Taught course


University of Plymouth · School of Society and Culture

Entry requirements

You should have a second-class honours undergraduate degree or equivalent in law, or containing some study of law. Other undergraduate degrees, such as criminology or other social sciences, may be considered as appropriate, on a case by case basis.

Non-standard applications, such as those with substantial experience in an appropriate field, will also be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Months of entry


Course content

Our teaching will be by academic staff and offer a blended and flexible approach, including on-campus delivery, with on-line support through our Digital Learning Environment. You will have opportunities to get involved in extra-curricular activities, such as research seminars, external speakers, publish in our Plymouth Law Review, as well as joining our excellent Student Law Society to participate in activities such as mooting and networking events. Join our LLM and gain both a relevant and advanced understanding of the law and the skills to strengthen your competency as a practitioner or researcher.

During the year, you will study two core modules in semester 1: Legal Theory: Themes and Debates and Research Methods in Law. These modules will ensure you have the skills necessary to put your ideas and thoughts together on what you wish to pursue in depth in your dissertation. In semester 2, you will study two modules of your choice.

Core modules:

  • Legal Theory: Themes and Debates
  • Research Methods in Law
  • Law Dissertation


  • Challenges in the Digital Economy
  • Children, Rights and the State
  • Contemporary Themes in Environmental Law and Policy
  • Independent Research Portfolio in Law
  • International Humanitarian and Human Rights Law
  • Global Inequality, Vulnerability and Justice

You will complete your studies with a dissertation, an in-depth and individual exploration of a legal issue that interests you, assisted by a member of our law staff acting as your supervisor.

Information for international students

We welcome applicants with international qualifications. Please view the country specific pages for further information regarding the equivalency of your degree. International applicants will be required to provide evidence of their English language ability, for example by achieving an IELTS score of 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in each element) or equivalent. English language requirements. Pre-sessional English language courses are available if you do not meet these requirements.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • LLM
    12+ months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Joanne Selick