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Entry Requirements

In deciding whether to admit a student to the LLM programme at UCL Laws, your application will be considered in relation to your academic ability and intellectual maturity.

The minimum entry requirement for the LLM programme is a UK Bachelor’s degree in Law, awarded with a clear Upper Second-Class Honours (2.1) and evidence of ability to succeed in a programme of advanced study, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Please note that an overseas 2:1 may not be the same as a UK 2:1. Further information on 2:1 equivalent level qualifications for overseas countries can be found using the drop-down menu on the following page under the ‘International students’ heading: If in doubt, please contact us for clarification.

If your degree is still in progress, but is due to be awarded prior to the start date of the LLM programme, you can apply now and the application will be considered based on the grades you have achieved so far. As above, these will need to be at a clear Upper Second-Class Honours (2.1) level or equivalent. If your application is accepted, you will then be issued a conditional offer specifying the final overall degree classification and/or grade required in order to be admitted to the LLM programme.

Graduates whose first degree is not in law will be considered for admission if they have a good Upper Second-class degree with evidence of ability to succeed in a programme of advanced study, as well as a good Merit pass in the Common Professional Examination/Graduate Diploma in Law recognised by UK professional bodies.

In exceptional circumstances, graduates without a qualifying law degree but with substantial relevant work experience will also be considered.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you are required to show that your command of the English language is sufficient to meet the demands of the degree programme. UCL demands that applicants should be able to demonstrate an ‘Advanced’ level of English. Please note that the test result must have been awarded no more than two years prior to the proposed date of enrolment and the required scores must be achieved within a single test session.

We accept the following English language proficiency tests:

  • IELTS: overall grade of 7.5 with a minimum of 6.5 in each of the subtests
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE): 75 overall, with a minimum of 62 in each component
  • UCL International Pre-Master’s Course: 75% overall, with a minimum of 65% in each of the four elements of the examination
  • UCL Pre-Sessional English Course: 75% overall, with a minimum of 65% in each of the subtests
  • UCL Diploma in English for Academic Purposes (DEAP): 75% overall, with a minimum of 65% in each of the subtests
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): PRIOR TO JANUARY 2015 CPE Grade B, an overall minimum score of 56, and at least a ‘good’ pass in each skill; FROM JANUARY 2015 ONWARDS Overall score of 191 with 176 in all subtests
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): PRIOR TO JANUARY 2015 CAE pass of 74 points, with a minimum of 58 point in each subject; FROM JANUARY 2015 ONWARDS Overall score of 191 with 176 in all subtests
  • TOEFL: Overall score of 109 with 24/30 in reading and writing and 20/30 in speaking and listening (Institution code is 9163)

In accordance with UK Visas and Immigration requirements, students who require a Tier 4 (General) Student Visa to enter the UK must meet these English language requirements.

UCL Laws may also accept evidence of recent substantial education in the UK (usually a minimum of three years, for example, a three year degree course) undertaken no more than the summer two years prior to the proposed date of enrolment.

PLEASE NOTE: we do not accept work experience as evidence of English language proficiency for the LLM.

UCL Laws reserves the right, in individual circumstances, to specify an additional language requirement for an applicant. UCL also reserves the right, after acceptance, to require any student to withdraw from UCL if, in the opinion of the relevant teacher, the student’s proficiency in English is inadequate.

UCL Pre-Sessional English Courses

We would urge you to take a language test in your own country in order to meet the English language condition. If it is not possible for you to complete a language test in your country, you may be able to take a pre-sessional English course at the UCL Centre for Languages and International Education. These courses are very popular, so please check availability and your eligibility for the programmes in advance. Visit the UCL Centre for Languages and International Education website for further details of courses, tuition fees, and how to apply.

We do not accept results from any language centre other than UCL. If you do take a pre-sessional English language course elsewhere, you will need to sit/resit one of the tests above in order to meet the English language requirement.