London, Bloomsbury

The Master of Laws (LLM) programme provides an ideal opportunity for you to acquire or develop your expertise in specialist legal subject areas informed by world-class, research-led teaching. An LLM is an excellent way for you to advance a career in law.

UK students International students
Study mode
UK tuition fees (2023/24)
Programme also available on a modular (flexible) basis.
Overseas tuition fees (2023/24)
Programme also available on a modular (flexible) basis.
10 months
2 academic years
5 academic years
Programme starts
September 2023
Applications accepted
All applicants: 17 Oct 2022 – 31 Mar 2023

Applications open

Please note that applications may close earlier if all places on the programme are filled.

Entry requirements

Entrants to the UCL LLM must have ‘a good 2.1 with evidence of 1st class ability’ (or equivalent in other jurisdictions), and must provide evidence in their application of motivation, reasoning and analytical ability and communication skills.

'A good 2.1’ shall normally mean an average of at least 65% (or equivalent in other jurisdictions) across all years of study, and ‘evidence of 1st class ability’ shall normally mean at least one 1st class mark (or equivalent in other jurisdictions) over the entire degree.

We may be willing to consider applicants who are close to, but do not meet these quantitative criteria, where space on the programme allows. Such applicants must demonstrate that they excel in motivation, analytical and reasoning ability and communication skills. This needs to be demonstrated across the personal statement and the written work. Applicants with less than an average of 62% (or equivalent in other jurisdictions) across all years of study, will not normally be considered under these criteria.

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.

Graduates whose first degree is not in law will be considered for admission if they have an average of 65% across all years of undergraduate study, plus an average of at least 65% plus at least one mark over 70% in the Graduate Diploma in Law recognised by UK professional bodies (achieved or in progress). Alternatively, graduates whose first degree is not in law will be considered if they have an average of 65% across all years of undergraduate study, plus have successfully completed studies on a Solicitors Qualifying Examination full time programme of at least 12 months duration, usually resulting in a Masters qualification equivalent to a Merit classification, with an average of 65% in all assessments including a pass in the SQE on first attempt.

The English language level for this programme is: Level 4. Please check the Faculty of Laws website to see which tests we accept.

UCL Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English courses are for international students who are aiming to study for a postgraduate degree at UCL. The courses will develop your academic English and academic skills required to succeed at postgraduate level. International Preparation Courses

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

Equivalent qualifications

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. Please note that the equivalency will correspond to the broad UK degree classification stated on this page (e.g. upper second-class). Where a specific overall percentage is required in the UK qualification, the international equivalency will be higher than that stated below. Please contact Graduate Admissions should you require further advice.

About this degree

The Masters of Law (LLM) programme will enable you to acquire and develop expertise in a wide range of specialist legal subject areas, and benefit from world-class, research-led teaching from leading academics in their field. An LLM is an excellent way for you to advance a career in law.

Through the wide variety of taught modules we offer, you can explore your intellectual interests freely or choose to specialise in a particular area of legal research.

If you want to study an LLM with a specialism, you should apply to the relevant LLM specialism route. If you are unsure at this stage, whether you want to specialise or would like to study a general LLM, then you should apply to the general LLM route.

In addition to the information below, we suggest that you review the UCL Faculty of Laws website for more information on the LLM degree programme, specialisms and application requirements. 

Who this course is for

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. We attract new graduates and legal practitioners from around the world, creating a student community with unique opportunities for critical legal debate.

What this course will give you

UCL is one of the world's top universities, as recognised in national and international rankings. Located in the heart of London, a global legal capital, we attract a diverse, international body of students and staff. As an LLM student, you 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. You will be taught by internationally renowned academics, at the cutting edge of their fields, and leading legal practitioners from major City firms.

We pride ourselves on the collaborative and welcoming atmosphere of UCL Laws, and our community of students, teachers, researchers and alumni will help foster your potential during your time with us and throughout your career.

In March 2018, Bentham House, the home of UCL Laws, was re-opened, following a major three-year redevelopment. The Grade II listed building has been significantly expanded and updated with new teaching and event spaces. A bright and modern five-story glass atrium at the very heart of the building hosts a café and social space for all of the UCL Laws community to come together.

You can choose from an array of activities both within the Faculty and in the wider UCL community some of which add greatly to your legal education, some of which are just about having a good time. For more information please see Life at UCL Laws.

The foundation of your career

The Bentham House Association is a global community of UCL Laws alumni, which benefit from advice, support and regular networking events around the world. You can read about our former students' experiences since they graduated and what they enjoyed most about studying at UCL Laws.


