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If you want to add to your existing law qualifications by specialising in an area of law that interests you, or if you’re a graduate from another subject area who's looking to develop your legal knowledge, our LLM Law degree course is the perfect next step for you.

By selecting modules and a dissertation that you’re passionate about from our wide range of options , you’ll tailor your degree to meet the needs of your career. This Master’s degree is ideal for you if you’re already practising law and you want to specialise, or if you’re considering a career in legal research or teaching. 

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Entry Requirements

A second-class honours degree or equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

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Matthew Champ

Portsmouth law student wins Inns of Court Scholarship

Matthew Champ has beaten over 400 applicants from universities across the UK, including Oxford and Cambridge, to win £7000 which will help him financially when studying for the Bar professional training course next year.

The Harmsworth Scholarship is provided by the Middle Temple, one of the four Inns of Court which have the exclusive right to call men and women to the Bar. Matthew is the first ever Portsmouth student to win.

Middle Temple has been awarding scholarships since 1877. Its primary purpose is to ensure that those of real ability are not precluded from coming to the Bar by a lack of financial resources. All scholarships are awarded on merit.

The 21 year-old was interviewed by a panel consisting of a barrister QC and two senior criminal barristers.

He said: “The panel really grilled me but I managed to stay confident. One of the questions they asked was ‘if I put through any law reform what would it be?’ I talked about undertakings regulations, which is a notoriously complex area of law. The QC happened to be a practising commercial barrister so this was an area he was familiar with. We ended up having quite a thorough discussion.”

The four key criteria the panel look for in an applicant are intellectual ability, motivation to succeed at the Bar, potential as an advocate and personal qualities. The barristers were impressed by the amount of work experience Matthew had arranged while at university.

“I’ve managed to get a great deal of work experience and have sat with a Judge twice, which is very fortunate. I wrote to him and begged him for the experience and was amazed when he wrote back to say yes,” he said.

Matthew has also been heavily involved in the University’s employment law clinic, a free service offering employment advice to members of the public. The clinic advises on unfair dismissal, various forms of discrimination, redundancy, harassment, the national minimum wage, working time regulations and work permits for migrant workers.

Matthew completed his LLB Law and Criminology undergraduate degree and his LLM Law masters at the University of Portsmouth School of Law. He now has a place at Bristol to study the Bar professional training course, the next step to becoming a barrister.


The Portsmouth Business School offers a scholarship programme for students who are commencing postgraduate study at the Business School. This comprises a limited number of awards to self-funding Home and European Union students. The scholarship will be in the form of a 40% discount from any tuition fees due after any other discounts such as the 20% discount for Portsmouth alumni or partial payments by sponsors.

Additionally there is an International Student Bursaries scheme.

Value of Scholarship(s)

40% discount off the tuition fees


Awards will be made on a competitive basis, taking into consideration:

• If applicable, management/professional experience (type and seniority),
• Academic achievement (minimum is a 2.1 degree)
A written submission of a maximum of 1000 words, in addition to the personal statement submitted with the application, detailing why you should be considered for a scholarship award, what you intend to contribute to your course, and how you will use your degree in your future career. Please use the web link below for details.

Application Procedure

Application form available via web link below

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