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Postgraduate Laws LLM

University of London · University of London

Entry requirements

For direct entry to the LLM, you will usually have one of the following:

  • A Bachelor of Laws (LLB) with second-class honours from the University of London.
  • A second-class bachelor degree (or equivalent), where at least half the units are in law-related subjects.
  • A pass in the Bar Vocational Course (BVC) of England and Wales, or the Qualifying Exam of the Solicitors' Regulation Authority of England (or corresponding exams in Scotland or Northern Ireland), plus a second-class bachelor degree (or equivalent).
  • The Common Professional Examination or a Graduate Diploma in Law, plus a second-class bachelor degree (or equivalent).
  • You are qualified as a solicitor or barrister in England or Wales, or the equivalent elsewhere.

Even if you do not have the requirements, you can still enter at PGCert or PGDip level and progress through the awards to gain the LLM.

For entry to the Postgraduate Diploma, you will usually have one of the following:

  • A second-class bachelor degree (or equivalent) from the University of London or an acceptable institution.
  • A master’s degree.

For entry to the Postgraduate Certificate, you will usually have one of the following:

  • A bachelor degree from the University of London or an acceptable institution.
  • At least five years’ relevant work experience, such as accounting, banking, finance or insurance.

We accept a range of qualifications from around the world: see a full list for details.

Months of entry

December, May

Course content

Study for a prestigrious Master of Laws anywhere in the world

Our world-class, flexible LLM is designed to meet a diverse range of needs. With over 30 specialisations and 60 courses, you can either build a broad range of skills or specialise in a specific field, such as public law for government or human rights law for NGOs.

Study via distance learning or at a Teaching Centre near you.

LLM, PGCert or Diploma?

You are welcome to apply without a first degree. You simply begin with a Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma and progress to the LLM, with up to five years to complete the programme. You will graduate with a qualification that will provide you with many of the key attributes valued by law firms.


  • Admiralty law
  • Advanced contract law
  • Applicable laws and procedures in international commercial arbitration
  • Carriage of goods by sea
  • Commercial banking law: bank customer relationship
  • Commercial trusts law
  • Comparative criminal justice policy
  • Constitutional and institutional law of the European Union
  • Corporate finance and management issues in company law
  • Corporate governance and compliance
  • Derivatives law
  • Equity and trusts in context
  • European Union competition law
  • European Convention on Human Rights
  • European internal market
  • External relations law of the European Union
  • Foundational and constitutional issues in company law
  • Franchising law
  • Human rights of women
  • Industrial and intellectual property
  • Insurance law (excluding Marine insurance law)
  • Intellectual property and medicine
  • Intellectual property and sport
  • Intellectual property on the internet
  • International and comparative bank regulation
  • International and comparative competition law
  • International and comparative law of copyright and related rights
  • International and comparative law of patents, trade secrets and related rights
  • International and comparative law of trade marks, designs and unfair competition
  • International and comparative trust law
  • International commercial insurance law
  • International criminal law
  • International economic law
  • International environmental law
  • International investment law
  • International law of the sea
  • International merger control
  • International natural resources law
  • International refugee law
  • International trade law
  • International rights of the child
  • Jurisprudence and legal theory
  • Law and policy of international courts and tribunals
  • Law of international finance: syndicated loans
  • Law of financial crime
  • Law of international project finance
  • Law of treaties
  • Law on investment entities
  • Legislation and statutory interpretation
  • Marine insurance law
  • Medical law and ethics
  • Multinational enterprises and the law
  • Private international law in international commercial litigation
  • Private law aspects of the law of finance
  • Regulation and infrastructure of international commercial arbitration
  • Russian law and legal institutions
  • Securities law
  • Taxation principles and policy
  • Telecommunications law
  • Transfer of technology law
  • United Nations protection of human rights
  • Western European legal history
  • World trade law
  • Youth justice

Information for international students

How you study

The programme is offered online and is fully supported by a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). You study at a time and pace that suits you (subject to course-specific deadlines) using the study materials provided, with support available from academic staff.

Application deadline April 2019 intake:
28 February 2019

Application deadline November 2019 intake:
30 September 2019

Fees and funding

UK students
International students
  • Total LLM (16 modules) £9345
  • Total PG Diploma (10 modules) £6195
  • Total PG Certificate (5 modules) £3570

There are also Pay as you go options, see the fees section on our website for full details.


Without the cost of moving to London, studying for your University of London degree anywhere in the world represents excellent value for money. However, there may be additional sources of support depending on where you live and how you choose to study.

More on funding your study.

See Scholarships and Bursaries for current offers.

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
24-60 months


distance learning
24-60 months


distance learning
12-24 months

Further details of qualification

PG Cert and Diploma to progress to the LLM.

Course contact details

Worldwide programmes
+44 (0)20 7862 8000