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Governance and Devolution (LLM)

Course Description

The LLM Governance and Devolution explores the structural changes to the constitutional arrangements of the United Kingdom. The most obvious of these are the creation of legislative and executive bodies in Scotland and Wales, together with a resumption of devolved government in Northern Ireland. The course will explore the opportunities and tensions created by these innovations and will also explore the less public shifts in the relationships between the three branches of government. Issues concerning accountability, democratic engagement and what constitutes ‘good governance’ are explored to give an understanding of the broader relationships between the ‘regions’ and tiers of government/governance at the state and EU levels.

Students must complete four modules (one assessment for each module comprising of a 5,000 word essay or examination) and a dissertation (not exceeding 15,000 words). Students must study two modules from the selection of Governance and Devolution modules. Their other modules may be drawn from the modules listed in any other programme or from a combination of programmes, including modules offered by another School in the University.

Depending on the programme and the particular module, teaching methods comprise a mix of lectures and seminars, individual and joint written and oral presentations and distance learning. All modules are supported by extensive IT provision available on campus. Modules are typically led by staff actively engaged in research relevant to their subject matter.

Visit the Governance and Devolution (LLM) page on the Cardiff University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Anna Rouse

"Having taken a break from work as a medical defence solicitor to look after my family, I was delighted to find a flexible course which could bring my medico legal knowledge comprehensively up to date. The internationally respected LLM in Legal Aspects of Medical Practice was perfect. A stimulating mix of students from medicine, healthcare management, nursing and law, combined with excellent teaching and support ensured a fantastic learning environment and created opportunities for me that I never anticipated."

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Jerin Choudhary

“My decision to study at Cardiff Law School was fuelled by its’ excellent reputation. The Law School offers various opportunities to enhance the student experience, such as the Pro Bono Scheme and the Innocent Project, both of which provide valuable practical experience. T he management of this course has been extremely impressive; the administration staff and tutors provide a tremendous support system and are always encouraging and helpful. The content, course structure and teaching methods have all surpassed my expectations and I would recommend it to prospective students.”

(Student Profile)

Praneeta Sharma (LLM Commercial Law)

"Like most international students I was a little apprehensive about travelling abroad to study, but that feeling was dismissed as soon as I arrived in Cardiff. The University staff were friendly and supportive and made me feel very welcome. I was also provided with excellent accommodation on arrival."

(Student Profile)

Robert Wilks (Diploma in Legal Practice)

“I chose Cardiff because the Centre for Professional Legal Studies was only one of three institutions around the UK that had been awarded an ‘Excellent’ rating by the Law Society for my course, and there was a high ratio of staff to students. My year at Cardiff was a very positive experience and an excellent start to my legal career. It was the first time in any university that I have felt accepted as a deaf person, and this was due to the willingness of staff to accommodate my needs.”

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Vincent de Bonnafos

“My year in Cardiff Law School student was the richest experience I have had during my studies so far. The quality of the staff, the quantity of resources and the structure of the course programme provided me with the best environment to develop legal and research skills. I also met exceptional people from all over the world, both students and members of the staff. This diversity has given rise to intense exchanges during study sessions, to the discovery of other cultures and to lifetime friendships. To obtain top-class legal and research skills and to build an international social network, I would strongly recommend Cardiff Law School.”


Cardiff University Masters Excellence Scholarships - No. of awards TBC

“This scholarship package will give high-calibre students the opportunity to study at a world-leading, research-intensive university and help ease the associated financial burdens.”Professor Colin Riordan, Vice-ChancellorWe are pleased to announce that the Taught Master's Excellence Scholarship Scheme for 2016/17 entry has been confirmed.We are committed to invest up to a total of £500,000 in this high value competitive scholarship scheme to support UK and EU students who are planning to start an eligible master's programme in September 2016.The scholarships are each worth a minimum of £3,000 and will be awarded in the form of a tuition fee discount.Scholarships will be awarded based on academic excellence.

Value of Scholarship(s)

min. £3000


Eligible programmes include taught full-time and part-time taught programmes leading to a master's. Not included are our distance learning programmes and taught programmes leading to a postgraduate certificate, postgraduate diploma, as well as research master's such as the MPhil and MRes.‘Home’ and ‘EU’ students only (as classified for fee paying purposes, tuition fee status is determined after submitting an application to study) who are accepted on to an eligible postgraduate taught programme leading to a master's degree, and with a firm focus on academic excellence.For applicants from countries outside the European Union, we also offer a range of highly prestigious international scholarships.

Application Procedure

We have two deadlines after which scholarship decisions will be made:6 April and 27 July 2016.The Masters Excellence Scholarship application form can be accessed once you have submitted an application to study to an eligible postgraduate taught programme leading to a master’s degree. Please note the additional details on our website and in the guidance documents provided.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Suitable for graduates from any legal tradition or jurisdiction, or with a legal practice qualification from any legal tradition or jurisdiction, who have a special interest in constitutional legal theory and in regional governance. Those whose first language is not English must obtain a score of at least 6.5 in IELTS (with no less than 6.5 in Writing and 6.0 in the other sub-scores).

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