LLM in Islamic Law
Duration: One calendar year (full-time) Two, three or four years (part-time, daytime only) We recommend that part-time students have between two-and-a-half and three days a week free to pursue their course of study.
Minimum Entry Requirements: Minimum upper second class honors degree (or equivalent) in Law
Start of programme: September intake only
The LLM programme may be completed either through one year of full-time study or two, three or four years of part-time study. All students apply to the general LLM programme but have the option of pursuing a specialized LLM.
Examinations for all taught modules will be held in May/June of each year and the dissertation will be due for submission during September of the final year of registration. The assessment for each module may vary.
It is expected that all students will graduate with an LLM in law. A student who wishes to graduate with a specialized LLM is required to take at least three (3.0) units and write their dissertation, which will be worth two (2.0) units, within their chosen specialization. The fourth (4.0) unit can be taken outside of the LLM specialism or, with the LLM tutor’s permission, outside of the School of Law. Year-long modules are worth 1.0 unit, while single-term modules are worth 0.5 units. A student will thus complete between four and eight taught modules during his or her LLM programme.
Students must take modules to a total value of 180, consisting of a dissertation (60 credits) and 120 credits of taught modules. Taught modules are worth either 15 or 30 credits.
Students who wish to graduate with a specialised LLM are required to take at least 60 credits associated with his or her specialised LLM, a further 30 credits within the School of Law (General Law Postgraduate Taught Module List), and a final 30 unit which can either be taken within the School of Law or from the Language Open Options or Non-Language Open Options pages with the LLM Programme Convenor’s permission. The dissertation topic will be undertaken within the LLM specialization.
Specialist Module List (at least 60 credits to be taken)
- Foundations of Comparative Law 15PLAH031 (15credits) Term 1
- Human Rights and Islamic Law 15PLAC150 (30 credits) Full Year
- Islamic Law (MA/LLM) 15PLAC121 (30 credits) Full Year
- Law and Society in The Middle East and North Africa 15PLAC130 (30 credits) Full Year
- Law and Society in South Asia 15PLAC129 (30 credits) Full Year
- Law of Islamic Finance 15PLAC159 (30 credits) Full Year
General Law Postgraduate Module List
An additional 30 credits must be taken from the School of Law General Postgraduate Taught Module List or the Specialism Module List above.
Postgraduate Open Option Modules
A final 30 credits must be taken from the SOAS Open Option Module list, or from the General Law Postgraduate Module List above or from the Specialism Module List.
Dissertation (12,000 words), on a topic related to the specialism of the degree
- LLM Dissertation in Law 15PLAD178 (60 credits) Full Year
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