Taught course

LLM in Legal Practice (Top-up)

Manchester Metropolitan University · Manchester Law School

Entry requirements

You must have a Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice gained through the successful completion of the LPC or BCV/ BPTC qualification.

Months of entry


Course content

This 'top-up' course allows you to use your existing Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice (following either the LPC or the BPTC/BVC) and to complete a Research Methods units and dissertation or research project to obtain the fully-fledged Master's degree.

To ‘top-up’ your existing qualification to full Master’s level, you must complete a single taught module in Research Methods and then successfully undertake a dissertation or research project in an area of practical law, law in practice or academic law chosen by you.

The Research Methods module is a preparatory unit for your research and entails 4 x 2 hour face-to-face or online (distance learning) teaching sessions at the beginning of the course. Teaching is complemented by material accessible on the University's virtual learning environment, Moodle. This is followed by the production of your 15,000 word dissertation or research project under the supervision of one of the Law School’s expert members of staff. Supervisory meetings on the accelerated and part-time modes can take place via face-to-face meetings, the phone, e-mail or even audio-visually. Supervision is delivered via the online means on the distance learning modes with the need for face-to-face contact.

Study modes

The course is very flexible and taught on an accelerated full-time, part-time or distance* learning basis. It is possible to choose the distance learning option completely or opt to undertake your research Methods face-to-face in Manchester.

*Only the distance learning route will be suitable for international students.

Features and benefits

  • Give your CV a vital boost
  • Gain a full Master's degree in a streamlined format.
  • Deepen you knowledge of an area of the Law directly related to practice.
  • Flexible study with our online research methods unit and independent research project.

For further details about this course, visit law.mmu.ac.uk/llm and click through to 'Top-up LLM'.

Information for international students

Only the distance learning route will be suitable for international students. For more information to support your studies in the UK, including course details, how to apply, and living in the UK visit www.mmu.ac.uk/international

Fees and funding

UK students
UK/EU full-time please visit http://www2.mmu.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught/2016/13494/ (previous Manchester Met students receive 20% alumni discount)
International students
Distance-learning visit http://www2.mmu.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught/2016/13494/

Please check the latest Postgraduate prospectus for information on the tuition fees for each course. For further information on potential sources of funding for postgraduate students, visit www.mmu.ac.uk/study/postgraduate

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Course Enquiries Team
+44 (0) 161 247 6969