Law graduates The usual qualification for entry to the LLM programme is a degree in law, or a degree with a substantial law content, of at least 2.1 honours (or equivalent). Law graduates with 2.2 honours who also have other legal qualifications and/or substantial professional legal experience may also qualify. Non-law graduates Non-law graduates with a minimum second class honours degree, that have also obtained a Merit (or 60 per cent) in the Common Professional Examination (CPE) or Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) recognised by the UK professional bodies, may also qualify. Non-law graduates may also be considered on the basis of exceptional professional experience (of at least five years) in a legal area or an area directly related to their programme of study. In all cases, a full online application is required in order for a fair assessment and decision to be made. Each application is considered on its merits and on sight of full application documents. A full and detailed CV is required for all applications and is particularly relevant where professional experience needs to be considered.
Months of entry
The LLM in Comparative and International Dispute Resolution aims to inspire a new generation of lawyers to rethink traditional approaches to conflict and conflict resolution. Grounded in dispute resolution theory, this Master of Law programme combines solid theoretical grounding, broad interdisciplinary training and opportunities for individual study and skills development.
School of International Arbitration
The School of International Arbitration (SIA) at Queen Mary participates in and leads academic discussion on arbitration. As a research-led centre, the SIA studies the specific problems that arise in arbitration and contributes to the development of arbitration theory. Taking a practice-orientated approach to teaching arbitration, the SIA helps lawyers grasp the complex theoretical problems and parameters of the subject.
As a student on the LLM in Comparative and International Dispute Resolution programme you will be able to take part in SIA events and activities such as:
- Annual SIA Lecture sponsored by Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.
- SIA and ICC Institute of World Business Law and Practice Arbitrators Symposium (London / Paris).
- Annual networking event with leading London arbitration practices.
- Annual session with the secretary general of the ICC Court and the Registrar of the LCIA.
You will benefit from the SIA’s long standing links with arbitration experts from both the UK and overseas, many of whom have given guest lectures, including Audley Sheppard, Dr Laurence Shore and Christopher Newmark. The SIA also supports students to take part in the Willem C Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot and the Frankfurt Investment Arbitration Moot.
More than 3,000 students have studied the LLM in Comparative and International Dispute Resolution Queen Mary since the programme started in 1985. Upon graduating, you will be able to join the Alumni and Friends of the SIA (AFSIA), an invaluable network of arbitration specialists across the world, which offers a range of professional and social events.
The Master of Laws (LLM) is available to study full-time for one year or part-time for two years.
Each of the LLM programmes follows a common format: you will take 135 credits worth of taught modules (examined in May-June) and thereafter you work on a 15,000-word dissertation worth 45 credits (submitted mid August).
What differs from programme to programme is the range of modules that you are required to choose from. If you wish to take an unrestricted range of modules and any approved dissertation topic you should apply for the Master of Laws.
To specialise in this area, you must select 90 credits of modules from this list and do your compulsory dissertation in the field of Comparative and International Dispute Resolution (45 credits). The additional 45 credits of taught modules can be in this area or can be unrelated and therefore selected from the full list of available LLM modules.
All modules are 22.5 credits unless otherwise stated below.
Note: Not all of the modules listed will be available in any one year. Any modules not available in the forthcoming academic session will be marked as soon as this information is confirmed by teaching academics.
- QLLM009 Commercial Law Written and Oral Advocacy (45 credits) (Not running 2016-17)
- QLLM050 International Commercial Law (45 credits)
- QLLM150 Strategic Decision Making for Lawyers (Sem 1)
- QLLM151 Negotiation Theory and Practice (Sem 2)
- QLLM153 International Arbitration and Energy (Sem 2)
- QLLM187 International Investment Law (Sem 1)
- QLLM188 Regulation of International Investment and Public Policy (Sem 2) (Not running 2016-17)
- QLLM301 / QLLG003 Maritime Arbitration (Sem 2)
- QLLM314 Transnational Law and Governance (Sem 1)
- QLLM315 Transnational Law and Governance in Practice (Sem 2)
- QLLM350 Electronic Disclosure in Legal Disputes (sem 1)
- QLLM358 Cyberspace Law: Internet Jurisdiction and Dispute Resolution (sem 2) (not running 2016-17)
- QLLM370 WTO Law: Market Access and Non-Discrimination (sem 1)
- QLLM371 WTO Law: Trade Remedies and Regulatory Issues (sem 2)
- QLLM385 Alternative Dispute Resolution: Theory and Context (sem 1)
- QLLM386 Alternative Dispute Resolution: Selected Issues (sem 2)
- QLLM391 International Construction Contracts and Dispute Resolution (Sem 1)
- QLLM393 International Arbitration Law and Practice I: Theory and Context (sem 1)
- QLLM394 International Arbitration Law and Practice II: Selected Issues (sem 2)
- QLLM395 International Commercial Litigation (sem 1)
- QLLM396 Commercial Conflicts of Laws (sem 2)
- QLLM397 Investment Treaty Arbitration (sem 1)
- QLLM398 Investment Arbitration: Substantive Protection (sem 2)
- QLLM400 United States Energy Law, Regulation and Policy (sem 1)
Fees and funding
There are a number of sources of funding available for Masters students.
These include a significant package of competitive Queen Mary bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas, as well as external sources of funding.
School of Law scholarships
The School of Law offers a range of scholarships for Law Masters programmes each year. Full details are made available on the law funding page from October – November each year.
Queen Mary bursaries and scholarships
We offer a range of bursaries and scholarships for Masters students including competitive scholarships, bursaries and awards, some of which are for applicants studying specific subjects.
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Susan Sullivan
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- +44 (0)20 7882 6044