Many graduates pursue a career in the legal profession. On completing the LLM you may choose to pursue a professional qualification in order to qualify as a solicitor or barrister. You may go on to work in a wide range of areas, including NGOs and corporate law firms, whilst others choose to remain in academia or work in government departments. Find out more about our alumni and what they have gone on to do with an LLM from UCL Faculty of Laws.

Teaching and learning

Assessment in taught modules is often by examination, an assessed coursework essay, or through a combination of both. Other methods of assessment, such as oral presentations, are also possible.

Generally, your assessments will take place in term three.

During the programme, you will research and write a 45-credit Research Essay (RE) which counts towards your final grade.

You will be expected to select a research topic in consultation with your academic advisor within an area of law that reflects your specialist degree (if applicable). The Research Essay is submitted at the end of term three.

Contact hours are approximately two 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 one only).  You can expect increased work/commitments at the end of the year regardless of the spread of your modules over terms one and two.


Full-time students will study 180 credits (135 taught module credits and a 45 credit Research Essay) to complete the LLM, over a period of 10 months.

Terms one and two

During the first week of term one, you will attend the LLM Induction Programme, which includes a series of events to welcome you to UCL Laws and to UCL as a whole, and to complete your formal registration onto the LLM programme.

In the second week of term, you will begin your first classes.

There are ten weeks of classes per term, with a break for reading week after week five. Throughout the term, you will be able to take advantage of the wide range of events held within the Faculty and across UCL, including special lectures, mooting, debating and activities organised by the UCL Laws Graduate Law Society.

Term three

Your assessments, including examinations and coursework essays are normally submitted in term three and can be scheduled at any time during this term. The assessment schedule is usually published at the end of term 2.

During the entire year from September to June you will work on your Research Essay (RE) which will be submitted at the end of term three.

Part-time students will follow the same programme as full-time students above, except for the following:

  • Your degree will be completed over two academic years (10 months each)
  • In your first year, you will take 90 credits of taught modules
  • In your second year, you will take the remaining 45 credits of taught modules and the 45 credit Research Essay
  • 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.

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.

Modular/flexible students will follow the same programme as full-time students above, except for the following:

  • You will have up to five academic years to complete your degree (10 months each).
  • You can plan how you would like to complete your 135 taught module credits over that five year period based on your personal circumstances (or earlier if you plan to complete the degree in fewer than five 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.
  • It is recommended that you 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.

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.

Compulsory modules

Optional modules

International Human Rights Law

Carriage of Goods by Sea

International Trade Law

International Humanitarian Law

Law of Trade Marks and Brands

Law of Treaties

Historical Development of the Common Law

Jurisprudence and Legal Theory

The Law and Regulation of Banks and Fintech Services

Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability are subject to change. Modules that are in use for the current academic year are linked for further information. Where no link is present, further information is not yet available.

You will study 180 credits to receive the LLM. If you choose to study part-time you will spread the credits over 2 years, or with flexible study, over 3-5 academic years. Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded a LLM in Law.


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Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Full-time Part-time
Tuition fees (2023/24) £21,200 £10,600
Tuition fees (2023/24) £32,100 £16,050

Programme also available on a modular (flexible) basis.

The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Where the programme is offered on a flexible/modular basis, fees are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website:

Additional costs

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.

There are no programme-specific costs.

For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.

Funding your studies

We have established a variety of scholarships to increase access for UK-based students and those with outstanding academic achievements, in addition to Academic Excellence scholarships that are open to all applicants. For more information on available scholarships for the 2023-24 academic year please see 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.

GREAT Scholarship for Justice and Law

Deadline: 23 May 2023
Value: £10,000 towards tuition fees (1yr)
Criteria Based on both academic merit and financial need
Eligibility: EU, Overseas

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.

There is an application processing fee for this programme of £90 for online applications and £115 for paper applications. Further information can be found at Application fees.

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Law at graduate level and at UCL
  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree
  • the modules you would like to take as part of the LLM (excluding the independent research essay topic) and the specialism you would like to follow (if applicable)
  • the field you may be interested to research by way of independent research essay.

You must submit a personal statement to illustrate whether your reasons for applying match what the programme will deliver.

You must also submit a piece of written work of 750 words on a topic of contemporary relevance in your area of legal interest.

You can find out more information on how to apply at:

Please note that you may submit applications for a maximum of two graduate programmes (or one application for the Law LLM) in any application cycle.

Choose your programme

Please read the Application Guidance before proceeding with your application.

Year of entry: 2023-2024

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