The Master of Laws (LLM) programme provides an ideal opportunity for students to acquire or develop their expertise in specialist legal subject areas informed by world-class, research-led teaching. An LLM is an ideal way to advance a career in law.
Modes and duration
Tuition fees (2018/19)
- £14,790 (FT) £7,550 (PT)
- £21,440 (FT) £11,030 (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.
Fee deposit: All full time students are required to pay a fee deposit of £2,000 for this programme. All part-time students are required to pay a fee deposit of £1,000.
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/Commendation award in the Graduate Diploma in Law (Common Professional Examination) 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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About this degree
Students are equipped with advanced academic legal skills and knowledge which can be applied in further study or careers in legal practice, public service or industry. They develop a knowledge and understanding of law in its context, the skills necessary for analysis of complex legal issues, and research expertise.
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 and specialist LLM degrees 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 modules form part of a coherent programme of study for the award of Master of Laws (LLM) and registration is approved by the relevant department.
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 webpage 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. The 12,000 word independent research essay is submitted at the end of the programme.
Faculty of Laws LLM Scholarships 2018-19
The Faculty offers ten £5,000 Bentham Scholarships for the LLM programme 2018-19.
The scholarships will be awarded based on academic merit and further information about the application process for these Scholarships can be found on the UCL Laws website.
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
- Associate Lawyer, Linklaters
- Barrister, Government of Antigua and Barbuda
- Civil Servant, Cabinet Office
- Competition Court Attorney Clerk, Competition Tribunal
- PhD Law, University College London (UCL)
The LLM enables students to develop skills which are highly sought after. The programme teaches students to think critically, develop and deliver a cogent argument, research effectively 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 2013–2015 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 2018/19 academic year will experience studying in cutting-edge teaching and learning rooms and new social and common spaces following a £24 million two-year redevelopment of Bentham House.
Student / staff numbers
› 179 staff
including 10 postdocs
› 450 taught students
› 60 research students
Staff/student numbers information correct as of 1 August 2017.
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
84% 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
"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
"UCL has been at the forefront of my area of research, competition law and policy, for more than five decades. My work explores the increasing role played by economics and public policy analysis in law-making and adjudication. My main expertise lies in the area of competition law and regulation but I have also been exploring the influence of economics and public policy analysis in areas such as intellectual property law, and European law. This process transforms legal practice, as lawyers are increasingly required to work with economists in order to build effective legal arguments, theories and frameworks. I use empirical techniques (advanced social network analysis, statistics) in my work and have received training as a lawyer and a sociologist. I love working with fellow researchers, doctoral, graduate and undergraduate students on collective research projects. The development of the practice of research-led teaching integrates students and gives them the opportunity to contribute."
Professor Ioannis LianosLaw 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.
Application fee: There is an application processing fee for this programme of £75 for online applications and £100 for paper applications. More details about the application fee can be found at www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/application.
Who can apply?
The programme is suitable for law graduates who wish to practise in specialist areas of law and/or pursue further doctoral studies, as well as those who simply wish to develop their legal expertise. Our LLM attracts new graduates and legal practitioners from around the world, creating a student community with unique opportunities for critical legal debate.
- All applicants
- 27 March 2018
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.