With hundreds of LLM courses to choose from, finding the right LLM programme for you can be overwhelming. Whether you want to study an LLM part-time, full-time, or remotely, or you’re unsure of which area of legal practice you want to specialise in, we’ve compiled a selection of the best LLM degrees and course providers to help you make a decision.

UK LLM Universities

The table below features a selection of institutions offering LLM courses. Please note, while we aim to maintain the accuracy of this information, some course providers may not feature. Entry requirements, start dates and fees may be subject to change:

UniversityQualificationEntry RequirementsFees (Annualy)Start Date
Abertay University, Dundee LLM research degree2:1 in relevant subject and/or masters£4,596February, June, October
Anglia Ruskin University Anglia Law SchoolVarious options 2:2 (hons) in a relevant subjectDependant on course January, September
Aston University, Aston Business School, BirminghamInternational Commercial Law2:2 (hons)£11,500 - UK students
£21,250 - International students
September
Bangor University, Bangor Law SchoolVarious options2:2 in relevant subjectDependant on course January, September
The University of BirminghamVarious options'Good' honours degreeFull time - £9,810 - UK students

Part-time - £4,905 - UK students

£21,240 - international students - full-time only
September
Birmingham City University School of Law, BirminghamVarious optionsQualifying Law DegreeFull time - £11,300 - UK students

Part-time - £1,256 per 20 credits - UK students

£16,300 - international students - full-time only
Depends on course
Bournemouth University, PooleInternational Commercial LawA Bachelors Honours degree with 2:2 in a required subject (check university website)Dependant on courseJanuary, September
BPP Law School, LondonVarious optionsLaw degree (2:2), or…
A degree with some legal/regulatory content and relevance to the
programme (minimum 2.2), or…
Non-law degree (minimum 2.2) and a pass in the GDL/PDGL or CPE; or…
Non-law degree (minimum 2.2) and appropriate/relevant professional
experience; or…
Non-graduates with appropriate professional experience will also be considered
£12,420 (additional charges associated with studies may apply)January, May, September
Bradford University School of ManagementVarious options2:2 or above in any subject, or relevant work experience at graduate levelDependant on courseJanuary, September
Brunel University Law School, UxbridgeMaster of Laws2:2 or above£11,070 - UK students

£18,410 - International students
January, September
Cardiff University Various options2:1 honours degree in Law or an equivalent international degree or… a university-recognised equivalent academic qualification£9,200 - UK students

£19,450 - International students
September
University of DundeeGeneral Law LLMHonours degree in Law at lower second class or above£8,350 - UK students

£19,900 - International students
September
University of London City Various optionsUpper second-class honours undergraduate degree in law. Applicants with a good undergraduate degree in another subject will also be consideredFull time - £13,540 - UK students

Part-time - £6,770 - UK students

£18,940 - international students - full-time

£9,470 - international students - part-time
January, September
Coventry University Various optionsMinimum of a 2:2 undergraduate degree in LawFull time - £10,600 - UK students

£18,250 - international students - full-time
January, September
Keele University Various optionsFirst or second class honours degree (or overseas equivalent) in Law or a related discipline (such as sociology, criminology or politics)Full time - £8,400 per year - UK students

Part-time - £5,880 (year one), £2,250 (year two) - UK students

£16,800 - international students - full-time only
September
Kingston UniversityGeneral Law LLMHonours degree in law 2:2 or above or… a joint honours degree (2:2 or above), where the major component is in law (for example, Accounting and Law or Combined Studies); or
a Graduate Diploma in Law (CPE), Legal Practice Course or… Bar Professional Training Course; or…
a qualification as a solicitor or barrister.
Full time - £10,900 - UK students

Part-time - £5,995 - UK students

£15,800 - international students - full-time

£8,690 - international students - part-time
September
Leeds Beckett University, LeedsVarious options2:2 honours degreeFull time - £9,450 - UK and international studentsSeptember
Leicester De Montfort University Law SchoolVarious optionsUndergraduate degree in any subjectDependant on courseSeptember
Liverpool John Moores University Various optionsMinimum 2:2 in a subject such as Law, Criminal Justice, Politics, Finance, Banking or AccountingFull time - £7,950 (per year) - UK students

Part-time - £3,975 (per year) - UK students

£16,100 - international students - full-time only
Depends on course
London South Bank University, LondonVarious optionsLLB (Hons) Law degree at 2:2/Bachelor degree equivalent to UK Second Class Honours Lower Division or… a non Law degree (2:2) and relevant knowledge and experience.Dependant on courseSeptember
Middlesex University LondonVarious optionsStandard entry requirement consists of a Law degree at 2:2 or Graduate Diploma in Law/CPEFull time - £10,500 (per year) - UK students

