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Master of Law LL.M, LL.M in Equality Law, LL.M in European Law, LL.M in Human Rights Law or LL.M in Law and Society

Manchester Metropolitan University

Masters Degree , Law

Course Description

If you’re ready to take your legal career in a specific direction, the LLM is an excellent next step.

The LLM is a forward-looking and interdisciplinary legal qualification that produces highly-skilled and employable graduates for an increasingly connected world.

Our course combines excellent research-informed teaching with a commitment to furthering knowledge and understanding of how the law applied to individuals, business and society. Plus, how it operates between countries and organisations and multinational companies in the wider global arena.

You can choose to keep your LLM broad, or select one of four specialist routes:

  • European Law
  • International Business Law
  • International Human Rights Law
  • International Law

Digging deeper 

Our LLM has a particular emphasis on the operation and application of the law in contemporary national, regional and international contexts. You will look at the effectiveness of the post -1945 world legal order and the rules of public international law governing relations between states, the impact of an increasing body of international human rights and European laws on national legal systems and the development of a transnational body of business, trade and commercial laws.

There is also a strong focus on current issues such as the changing relationship between the UK and the European Union in light of the 2016 Brexit referendum and 2018 Withdrawal Agreement.

As you expand your legal knowledge, you’ll also develop advanced critical, analytical and evaluative skills.

Research with impact 

The advanced independent study aspect of this course will allow you to focus on an area of law that interests you. You’ll work with specialist researchers who are shaping the legal environment, from discrimination law to medical ethics.

This is the perfect environment if you have ambitions of becoming an expert in a particular area of law or pursuing a career in legal research.

If you’re ready to take your legal career in a specific direction, the LLM is an excellent next step. The LLM is a forward-looking and interdisciplinary legal qualification that produces highly-skilled and employable graduates for an increasingly connected world. Our course combines excellent research-informed teaching with a commitment to furthering knowledge and...

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Course Content

Our Master of Laws (LLM) gives you the opportunity to expand your existing knowledge of the law while developing advanced legal research skills. You’ll spend an intensive year (or two if you study part-time) boosting your expertise in subject areas of your choice. By the end, you’ll emerge with an internationally recognised postgraduate qualification that can help you stand out in a competitive jobs market.

The LLM focuses on how the law relates to individuals, business and society. With the support of our academic specialists and practising legal professionals, you’ll take an in-depth look at how and why the law is formed and how it’s applied.

You’ll also explore how it relates to policy and policy-making processes at national, regional and international contexts. For example, you’ll look at the law in relation to race, disability and religion, discrimination, business regulations, migration, healthcare provision and even the consequences of Brexit. And, as you expand your legal knowledge, you’ll also develop advanced critical, analytical and evaluative skills that can be valuable in a range of different roles.

The LLM is a flexible course, giving you the choice between a general or a specialist route. This way you can tailor your masters to suit your specific professional interests or academic goals – whether you want a deeper understanding of subjects you’ve already studied or to pursue new areas altogether.

Throughout the advanced independent study aspect of this course, you’ll work with specialist researchers who are shaping the legal environment, from discrimination law to medical ethics. It’s an ideal grounding if you’re looking to move into legal research or academia. Completing the LLM also shows that you have the intellectual drive and dedication to succeed in your chosen area of law. In short, it’s a qualification that will open up opportunities across different disciplines, a range of sectors and around the world.

Year 1

You can choose to do a general LLM, in which you study a variety of subjects, or a specialist LLM pathway where you choose to study one of the following areas:

  • European Law
  • International Business Law
  • International Human Rights Law 
  • International Law 

Core units

  • Advanced Legal Systems, Skills and Research 1
  • Advanced Legal Systems, Skills and Research 2
  • Advanced Independent Study

Option units

Choose two 30-credit inits and two 15-credit units from a list that might include:

  • International Human Rights Law (30 credits)
  • Law, Terrorism and Human Rights (30 credits)
  • European Migration and Asylum Law (30 credits)
  • Equality and Human Rights (30 credits)
  • European Competition Law (30 credits)
  • Public International Law (30 credits)
  • International Criminal Law (30 credits)
  • Principles of Corporate Law and Governance (30 credits)
  • Human Rights and Healthcare (15 credits)
  • International Trade Law (15 credits)
  • Intellectual Property in a Global Context (15 credits)
  • Brexit, the European Union and UK Law (15 credits)
  • International Child Law (15 credits)
  • International Refugee Law (15 credits)

If you choose to take one of the specialist LLM pathways, you will be required to select two 30-credit options from a specified list related to the pathway and an additional two 15-credit units from a more general selection.

PLEASE NOTE: Option units are subject to availability and resource, and may change year to year.

Our Master of Laws (LLM) gives you the opportunity to expand your existing knowledge of the law while developing advanced legal research skills. You’ll spend an intensive year (or two if you study part-time) boosting your expertise in subject areas of your choice. By the end, you’ll emerge with an internationally recognised postgraduate qualification that can help you stand out in...

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Entry Requirements

You'll need a good UK honours degree - at least a 2:2 - in law or a related humanities, social science or business discipline. Alternatively you will have a Graduate Diploma in Law/Common Professional Examination or a related professional qualification equivalent to a 2:2 OR a related postgraduate diploma or degree.

You'll need a good UK honours degree - at least a 2:2 - in law or a related humanities, social science or business discipline. Alternatively you will have a Graduate Diploma in Law/Common Professional Examination or a related professional qualification equivalent to a 2:2 OR a related postgraduate diploma or degree.