Taught course

Financial Services Law, Regulation and Compliance

London Metropolitan University · Guildhall School of Business and Law

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Entry requirements

You’ll be required to have:

  • a minimum of a lower second-class (2.2) undergraduate degree in a relevant subject such as law, commercial law, business law, financial law, maritime law or maritime practice (or an equivalent international qualification).
  • an IELTs score of 6.5 or above as a standard entry requirement for law courses.

If you have a degree outside of the subject areas listed above, you may still be considered. Please contact courseenquiries@londonmet.ac.uk to be referred to an academic for consideration.

For mature applicants without a degree, you may be considered on merit of 2+ years appropriate work experience and other professional development or professional qualifications.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

Why study this course?

There is an increasing demand for legal awareness in the financial services sector. Our practice-focused approach will give you the professional edge needed to advance in this competitive industry.

These courses are taught online, so you have the freedom to learn from wherever you are in the world. We offer this programme as either a LLM (Master of Laws), postgraduate diploma or postgraduate certificate.

More about this course

These courses are designed to develop your practical understanding of important legal principles, detailed regulatory requirements and compliance issues facing the financial services sector.

You’ll have the opportunity critically to explore various areas of financial services law including corporate governance, risk management, complaints and financial crime.

If you are a legal practitioner, these programmes will allow you to specialise in this area of law. The courses are also suitable if you already work in the financial services sector and are looking to understand the legal aspects within the regulation and compliance environment.

At the end of the programme, you’ll understand the influence of European law on financial services, regulation and compliance. You’ll also be able to appreciate the commercial importance of this area of law and evaluate the impact of global and commercial policy issues on this sector.

Your tutors and lecturers will have backgrounds in both academia and legal practice.

This is a desirable area of commercial interest that will increase your employability potential in financial services and other regulatory sectors.

These courses are delivered online, so you’ll be able to study from anywhere in the world.

It's also possible for you to study a PG Diploma and a PG Certificate version of this course. These qualifications do not hold the same academic weighting as a Master of Laws degree (LLM), but are still beneficial for people already working in the industry.

As part of the LLM dissertation, you'll be able to research and critically analyse an area of financial services law of your choice. Please note, the dissertation module is only available to LLM students.


If you choose to study the LLM, you’ll be assessed through a combination of coursework essays, experiential projects and portfolio work, followed by a research dissertation or experiential work-based learning project.

If you choose to study the PG Dip or PG Cert, you’ll be assessed through a combination of coursework essays, experiential projects and portfolio work.

Information for international students

To study a degree at London Met, you must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. If you require a Student visa you may need to provide the results of a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

If you need (or wish) to improve your English before starting your degree, the University offers a Pre-sessional Academic English course to help you build your confidence and reach the level of English you require.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGDip
    full time
    8 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    16 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification
  • LLM
    full time
    12 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification
  • PGCert
    full time
    4 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    8 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification

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