Research course

Law by Research

Lancaster University · Law
LLM by research

Entry requirements

A good second class honours degree and a viable research proposal.

Months of entry


Course content

The LLM by Research is primarily made available for those who wish to complete a research degree in one year (full-time) and may be particularly suited to those who already have some practical expertise.

The intended subject of the research should normally be one in which the Law School does not offer a taught Masters degree. Whilst the work is primarily individual, you will be advised to take some research training in the form of appropriate LLM modules or modules from the Faculty Research Training Programme.

Successful applications will contain a viable research proposal, and be focused on our areas of research expertise. Please check our staff profiles for precise areas of expertise:

Department specialisms

Research is organised primarily around our five research centres. These centres provide a focus for collaborative research activities and engagement with those outside of the University who might be interested in the findings of our research – including policy-makers, judges, lawyers and NGOs. Research centres Centre for Law and Society Centre for International Law and Human Rights Centre for Crime, Law and Justice Centre for Bioethics and Medical Law Centre for Child and Family Justice Research To learn more about our research centres please visit

Information for international students

IELTS: 6.5 or equivalent.

Fees and funding

UK students
£7540 per year
International students
£16,120 per year

Qualification and course duration

LLM by research

full time
24 months
part time
36 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Coordinator
+44 (0)1524 592465