Taught course

LLM (Master of Laws)

Manchester Metropolitan University · Manchester Law School

Entry requirements

You will have a UK honours degree (or international equivalent) at a minimum of 2:2 in either law or relevant humanities or social science-based discipline. Alternatively, you will have a Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL), a related postgraduate diploma or professional qualification recognised as the equivalent to at least a lower second class degree. Other qualifications or work experience may be acceptable if you demonstrate appropriate knowledge and skills at honours degree standard.

LL.M in Equality Law, LL.M in European Law, LL.M in Human Rights Law or LL.M in Law and Society

Months of entry


Course content

Giving you the opportunity to further extend your knowledge of the law and develop advanced legal research skills, the taught LLM will give your future prospects a significant boost by adding an internationally recognised postgraduate legal qualification to your existing skills and experience.

By studying on this programme, you will develop an in-depth understanding of how and why the law is formed, how it is applied and its relationship with policy and policy-making processes at the national, European and international levels.

Focusing on how law relates to individuals, society and the global arena as a whole, this programme explores in depth issues such as:

  • The operation and application of the law across all levels of society, particularly relating to race, disability, gender, orientation, religion and age.
  • The development of a significant body of discrimination and equalities law in the UK.
  • The important relationship between UK law and the laws of the European Union and the European Convention on Human Rights, particularly in relation to the protection of human rights, the tackling of security threats and the management of migration and asylum.
  • The impact of an increasing body of international and European law on the UK in areas such as counter-terror policy, the provision of healthcare, respect for family life and the free movements of persons.

This is a very flexible course, allowing you the freedom to follow either four distinct specialist routes or to tailor a general LL.M programme to your own interests through a choice of electives.

What you will study

The programme consists of 180 credits, divided into five units. Full-time students will take these units over three terms, whilst part-time students will spread these units over five terms.

General LL.M

  • Research Methods
  • Elective 1
  • Elective 2
  • Elective 3
  • Dissertation

LL.M Equality Law/European Law/Human Rights Law/Law and Society

  • Research Methods
  • Core 1
  • Core 2
  • Elective 1
  • Dissertation (chosen route related)

LL.M students take core units and may choose elective units from a wide range of study areas and specialisms. These taught units normally include Freedom, Security and Justice in the EU, Equality and Human Rights, Women and Violence, Children and the Law, Terrorism and Human Rights, and Human Rights and Healthcare. These are subject to availability each year.

You will be assessed through written exercises, reports, papers and essays and much of the material you will use will result from your own, independent research. You will also be expected to engage in group discussions and present your work both individually and as part of a group. For both full and part-time students, teaching takes place during the day, normally on a Wednesday.

Career prospects

Students who complete this programme receive an internationally recognised postgraduate interdisciplinary legal qualification and typically go on to establish careers either in or closely related to the legal profession. This qualification is an excellent basis for entering a career in public administration, the civil service, the voluntary and community sectors, teaching or academia as well as the legal profession. Many students go on to complete further postgraduate research.

For more information visit law.mmu.ac.uk/llm

Information 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
Full-time UK and EU students please visit http://www2.mmu.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught/2016/13493/ (Previous MMU students receive a 20% discount)
International students
For non-UK or EU students please visit http://www2.mmu.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught/2016/13493/

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

LLM Course Enquiries
+44 (0) 161 247 6969