The Master of Laws (LLM) programme provides an ideal platform for 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.
Modes and duration
Tuition fees (2017/18)
- £14,370 (FT) £7,320 (PT)
- £20,820 (FT) £10,710 (PT)
Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Current Students website. Fees for flexible, modular study are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session.
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.
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.
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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 credits over 2 years, or with flexible study, over 3-5 years.
- Independent Research Essay
We have over 70 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
In addition to Laws module options, students may select up to 30 credits of taught Master's modules from another UCL department, providing the module is a coherent course of study for the award of Master of Laws (LLM) and has availability.
Independent Research Essay
All students undertake a 12,000-word independent research essay (60 credits) on a self-selected topic of law.
Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, research exercises and guided self-study and research. Each module is supported by a dedicated website containing a syllabus, learning materials, reading lists and assessment information. Taught module assessment may be through unseen examinations, coursework essays, oral presentations or a combination of assessment formats, usually undertaken in term three. A 12,000 word independent research essay is submitted at the end of the programme.
For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
Most graduates pursue a career in the legal profession. On completing the LLM some students choose to pursue a professional qualification in order to qualify as a solicitor or barrister. Our graduates go on to work in a wide range of areas, including for human rights organistations and corporate law firms, whilst others choose to remain in academia as researchers or lecturers.
Recent career destinations for this degree
- Environmental Lawyer, UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme)
- Compliance Analyst, Schroder Investment Management
- Associate, Baker & McKenzie
- Trainee Solicitor, Norton Rose Fulbright
- Research Assistant, Deutscher Bundestag (German Parliament)
The LLM enables graduates to develop skills which are highly sought after. While there is a large variety of content in the choice of modules on the course, graduates will enhance their abilities to think critically, use sound judgment, develop and deliver a cogent argument, research efficiently and comprehensively, and write for a legal audience.
Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2012–2014 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.
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.
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.
Students joining from the 2017/18 academic year will experience studying in cutting-edge teaching and learning rooms and new social and common spaces following a £21.6 million two-year redevelopment of Bentham House.
Student / staff numbers › 70 staff including 10 postdocs › 406 taught students › 65 research students
Research Excellence Framework (REF)
The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.
The following REF score was awarded to the department: Laws
74% rated 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent)
Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.
What our students and staff say
"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
"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'MearaLaw LLM
"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 LeeLaw 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 law students who wish to practise 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.
- All applicants
- 1 June 2017
Applications submitted after 1 June will only be considered if places are available.
For more information see our Applications page.Apply now
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.
Successful applicants to this programme will be required to pay a tuition fee deposit dependent on their mode of study and fee status as given below:
- UK/EU full-time: £2,000
- UK/EU part-time: £1,000
- Overseas full-time: £2,000
- Overseas part-time: £1,000
Further details can be found on the Fees and funding page.