UCL Graduate degrees



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.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2021

Modes and duration

Full time: 10 months
Part time: 20 months
Flexible: up to 5 years

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 9 November 2020
Close: 16 April 2021
Please note that, although the application deadline for this programme is 5pm on 16 April 2021, applications may close earlier if all places on the programme are filled.

Tuition fees (2021/22)

£18,800 (FT)
£9,400 (PT)
£28,500 (FT)
£14,250 (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 Students website: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees. 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.

Location: London, Bloomsbury

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.

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). In exceptional circumstances, graduates without a qualifying law degree but with substantial relevant work experience will also be considered.

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: Special. Further details are available on the UCL Laws website

Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English

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.

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.

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About this degree

Our LLM programme provides the ideal platform for you to develop expertise in specialist subject areas, and benefit from research-led teaching from the people who are recognised as experts in their field.

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.

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 and application requirements. 

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.

You will study 135 taught module credits and complete a 45 credit Research Essay.

You will be required to study three taught modules of 45 credits each (or a combination of 45-credit modules and 22.5 credit half modules). This will allow you the opportunity for greater depth of study in your chosen areas. 

Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded a LLM in Law.

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 is subject to change.

Compulsory modules

  • Research component

Optional modules

With a wide selection of graduate taught modules to choose from, there are numerous possible combinations of study on the LLM.

You can also earn a specialist LLM degree in a range of subject areas.  The taught modules and specialisms offered on the LLM programme vary from year to year. Please note that modules are subject to cancellation and module convenors may change. 

  • Comparative Law
  • Competition Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Law and Social Justice
  • 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
  • Legal History
  • Litigation and Dispute Resolution
  • Maritime Law
  • Public Law
  • Competition Law

Independent Research Essay

You will undertake a research component on a self-selected topic of law. If you are on a specialist route you will undertake a topic relevant to that specialism. 

Teaching and learning

The programme is a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, research exercises and guided self-study and research. Each module has a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) page containing a syllabus, learning materials, reading lists and assessment information. Your taught modules may be assessed through unseen examinations, coursework essays, oral presentations or a combination of assessment formats, usually undertaken in term three. You will complete the research component at the end of the programme.

Additional costs

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


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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 2021-22 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.


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.


The LLM enables you to develop skills which are highly sought after. We teach you to think critically, develop and deliver a cogent argument, research effectively and write for a legal audience.

Why study this degree at UCL?

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 on life at UCL Laws please see our website here.

Department: Laws

What our students and staff say

Staff view

"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
Staff view

"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
Staff view

"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 Lianos

Professor of Law

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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.

This programme requires two references. Further information regarding references can be found in our How to apply section.

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

Application deadlines

All applicants
16 April 2021

Please note that, although the application deadline for this programme is 5pm on 16 April 2021, applications may close earlier if all places on the programme are filled.

Please see UCL Faculty of Laws website for full information on how to apply here.

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 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:


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