The LLM programme is a single subject law programme that may be taken over a period of one year (full-time), or part-time over a period of two, three or four years. Every student will be required to take modules equivalent to four full units. the assessment of one of the chosen full units (which must be from your chosen specialism) will be by means of a 15,000 word dissertation. The dissertation must be linked to a module offered at SOAS itself, and attendance on the module will be treated as being part of the process of supervision.
With permission of the LLM tutor, students will be entitled to select one complementary subject or the equivalent from comparable Master’s module at SOAS including appropriate language modules. A complementary subject may be chosen in substitution for either a full or a half-subject.
Examinations for all taught modules will be held in May/June of each year and the dissertation will be due for submission during September of the final year of registration. The assessment for each module may vary according to the extent to which the research component of each module is to be stressed.
It is expected that all students will graduate with an LLM in law. It is possible, however, for students wishing to graduate with a ‘specialist’ degree, to do so by way of opting to take three or more modules from the relevant subject groupings below. In each case, the student must undertake a dissertation in that subject grouping.
Duration: One calendar year (full-time) Two, three or four years (part-time, daytime only) We recommend that part-time students have between two-and-a-half and three days a week free to pursue their course of study.
Every student will be required to take modules equivalent to four (4.0) full units. Students who wish to graduate with a specialised LLM are required to take at least three (3.0) of the four (4.0) units within their chosen specialism, including the dissertation. The assessment of one of the chosen full units (within the LLM specialism) will be by means of a 15,000 word dissertation. The fourth unit can be chosen from either the general Law Postgraduate Modules or the following modules associated with the Human Rights, Conflict and Justice specialisation:
Please note: Not all modules listed will be available every year. Please see the individual module page for information.
Full Module Units (1.0): Human Rights and Islamic Law - 15PLAC150 (1 Unit) Human Rights in the Developing World - 15PLAC111 (1 Unit) Human Rights of Women - 15PLAC112 (1 Unit) International Human Rights Clinic - 15PLAC145 (1 Unit) International Labour Law and Equality Rights - 15PLAC169 (1 Unit) International Protection of Human Rights - 15PLAC119 (1 Unit) Justice, Reconciliation and Reconstruction in Post Conflict Societies - 15PLAC123 (1 Unit) Law and International Inequality: Critical legal analysis of political economy from colonialism to globalisation - 15PLAC131 (1 Unit) Law, Human Rights and Peace-building: the Israeli-Palestinian case - 15PLAC133 (1 Unit)
Half Module Units (0.5): Foundations of Comparative Law - 15PLAH031 (0.5 Units) Foundations of International Law - 15PLAH021 (0.5 Units) International Criminal Law - 15PLAH055 (0.5 Unit) International Refugee and Migration Law - 15PLAH057 (0.5 Unit) Law and Human Rights in China - 15PLAH054 (0.5 Unit) Law and Policy of International Courts and Tribunals - 15PLAH026 (0.5 Unit) Law and Post-Colonial Theory - 15PLAH050 (0.5 Unit) Law and Society in Southeast Asia - 15PLAH049 (0.5 Unit) Law, Rights and Society in Taiwan - 15PLAH058 (0.5 Unit) The Law of Armed Conflict - 15PLAH022 (0.5 Unit)
Examples of non-Law module options: Gender, Armed Conflict and International Law - 15PGNH005 (0.5 Units)
Dissertation (1.0): The dissertation module unit forms part of the required three (3.0) units within the chosen LLM specialism. Please see the dissertation module units below.
Human Rights and Islamic Law - 15PLAD150 (1 Unit) Human Rights in the Developing World - 15PLAD111 (1 Unit) Human Rights of Women - 15PLAD112 (1 Unit) International Labour Law and Equality Rights - 15PLAD169 (1 Unit) International Protection of Human Rights - 15PLAD119 (1 Unit) Justice, Reconciliation and Reconstruction in Post Conflict Societies - 15PLAD123 (1 Unit) Law and International Inequality: Critical legal analysis of political economy from colonialism to globalisation - 15PLAD131 (1 Unit) Law, Human Rights and Peace-building: the Israeli-Palestinian case - 15PLAD133 (1 Unit)
Faculty of Law and Social Sciences (L&SS)
Welcome to the Faculty of Law and Social Sciences at SOAS. The faculty is the largest in the School in terms of student and staff numbers and consists of the departments of Development Studies, Economics, Financial and Management Studies, Politics and International Studies and the School of Law, as well as the Asia-Pacific Centre for Social Sciences, the Centre for Gender Studies, the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy, the Centre of Taiwan Studies and a number of department-specific centres. All five departments offer undergraduate programmes, and all but Finance and International Management offer joint undergraduate degrees which can be combined with other disciplines from across the School. Each department also offers a range of masters-level programmes with a regional or disciplinary specialism, as well as a postgraduate research programme. The range of course options and combinations is one of the most distinctive characteristics of studying at SOAS and all students are given the option of studying an Asian or African language, either as part of or on top of their degree.
Staff in the faculty come from all over the world and combine regional knowledge with disciplinary specialisms. Teaching draws heavily on academic staff’s individual research which allows the faculty to maintain a large portfolio of courses, often exploring cutting-edge issues. Many faculty members have played a significant part in public debates and policy-making in relation to Asia and Africa. Academics in the faculty are regularly consulted by governments, public bodies and multilateral organisations including the United Nations and the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, European Commission, DFID and other country-specific organisations and NGOs.