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Queen’s University Belfast, Full Time Masters Degrees in Law

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A pathway to professional legal practice and many other career goals. The Masters in Law is a full-time 2-year graduate-entry programme designed for graduates in a discipline other than Law. Read more
A pathway to professional legal practice and many other career goals
• The Masters in Law is a full-time 2-year graduate-entry programme designed for graduates in a discipline other than Law.
• The MLaw delivers a Qualifying Law Degree for entry to vocational training in England & Wales and Northern Ireland.
• The degree offers the highest quality of teaching, delivered through intensive small-group weekly seminars.
• The MLaw is designed for UK non-law graduates, and for law and non-law graduates from other countries who wish to acquire a thorough grounding in Law.
• The specially devised curriculum builds on the fact that students have already benefited from a university level education by enabling them to acquire a qualifying law degree in 2 years, rather than the three years it would normally take to obtain an LLB.

The Masters in Law is an accelerated, fast-track, two year, full-time senior status postgraduate degree in law.

The Masters in Law (MLaw) is designed for graduates in a discipline other than Law who wish to obtain a Law degree for professional practice or in aid of other career goals.

The degree offers the highest quality of teaching, delivered by weekly intensive 2 hour seminars.

Particular emphasis is placed on seminar teaching, dedicated to the needs and aspirations of Masters students.

The programme is delivered through a series of taught modules and culminates in the submission of a dissertation on an original topic.

Year 1 modules

Legal Methods and Skills
European Constitutional Law
Constitutional Law in Context
European Internal Market Law
Rights and Accountability
Criminal Law

Year 2 modules

Contract Law
Torts
Equity
Land Law
Evidence
Contemporary Issues in Property Law
Dissertation

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The LLM in International Business Law offers students a range of modules designed to enhance their specialist expertise of the regulation of international business in the global economy. Read more
The LLM in International Business Law offers students a range of modules designed to enhance their specialist expertise of the regulation of international business in the global economy.

Taught by prominent subject specialists, the LLM International Business Law focuses on areas from digital finance to competition law, intellectual property law, corporate governance and corporate social responsibility. Modules include:
- Issues in Corporate governance
- Company and Commercial Law from a Comparative Perspective
- Digital Finance Law
- The Company in Society
- International and Comparative Competition Law
- Intellectual Property Law
- EU Law and Economic Integration

Drawing off these modules, the programme is designed to help you set the legal and regulatory regimes around international business and the global economy in the context of broader legal and socio-legal study skills.

The School of Law at Queen's University Belfast has a track record in business law education at postgraduate level and Belfast's position as a global hub for the digital financial services industry makes it an ideal location for the study of international business.

The LLM will prepare you for a career in the commercial sector, in business, government or in NGOs. You will be proficient in thinking about business on a global sale and the place of law, compliance, social responsibility and trade in our societies.

The programme is delivered through a series of taught modules and culminates in the submission of a dissertation on an original topic.

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Students who take the module The Company in Society may graduate the programme with the award of

LLM in International Corporate Governance



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European Union law has become highly significant over recent decades, not just for member states but beyond in transnational and international governance. Read more
European Union law has become highly significant over recent decades, not just for member states but beyond in transnational and international governance. Despite the multiple crises currently faced by the European Union, European Integration remains a key process shaping developments in the member states, the neighbour countries and international regulatory reforms and governance processes.

The LLM in European Law and Governance aims to generate a comprehensive understanding of EU and transnational law and governance in a global context and to enable graduates to critically approach a range of problems in the field, with a specialisation either on substantive aspects or on procedural aspects of the theme.

The programme is unique in offering a law in context approach to European Union Law, Transnational Law by teaching substantive law alongside legal theory and political and sociological approaches to federalism and multilevel governance. A high level of academic engagement is complemented by the opportunity to obtain subject specific placements in a competitive process.

Students can specialise on general EU topics and graduate with an LLM in EU Law and Governance or specialise on environmental and sustainability issues and graduate with an LLM in Environmental Law and Governance.

Depending on success, students can either deliver a 60 credit (20 ECTS) dissertation or a module consisting of an internship and a dissertation at the same time.

The programme is delivered through a series of taught modules and culminates in the submission of a dissertation on an original topic.