Part-time - £70 per credit and £35 per dissertation (per year) - UK students

£15,300 - international students - full-time

£99 per credit and £49 per dissertation credit - international students - part-time
September, October
The University of HertfordshireVarious optionsFirst degree in Law (or a subject in a related discipline, such as Business, Political Science or International Relations at a minimum of 2:2)Contact university admissionsContact university admissions
Northumbria University Various optionsDependant on courseDependant on courseSeptember
Oxford Brookes UniveristyMaster of LawsDependant on courseDependant on courseSeptember
Queen's University of BelfastVarious options2.1 Honours Degree or above or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University in Law, Social Sciences, Humanities or a cognate disciplineNorthern Ireland (NI) - £6,650

Republic of Ireland (ROI) - £6,650

England, Scotland or Wales - £7,470

EU Other/Outside EU - £18,200
Check university website
SOAS, University of LondonVarious optionsBachelor of Laws with 2:2Full time - £17,000 - UK students


£24,650 - international students - full-time
September
Swansea University College of LawVarious options2:2 honours degreeFull time - £14,000 - UK students


£19,900 - international students - full-time
September
The University of LawVarious optionsUpper second-class Honours Degree in LawFull time - £10,900 - UK students

Part-time - £5,450 - UK students

£20,900 - international students - full-time only
September
University of BristolVarious optionsUpper second-class Honours Degree in LawFull time - £10,900 - UK students

Part-time - £5,450 - UK students

£20,900 - international students - full-time only
September
University of CambridgeGeneral Law LLMFirst class honours degree Full time - £29,102 (includes maintenance fees) - UK students
£45,613 (includes maintenance and settling in fees) - international students - full-time only
September
University of Derby LLM (Including Specialist Pathways)Honours Degree in any subject at least 2.2 classificationFull time - £6,750 UK students

£14,700 international students - full-time
September
University of Durham Various options2:1 degree (or its equivalent) in law, or in a degree in which law is a major componentFull time - £11,500 UK students

£23,500 international students - full-time
September
University of East AngliaMaster of Laws2.2 or equivalent in law or related degreeFull time - £9,500 UK students

£19,800 international students - full-time
Check university website
University of EdinburghVarious options2:1 Honours DegreeContact university admissionsContact university admissions
University of Exeter Various options2:1 Honours Degree in law or Degree with substantial legal componentFull time - £10,000 - UK students

Part-time - £5,000 - UK students

£20,500 - international students - full-time only
September
University of Glasgow LLMA 2.1 Honours degree or non-UK equivalent in law or other subject with at least 50% of the credits in lawFull time - £10,000 - UK students

Part-time - £1,112 (per 20 credits) - UK students

£21,650 - international students - full-time only
Check university website
University of Leeds Various optionsDependant on courseDependant on courseDependant on course
University of Liverpool Various options2:1 Honours Degree in law or relevant subjectFull time - £9,900 UK students

£20,500 international students - full-time
September
Birkbeck College School of Law, LondonVarious optionsSecond-class honours degree (2:2) or above in law, the humanities or social sciences; other honours degrees will be consideredPart-time UK students - £5,925 (per year)


Full-time UK students: £11,850 (per year)

Part-time international students - £9,045 (per year)

Full-time international students - £18,090 (per year)
October
King's College London (KCL), LondonVarious optionsMinimum high 2:1 undergraduate degree with a final mark of at least 65% or abovePart-time UK students - £9,450 (per year)


Full-time UK students: £19,050 (per year)

Part-time international students - £14,730 (per year)

Full-time international students - £30,150 (per year)
September
Queen Mary (QMUL,) University of LondonVarious optionsDepends on courseDepends on courseDepends on course
The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)Various optionsUndergraduate degree in law or… a very good degree in another discipline together with very good grades in an appropriate graduate diploma in lawPart-time UK students - £10,464 (per year)
Full-time UK students: £20,928 (per year)

Part-time international students - £16,752 (per year)

Full-time international students - £33,504 (per year)
October
University of Manchester Master of LawsBachelor's Degree with a First or Upper Second (2:1)Full time - £11,000 UK students

£23,000 international students - full-time
September
University of Newcastle upon TyneVarious options2:1 Honours Degree, or international equivalent, in law or any other subjectPart-time UK students - £4,800 (per year)


Full-time UK students: £9,600 (per year)

