Master of Laws (LLM) Programme

Specialist Degrees 2011 - 12

The Faculty of Laws normally offers 16 specialist degrees in addition to the general degree of Master of Laws (LLM) in Law. The 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.

Please note that we do not accept applications for admission to a specialist degree programme. All successful applicants are admitted to the general LLM programme. Upon arrival at UCL in September, students 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) in Law, a student must successfully complete 180 credits of LLM courses (ie, four 45-credit courses or equivalent), with 45 of those credits assessed by dissertation.

For each specialist degree, there is an A list of core courses and a B list of additional courses. To obtain a specialist LLM degree, a student must successfully complete 180 credits of LLM courses as follows:

(a)        90 credits from course list A (core courses),


(b)        45 credits from course lists A or B (core or additional courses),

(c)        45 credits of any LLM courses (including courses from list A or B)

The dissertation requirement for a specialist degree may be satisfied with any 45-credit course. That is, the course assessed by dissertation need not be from list A or B.

Comparative Law International Banking and Finance Law
Competition Law International Commercial Law
Corporate Law International Law
Criminal Justice, Family and Social Welfare Jurisprudence and Legal Theory
Environmental Law and Policy Law and Economics (not available in 2011-12)
European Union Law Legal History
Human Rights Law Litigation and Dispute Resolution
Intellectual Property Law Public Law



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.