Taught course


Northumbria University · Faculty of Business and Law

Entry requirements

The usual entry requirement for the Certificate stage is one of the following: a degree in law. a degree incorporating law elements or a joint honours degree incorporating law. a non-law degree with appropriate work experience. a comparable professional qualification.

Months of entry


Course content

Northumbria has an enviable reputation for its practical, innovative LLM programmes, which are accessible to a wide range of professionals.

Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits), Postgraduate Diploma (60 credits), LLM (60 credits) - total 180 credits, all at level 7

The linked award structure of our distance learning LLM programmes gives students flexibility in their studies. Students enrol on and complete each stage of the programme, all of which are at Masters level, before choosing to move onto the next stage or choosing to exit with the relevant award. The stages are Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma and LLM.

Each part of the programme is treated as a separate and distinct award – successful completion of the 60 credit Postgraduate Certificate stage, comprising three modules, is therefore an entry requirement for the Postgraduate Diploma stage and successful completion of the 60 credit Postgraduate Diploma stage, comprising three modules, is an entry requirement for the LLM stage. Completion of all three stage leads to the award of LLM.

This Masters programme offers flexibility and choice to students and will appeal to a broad range of people whether employed in the legal sector or who have an interest in specific aspects of legal areas which are relevant to their employment or personal development. Students can tailor their Masters programme to meet their own interests and aspirations.

Students can choose to study subjects from a whole range of modules offered across the Law School’s other LLM programmes. Students must study a total of six modules and undertake a research project to be awarded an LLM. The programme will commence with a module in Legal Research and Study Skills to allow students to develop the necessary skills to successfully complete the programme assessments.

The Legal Research and Study Skills module involves group work (face to face or on line depending upon whether the student is studying full time or by distance learning) and peer review of formative written work. There is no end point assessment. Instead, students are required to participate in a series of tasks. We have designed the legal research module in such a way to enable students to obtain feedback from tutors throughout the module, and to learn with and from their fellow students. We believe that group work as a means by which students can together discuss and practise the key legal skills that underpin future LLM studies is the best way for students to learn legal research. By reviewing each other’s work students are able to better identify areas for improvement in their own work and to better understand the assessment criteria. This is not the only way in which students will be taught on the programme however. Students will study the majority of the later modules independently, completing individual assignments.

The Project
Students wishing to gain the LLM must complete a researched project of 15,000 – 17,000 words on a related area of law. Completion of the project enables students to explore a particular topic, of their own choosing, to a much greater degree

Information for international students

IELTS score of 6.5 (or above) with a minimum score in each component of Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking of 5.5 Pearson Academic score of 62 (or above) with a minimum score in each component of Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking of 51

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
9 months


distance learning
18 months


distance learning
27 months

Course contact details

0191 227 4453