Entry requirements

Minimum upper second class honours degree (or equivalent) in Law

Months of entry


Course content

The LLM programme may be completed either through one year of full-time study or two, three or four years of part-time study. All students apply to the general LLM programme, but have the option of pursuing a specialised LLM.

Each LLM student is required to successfully complete four (4.0) units of coursework and a 12,000 word dissertation on a topic related to his or her specialisation. The dissertation must be linked to a module offered at SOAS itself, and attendance on the module will be treated as being part of the process of supervision. Year-long modules are worth 1.0 unit, while single-term modules are worth 0.5 units. A student will thus complete between four and eight taught modules during his or her LLM programme.

Examinations for all taught modules will be held in May/June of each year and the dissertation will be due for submission during September of the final year of registration. The assessment for each module may vary.

It is expected that all students will graduate with an LLM in law. A student who wishes to graduate with a specialised LLM is required to take at least three (3.0) units and write their dissertation, which will be worth two (2.0) units, within their chosen specialisation. The fourth (4.0) unit can be taken outside of the LLM specialism or, with the LLM tutor’s permission, outside of the School of Law

Email: lawandsocialsciences@soas.ac.uk

Information for international students

Information, including English language requirements, can be found here: https://www.soas.ac.uk/admissions/international/

Fees and funding

Please check https://www.soas.ac.uk/registry/funding/ for details.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24-48 months

Course contact details

Student Recruitment Office
+44 (0)20 7898 4700