Admission is based solely on academic merit. If applying from overseas, you should supply a transcript of your law degree marks together with two reference letters and provide proof of proficiency in English. You will still be considered for admission if you have already accepted the offer of a place at any other London College or elsewhere. For fuller details on application procedures and entry requirements, please refer to the How to apply section. When you apply for any of these LLMs, please indicate which courses you would like to do on the Course Details section of the application form.
Months of entry
The LLM in Immigration Law will provide you with the opportunity to study legal responses to the global phenomenon of immigration at international, supranational and domestic levels and to understand the rationale and operation of the law in context.
This Master of Laws programme offers a comprehensive overview of the major legal and theoretical issues concerning immigration law and policy from a domestic, comparative, European and international perspective. Modules include international migration and refugee law, European migration law, comparative immigration law, cultural diversity and the law, and migration and security. This LLM is unique globally as it is taught by leading academics in the field and you will be exposed to insights from legal practitioners, international organisations and NGOs.
The East End of London is a historic site of migration and displays the interplay between migration and human rights, on the one hand, and migration and security, on the other hand, as well as the transnational nature of the phenomenon of human mobility across borders in a globalised world. The programme adds to the existing expertise offered by the School of Law in human rights, public law, legal theory, and public international law. Our academics are engaged in leading research into the areas covered within the programme.
This programme will:
- Allow you to gain the most up to date knowledge of developments in the area of international and comparative immigration and refugee law.
- Deliver knowledge and analysis of a range of concerns of relevance to professional communities involved in the field.
- Enable you to understand the formal legal dimensions of your subjects as well as the more contextual political, historical and socio-legal dimensions.
- Give you exposure to an array of experts who have research as well as policy led focus on the issues at stake.
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 theMaster 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 Immigration Law (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 LLM modules.
All modules are 22.5 credits unless otherwise stated.
- QLLM170 Cultural Diversity and Law (Sem 1)
- QLLM172 Comparative Immigration and Nationality Law (Sem 2)
- QLLM174 Migration, Security and Human Rights (Sem 1)
- QLLM176 International Refugee Law (Sem 1)
- QLLM177 International Migration Law (Sem 2) (Not running 2016-17)
- QLLM193 Free Movement of Persons in the European Union (Sem 2)
- QLLM321 Ethics of Migration and Asylum (Sem 1) (Not running 2016-17)
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.
Fees and funding
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 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.
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Susan Sullivan
- +44 (0)20 7882 8092
- +44 (0)20 7882 6044