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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Law

  • Start Date

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  • Course Duration

    1 year Full-time / 2 years Part-time

  • Course Type

    LLM

  • Course Fees

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  • Last Updated

    10 July 2019

The LLM in Immigration Law will provide you with the opportunity to study legal responses to the global phenomenon of immigration at international, supranational and domestic levels and to understand the rationale and operation of the law in context.

This Master of Laws programme offers a comprehensive overview of the major legal and theoretical issues concerning immigration law and policy from a domestic, comparative, European and international perspective. Modules include international migration and refugee law, European migration law, comparative immigration law, cultural diversity and the law, and migration and security. This LLM is unique globally as it is taught by leading academics in the field and you will be exposed to insights from legal practitioners, international organisations and NGOs.

The East End of London is a historic site of migration and displays the interplay between migration and human rights, on the one hand, and migration and security, on the other hand, as well as the transnational nature of the phenomenon of human mobility across borders in a globalised world. The programme adds to the existing expertise offered by the School of Law in human rights, public law, legal theory, and public international law. Our academics are engaged in leading research into the areas covered within the programme.

This programme will:

  • Allow you to gain the most up to date knowledge of developments in the area of international and comparative immigration and refugee law.
  • Deliver knowledge and analysis of a range of concerns of relevance to professional communities involved in the field.
  • Enable you to understand the formal legal dimensions of your subjects as well as the more contextual political, historical and socio-legal dimensions.
  • Give you exposure to an array of experts who have research as well as policy led focus on the issues at stake.
  • Allow you to attend a wide variety of careers events, such as our UNHCR Careers Session.

Structure

The LLM is available to study full-time for one year or part-time for two years.

For this specialism you will take 150 credits worth of taught modules which may be assessed by essays or examinations (see module overviews for full assessment details and dates) and thereafter you work on a 10,000 word dissertation worth 30 credits (submitted mid August). You are required to balance your taught modules across the two teaching semesters – a full explanation of this process will be available during induction and before module selection.

The range of modules that you are required to choose from differs from programme to programme. If you wish to take an unrestricted range of modules and any approved dissertation topic you should apply for the Master of Laws.

Induction and choosing your modules

We run a comprehensive two-week induction period that includes an overview of the programme and advice on module selection as well as a range of other vital information sessions. You do not have to select your modules until you have had the opportunity to listen and learn about them in greater detail during induction. More detail of the induction programme will be made available online by early September each year.

Exclusive internships and work placements

We offer students within the specialism of immigration and refugee law and policy a range of opportunities to enrich their academic experience with practical placements and volunteership options to help them transition to a professional career in the field. To find out more about these, visit our webpage.

Postgraduate Essay Competition

We hold an annual Postgraduate Essay Competition focusing on issues in immigration and asylum law, helping to promote research and study in this field by young academics in LLM and PhD programmes. For more information, and how to apply, see our webpage for 2016 competition.

Trip to Geneva

The student representatives of the LLM in Immigration Law have organise a trip to Geneva to visit the international institutions related to human rights and immigration law including the UN, UNHCR and International Red Cross Committee.

Modules

Learning and teaching

As a student at Queen Mary, you will play an active part in your acquisition of skills and knowledge. Teaching is by a mixture of formal lectures and small group seminars. The seminars are designed to generate informed discussion around set topics, and may involve student presentations and group exercises as well as open discussion. We take pride in the close and friendly working relationship we have with our students. You will have a team of advisers to support you, including the LLM and Research Directors, your dissertation supervisor and tutors and your module convenors.

Assessment

You will be assessed by a mixture of formal examinations and coursework in the six taught modules, followed by more self-directed work on your 15,000-word dissertation.

Dissertation

You will also complete a dissertation of 15,000-words.

Fees

Tuition fees for Home and EU students

2019/20 Academic Year

Full time £15,100

Part time £7,550

Tuition fees for International students

2019/20 Academic Year

Full time £22,150

Part time £11,075

School of Law scholarships

The School of Law offers a range of scholarships for Law Masters programmes each year. Full details are made available on the law funding page from October – November each year.

Queen Mary bursaries and scholarships

We offer a range of bursaries and scholarships for Masters students including competitive scholarships, bursaries and awards, some of which are for applicants studying specific subjects.

Read more about funding a masters


Visit the LLM Immigration Law page on the Queen Mary University of London website for more details!

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