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The Master of Laws (LLM) programme provides an ideal opportunity for students to acquire or develop their expertise in specialist legal subject areas informed by world-class, research-led teaching. An LLM is an ideal way to advance a career in law.

About this degree

Students are equipped with advanced academic legal skills and knowledge which can be applied in further study or careers in legal practice, public service or industry. They develop a knowledge and understanding of law in its context, the skills necessary for analysis of complex legal issues, and research expertise.

Students complete 180 credits (120 credits of taught modules and a 60-credit Independent Research Essay).

Full-time students complete all 180 credits in 12 months. Part-time students spread their credits over 2 years, or with flexible study, over 3-5 years.

Compulsory modules

  • Independent Research Essay

Optional modules

We have over 70 modules on offer and specialist LLM degrees in a range of subject areas, including:

  • Comparative Law
  • Competition Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Criminal Justice, Family and Social Welfare
  • Energy Law
  • Environmental Law and Policy
  • European Union Law
  • Human Rights Law
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • International Banking and Finance Law
  • International Commercial Law
  • International Law
  • Jurisprudence and Legal Theory
  • Law and Economics
  • Legal History
  • Litigation and Dispute Resolution
  • Maritime Law
  • Public Law

In addition to Laws module options, students may select up to 30 credits of taught Master's modules from another UCL department, providing the modules form part of a coherent programme of study for the award of Master of Laws (LLM) and registration is approved by the relevant department.

Independent Research Essay

All students undertake a 12,000-word independent research essay (60 credits) on a self-selected topic of law.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, research exercises and guided self-study and research. Each module is supported by a dedicated webpage containing a syllabus, learning materials, reading lists and assessment information. Taught module assessment may be through unseen examinations, coursework essays, oral presentations or a combination of assessment formats, usually undertaken in term three. The 12,000 word independent research essay is submitted at the end of the programme.

Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.


Faculty of Laws LLM Scholarships 2019/20: see the UCL Laws website for details.

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.


Most graduates pursue a career in the legal profession. On completing the LLM some students choose to pursue a professional qualification in order to qualify as a solicitor or barrister. Our graduates go on to work in a wide range of areas, including for human rights organistations and corporate law firms, whilst others choose to remain in academia as researchers or lecturers. 


The LLM enables students to develop skills which are highly sought after. The programme teaches students to think critically, develop and deliver a cogent argument, research effectively and write for a legal audience.

Why study this degree at UCL?

UCL is one of the world's top universities. UCL Laws is based in the centre of London, embedded in the heart of the UK's elite legal community. UCL's LLM students are granted access to the renowned Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, which has its own extensive library.

UCL Laws has a remarkable teaching and research community. We are deeply committed to the quality and relevance of our graduate education. Students are taught by internationally renowned academics, at the cutting edge of their fields, and leading legal practitioners from major City firms.

Students joining from the 2018/19 academic year will experience studying in cutting-edge teaching and learning rooms and new social and common spaces following a £24 million two-year redevelopment of Bentham House.

Department: Laws


Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

There is an application processing fee for this programme of £75 for online applications and £100 for paper applications. Further information can be found at: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/application.

Who can apply?

The programme is suitable for law graduates who wish to practise in specialist areas of law and/or pursue further doctoral studies, as well as those who simply wish to develop their legal expertise. Our LLM attracts new graduates and legal practitioners from around the world, creating a student community with unique opportunities for critical legal debate.

Application deadlines

1 June 2019

Please note that, although the application deadline for this programme is 5pm on 1 June 2019, applications may close earlier if all places on the programme are filled.

For more information see our Applications page.

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What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Law at graduate level and at UCL
  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree
  • the modules you would like to take as part of the LLM (excluding the independent research essay topic) and the specialism you would like to follow (if applicable)
  • the field you may be interested to research by way of independent research essay

The personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying match what the programme will deliver. In addition, all applicants are required to write a two sides of A4 in size 12 font (max.), explaining either how a specific piece of reading or writing during your studies, or a specific recent experience or project that you have undertaken in your professional life, has motivated you to study the LLM.

Visit the Law LLM page on the University College London website for more details!