If you’re ready to take your legal career in a specific direction, the LLM is an excellent next step.
This course is designed to expand your knowledge of the law while developing your advanced legal research skills. You can keep your LLM broad, or you can specialise in one of four areas:
- Equality Law
- European Law
- Human Rights
- Law and Society
You’ll learn from our academic specialists and practising legal professionals as you take a more in-depth look at how and why the law is formed and how it’s applied.
You’ll also explore how it relates to policy and policy-making processes on national, European and international levels.
As you expand your legal knowledge, you’ll also develop advanced critical, analytical and evaluative skills.
Research with impact
The research project will allow you to focus on an area of law that interests you. You’ll work with specialist researchers who are shaping the legal environment, from discrimination law to medical ethics.
This is the perfect environment if you have ambitions of becoming an expert in a particular area of law or pursuing a career in legal research.
Features and benefits of the course
- Specialist routes – select one of the specialist LLM options to develop your understanding of an area of law you’re passionate about.
- Research focus – learn from our team of research specialists. They have strong links with civic society, think-tanks, European institutes and policy makers and have delivered research that makes a difference.
- Dynamic legal centre – Manchester has a thriving legal sector. You’ll study surrounded by national and international firms that specialise in diverse areas of legal practice.
- Put theory into practice – use our connections to carry out pro bono work with our partner organisations. It’s an excellent chance to take what you’re learning and apply it to real cases.
- Outstanding learning environment – access the excellent facilities at our Manchester Law School, including a mock courtroom, legal libraries, careers hub and IT zones.
- Expand your knowledge – hear guest lectures from legal specialists and practitioners from the North-West and further afield.
- Make connections – use our extensive links to law firms and lawyers to help develop relationships that could further your career.
Our Master of Laws (LLM) gives you the opportunity to expand your existing knowledge of the law while developing advanced legal research skills. You’ll spend an intensive year (or two if you study part-time) boosting your expertise in subject areas of your choice. By the end, you’ll emerge with an internationally recognised postgraduate qualification that can help you stand out in a competitive jobs market.
The LLM focuses on how the law relates to individuals, society and the global arena. With the support of our academic specialists and practising legal professionals, you’ll take an in-depth look at how and why the law is formed and how it’s applied.
You’ll also explore how it relates to policy and policy-making processes at national, European and international levels. For example, you’ll look at the law in relation to race, disability and religion, discrimination, business regulations, migration, healthcare provision and even the consequences of Brexit. And, as you expand your legal knowledge, you’ll also develop advanced critical, analytical and evaluative skills that can be valuable in a range of different roles.
The LLM is a flexible course, giving you the choice between a general or a specialist route. Opt for the general LLM and you’ll take two core units – Research Methods and Dissertation – and choose three others from a broader base of option units according to your interests. If you take the specialist route, you’ll focus in on one of four areas, Equality Law, European Law, Human Rights, or Law and Society. If you choose the latter route you’ll still be able to add an option unit from a wider, more varied list.
In this way, you can tailor your masters to suit your specific professional interests or academic goals – whether you want a deeper understanding of subjects you’ve already studied or to pursue new areas altogether.
Throughout your research project, you’ll work with specialist researchers who are shaping the legal environment, from discrimination law to medical ethics. It’s an ideal grounding if you’re looking to move into legal research or academia. Completing the LLM also shows that you have the intellectual drive and dedication to succeed in your chosen area of law. In short, it’s a qualification that will open up opportunities across different disciplines, a range of sectors and around the world.
If you choose the specialist LLM you can still add another option from a more varied list.
- Research Methods
Plus three option units from a list including:
- Equality and Human Rights
- European Migration and Asylum Law
- Human Rights and Healthcare
- Law, Terrorism and Human Rights
- International Human Rights Law
Option units are subject to availability and resource.
Assessment weightings and contact hours
10 credits equate to 100 hours of study, which is a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, and independent study. A Masters qualification typically comprises of 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits and an MFA 300 credits. The exact composition of your study time and assessments for the course will vary according to your option choices and style of learning.
You will have a UK honours degree (or international equivalent) at a minimum of 2:2 in either a law or relevant social-science based discipline. Alternatively, you will have a Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL), a relevant postgraduate diploma or a professional qualification recognised as the equivalent to at least a lower second class degree. Other qualifications or work experience may be acceptable if you demonstrate appropriate knowledge and skills at honours degree standard. International students please refer to mmu.ac.uk/international
This course can give your career prospects in the legal sector a real boost. This postgraduate qualification is internationally recognised and interdisciplinary. It can lead to opportunities all over the world. You could use your skills in areas such as public administration, the civil service or the voluntary or community sectors.
The research elements of this course can also prepare you for PhD study. Begin your career in academia and focus on areas of the law that interest you to bring about change.
Whatever your background or experience, completing this course will show employers you have the intellectual drive and dedication to succeed in your chosen area of law.
This advanced and specialised legal training will mean you’re well-placed to work in a multinational environment, as well as in regional or national firms or in-house legal teams.