LLM in Law


Program Description

You’ll learn from leading scholars with expertise in a wide range of areas, so you can keep your options open and explore a variety of approaches to law.

Sussex Law School provides an international, stimulating and engaging learning environment for you to build a rich base of knowledge. You can select core modules from any of our LLM courses. You'll extend your breadth and depth of knowledge of legal principles and the social, political, economic and cultural context in which you operate.

This course has skills training at its core, helping you to approach legal problems logically. This LLM gives you the opportunity to investigate a broad range of legal subject areas and to choose different pathways.

Entry Requirements

UK requirements

Degree Requirements: You should normally have an upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree or above.

Subject-specific requirements: Your qualification should be in law or a relevant subject such as economics, finance, international relations, political science, history, criminology, criminal justice or sociology. You may still be considered for the course if you have a qualification in a different subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

International requirements

IELTS (Academic): Standard level (6.5 overall, including at least 6.0 in each component).

Admissions information for applicants

How to apply: You apply to Sussex using our postgraduate application system.

Personal Statement: Yes. You must submit a personal statement as part of your application.

Application deadlines

  • 1 August 2020 (international)
  • 1 September 2020 (UK/EU)

Course Details

Full-time and part-time study

Choose to study this course full time or part time, to fit around your work and personal life. Modules for the full-time course are listed below.

For details about the part-time course, contact Dr Mark Walters at mark.walters@sussex.ac.uk


These modules are running in the academic year 2020/21. However, there may be changes to these modules due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.

Core modules

Core modules are taken by all students on the course. They give you a solid grounding in your chosen subject and prepare you to explore the topics that interest you most.

  • LLM Dissertation
  • Advanced Legal Research and Writing


Alongside your core modules, you can choose options to broaden your horizons and tailor your course to your interests.

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Anthropology of Law
  • Aspects of Intellectual Property Law
  • Biodiversity and Natural Resources Law
  • Carriage of Goods by Sea
  • Civil and Political Rights: Contemporary Challenges
  • Corruption and the Law
  • Criminology in Theory and Method
  • Critical Approaches to Information Law
  • Critiquing International Law
  • Cyber Law
  • Digital Intellectual Property Law
  • Hate Crime and Sexual Violence
  • Human Rights Law Clinic
  • Indigenous and Minority Rights
  • International and Comparative Company Law
  • International and Transnational Offending
  • International Aspects of Intellectual Property and Technology Regulation
  • International Business and Human Rights
  • International Commercial Arbitration
  • International Crimes
  • International Environmental Law
  • International Financial Law Regulation and Governance
  • International Human Rights Law
  • International Investment Law
  • International Law: Rights and Responsibilities
  • Issues in Criminal Law and Criminal Justice
  • Law of Armed Conflict
  • Law of International Business Transactions
  • Law, Religion, and Human Rights
  • LGBTQI Rights: International and Comparative Perspectives
  • Migration, Rights and Governance
  • Principles of International Law
  • Privacy and Data Protection Law
  • Regulating the Creative Industries
  • Restorative Justice: Domestic and International Approaches
  • Socioeconomic rights: economic violence, social justice and human rights law
  • The EU as a Global Actor
  • The Law and Behaviour of Business Organisations
  • The Law of Financial Derivatives and Structured Products
  • The Legal Regulation of International Trade
  • The Use of Force and International Law
  • Transnational Commercial Law
  • Transnational Corporate Finance Law
  • War, Terror, Violence and International Law
  • Women and Human Rights

How much does it cost?


  • UK/EU students: £9,250 per year
  • Channel Islands and Isle of Man students: £9,250 per year
  • International students: £18,500 per year

Additional costs

Please note, all costs are best estimates based on current market values. Costs are paid at the start of your course unless specified otherwise. We review estimates every year and they may vary with inflation.

Recommended texts

The optional but recommended texts for this course cost between £20 and £50.

How can I fund my course?

Postgraduate Masters loans

You can borrow up to £11,222 to help with fees and living costs if your course starts on or after 1 August 2020. Loans are available from the Student Loans Company if you’re from the UK or if you’re an EU national studying for a Masters.


Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals.


Career options available after graduation are as wide as the course itself. Many of our graduates go on to qualify as law professionals, nationally and internationally.

Others find employment in government or NGOs, or in commerce. Some choose to work in-house without qualifying in any particular jurisdiction or go on to further study.

Graduate destinations

Recent Sussex Law School graduates have gone on to jobs including:

  • pupil barrister, Three Raymond Buildings
  • regulatory specialist, UBS
  • refugee researcher, Amnesty International UK.

(Sussex Law School careers database)

Last updated Mar 2020

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