LLM University of Birmingham - College of Arts and Law
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With over 100 years of history as a leader and innovator of professional legal education in the UK, Birmingham Law School offers the opportunity to specialise and consolidate your legal knowledge through the Birmingham LLM.
Birmingham Law School sits at the heart of a world-top 100 universities, delivering legal education to recent graduates and professionals alike. Through our world-class research and Centre for Professional Legal Education and Research, you will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in a thriving academic community contributing to the development of policy, law and discussion across the world.
The Birmingham LLM gives students the opportunity to follow one of our specialist pathways, or have complete flexibility with the General pathway.
- General LLM
- Commercial Law LLM
- Criminal Law and Criminal Justice LLM
- International Commercial Law LLM
- International Law and Globalisation LLM
- International Law: Crime, Justice and Human Rights LLM
- International Trade Law LLM
- Energy and Environmental Law (Distance) LLM
Why study this course
- Study at a top global law school - the University of Birmingham is in the top 15 in the UK for Law (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021), reflecting the high quality of our teaching and our world-leading research. Our LLM has been developed by expert academics including Dr Jenny Papettas, Head of Postgraduate Studies.
- Research-led teaching - our academics conduct cutting-edge research which informs law reform. The latest Research Excellence Framework confirmed that 96% of our research is judged to be internationally recognised.
- Professional links - our Centre for Professional Legal Education and Research provides professional opportunities to network with top firms, engage with leading global experts and plan for your future career aspirations.
- Optional modules - this pathway provides one of the widest ranges of options on any LLM programme in the UK with up to 30 modules available, enabling you to create a unique degree tailored to your interests and preferred specialism.
- A global community - join a community represented by students and academics from across the globe, sharing their own unique academic and professional experiences from different jurisdictions.
Learning and teaching
Birmingham's LLM pathways have been designed to provide an in-depth analysis of important legal topics. Modules are all 20 credits in value, comprising 10 two-hour seminars to enable students to develop significant expertise in each area of law.
The LLM course lasts 12 months, running from September to September. All LLM pathways follow the same basic structure:
- In part I of the course, you take six 20 credit modules: the range available depends on the pathway you decide to follow. Assessment in those modules, by essay or formal examination, is in May and June.
- In part II of the course, your research and write a 15,000-word dissertation on a selected topic of law under the supervision of a member of staff.
Law School induction
At the start of the course, there is a comprehensive welcome and induction programme designed to help you settle in and gain an understanding of the Birmingham LLM. You will familiarise yourself with the various ways in which we can support you throughout the year to ensure that your LLM course is an exciting and rewarding experience.
Students can register for modules before arrival as well as at the start of the academic year. As part of the induction process, you will get the opportunity to learn more about the various modules available and make choices that correspond to your interests.
All the LLM pathways may be taken part-time and completed over a period of two years. This mode of study is particularly suitable for barristers and solicitors who wish to combine professional practise with university-level study, gaining CPD points in the process.
Classes for part-time students on the LLM will be scheduled between 9 am-6 pm and students will typically have between 2-4 hours of teaching each week. Fees are the same as for full-time study but are split over two years.
For students from outside the UK, there will be an opportunity for induction to familiarise themselves with the English legal system, as it forms the basis for the modules on offer. The English for International Students Unit provides a range of support in reading and writing academic English.
LLM Module list
You choose at least three modules from the core list for your programme. The other modules can be chosen from any of the modules available on our LLM pathways in that year. If you follow the LLM General pathway, you can choose any five modules from those available.
Optional modules may include:
- Banking Law
- Carriage of Goods by Sea
- Commercial Conflict of Laws
- Company Law
- Criminal Justice: Law Enforcement
- Criminal Law Reform Now
- Elements of Cyberlaw
- Environmental Energy Law
- European Human Rights Law
- Financing of International Trade
- Global Competition Law
- Issues in Criminal Law and Justice
- Issues in International Criminal Law and Justice
- Global Crime Problems
- Health and Safety at Work Law
- Human Rights and Criminal Justice
- Human Rights and Health Care Law
- Intellectual Property Law
- International and European Legal Responses to Terrorism
- International Corporate Governance
- International Criminal Law and Justice
- International Humanitarian Law
- International Human Rights
- International Trade Law
- Islamic Family Law
- Law and Language
- Law of International Organisations
- Maritime Law
- Partnership and LLP Law
- Public International Law
- Socio-Legal Methods
- Socio-Legal Theory
- Theory of Criminal Law
- Transnational Criminal Law
Students may also be allowed to choose one of their five modules from those offered by the Political Science and International Studies department. Some of the modules available may include:
- Diplomacy and Statecraft
- Fear, Cooperation and Trust in World Politics
- Global Environmental Governance
- International Political Economy
- International Relations Theory
- Political Psychology of Conflict and Cooperation
- Politics and the State
- Security Studies
- Varieties of Politics: The Comparative Politics of Parties, Institutions and Regimes
- Dilemmas in International Relations
- Diplomatic History
- Doing Political Research
- Global Cooperation and Practice
- Globalisation and Governance
- Terrorism and Political Violence
- Trust, Diplomacy and Conflict Transformation
Program Tuition Fee
Scholarships and Funding
Scholarships in Law
- LLB and LLB for Grads International Student Scholarship
A long-running scholarship supporting undergraduate students from around the world to join our fantastic community here at Birmingham. Awards are of £3,000 per year applicable as a fee waiver.
- Benussi Bursary (LLB)
The Benussi Law Bursary was set up in 2005 when Diane Benussi established an endowment at the University to support students who would benefit from financial support to thrive during their time at Birmingham Law School. This is awarded by the school post-application.
- Harding International Legal Scholarship (LLM)
One of our newer scholarships, encouraging International students to study our LLM Programmes. Awards of up to £5,000 as a fee waiver with a focus on supporting employability in the sector.
- College of Arts and Law Masters Scholarship (LLM)
CAL Postgraduate Scholarships offer awards of up to £10,000 for postgraduate courses in the College of Arts and Law.
- Kalisher Trust Scholarship (LLM)
The mission of the Kalisher Trust is to encourage and support talented students who may find the costs of reaching the Criminal Bar prohibitive. This is a full scholarship for Home fee status students and a £6,000 grant towards living expenses.
- MSc Responsible Data Science Scholarships
The Office for Students, in collaboration with the University of Birmingham, Accenture and our industry partners offer a number of £10,000 scholarships available to applicants from groups currently underrepresented in the AI and data science fields. These can be used towards tuition fees or to alleviate financial barriers to study.
- Other scholarship opportunities
For a comprehensive list of all the awards on offer at the University please consult the undergraduate or postgraduate funding databases.