Our College of Arts and Law Graduate School is a vibrant international community of over 1500 postgraduate students. We benefit from excellent research resources and a supportive environment that allows your research to flourish. Located in the Arts building at the main Edgbaston campus, our team of academic and operational staff is on hand to offer support and advice whenever you need it.

As a College, we have top class facilities that encourage interaction between disciplines and research areas so you’ll be amongst like-minded people, giving you the stimulation, support, and challenges you need to succeed.

The University of Birmingham

Birmingham is constantly developing and evolving in its desire to become a leading global university. This is being achieved through our enhanced research power and reach; the distinctiveness of our exceptional student experience; the breadth and depth of our academic portfolio; our size and the extent of our global networks.

The city of Birmingham

Birmingham is no longer transforming; it is transformed. With independent restaurants, shops and bars throughout the centre and popular districts around the city, this new and vibrant Birmingham is nestled among local markets, iconic buildings of our industrial heritage and contemporary architecture such as the new Library of Birmingham.

New bars and shops open frequently as the city continues to build its youthful and unique identity. There is so much diversity and history within Birmingham that the shops, food and venues reflect this. Old icons such as the Custard Factory host alternative shops and bars, just a short walk from the famous Birmingham wholesale fish and rag markets, all of which nestle close to the new Grand Central train station and shopping precinct.

Birmingham Law School

For almost a century Birmingham Law School has led the way in legal education and research. Today, we continue to provide our students with innovative, challenging, and research-driven education.

The Birmingham LLM takes one year (full-time) or two years (part-time) to complete and involves the study of six specialist modules and a dissertation. Applicants must have a good undergraduate degree in Law or equivalent.

The Birmingham LLM allows students to follow a general route, with complete flexibility in module selection, or follow one of our specialist pathways. When applying to the Birmingham LLM, students do not need to decide whether they wish to specialise at that stage, as pathway specialisms can be decided once students start on the course.

The Shakespeare Institute

The Shakespeare Institute, located in Stratford-upon-Avon, has been a beacon for international Shakespeare scholarship since its foundation in 1951.

Shakespeare Institute students benefit from our exciting collaboration with the RSC which has seen the University become a Founding Partner of The Other Place. The Other Place is the RSC’s creative hub for rehearsal, training, learning and research. Our students are now able to access creative and teaching spaces at The Other Place, as well as the expertise of RSC artists and practitioners.

Programs taught in:
  • English (US)

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LLM

University of Birmingham - College of Arts and Law

Birmingham Law School's General LLM gives you the opportunity to decide which areas of law have the most relevance to your future career and to choose modules that most i ... [+]

Birmingham Law School's General LLM gives you the opportunity to decide which areas of law have the most relevance to your future career and to choose modules that most interest you. This is the ideal pathway if you wish to gain Masters-level knowledge and skills without restricting yourself to just one particular branch of law.

This pathway provides one of the widest ranges of options in the UK with nearly 35 modules available, enabling you to create a unique degree tailored to your future career aspirations.

The General LLM pathway allows you to study modules across the full range of available subjects. This pathway is particularly suitable for those seeking exposure to a range of legal disciplines, giving you expertise across the board and providing the skills and knowledge required for a successful legal career.... [-]

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September 2020
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University of Birmingham - College of Arts and Law

This pathway enables you to develop expertise in a wide range of commercial law subjects providing you with a strong basis for your future career. The LLM in Commercial L ... [+]

This pathway enables you to develop expertise in a wide range of commercial law subjects providing you with a strong basis for your future career. The LLM in Commercial Law is ideally suited to those students wishing to specialise in English commercial law. You will grasp the principles and foundations of the commercial law but also examine key current developments and areas of innovation.

The School has a leading reputation for excellence in its research and teaching in this area and the modules available on the LLM in Commercial Law draw on these strengths.

