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Entry requirements

Applicants will normally be expected to have obtained an undergraduate Law degree with honours (2.1 or higher, or its equivalent).

If English is not your first language and you have not completed an undergraduate degree in English we will need evidence of your English language ability to the required level, in addition to any academic entry requirements.

For up to date information about accepted tests and our English language requirements, please click here.

Months of entry


Course content

It is sometimes said that political theory concerns the questions of ‘who gets what and who says’. In modern pluralistic societies an additional question arises: how can we live together peacefully in circumstances in which we disagree about how best to live? These issues are both political and legal. States, and increasingly international institutions, regulate citizens’ lives through law. These regulations - for example, over ‘hate speech’ or the wearing of religious clothing and/or symbols in public - raise profound questions of the proper relation of citizens to one another and to the state. The LLM in Legal and Political Theory offers the opportunity to study the central issues and approaches of legal and political theory and to consider the relations between them.

Information for international students

York is a research-intensive university and a proud member of the elite Russell Group of universities, please see our website for further information.

Fees and funding

UK students
Full time: £8,040, Part time: £4,020
International students
Full time: £18,240, Part time: £9,120

Department and University scholarships may be available, please check our website for details: Postgraduate fees and funding.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment120
Dissertation60 (12,000 words)

Course contact details

Postgraduate Administrator
+44 (0) 1904 325737