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.

Mode of study

  • Full-time 1 year
  • Part-time 2 years
  • Flexible up to 5 years

Tuition fees

  • UK/EU Full-time: £12,900
  • UK/EU Part-time: £6,450
  • Overseas Full-time: £18,800
  • Overseas Part-time: £9,550

Application date

  • All applicants: 1 July 2014

More details in Application section.

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 Law 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 fro major City firms.

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
  • Maritime 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:


Scholarships include:
Faculty LLM Scholarship
Five Bentham Scholarships
The Master of the Rolls Scholarship
The Master of the Rolls Scholarship
The John Carr Scholarship
The Sir Frederick Pollock Scholarship
The Sir John Salmond Scholarship
The Chief Justice Scholarship.

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

Scholarships available for this department

Bentham Scholarship

This award is based on academic merit.

Chief Justice Scholarship

Based on academic merit

Joseph Hume Scholarship

Based on academic merit

John Carr Scholarship

Based on academic merit.

Master of the Rolls Scholarship

Based on academic merit.

Sir Frederick Pollock Scholarship

Based on academic merit.

Sir John Salmond Scholarship

Based on academic merit.

Leonard Sainer Scholarship

Each scholarship will be in the amount of £15,000 and used towards the cost of courses leading to final professional examinations, LPC or BPTC (currently approximately £13,000 [LPC] or £16,000 [BPTC] per annum).

GREAT/UCL Scholarship

This is a joint programme part funded through GREAT funds and through contributions made by UK Universities. GREAT is a part of the UK Government’s campaign to show to the world the best of the UK, and UCL has 8 master's courses which are eligible for inclusion. No separate appliction is required; all eligible students will be assessed by their department.

Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Scholarships and funding website.

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.

International equivalencies

Select your country for equivalent alternative requirements

English language proficiency level: Advanced (UCL pre-sess, IELTS, TOEFL and Pearson only)

How to apply

The application deadline for the LLM programme is 1 July 2014. 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: House of Commons: Legal Specialist (2011); Samsung: In-house Council (2011); Luxembourg: Corporate Legal Advisor (2011); Ernst & Young: Tax Lawyer (2011); Supreme Court of India: Senior Advocate (2011); United Nations: Relied Worker (2011); Financial Services Authority: Forensic Investigator (2011); Bloomberg: Analyst (2011); JP Morgan: Financial Assistant (2001).

Top career destinations for this programme

  • Japanese Government, Deputy Director, 2011
  • University of Leeds, Lecturer, 2011
  • Australian Law Reform Commission, Legal Officer, 2009
  • Univerity of York, Lecturer, 2013
  • University of Reading, Lecturer, 2010


Students with LPC or BPTC have progressed to training contracts or pupillages. Fully qualified practitioners have found that an LPC has enabled them to specialise or retrain to new areas of law. Many graduates have gained employment at United Nations agencies, NGO's and government departments around the globe.

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