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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.

Key Information

Modes and duration

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

Programme start date

September 2016

Tuition Fees (2016/17)

£13,950 (FT) £7,105 (PT)
£19,940 (FT) £10,400 (PT)

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 2 September 2015
Close: 1 July 2016
Fees note: Fees for flexible, modular study are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session. The tuition fee schedule for 2016/17 entry can be viewed on the UCL Current Students website.

Entry Requirements

A minimum of a UK Bachelor's degree in Law, awarded with a clear upper second-class Honours and evidence of ability to succeed in a programme of advanced study, 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.

English Language Requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Advanced

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

Select your country:

Degree Information

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.

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

  • Independent Research Essay (see below)


  • We have over 90 modules on offer, with specialisms in a range of subject areas, including:
  • Comparative Law
  • Competition Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Criminal Justice, Family and Social Welfare
  • Energy Law
  • 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
  • Maritime Law
  • Public Law

Independent Research Essay

All students undertake a 12,000-word independent research essay on a self-selected topic of law.

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 independent research essay.

Further information on modules and degree structure available on the department web site Law LLM


Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed (where available) below. For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Bentham Scholarship

£5,000 (1 year)
Overseas students
Based on academic merit

Chief Justice Scholarship

£5,000 (1 year)
Overseas students
Based on academic merit

John Carr Scholarship

£5,000 (1 year)
Overseas students
Based on academic merit

Joseph Hume Scholarship

£1,600 (1 year)
UK, EU, Overseas students
Based on academic merit

Master of the Rolls Scholarship

£5,000 (1 year)
Overseas students
Based on academic merit

Sir Frederick Pollock Scholarship

£5,000 (1 year)
Overseas students
Based on academic merit

Sir John Salmond Scholarship

£5,000 (1 year)
Overseas students
Based on academic merit

More scholarships are listed on the Scholarships and Funding website


First destinations of recent graduates include: JP Morgan: Analyst (2012); Royal Navy: International Law Desk Officer (2012); Romanian Embassy: Diplomat (2012); Beijing University: Lecturer (2012); Herbert Smith Freehills: Litigation Lawyer (2012); United Nations: Lawyer (2012); Japanese District Court: Judge (2012).

Top career destinations for this degree

  • Deputy Director, Japanese Government
  • Policy Researcher, House of Lords
  • Lecturer, University of York
  • District Judge, Singapore Courts


Students with LPC or BPTC have progressed to training contracts or pupillages. Fully qualified practitioners have found that an LLM 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.

Why 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 from major City firms.

Student / staff ratios › 79 staff including 18 postdocs › 478 taught students › 73 research students

Department: Laws

Degree reviews

Staff review

"UCL is a real multi-faculty university, which makes it an amazingly interesting and stimulating place to be. My work has greatly benefited from meeting and working with top researchers in other disciplines such as neuroscience, crime science, computer science and psychology."

Professor Cheryl Thomas

Professor of Judicial Studies
Student review

"I would recommend UCL for all those thinking of a postgraduate degree in law. As a mature student, with a previous career in banking law, it has been one of the best decisions that I have ever made and goes to show that it is never too late for a change of direction!"

Christopher O'Meara

Staff review

"The depth and breadth of expertise in environmental law and governance, as well as in broader questions of environmental protection, first attracted me to UCL. I work mainly on the governance of environmental protection, especially the ways in which we take environmental decisions, examining areas including genetically modified organisms, renewable energy infrastructure, industrial emissions, chemicals, climate change. I also spend a lot of time working on the ways in which regulation (including environmental regulation) shapes and influences decisions in private law, particularly tort, an increasingly important part of tort scholarship and practice. I most enjoy working with brilliant colleagues and students (and alone!) on intellectually challenging and practically important questions."

Professor Maria Lee

Law MPhil/PhD, Law LLM
Professor of Law

Application and next steps


Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

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.

Application deadlines

All applicants
1 July 2016
Applications submitted after 1 July will only be considered if places are available.

For more information see our Applications page.

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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 independent research essay 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 independent research essay
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.

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