UCL Faculty of Laws



Frequently asked questions about the UCL Faculty of Laws' LLM programme


Is there an application fee?

Yes, UCL has a non-refundable application processing fee for graduate taught programmes. The 2021/22 application fees are £90.00 for online applications and £115.00 for paper applications. Please note that online applications will not be submitted, and paper applications will not be processed, until the application fee has been paid in full.

When do I apply?

We recommend applying as early as possible particularly if you require a decision by a certain date for funding reasons, as it can take 35 working days for a decision to be made from the point that you receive confirmation from the UCL Admissions Office that your application is complete and has been sent to UCL Laws for consideration.

Do I need a law qualification to apply?

Yes, you need a law qualification to be considered for the LLM, i.e. Bachelor of Laws (LLB), Juris Doctor (JD), Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL). In exceptional circumstances, graduates without a law qualification but with work experience will be considered, however, experience must be relevant and a minimum of five years. This is a very uncommon route onto the programme.

What does the admissions process involve?

Once you submit your completed application, it is first received by the UCL Admissions Office. They record applicant details and then assign the application form to UCL Laws if the application is complete. Confirmation is sent to the applicant to say the application is complete and has been sent to UCL Laws. It is UCL Laws who considers the application form and makes a decision. An application is considered complete when all components have been uploaded (personal statement, written work, transcript) and references have responded. If your application is missing any documents, the UCL Admissions Office will email you to request the missing documents and the application will not be forwarded to UCL Laws for consideration until everything has been received. Please ensure your referees respond promptly to avoid any delays.   Please note your references will need to come from an institutional address and not from a personal one.

All applicants will be informed of their decision via the UCL Applicants Portal by the UCL Admissions Office and not by UCL Laws itself. You can expect to receive a response from UCL around 35 working days after your application has been received COMPLETE and processed by the UCL Admissions Office. If your application is received incomplete, the 35 working days will count from you submitting the required documents to make your application complete.

I haven't taken an English language test yet. Can I still apply now or do I have to wait for my test result?

You can still submit an application for the LLM programme if you have not yet taken an English test. We are able to make decisions on applications without an English test providing all other documents have been submitted (transcripts, personal statement, written work and references). If we would like to make you an offer, it will be conditional upon meeting the English language requirements (and any other requirements if necessary).

Does UCL offer an English course if I don’t meet the requirements?

Yes, UCL Pre-sessional English Courses are intensive and academically challenging courses normally intended for international students who are planning to study a graduate degree (MA, MSc, LLM or MPhil/PhD) at UCL, but do not meet the English language requirement of their conditional offer. Please find out more here. 

Does the written work have to be an original piece or can I use an essay I’ve written from a different course?

You may adapt an old piece of work providing it fits the following remit: Your piece of work should not exceed 750 words. It should be a complete piece, not an extract, abstract or summary. It should be on a topic of contemporary relevance in your area of legal interest. Your written work should demonstrate your reasoning and analytical ability and communication skills. 

Will I get student accommodation in London?

For information on accommodation available and how to apply for accommodation, please visit the UCL residences site. Please note the relevant closing dates for accommodation, depending on whether you are applying from home or overseas.

When does the programme start?

The programme starts on Monday 27 September 2021.

How many credits and modules do I take?

The full-time workload is 135 taught module credits.  This breaks down to three 45-credit modules or six 22.5 credit modules, or any combination of those that equates to 135 credits. In addition to the taught modules you are required to independently complete a 45 credit Research Essay.

Full time students complete this workload in one academic year with taught modules taking place over terms 1 and 2 and the Research Essay being submitted in term 3.

How many contact hours will there be? 

Contact hours are approximately 2 hours per week for each taught module you are taking in any one term.  In addition to contact hours you would need to ensure you have suitable preparation/reading time set aside and suitable time to carry out work on the Research Essay when the time comes.  The weekly commitment will vary depending on module registrations in that term.  Most assessment components are submitted during the April/May assessment period (even for modules that took place in term 1 only).  You can expect increased work/commitments at the end of the year regardless of the spread of your modules over terms 1 and 2. 

How does it work for Part-time students?

Your degree will be completed over two academic years. In your first year, you will take 90 credits of taught modules and in your second year, you will take the remaining 45 credits of taught modules and the 45 credit Research Essay. You will be invited to attend induction at the start of your first year with the full-time students.

Please note that you will be attending classes with full-time and flexi LLM students.  Module teaching can be scheduled between 9am-8pm on weekdays.  You will be able to reference the timetable when making your module selections each year. You will therefore complete module selection twice: once at the start of your programme and again in the summer before you return to your second and final year.

What about studying the Flexi-route?

You will have up to 5 academic years to complete your degree. You can plan how you would like to complete your 135 taught module credits over that 5 year period based on your personal circumstances (or earlier if you plan to complete the degree in fewer than 5 years). We will prompt you to select modules each year.  You may wish to have a year or more where you do not take any modules; this is possible.

You will be invited to attend induction at the start of your first year with the full-time students. Please note that you will be attending classes with full-time and part-time LLM students.  Module teaching can be scheduled between 9am-8pm on weekdays.  You will be able to reference the timetable when making your module selections each year.

You can only complete your Research Essay at the end of your degree, in the same year that you are due to complete all of your taught module credits.

Can I study by distance learning?

It is not normally possible to study for the LLM at UCL by distance learning. However, the University of London offers an LLM programme by distance learning, which is academically led jointly by UCL and Queen Mary University of London.

Where can I find information and advice for EU students following the EU referendum result?

Visit UCL's dedicated EU referendum site to find asked questions and answers about the EU referendum and its potential impact on UCL research, staff, students and prospective students, as well as links to further information.

Do you offer the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) or Legal Practice Course (LPC)?

We do not offer the GDL or LPC here at UCL.

You can find a list of providers for the GDL. For more information on the process to qualify to practice law in the UK please see the Central Applications Board.

Can I transfer credits from previous education for the LLM programme?

No, all successful applicants must enrol at the beginning of the programme and complete the full 180 credits. We do not consider Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) requests.

Do I need a visa to study?

As an EU/EEA/Swiss citizen, if you are already living in the UK or arrive in the UK by 11pm 31 December 2020, you will be eligible to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme. As long as you arrive in the UK by 31 December 2020 the deadline to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme to remain resident in the UK is 30 June 2021.

From 1 January 2021, the UK will have a new immigration system and any EU/EEA/Swiss citizen not eligible for the EU Settlement Scheme will require a visa to enter after 1 January 2021. As a student, this means that to enter the UK on or after 1 January 2021, you must apply for a Student visa

Anyone else not from the European Economic Area or Switzerland (including dual nationals) coming to study in the UK for more than 6 months will require a Student visa also.

Can I apply for more than one LLM? 

No, you must only apply to one LLM, such as the general LLM or one specialism route. Only one application will be assessed and any further applications will be withdrawn.