Research course

LLM Research Thesis

University of Reading · School of Law
LLM by research

Entry requirements

Please note that entry requirements for 2024/25 have not yet been confirmed. The entry requirements for 2023/24 were:

IELTS: 6.5 overall with no element less than 5.5 (or equivalent).

Please contact the School of Law for entry requirements.

Pre-sessional English language programme

If you need to improve your English language score, you can take a pre-sessional English course prior to entry onto your degree.

Months of entry


Course content

Our LLM by Research Thesis is a research proposal of a level commensurate with master's study.

According to recent data, 99% of our research is of international standing. (REF 2021, combining 4*, 3* and 2* submissions – Law.)

Join a dynamic research environment in which to develop your individual research interests, with access to dedicated facilities, exceptional resources and expert supervision. You will benefit from becoming part of our thriving staff and student research community, and will have the opportunity to receive specialist career development advice and support.

The LLM by Research Thesis is an excellent basis for developing a PhD proposal.

For more information, please visit the School of Law's website.

Fees and funding

New UK/Republic of Ireland students: £10,800

New international students: £22,350

Tuition fee information

The fees listed are for full-time study, unless otherwise stated. Fee information will be confirmed in offer letters sent out to successful applicants. You can find further information, including information for part-time study, through our dedicated fees and funding page.

EU student fees

With effect from 1 August 2021, new EU students will pay international tuition fees. For exceptions, please read the UK government’s guidance for EU students.

Additional costs

Some courses will require additional payments for field trips and extra resources. You will also need to budget for your accommodation and living costs. See our information on living costs for more details.

Financial support for your studies

You may be eligible for a scholarship or bursary to help pay for your study. Students from the UK may also be eligible for a student loan to help cover these costs. See our fees and funding information for more information on what's available

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • LLM by research
    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

Global Recruitment Team