LLM (Master of Laws) Programme

Planning Your Programme

With just over 70 graduate taught modules to choose from, there are thousands of possible combinations of study on the LLM. Add to that the diversity of the Independent Research Essay (IRE) and you really can follow a unique programme. To get the most out of your LLM degree it is important that you plan your degree pathway, module choices and IRE topic before you arrive.

Programme Requirements

To successfully complete the LLM programme you must complete 180-credits, comprising of 120-credits of Masters level taught modules offered in the Faculty of Laws and the compulsory 12,000-word Independent Research Essay worth 60-credits. Subject to approval, this can be amended to include a maximum of 30-credits of Masters level taught modules from another faculty or department at UCL.

All modules studied must be Masters level taught modules within UCL. It is not possible to study Undergraduate level taught modules at UCL nor Masters level taught modules at another institution in order to obtain credits as part of the LLM programme.

General Degree and Specialist Degree Pathways

If you choose to obtain the general LLM Law degree you can choose to study any combination of 120-credits of Masters level taught modules on offer in the Faculty of Laws. Subject to approval, this can be amended to include a maximum of 30-credits of Masters level taught modules from another faculty or department at UCL. The compulsory 12,000-word Independent Research Essay may be written on any area of law.

If you wish to obtain a LLM specialist degree you must study 120-credits of Masters level taught modules including a minimum of 60-credits of qualifying taught modules for that specialist degree pathway. You may take more than 60-credits of qualifying taught modules if you so wish. The remaining credits can be obtained from studying other Masters level taught modules on offer in the Faculty of Laws, including a maximum of 30-credits of Masters level taught modules from another faculty or department at UCL, subject to approval. The compulsory 12,000-word Independent Research Essay must be written on a topic related to the chosen specialist degree.

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Choosing Your Modules

You are required to choose your modules prior to the start of your programme of study.  You will be given access to the module selection process after you have been made and accepted your unconditional offer.

The Masters level taught modules offered in the Faculty of Laws have varying methods of delivery and assessment, and the modules on offer can change from year to year. For more details of each module, including weekly contact hours, teaching methods and assessment, please refer to the Modules page.

There are no requirements or conditions for your module choices; you may take any combination of 15-credit and 30-credit modules, regardless of which term(s) they are taught in or how they are assessed. However, you are advised to carefully consider the teaching and assessment load for your chosen modules.

When planning your programme of study you must ensure you do not select any modules that take place at the same time on the same day. Modules worth 30-credits are full-year modules and are taught at the same day and time in both Term One and Two. Modules worth 15-credits are taught in a single term, so it is acceptable to choose two 15-credit modules that take place on the same day and time if they are taught in different terms.

All modules studied must be Masters level taught modules within UCL. It is not possible to study Undergraduate level taught modules at UCL nor Masters level taught modules at another institution in order to obtain credits as part of the LLM programme.

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Planning Your Independent Research Essay (IRE) Topic

The Independent Research Essay (IRE) is a compulsory 12,000-word essay that you will complete throughout your programme of study. The IRE is worth a third of the marks for your degree.

You will be asked to indicate your IRE topic in November. You may choose any topic but if you wish to obtain a LLM specialist degree your IRE topic must be related to that specialism. Some advisors will offer suggested titles to help you define your chosen area.

At advanced, graduate level you should start the programme already having a reasonably clear idea of the subject matter of your IRE. If you are unsure, you should start to think about topics that have sufficient volumes of literature and articles that can be utilised in conducting your research, will sustain your interest and will enable you to showcase your writing ability.

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