Entry requirements

A first- or upper second-class undergraduate honours degree in law or a relevant subject (such as international relations, political science, history, criminology, criminal justice or sociology) but applicants from other backgrounds may be considered

Months of entry


Course content

The LLM Masters in Law provides the opportunity for students to investigate a broad range of legal subject areas and to choose different pathways. It is particularly appropriate for students who are not yet ready to specialise in one area, or those who prefer to keep their options open.

You learn from leading scholars with expertise in a wide range of areas. If you’re adaptable and able to handle a variety of different approaches to law and subject specialisms, this could be the course for you.

The course offers broad rather than focused coverage, although you may choose to gain a specialism by following a particular pathway. By selecting from across the range of core modules from any of our LLM courses, you will extend your breadth and depth of knowledge of legal principles and the social, political, economic and cultural context in which you operate.


Modules are assessed by a combination of coursework, unseen examinations, 4,000-5,000-word essays, and a 15,000-word dissertation.

We continue to develop and update our modules for 2017 entry to ensure you have the best student experience. In addition to the course structure below, you may find it helpful to refer to the Modules list.

Autumn term: you follow the first term core modules of one of the specialist LLM courses. This involves choosing a pair of related modules from any of the other nine LLM courses.

Spring term: You can choose two options from the entire LLM array.

Summer term: You complete a supervised 15,000-word dissertation.

Information for international students

Please visit: International qualifications for Masters courses or Fees and Scholarships.

Fees and funding

UK students
Please see our website
International students
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Please visit our website for latest fees information: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/masters/2017/law-politics-and-sociology/law-llm

The University of Sussex aims to attract the most talented students to postgraduate study and offers one of the most generous scholarship programmes of any UK university. For full details of our scholarships please visit: Masters Scholarships

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations33
Written coursework / continuous assessment33
Dissertation34 (15000 words)

Course contact details

Student Recruitment Services
+44 (0)1273 678655