Take your legal knowledge to the next level. Develop the specialist knowledge you'll need to build a rewarding career in a branch of law you’re passionate about.
If you’re ready to take your legal career in a specific direction, the LLM is an excellent next step.
The LLM is a forward-looking and interdisciplinary legal qualification that produces highly-skilled and employable graduates for an increasingly connected world.
Our course combines excellent research-informed teaching with a commitment to furthering knowledge and understanding of how the law applied to individuals, business and society. Plus, how it operates between countries and organisations and multinational companies in the wider global arena.
You can choose to keep your LLM broad, or select one of four specialist routes:
International Business Law
International Human Rights Law
Our LLM has a particular emphasis on the operation and application of the law in contemporary national, regional and international contexts. You will look at the effectiveness of the post -1945 world legal order and the rules of public international law governing relations between states, the impact of an increasing body of international human rights and European laws on national legal systems and the development of a transnational body of business, trade and commercial laws.
There is also a strong focus on current issues such as the changing relationship between the UK and the European Union in light of the 2016 Brexit referendum and 2018 Withdrawal Agreement.
As you expand your legal knowledge, you’ll also develop advanced critical, analytical and evaluative skills.
Research with impact
The advanced independent study aspect of this course 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
Specialist routes – select one of four specialist LLM study routes 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 policymakers 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.
“The LLM allowed me to pursue my interests, expanding on the knowledge I gained from my LLB. I enjoyed going more in-depth and specialising in areas of law that I was curious to find out more about.”
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, business and society. 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, regional and international contexts. 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. 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 the advanced independent study aspect of this course, 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.
You can choose to do a general LLM, in which you study a variety of subjects or a specialist LLM pathway where you choose to study one of the following areas:
International Business Law
International Human Rights Law
Advanced Legal Systems, Skills and Research 1
Advanced Legal Systems, Skills and Research 2
Advanced Independent Study
Choose two 30-credit units and two 15-credit units from a list that might include:
International Human Rights Law (30 credits)
Law, Terrorism and Human Rights (30 credits)
European Migration and Asylum Law (30 credits)
Equality and Human Rights (30 credits)
European Competition Law (30 credits)
Public International Law (30 credits)
International Criminal Law (30 credits)
Principles of Corporate Law and Governance (30 credits)
Human Rights and Healthcare (15 credits)
International Trade Law (15 credits)
Intellectual Property in a Global Context (15 credits)
Brexit, the European Union and UK Law (15 credits)
International Child Law (15 credits)
International Refugee Law (15 credits)
If you choose to take one of the specialist LLM pathways, you will be required to select two 30-credit options from a specified list related to the pathway and an additional two 15-credit units from a more general selection.
Please note: Option units are subject to availability and resource, and may change year to year.
As part of Manchester Law School, our LLM students have the opportunity to get involved in voluntary work through the Pro Bono Network. Work with one of our partners and you won’t just be offering free expertise to people in need – you’ll also have the chance to build real skills and relevant experience.
There is a range of different routes for pro bono work, working on projects with local, national and international partners. It could be working on a legal advice line or advising start-ups in our Business Law Café, or it might be supporting caseworkers for the homeless or even working on death row cases in the USA. It can be challenging, but it’s also rewarding. While you make a difference for your CV, you can also make a difference in people’s lives.
Our dedicated careers advisor is also on hand to put you in touch with legal firms, so you can develop your own opportunities for gaining experience and building your network.
Study and assessment breakdown
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, but it could be:
Full-time 20% lectures, seminars or similar; 0% placement; 80% independent study
Part-time 20% lectures, seminars or similar; 0% placement; 80% independent study
Full-time 100% coursework; 0% practical; 0% examination
Part-time 100% coursework; 0% practical; 0% examination
You'll need a good UK honours degree - at least a 2:2 - in law or related humanities, social science or business discipline. Alternatively, you will have a Graduate Diploma in Law/Common Professional Examination or a related professional qualification equivalent to a 2:2 OR a related postgraduate diploma or degree.
International students please refer to mmu.ac.uk/international
English Language Requirements
We require IELTS with an overall score of 7.0 with no less than 5.5 in any category, or an equivalent accepted English qualification.
Fees and Funding
UK and EU Students
Full-time fee: £9,250 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
Part-time fee: £1,542 per 30 credits studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
Non-EU and Channel Island Students
Full-time fee: £16,000 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
Part-time fee: £2,667 per 30 credits studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
A Masters qualification typically comprises 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits, and an MFA 300 credits. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of study provided the course is completed in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
Optional estimate: £300
All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop of up to £100 each year for books and printing.
There are no compulsory placements but some electives offer competitive placements if you applied for a competitive placement then any associated costs, such as travel to the placement or to court within the placement would be your responsibility. As those costs may vary considerably, we cannot estimate costs.
This course can give your career prospects in the legal sector a real boost. The interdisciplinary LLM qualification is internationally recognised and can open doors to exciting opportunities the world over.
The research skills you'll build can boost your appeal across a range of organisations, from public administration and the civil service to the voluntary and community sectors and to the world of commerce/business. You'll also be well prepared to undertake a PhD if you're keen to move into research and academic.
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.