Program Description

The LLM Law is designed to deepen and broaden students’ knowledge of the law as an academic subject by providing students with a systematic understanding of legal processes, methods and concepts; of the social and political context in which legal processes take place; and of appropriate theoretical conceptions of law.

Why Study LLM Law?

By maximising your academic potential and refining your problem-solving skills in a transnational context, the programme will help enhance your professional development and horizons. The research and writing skills you gain will be transferable to a variety of professional sectors, including the legal profession, policymaking, corporate sector, governmental bodies or academia.

Our School of Law is comprised of scholars from across the world specialising in areas such as human rights, commercial law, international and European law, who are experts in communicating the latest thinking about complex legal questions, combining instruction in core topics with the fruits of their current research.

Students will also benefit from their extensive network of contacts, which enable the School to offer placement opportunities to eligible students with major local and international organisations.


  • Opportunities to interact and network with distinguished legal practitioners.
  • Faculty with extensive experience and expertise in legal research, teaching and practice.
  • Opportunities to participate in international mooting and MUN competitions.
  • Opportunities to participate in field visits to international organisations.
  • Gain exposure to legal practice through the Department’s extensive network of partnerships.

Programme Content

The LLM Law programme consists of 180 credits including a compulsory writing project. The writing project can either be a supervised dissertation or work placement. The remaining 120 credits will be gained through six 20 credit modules.

  • Legal Research Skills (20 Credits) - Compulsory
  • Dissertation (60 Credits) - Compulsory
  • International Organisations and International Dispute Resolution (20 Credits) - Compulsory
  • Work Integrated Learning (eligible students only) (60 Credits) - Optional
  • Dismissal Law (20 Credits) - Optional
  • Individual Employment Law (20 Credits) - Optional
  • The UK and European Anti-Discrimination Law (20 Credits) - Optional
  • Foundations and Principles of International Law (20 Credits) - Optional
  • Law of the International Sale of Goods (20 Credits) - Optional
  • Law and Policy of the World Trade Organization (20 Credits) - Optional
  • International Human Rights Law (20 Credits) - Optional
  • International Commercial Litigation and Arbitration (20 Credits) - Optional
  • UAE & DIFC Employment Law (20 Credits) - Optional
  • Migration Theories and Approaches (20 Credits) - Optional
  • Integrated Work and Learning (20 Credits) - Optional
  • Sustainable Development and Human Rights (20 Credits) - Optional

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You will gain knowledge and understanding through a stimulating combination of lectures, seminars, workshops, professional internships and self-directed studies and use a variety of resources, including audio-visual media, library books and e-learning materials.

Lectures, seminars and presentations are used to communicate core information, develop themes and ideas and seek to encourage student participation through interactive exercises and opportunities for peer and self-assessment. You will also be required to engage in intensive programmes of structured reading and research, and to present your findings orally and in writing.

Skills training, particularly through our Legal Research Skills module, will equip you with the intellectual tools necessary for postgraduate work, including the identification and location of appropriate materials, critical and analytical reading, writing skills and conventions.

Several sessions within each module and a substantial part of the Dissertation are designed to provide guidance on identifying a suitable research question, carrying out research writing a literature review and planning and writing a Dissertation.

Learning and teaching on all modules are informed by a critical approach that encompasses relevant aspects of the ethical, social, professional, historical and cultural contexts within which the law operates. Ethics are specifically embedded in some modules and students are provided with the opportunity to understand the ethical dimensions of their own research and within which the law operates at each level.

Entry requirements

  • The University’s standard entry requirements for LLM/PG Dip/PG Cert Law consists of a Law Degree at 2:2 or Graduate Diploma in Law/CPE.
  • However, graduates in related disciplines, with law minors or with relevant professional experience or qualifications may be admitted subject to the programme leader’s discretion.

Other non-UK qualifications will be considered in accordance with NARIC guidelines.

English Language Requirements (Postgraduate)

All programmes at Middlesex University Dubai are taught in English and applicants with previous education outside of English-speaking countries (such as the UK, the United States, Canada, England, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand), must demonstrate English language proficiency as follows:

  • IELTS Academic: 6.5 (minimum 6.0 in each band)
  • TOEFL Internet-based: 87 (21 in listening & writing, 22 in speaking and 23 in reading)
  • PearsonPTE Academic: 58
  • PearsonPTE General: Level 4

Future Careers and Employability

This programme is designed for students pursuing careers in legal practise or working with professional service providers who regularly engage with commercial bodies. It prepares them for a wide range of careers in public and private sector organisations, multinational companies and intergovernmental bodies requiring specialist knowledge in the body of the domestic and private international body of rules governing commercial transactions and disputes.

The LLM is a marketable qualification and previous graduates of the programme have gone on to work for legal departments of public and private sector organisations, multinational companies, international organisations, governmental departments and within the judiciary. Many have continued their higher education studies via a PhD.

Last updated Mar 2020

About the School

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Middlesex University is a dynamic university with a reputation for innovation and excellence in teaching and research. Middlesex University Dubai is the first overseas campus of the internationally renowned Middlesex University in London. The campus, which opened in January 2005, has over 3,000 students from over 100 nationalities and offers undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in a wide variety of subject areas. We are a truly global university committed to meeting the needs and ambitions of a culturally and internationally diverse range of students, by providing challenging academic programmes underpinned by innovative research, scholarship and professional practice. We prepare our students to be professional, skilled individuals fitted for the modern world, committed to lifelong learning and able to contribute to the communities in which they live and work. Read less