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Contact details

Law Faculty Graduate Office

Email: llm-law@ucl.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 1464

Fees and funding

UK/EU 2013/14:

£12,250 (FT)

Overseas 2013/14:

£17,750 (FT)

Scholarships include:
Five Bentham Scholarships
The Master of the Rolls Scholarship
The John Carr Scholarship
The Sir Frederick Pollock Scholarship

Other Scholarships include: The Sir John Salmond Scholarship, and The Chief Justice Scholarship.

Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website

More information

Prospectus Entry


Key facts

Research Assessment Rating

75% rated 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent)
(What is the RAE?)

The programme information on this page relates to 2013 entry. 2014 content to appear here shortly. 


The Master of Laws (LLM) programme provides an ideal platform for high calibre students to acquire expertise in specialised subject areas informed by world class, research-led teaching or who wish to pursue doctoral studies at a later date. An LLM is an ideal way to re-orientate a career in law.

Degree summary

What will I learn?

Students are equipped with advanced academic legal skills and knowledge which can usefully be applied in further study, the legal profession, public service or industry. They develop a knowledge and understanding of law in its context, the skills necessary for advanced issues in law and a capacity for individual research.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

UCL is one of the world's top universities. UCL Laws is based in the centre of London, embedded in the heart of the UK's elite legal community. UCL's LLM students are granted access to the renowned Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, which has its own extensive library, close by.

UCL Laws has a remarkable teaching and research community. We are deeply committed to the quality and relevance of our graduate education. Students are taught by internationally renowned academics, at the cutting edge of their fields, and leading legal practitioners from major City firms.

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Degree structure

Availability: Full-time 1 year; Part-time 2 years (flexible study up to 5 years)

Students complete 180 credits (120 credits of taught modules and a 60-credit dissertation). Full-time students complete all 180 credits in 12 months. Part-time students spread their modules over 2 years, or with flexible study, over 3-5 years.

Core Modules

  • Dissertation (see below)


  • We have over 80 courses on offer, with specialisms in a range of subject areas, including:
  • Comparative Law
  • Competition Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Criminal Justice, Family and Social Welfare
  • Environmental Law and Policy
  • European Union Law
  • Human Rights Law
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • International Banking and Finance Law
  • International Commercial Law
  • International Law
  • Jurisprudence and Legal Theory
  • Law and Economics
  • Legal History
  • Litigation and Dispute Resolution
  • Public Law


All students undertake a research project on a selected topic of law which culminates in a dissertation of 12,000 words.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through lectures, seminars, tutorials, research exercises and guided self-study. Most of the courses are supported by a dedicated website containing materials, links and news on the subject. The programme is assessed through unseen examination, coursework and the research dissertation.

Further details available on subject website:

Entry and application

Entry requirements

A minimum of a UK Bachelor's degree in Law, awarded with first-class Honours (or good upper second-class Honours with evidence of first-class ability), or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

Graduates whose first degree is not in Law will be considered for admission if they have an upper second-class UK Bachelor's degree, or overseas equivalent, and at least a good Merit pass in the Common Professional Examination (Graduate Diploma in Law) recognised by the UK professional bodies.

For overseas equivalencies see the relevant country page.

How to apply

You may choose to apply online or download application materials; for details visit www.ucl.ac.uk/gradapps

The application deadline for the LLM programme is 1 July. Due to high demand for places, you are strongly advised to apply early. Applications submitted after 1 May will only be considered if places are available.

Who can apply?

The programme is suitable for high-calibre law students who wish to practice in specialist areas of law and/or pursue further doctoral studies. Our LLM attracts students from all parts of the world, providing students from the UK and abroad with unique opportunities for formal and informal critical comparative analysis.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Law at graduate level
  • why you want to study Law at UCL
  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree
  • please state the modules you would like to take as part of the LLM (not including the dissertation topic)
  • please state the specialism you would like to follow (if applicable)
  • please state the field you may be interested to research by way of dissertation
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.


First destinations of recent graduates include: Ernst & Young: Tax Advisor, UCL Business Plc: Legal Affairs and Intellectual Property Manager, Transport for London: Lawyer, Price Waterhouse Coopers: Trainee Solicitor, Ministry of Justice: Lawyer, Mehmet Gun & Partners: Trainee Lawyer, Far East International Company Ltd. Legal Consultant, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer: Competition Law Intern, Linklater's: Associate Lawyer, BAE Systems: Legal Assistant, House of Commons: Parliamentary Researcher, L'Oreal In-House Lawyer, Herbert Smith PLC Trainee Lawyer, Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Human Rights Consultant and UCL Law Department: Researcher.

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