Full-time international students - £20,400 (per year)
September/October
University of Nottingham Various options2:1 (or international equivalent) in law, humanities or social sciencesContact university admissionsSeptember
University of Portsmouth Various optionsSecond-class Honours Degree or equivalent professional experience and/or qualificationsPart-time UK students - £2,700 (per year)


Full-time UK students: £8,100

Part-time international students - £2,700 (per year)


Full-time international students - £17,000
January, September
University of Reading Various optionsContact university admissionsContact university admissionsContact university admissions
University of SheffieldVarious options2:1 Honours Degree, or international equivalent, in law or a subject with a sufficient legal componentFull time - £9,300 UK students

£20,400 international students - full-time
September
University of SouthamptonMaster of Laws2.1 degree in a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) or at least 4 law modules in a bachelor’s degreeFull time - £9,250 UK students

£21,000 international students - full-time
September
University of Warwick Various optionsContact university admissionsContact university admissionsContact university admissions
University of WestminsterVarious optionsContact university admissionsContact university admissionsJanuary, September
University of YorkVarious optionsContact university admissionsContact university admissionsContact university admissions
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University of Law LLM Courses

When you study your LLM with the University of Law (ULaw), you have several options available to you, including the LLM Master of Laws (General) or the LLM Legal Practice Course (SQE 1 & 2). With the ULaw LLM Master of Laws (General), you will have complete flexibility over your choice of modules and your dissertation topic.

The LLM Legal Practice Course enables you to qualify as a solicitor and gain a Master’s degree. With the move to the SQE, there is an SQE LLM option available for those who do not qualify to begin the LPC route. You will also receive four weeks guaranteed Qualifying Work Experience (QWE).

ULaw is one of the longest providers of LLM courses in the UK and they work with over 90 of the top 100 law firms in Britain to ensure that you are fully prepared as a trainee solicitor and ready to transition into your first role.

How to Choose an LLM Course

Choosing the right LLM course for you will depend on a number of factors, including:

  • Location
  • University reputation
  • Course structure, content and area of legal specialism
  • Course costs and associated living expenses

1. Area Of Legal Specialism

The area of law that you want to specialise in will help to determine which LLM provider and LLM degree are the right fit for you. If you are undecided, you can choose to study a general LLM course.

The areas of legal specialism available to you will vary depending on the institution. If you want to study a niche area of law, your options might be limited, but this will help to narrow down your search.

2. Course Structure, Content And Costs

Each LLM programme offered by a university will feature different modules and course structures. It’s important to read course overviews so that you have a good understanding of what’s involved in each programme. You want to make sure that the course you are joining contains the learning outcomes you are looking for.

The cost of each LLM course will also differ greatly, with higher costs to study in bigger cities like London, Birmingham, Liverpool or Manchester. If you plan to relocate to study, you will have to think about accommodation costs and associated living expenses.

3. University Reputation

Laws firms have historically preferred candidates from leading universities (in the UK, this would constitute the top 25 universities known as the Russell Group), though there are ongoing efforts to improve accessibility into the legal sector. While it is generally preferable to attend a well-reputed university (the higher entry requirements suggest higher attainment, and could help you stand out in a competitive industry), there are rarely specific requirements to have attended specific universities.

It may also be relevant to look at department rankings or a universities reputation for the specific LLM you are pursuing. Some university law departments are highly reputed for certain areas of law, so it’s worth researching more than just where a university appears in a ‘top universities’ table.

Types of LLM Courses

There is a wide selection of LLM courses you can choose to study. Below are some of the most popular LLM courses available, but this list is not exhaustive.

LLM Commercial Law

Commercial law LLM courses tend to be broken down into different disciplines, including:

  • Company law
  • Competition law
  • Contract law
  • International trade law
  • Mergers and acquisitions law
  • Banking law

Commercial law is a broad legal discipline, with many LLM providers offering courses fully focused on commercial law. However, some LLM programmes give you the opportunity to study one area of commercial law or a combination of the sub-topics.

Relevant LLM Courses in Commercial Law

InstitutionInfo
University of BristolThis a one year full-time/two years part-time LLM.
Module choices are fairly flexible: European commercial issues, international trade or domestic commerce
University of DurhamDoes not offer a straight commercial law LLM, but offers the following: LLM international trade and commercial law and LLM European trade and commercial law
University of Edinburgh Core courses include: company law, contract law, European labour law, insolvency law, the law of international trade, principles of corporate finance law, principles of insurance law
BPP UniversityBPP offers several options: LLM in Chinese business and investment law, LLM commercial law, LLM comparative commercial law, LLM international business law
New York UniversityThis university offers a Specialised LLM in corporation law, designed primarily for foreign-educated lawyers

Criminal Law LLM

LLM courses in criminal law are very extensive, covering the areas of physical and financial crime. Topics can include:

  • Regulation and enforcement of the law
  • Criminal procedure
  • Financial crime

A key area addressed in most LLM criminal law courses is sentencing and theoretical justifications for punishment. The death penalty is often studied in-depth too.