Compulsory modules

Multi-level Governance and European Law
Challenges for a World in Transition
Dissertation of 15,000-20,000 words

Optional modules

European Law and economic integration
Global Transitions
Environmental Governance from the Global to the Local

Methodology mini-modules

Methods of Legislation
Legal Issues in the Governance of the Firm
Concepts, Issues and Methods in Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Approaches to Legal Research

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Students who take the module Environmental Governance from the Global to the Local may exit the programme with the award of

LLM in Environmental Law and Governance



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The LLM (Law) provides ambitious graduates with a highly flexible approach to advanced legal studies, focused on the School of Law's specialisms in criminal justice, european law, public and environmental governance, human rights and international business. Read more
The LLM (Law) provides ambitious graduates with a highly flexible approach to advanced legal studies, focused on the School of Law's specialisms in criminal justice, european law, public and environmental governance, human rights and international business. The programme reflects the School's global orientation and its culture of critical enquiry and as such we encourage you to devise the pathway that best suits your scholarly interests and your career ambitions.

Programme Content

The programme is delivered through a series of taught modules and culminates in the submission of a dissertation on an original topic. Students can choose from the wide range of modules available on any of the School’s LLM programmes. Some sample modules are listed below.

Methodology mini-modules

Approaches to Legal Research
Conceptions of Human Rights
Criminal Justice and Criminology Methods
Making Knowledge Work
Methods of Legislation

Optional modules

Challenges for a World in Transition
Company and Commercial Law from a Comparative Perspective
Counter-Terrorism and Human Rights
Crime, Justice, Society
Equality and Discrimination
Environmental Governance from the Global to the Local
Finance, Competition and Law
Humanitarian Law and Human Rights in Times of Conflict
International Human Rights Law
Issues in Corporate Governance
The Company in Society
Transition Europe: the role of the EU in a changing world

Dissertation of 15,000-20,000 words
Dissertation with Placement

Given the broad range of topics covered in this LLM, successful completion of the programme will open a wide range of career opportunities to its graduates. This Masters also provides an excellent base for further study towards a research degree such as a PhD, which in turn may lead on to an academic career.

The School of Law is ranked in the Top 10 in the UK with an impressive 8th overall in the Sunday Times Good University Guide 2013. In the latest Research Assessment Exercise 95% of research in the School was rated of international quality and above, with 60% of research rated as world-leading or internationally excellent.

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Queen’s Law School has more than 25 years’ experience in delivering an LLM in Human Rights Law. Read more
Queen’s Law School has more than 25 years’ experience in delivering an LLM in Human Rights Law. Throughout that period it has constantly reviewed and revised what it offers as part of the degree, shifting the content from time to time depending on the human rights issues that are most prominent and on the expertise of staff available to teach the various subjects. For the re-structured LLM starting in September 2015 we will be harnessing as much of our joint expertise as possible to provide a vibrant and relevant course which will stimulate the hearts as well as the minds of students who are taking it. The focus will remain on international human rights law (including at regional levels in Europe, Africa and the Americas) but there will be concentration as well on the practice of human rights, especially in the contexts of discrimination, armed conflicts, terrorism and migration.

The protection of human rights at the international level is a relatively new branch of law. Since World War Two there has been a huge growth in the number and variety of human rights standards set out in international treaties and in other so-called ‘soft law’ documents. The problem is that these standards are not always fully implemented and the international mechanisms for trying to get them implemented are defective. This LLM provide students with an opportunity to gain an in-depth appreciation of what has gone right and what has gone wrong and to suggest ways in which human rights could be protected more effectively so that human beings everywhere can realise their full potential.

The programme is delivered through a series of taught modules and culminates in the submission of a dissertation on an original topic.

Compulsory modules

International Human Rights Law
Human Rights in Practice
Dissertation of 15,000-20,000 words

Optional modules

Equality and Discrimination
Humanitarian Law and Human Rights in Times of Conflict
Counter-Terrorism and Human Rights
Migration and Human Rights
Protecting Human Rights in Europe, Africa and the Americas

Methodology mini-modules

Concepts of Human Rights
Human Rights Research Methods
Concepts, Issues and Methods in Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Approaches to Legal Research

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This exciting new programme provides students with a world-class legal education which prepares them for the global and international environment in which they will provide legal advice. Read more
This exciting new programme provides students with a world-class legal education which prepares them for the global and international environment in which they will provide legal advice.

