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Law (General) (LLM)

Course Description

This programme builds on the School of Law's experience in providing postgraduate legal education at Master's level. Studying over 1 or 2 years, you will have an opportunity to tailor your programme of studies to your own professional or research interests. A personal supervisor will help you choose your best path through a wide range of options. If you so wish, your personal supervisor will also provide you with support if you undertake a research dissertation option.

Why study this course at Birkbeck?

Benefit from sophisticated learning resources and the expert direction of high-level research academics.
Designed to give you maximum flexibility in your choice of modules.
The School of Law is an internationally recognised centre for critical and interdisciplinary legal research. It provides an exciting and innovative environment for a wide range of research with a strong theoretical and policy focus. The School is the home of Birkbeck Law Press and publishes Law and Critique: The International Journal of Critical Legal Thought.
We use technology, such as electronic learning environments, to enhance teaching and learning. Birkbeck Library has an extensive teaching collection of books, journals and electronic resources in law and related disciplines, such as economics, politics and sociology. For example, it provides access to over 17,000 electronic journals, which are available online 24 hours a day. Find out more about our teaching and learning resources.
You can also take advantage of the rich research collections nearby, including those of the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, Senate House Library, the British Library of Political and Economic Science (LSE Library) and the British Library.

Our research

Birkbeck is one of the world’s leading research-intensive institutions. Our cutting-edge scholarship informs public policy, achieves scientific advances, supports the economy, promotes culture and the arts, and makes a positive difference to society.

Birkbeck’s research excellence was confirmed in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, which placed Birkbeck 30th in the UK for research, with 73% of our research rated world-leading or internationally excellent.

We are among the top 10 law schools in the UK and in the top 3 in London in the Times Higher Education 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) rankings, while our research environment was judged conducive to producing research of the highest quality.

Visit the Law (General) (LLM) page on the Birkbeck, University of London website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Joanna Perry

4060.jpg I did my first degree in the 1990s, then a Postgraduate Diploma in Law, at the College of Law in London. I wanted to continuing studying law, but develop my research. I chose Birkbeck for a Masters in Law both because Birkbeck has an excellent reputation and because it provides education for those working full time – so you meet other students who are in similar situations to yourself.

Understanding and addressing hate crime has been an interest of mine since about 2001; and because of this and my research into the policies in this area, I knew of Professor Les Moran, and his work with the Metropolitan Police. So he was another factor which drew me to Birkbeck. Birkbeck’s reputation is for practical research that influences policy; so I was confident I’d find at Birkbeck the intellectual space to think about issues that would inform my work.

Birkbeck gave me a grounding in research skills, so that I can produce the ODHIR annual report, which is just one of the ways Birkbeck’s research culture has an international reach. I did some teaching for Birkbeck’s Criminal Justice Masters, which gave me a different sort of interaction with the researchers at the Law School - as colleagues – and the opportunity to develop new skills, and influence that cohort of students. This kind of teaching is very relevant and grounded – the class benefited not only from my experiences, but from the opportunity to hear from additional perspectives than mine e.g. from those students working in prisons or probation.

Birkbeck is unique in providing evening tuition, but it’s more than just about the convenient scheduling of classes. It’s not just about the hours, it’s the philosophy. Birkbeck academics like Les Moran have a gift, they give an amazing resource to people who haven’t been to university for a while or ever. They help you use in your studies what you’re dealing with every day at work; and they enable you to interact with people who have lived a bit, who want to examine what they are doing.


School of Law Postgraduate Fee Awards - 2 Awards

Law Postgraduate Fee Awards may be awarded by the College on the recommendation of the School’s Research Committee to candidates with an outstanding academic record who shows high potential for strong performance on one of the School’s Master's programmes.
The awards will cover the cost of fees only at the home/EU rate. Where an award is made to an international student, the student will be liable for the balance of their fees for the duration of their programme of study.
There is no maintenance award.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Cost of fees at the home/EU rate only


Awards may be made for full-time or part-time study and to Home, EU students or International students. Where an award is made to an international student the student will be liable for the balance of their fees for the duration of their programme of study.
Candidates will be expected to fulfil similar academic criteria to those demanded by external funding bodies. They will normally possess at least an upper second class honours degree or equivalent and not normally have previously completed a Postgraduate Taught Programme.
The competition is open to new students only.

Application Procedure

Before you can apply for this funding, you must submit an application to the College for one of our eligible master's programmes. Candidates will be considered for admission first, and for the award only after they have been offered a place (at least conditionally) onto the programme.
Once you have been offered a place, you can apply using the relevant application form

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Good second-class honours degree in law, the humanities or social sciences; other good honours degrees will be considered. Degrees from overseas institutions must be equivalent to a UK second-class degree. Other relevant qualifications and appropriate professional training and experience are welcome and will be taken into account. If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, the requirement for this programme is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 7.0, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.

Course Fees

Part-time home/EU students: £ 3975 pa Full-time home/EU students: £ 7950 pa

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