Competition for places on LLM criminal law courses is fierce. They are incredibly popular and offered by most UK LLM providers. There are a wide range of module combinations available, allowing you to study a criminal law LLM more generally or focus on a specialised area.

Relevant LLM Courses in Criminal Law

InstitutionInfo
University of OxfordHere, you can study an MSc in criminology and criminal justice
Optional modules include: sentencing, public and private policy, prisons, politics of crime control, crime and the family, transnational justice and the death penalty
University of Birmingham You can do an LLM in criminal law and criminal justice
modules include: criminal evidence and proof, international and European legal reponses to terrorism, restorative justice, socio-legal theory and transnational criminal law
LSELSE offers an LLM Masters of Law in which a student can focus their modules on criminology and criminal justice.
Options include mental health law: the criminal context, explaining punishment, security and criminal law, financial crime and International criminal law
University of LuxembourgThis degree focuses on regulation and enforcement within the EU, European criminal law and criminal procedure, corporate criminal law and compliance as and Judicial cooperation and European law enforcement agencies
University of TorontoModules in this course include: crime & punishment, criminal procedure, evidence law, financial crimes and corporate compliance and sentencing and penal policy

Energy and Environmental Law

A handful of universities offer LLM programmes in energy and environmental law. These courses focus on building knowledge and skills to consult on current energy and environmental issues and how the two intersect.

LLM courses in energy and environmental law are often compiled by legal specialists operating within the industry sector. Courses tend to cover the legal, political and economic issues associated with energy and environmental law at the national, regional and in particular, the international level.

Immigration Law LLM

LLM immigration law courses are highly specialised, often involving the study of legal cases covering issues such as:

  • Immigrant mistreatment
  • Political asylum
  • Visas
  • Business immigration
  • Extradition
  • Human Rights

LLM degrees in immigration law can also branch out into the study of international relations, with a particular focus on the United Nations’ International Covenant on Political Rights. You may focus on the immigration laws of specific countries too.

Relevant LLM Courses in Immigration Law

InstitutionInfo
University of OxfordOne of the best LLM programmes (as an MSc) in which a candidate can specialise through the immigration law modules
Queen Mary University of LondonThis immigration law LLM offers modules which concern immigration law from a domestic, comparative, European and international perspective
University of Kentthis university's LLM in Human Rights has a heavy focus on the rights of refugees
Manchester Metropolitan University Offers and LLM Masters of Laws but there are many modules which focus on immigration law, particularly business immigration topics
Washington College of Law LLM in Law and Government – which has a specialisation in Immigration Law and Policy
This includes modules on Immigration and Naturalization, Asylum and Refugee Law, Immigration Law Enforcement, Trafficking in Persons and Human Rights
Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human RightsCore courses of the LLM here include: International Humanitarian Law, International Human Rights Law and International Refugee Law
Radboud UniversityOffers an LLM in Human Rights and Migration, specialising in European law

Sports Law LLM

An LLM in sports law is relatively niche. There are only a handful of LLM providers in the UK and Ireland offering this type of law masters degree. If you want to work in sports regulation and/or governance, a sports law LLM is for you. This type of degree could potentially lead to a career as:

  • A representative of a sports governing body
  • A sports broadcaster
  • A legal representative for individual sports athletes

Relevant LLM Courses in Sports Law

InstitutionInfo
Leicester De Montfort University This university offers an online fully flexible LLM in Sports Law and Practice.
There is also an accelerated programme
Nottingham Trent University This institution offers a distance-learning LLM in sports law in practice
Sheffield Hallam UniversitySheffield offers a part-time LLM in international sports law
University of London This uni is ranked as offering the best LLM sports law course globally.
Topics covered include Intellectual property and sport such as branding and sponsorship in sports as well as broadcasting rights and ticketing restrictions
University of Miami School of LawHere, you can study a part-time LLM in entertainment, arts and sports law. The sports law element covers International sports law, modules look at representing professional and pre-professional athletes as well as the wider representation of the professional sports franchise
Pepperdine University School of Law Pepperdine offers a very flexible LLM in entertainment, media and sports Law
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