The JD is a first professional doctorate degree required for licensure in the field of law. The programme delivers a Qualifying Law Degree (QLD) to graduates from a discipline other than law and provides the necessary professional exemptions to allow holders to apply for the professional stage in England and Wales, North America and elsewhere.

The JD is taught via intensive, small-group teaching, with each student expected to participate fully in each module. Other forms of delivery will occasionally be utilised, including seminar questions prepared in advance of the class, group and independent work in class, and short lectures to aid students’ understanding and knowledge of the subject matter. Students will be taught as a single group and there is a supportive learning environment.

Students take ten compulsory taught modules, and in the final year write a dissertation module and taught modules from the wide selection of existing postgraduate modules on offer in the School.

Students also have the opportunity in Year 3, or to spend a semester of Year 3 studying at another University from a selection of international study abroad partners.

Scholarship opportunities are available from the Law School; for details please contact the School () or visit our website. Tuition for the programme is $19,000 pa (£12,000 pa – subject to current exchange rate).

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This LLM programme is an exciting and rewarding degree course which attracts a diverse student body. students who are qualified legal practitioners and students with extensive experience in the statutory, community or voluntary sectors nationally and internationally. Read more
This LLM programme is an exciting and rewarding degree course which attracts a diverse student body: students who are qualified legal practitioners and students with extensive experience in the statutory, community or voluntary sectors nationally and internationally. The diversity among both staff and students allows the students and teachers on the course to learn from each other and makes for a vibrant academic experience.

From a human rights’ perspective, the focus will be on international human rights law (including at regional levels in Europe, Africa and the Americas) but there will be concentration as well on the practice of human rights, especially in the contexts of discrimination, armed conflicts, terrorism and migration.

The criminal justice component of the programme allows students to explore the inter-relationships between crime, justice and society in comparative context. Modules assess criminal justice policies and institutions from an interdisciplinary perspective and allow for in-depth analyses of topical issues in criminal justice and criminology at local, national, regional and international levels.

The programme is delivered through a series of taught modules and culminates in the submission of a dissertation on an original topic.

Compulsory modules

Human Rights in Practice
Choice of
Criminal Justice Processes or
Crime, Justice and Society
Dissertation of 15,000-20,000 words

Optional modules

Equality and Discrimination
Humanitarian Law and Human Rights in Times of Conflict
Counter-Terrorism and Human Rights
Migration and Human Rights
Protecting Human Rights in Europe, Africa and the Americas
Theoretical Criminology
Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice
Justice in Transition

Methodology mini-modules

Concepts of Human Rights
Criminology Methods 1
Concepts, Issues and Methods in Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Approaches to Legal Research

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The MSc Children's Rights is part of a suite of programmes in childhood studies. Read more
The MSc Children's Rights is part of a suite of programmes in childhood studies. It meets the increasing demand for a postgraduate qualification in Children's Rights, explicitly focused on interdisciplinary research and child rights-based research methods, delivered flexibly through a blended format of online and face-to-face learning.

The aim of the MSc Children's Rights is to provide high-level knowledge and skills in children's rights law and practice of value to those working with and for children, including public officials and NGOs as well as educators, social workers and health care providers.

The programme is linked to the Centre for Children’s Rights, an innovative inter-disciplinary centre with an international reputation for advancing understanding of children’s rights, promoting children’s participation and developing children’s rights-based research methods. This new and unique MSc incorportates the Centre's expertise and will develop students’ knowledge and skills in two distinct but interconnected areas:

- Children’s Rights - using the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and other relevant international standards to evaluate the laws, policies and practices which affect children.
- Research with Children - evaluating the best methods of conducting research into children’s lives with a particular focus on approaches which involve children actively in the research process. The CCR has a particular expertise in relation to children’s rights-based research.

The MSc in Children’s Rights will provide students with a thorough grounding in these two areas and the opportunity to explore a range of contexts in which these perspectives can be used to better understand children’s lives and secure improved outcomes for children. Professionals will have the opportunity to improve aspects of their practice and career development.

The Centre for Children’s Rights has extensive links with Northern Ireland charities and NGOs and can provide some opportunities for students to undertake relevant research. This may be of particular interest to students seeking to gain experience in the children’s sector, perhaps to secure a job or to change position. The Centre has a vibrant community of students undertaking PhD research in a range of issues and in several countries. The MSc in Children’s Rights will provide a good foundation for students wishing to pursue their own research through doctoral study.

Why Choose Children's Rights at Queen's?

