Entry requirements

You will need a UK/ROI honours degree – minimum 2:2 – or the international equivalent. We’ll also accept Certificates of Academic Standing, granted by the Bar Standards Board, for eligible overseas and mature students.

We require IELTS with an overall score of 7.0 with no less than 5.5 in any category, or an equivalent accepted English qualification. Accepted English qualifications can be viewed here.

Months of entry


Course content

The legal profession, like many others, is evolving rapidly due to new developments such as the digitalisation of the sector, changing the way in which lawyers operate. As a result, it is important for anyone looking to enter the profession to know about these developments, as well as having a solid foundation in legal knowledge and skills.

A career in law presents a wide variety of employment opportunities for students, from representing and advising clients as a solicitor or barrister, to creating powerful research and shaping law and policy, to name just a few.

Legal education for the future

On our course, which is equivalent to the GDL, we’ll help you to develop an understanding of the profession in the context of the evolving role and professional identity of those who work in it. We will help you start to plan your career and to identify professional behaviours and soft skills, such as creativity and adaptability, that are increasingly required in practice. You’ll learn about the role of digital and business skills in professional practice and will start to develop a professional mindset from the very beginning of the course, enhancing your employability and capacity to be a successful legal professional.

Features and Benefits

  • Enhance your CV – you’ll develop the professional skills you need to forge a career in law. Your previous education and experience will add an extra dimension to your CV.
  • Funding available – if you are a UK resident, you may be eligible for the Postgraduate Loan Scheme if you study the full masters degree.
  • Dynamic legal centre – you’ll study in Manchester, a city which has a thriving legal sector, with a wide range of national and international firms that specialise in diverse areas of legal practice.
  • Moot court room – try mooting in our state-of-the-art moot courtroom that supports the development of our students’ legal advocacy. Sitting in the heart of the law school building, it’s a major focal point in our law school community.
  • Make connections – use our extensive links to law firms, lawyers and other organisations to help develop relationships that could further your career.
  • Pro bono work – put your legal skills and knowledge to the test by volunteering with our pro bono partners. Gain valuable experience before starting work.
  • Outstanding learning environment – access the excellent facilities within our Faculty of Business and Law, including careers and student hubs and IT zones – our University library is also right next door.
  • Supportive community – the student Law Society brings together students from all stages of legal study, to take part in networking and social events.

Information for international students

International students please visit our website for more information.

Fees and funding

Funding information available, please visit our website.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • LLM
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Students wishing to qualify as a solicitor are encouraged to take the SQE 1 optional unit on this course.

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
+44 (0)161 247 6969