Taught course

Tax Law

Queen Mary, University of London · School of Law

Entry requirements

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.

International applicants

Students from outside of the UK help form a global community here at Queen Mary. For detailed country specific entry requirements please visit the International section of our website. If your first language is not English, you must provide evidence of your English language proficiency. Find details of the English language entry requirements for postgraduate law programmes.

If you do not meet language or scholarly requirements it might be possible for you to undertake foundation or pre-sessional programmes that will prepare you for the masters programme. For more information you require, please contact the Admissions Office.

Months of entry


Course content

The School of Tax Law is a centre of excellence in research on and teaching of taxation. The LLM in Tax Law provides a comprehensive programme of study in tax law with a strong international and comparative focus. International taxation has grown in prominence and importance in recent years, and the LLM programme is designed to give students a thorough grounding in both substantive tax rules and tax policy and to equip them for future practice, whether they intend to enter or return to private practice, in-house employment or government service. The School of Tax Law offers a range of international, jurisdiction specific and subject specific modules, all of which are taught by leading academics and practitioners.

The LLM in Tax Law is widely regarded as one of the leading tax programmes in the world. It consistently attracts high-calibre international students from more than two dozen jurisdictions. Their varied academic and professional perspectives enrich the learning experience and provide many opportunities for networking.

In addition, students have the opportunity to take part in events organised by Queen Mary tax law academics, such as the London Alumni International Tax conference, the Avoir Fiscal Anniversary EU Tax Conference and the Summer Tax Programme, as well as workshops and seminars on current issues and developments. These events typically attract high profile practitioners, industry experts, academics and government officials.

Professional qualifications

The LLM in Tax Law qualifies students to sit the exams for the CTA Direct Tax route. In addition, four modules on the LLM in Tax Law -- International Tax Law, US International Taxation, EU Tax Law and Transfer Pricing -- can be used to prepare for ADIT (Advanced Diploma in International Taxation) exam papers, and a dissertation on a tax topic can be submitted in lieu of the second or third ADIT paper.

Information for international students

For more information, please see here.

Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

School of Law
+44 (0)20 7882 8093