Taught course

Top-up LLM

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.

LLM in Legal Practice

Months of entry


Course content

This 'top-up' course allows you to take 105 credits from your existing Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice (following either the LPC or the BPTC/BVC) and complete an additional taught unit and dissertation or research project required 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 ResearchMethods 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 teaching sessions at the beginning of the course. Teaching is complemented by material accessible on 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 can take place via face-to-face meetings, the phone, e-mail or even audio-visually.

Special Features and Benefits

  • Give your CV a vital boost.
  • Gain a full Masters 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.

Career Prospects

Ideal for those seeking to boost their existing LPC or BPTC qualifications with an internationally recognised legal qualification, this course will add further academic and practical legal weight to your CV potentially helping you stand out in the highly competitive legal jobs market.
For further details about this course, visit mmu.ac.uk/law

Placement Opportunities

There are opportunities for Law students to take part in voluntary pro bono (voluntary) work experience in a wide range of legal areas. MMU School of Law currently works with the following partners: Lawworks, Partners of Prisoners (POPs), Amicus, Personal Support Unit, and Manchester Mediation Service. We are continually adding to our portfolio of pro bono partners, which extends and improves the opportunities for students to experience legal work.

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: £2,050, part-time: £1025 per year.
International students

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Dissertation80 (15000 words)
Taught module in Research Methods20

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
+44 (0) 161 247 6969