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Top-up LLM in Legal Practice


Course Description

This 'top-up' course allows you to use your existing Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice (after either the LPC or the BPTC/BVC or equivalent level professional legal qualification), and to complete a Research Methods unit and Dissertation or Research Project in order to obtain the fully-fledged Masters degree.

To ‘top-up’ your existing qualification to a full Masters level, you will complete a single taught module in Research Methods and then successfully undertake a dissertation or research project in an area of practical law, law in practice, or academic law chosen by you (subject to approval).

Whether studying on the accelerated, part-time or distance-learning mode, the LLM in Legal Practice degree course provides flexible study which allows you to deepen your knowledge of an area of the Law directly related to practice.

Special Features

Expert researchers and teaching staff

Manchester Law School’s teaching team of over 80 staff consists of academic specialists and legal practising professionals with strong working links to the Northern Circuit (of the Regional Bar of England and Wales). The LLM teaching team have close links with civic society, think-tanks, European institutions and policy-makers. They are recognised researchers who have been important in developing research on subjects in areas such as equality law, medical ethics, human rights, free movement law and discrimination law.

Outstanding facilities

At Manchester Law School you will have the benefit of excellent facilities, including legal libraries, online resources, IT zones and mock courtroom. The School is located adjacent to an award-winning Faculty building with dedicated postgraduate suite and careers hub. World-class facilities are available on our thriving campus at the heart of the UK’s second city.

Hong Kong University Collaboration

Manchester Law School and Hong Kong University (School of Professional and Continuing Education) (HKU Space) have more than two decades of successful educational collaboration. Our 'LLM in Legal Practice – Hong Kong' mode is run as a distance learning programme for students in Hong Kong and our lecturers regularly fly out to deliver lectures, allowing for a two-way exchange of knowledge and best teaching practice.

The course is very flexible and taught on a full-time, part-time or distance learning* basis. It is possible to choose the distance learning option completely or opt to undertake your Research Methods face-to-face in Manchester.

Only the distance learning route will be suitable for international students.

For further details about this course, visit mmu.ac.uk/law

Visit the Top-up LLM in Legal Practice page on the Manchester Metropolitan University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

You must have a Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice gained through the successful completion of the LPC or BCV/ BPTC qualification. Note: Only the distance learning route will be suitable for international students.

Course Fees

Please refer to our website for the latest fee informaiton.


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