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    Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law Logo
  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Law

  • Start Date

    October, January

  • Course Duration

    1 year full-time; 2 years part-time

  • Course Type

    LLM, Research Only

  • Course Fees

    Please visit our website for the Law research programme fee information.

  • Last Updated

    30 July 2019

When you join our thriving community of postgraduate Law research students, you’ll become part of a supportive and friendly environment where we are dedicated to understanding some of society’s most challenging issues.

An LLM by Research in Law gives you the chance to pursue a research project based around your own passions and interests, leading to a qualification which can open the door to doctoral study or boost your career prospects.

The Law research degree is a more flexible route to gaining a master's qualification and is ideal if you are employed full-time or if regular attendance in class would be difficult.

You can study the LLM by Research in Law over a year full-time or two years part-time.

We have a wide range of expertise, and we invite applications in the following areas:

  • Common, Contract and Commercial Law - particularly Comparative Law of Obligations, Securities, Company Law, IP Law and use of IP assets in securing funding for small and medium sized businesses, E-contract Law, Company Law, Equity Law, Law and Technology; and World Trade Law.
  • Maritime Law - in particular Transport Law, Environmental Protection, Ship Building, Collisions, Law of the Sea, Marine Insurance, Salvage and Enforcement of Maritime Claims.
  • Oil and Gas Law – especially Investment Treaties, Liability Regimes and Investment Arbitration.
  • Public Law across domestic, regional and international levels including: Administrative Law; Medical Law, Children’s Rights; Constitutional Law; Devolution; Economic Law; Environmental Law (including Land-use Planning and Nature Conservation); European Union Law; Gender and the Law; Human Rights Law; Investment Law; Minority Language Rights; Multilevel Governance; Socio-economic Law; and Public Procurement Law.
  • Criminal Law and the Law relating to Terrorism, Cyber Terrorism and Counter Terrorism.

How you're supervised on the Law research programme

Our LLM by Research in Law degree gives you the opportunity to learn from academics who are industry experts, with a wealth of academic and practical experience.

Our exceptional academic support includes:

  • Supervision from our world class faculty with a breadth of professional and academic knowledge;
  • State-of-the-art facilities;
  • An environment in which you can develop and enhance transferable skills such as problem solving, independent thinking, project management, and critical thinking;
  • The availability of structured training, interdisciplinary seminars, dedicated research facilities and software;
  • A student community, drawn from Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa, bringing a wide range of research interests and personal and professional backgrounds – enhancing the learning experiences of the whole student community.

Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law Research

Research in the Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law connects academic theory with practical, real world application - equipping students and staff with the skills and experience to understand the changing legal landscape and confront contemporary challenges.

Our research is regularly developed through collaboration with private and public sector organisations and other academic disciplines. Our expertise spans a broad spectrum of interests including environmental law, youth justice, human rights, international trade law, intellectual property, comparative federalism and neuroethics. 

Members of the public can benefit from free legal advice through the University’s Law Clinic, housed in the School’s Legal Centre. Working alongside practising lawyers, law and criminology students gain practical experience of advising clients on issues ranging from welfare benefits and consumer issues, to contracts, employment, and equality.

From 2018, the Legal Centre will also house the Children’s Legal Centre. This Wales-wide, bilingual service provides information and access to legal advice and representation for children and young people, and advocates for reform in law, policy and practice. 

The Centre for Criminal Justice and Criminology is the focal point for research on crime and justice issues within the Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law. Our work reflects a critical and interdisplinary approach that generates impact within Wales, the wider United Kingdom and internationally.

The Cyber Threats Research Centre (CYTREC) explores a range of online threats, from terrorism, extremism and cybercrime, to child sexual exploitation online and grooming.

The Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Law (CIEL) is responding to emerging challenges and opportunities arising from the changing nature of legal service delivery, including the impacts of technologies such as artificial intelligence and Blockchain, and digital platforms that support access to justice.

The Observatory is a collaborative project with local, national and international partners, providing a forum for research, debate, education and knowledge exchange on human rights of children and young people, and working for realisation of human rights through policy, practice, advocacy and law reform.

The Institute of International Shipping and Trade Law (IISTL) was established in 2000 as a specialist research and professional training centre within Swansea University's School of Law.

It promotes research and teaching of the highest standard in the fields of international shipping and trade law; and fosters co-operation with other academic institutions and professional, commercial, shipping, insurance and business organisations.

Over the last decade, the Institute of International Shipping and Trade Law (IISTL) has gained a world-wide reputation for its contribution to research, policy-making, professional training and teaching in these areas.

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Visit the Law LLM by Research page on the Swansea University website for more details!

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