Why study this course Module choice - One of the widest ranges of LLM modules available in the UK Employability - our graduates move onto a diverse range of careers, with many going on to work in top law schools and law firms Professional links - annual law fair, visits to and from leading firms Modules ... [-]
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September 2020
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University of Birmingham - College of Arts and Law

This pathway draws upon Birmingham Law School’s long-standing research strengths in the areas of criminal law and criminal justice. Criminal Law is concerned with the mos ... [+]

This pathway draws upon Birmingham Law School’s long-standing research strengths in the areas of criminal law and criminal justice. Criminal Law is concerned with the most potentially invasive assertion of authority by the state: if you fail to comply with the law you will be punished. This pathway provides a holistic analysis of the criminal process through an analysis of the law, its philosophical underpinnings and its operation in practice.

Students can study to attain a broad overview of criminal justice processes or specialise in particular aspects as diverse as underpinning theories, policing, health aspects of criminal justice or indeed international aspects of law enforcement co-operation. Many modules have been created and are taught by leading scholars in the particular field and students benefit from close contact with researchers.... [-]

United Kingdom Birmingham
September 2020
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University of Birmingham - College of Arts and Law

The LLM in International Commercial Law is ideally suited to those students wishing to specialise in the international dimension of commercial law. You will have the oppo ... [+]

The LLM in International Commercial Law is ideally suited to those students wishing to specialise in the international dimension of commercial law. You will have the opportunity to understand how businesses operate internationally and how states and the international system regulate the flow of trade and finance.

The past few decades have seen enormous growth in international commerce, increasing the importance and prominence of international commercial law.

This area of law provides a basis for international business transactions and the development of international markets. The increasing relevance of this pathway makes it an excellent choice for those seeking opportunities in the commercial world and understanding of the global challenges it faces.... [-]

United Kingdom Birmingham
September 2020
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1 - 2 years
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University of Birmingham - College of Arts and Law

For those seeking a deeper understanding of the increasingly global structures which govern criminal justice as well as the finer issues challenging criminal justice stru ... [+]

For those seeking a deeper understanding of the increasingly global structures which govern criminal justice as well as the finer issues challenging criminal justice structures, this course offers a unique learning opportunity and is an excellent choice for those seeking legal opportunities around the world.

This pathway draws upon Birmingham Law School's research strengths in International Law, International Humanitarian Law, Criminal Law and Justice, and Human Rights, enabling students to develop expertise in a wide range of relevant International law subjects.

You can study modules in international, transnational and European criminal law and justice alongside more nationally rooted specialisms and a breadth of human rights modules. Through our long-standing dedicated counter-terrorism modules, and those focusing upon specific theoretical or practical criminal justice issues (ranging from restorative justice to mentally disordered offenders) as well as our specialist human rights modules, we offer our students a unique opportunity for broad study and in-depth specialisation.... [-]

United Kingdom Birmingham
September 2020
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1 - 2 years
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University of Birmingham - College of Arts and Law

This pathway draws on our strength of research in the areas of international law, comparative law, and global legal theory. You will develop a multifaceted understanding ... [+]

This pathway draws on our strength of research in the areas of international law, comparative law, and global legal theory. You will develop a multifaceted understanding of how the international system works, but also its key modern challenges and the way law and regulation address them.

This pathway draws on our strength of research in the areas of international law, comparative law, and global legal theory. You will develop a multifaceted understanding of how the international system works, but also its key modern challenges and the way law and regulation address them. There will be an opportunity to focus on critical global issues, including the flow of international trade or energy supplies, but also the globalisation of crime and terrorism and the resulting implications for human rights and international development, more generally.... [-]

United Kingdom Birmingham
September 2020
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1 - 2 years
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University of Birmingham - College of Arts and Law

This pathway enables you to understand the complex issues emerging in the area of international trade. In the modern world, it is vital to understand the principles and m ... [+]

This pathway enables you to understand the complex issues emerging in the area of international trade. In the modern world, it is vital to understand the principles and main tenets of international trade; such as tariffs and customs regulation, as well as understanding how it affects societies, regions, and the environment.

This pathway draws on our research strengths in the areas of international trade law, EU law, the law of comparative regional integration and transnational economic relations more widely. The principal focus is on the multilateral trading system and the law of the World Trade Organisation. Our modules will allow you to develop an in-depth specialization in key related areas, such as the environment, public procurement, or competition law.... [-]

United Kingdom Birmingham
September 2020
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1 - 2 years
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Birmingham: Your City; Your Home

The Birmingham LLM