degree programme.

To obtain a Master of Laws (LLM), a student must successfully complete 180 master level credits (that is, 120 credits of taught modules plus a 60-credit IRE).

For each specialist degree, there is a list of core modules. To obtain a specialist LLM degree, a student must successfully complete 180 credits of modules as follows:

(a) 60 credits of taught modules from the list of core modules for that specialism,


(b) 60 credits of any taught modules available to LLM students (including other modules from the list of core modules),


(c) the 60-credit IRE in an area of law related to the specialism.

Comparative Law (LAWSSP04) International Banking and Finance Law (LAWSSP17)
Competition Law (LAWSSP05) International Commercial Law (LAWSSP19)
Corporate Law (LAWSSP07) International Law (LAWSSP35)
Criminal Justice, Family and Social Welfare (LAWSSP08) Jurisprudence and Legal Theory (LAWSSP22)
Energy Law (LAWSSP36) new in 2014/15 Law and Economics (LAWSSP23)
Environmental Law and Policy (LAWSSP09) Legal History (LAWSSP34)
European Union Law (LAWSSP11) Litigation and Dispute Resolution (LAWSSP16)
Human Rights Law (LAWSPP14) Maritime Law (LAWSSP26)
Intellectual Property Law (LAWSSP15) Public Law (LAWSSP28)



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.