◦As a prestigious Russell Group University, Queen’s is ranked 8th within the UK in relation to research intensity;
◦Education at Queen’s has been ranked 4th within the UK in relation to research intensity with 87% of the research undertaken within the School assessed as ‘internationally excellent or world leading’ (REF, 2014);
◦The programme features input from leading international children’s rights scholars;
◦There will be some opportunities available to develop advanced workplace skills by collaborating with community organisations to undertake research to help them improve their services for children and young people;
◦The programme incorporates the Centre for Children's Rights expertise in interdisciplinary work and rights-based approaches to research methods. This will empower students to undertake research with children and young people in a range of contexts;
◦The programme is part of an innovative university wide initiative ‘Improving Children’s Lives’ which will give students access to interdisciplinary research and education which aim to improve the quality of life for children in Northern Ireland and beyond;
◦The interdisciplinary nature of the programme reflects the real-life practices of many child-related services;
◦If you don’t want, or need, to study for the research dissertation, flexible exit awards are available (PG Diploma/ PG Certificate);
◦You may also undertake individual course modules without completing a full degree.

“The best thing about studying children’s rights at Queen’s is that it provides you with the opportunity to reflect on your professional practice with academics who are leaders in their field. This has equipped me to return to my workplace and be a better informed and more analytical practitioner. I have taken the learning from this course and applied it directly into my professional practice with positive outcomes for service users and colleagues. It is the sort of training that has given me the confidence and skills to go further and make a real difference." Gerry Marshall (Children’s Services Inspector)

Programme Content

The award of MSc requires the accumulation of 120 credit points from the taught modules and a 15,000-20,000 word dissertation, equivalent to 60 credit points. Modules include:

Core modules

Childhood and Youth Research in Practice
Children's Rights
Children's Rights-Based Research Methods
Perspectives on Childhood and Youth
Research Methods

Optional modules

Childhood Adversity
Children's Rights and Disability
Children's Rights and Education
Children's Rights and Health
Children's Rights and Social Care
Children's Rights; Philosophical Approaches
Qualitative Research in Childhood and Youth
Quantitative Research in Childhood and Youth

Assessment

Modules are assessed by a variety of methods eg multiple choice exam, essays, project reports, and contributions to an online forum. Students will have the option of undertaking research work for external organisations to submit as part of their dissertation.

Opportunities for Careers

There is increasing demand for postgraduates with high-level skills in interdisciplinary research, participatory research methods and knowledge of children's rights.

Professionals within children/human rights-focused NGOs, public officials, educators, social workers and health professionals who work with children should find this degree beneficial.

Special Features

Flexibility: this programme is designed to meet the needs of local and international professionals and is delivered via blended and online learning.

Choice: there are several entry and exit points to this programme, please see School website.

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The Institute of Criminology and Criminal Justice aims to provide a stimulating and relevant postgraduate degree programme taught by internationally recognized scholars and researchers. Read more
The Institute of Criminology and Criminal Justice aims to provide a stimulating and relevant postgraduate degree programme taught by internationally recognized scholars and researchers. Students have the opportunity to exit the programme with either an LLM in Criminal Justice or an LLM in Criminology and Criminal Justice, depending on optional modules undertaken.

The Institute’s particular strengths lie in the following areas: policing; transitional justice; critical criminology; sex offending; young people, crime and justice; community safety; prisoner reintegration; and restorative justice. Staff members have strong links with local criminal justice agencies and community organisations as well as extensive comparative and international expertise, providing for a unique student experience. The programme takes an interdisciplinary approach to the study of crime and justice and draws on original staff research. Modules are rooted in relevant theoretical frameworks with a strong criminological focus and provide students with methodological training in addition to supporting the development of critical analysis and other transferable skills. Through the dissertation students can explore a wide variety of criminological and criminal justice topics.

The programme is delivered through a series of taught modules and culminates in the submission of a dissertation on an original topic.

Compulsory modules

Criminal Justice Processes
Crime, Justice and Society
Dissertation of 15,000-20,000 words

Optional modules

Theoretical Criminology
Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice
Justice in Transition

Methodology mini-modules

Criminology Methods 1
Criminology Methods 2
Concepts, Issues and Methods in Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Approaches to Legal Research

Note:
Students who take the module Theoretical Criminology may exit the programme with the award of

LLM in Criminology and Criminal Justice



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