Master of Laws (LLM)

Choosing to study a Master of Laws, or LLM, could give you an advantage in an increasingly competitive market, by providing you with practical and relevant knowledge of the key issues in a specialised area of law.

Our LLM offers a wide range of specialist areas to help you develop your legal skills and knowledge, ranging from Financial Regulation and Compliance to Chinese Business and Investment Law. Choose from over 20 specialist electives to build your own LLM, designed with the needs of practitioners in mind.* Each is fully flexible with full-time and part-time study options, meaning that you can undertake an LLM at any time in your academic or professional career.

The Master of Laws (LLM) is awarded by BPP University.

Programme details
Location

London Holborn or online

Start Date

September, January and May

Length of programme

One-year, full-time
Two-years, part-time

Modes of study

Face-to-face or online

Assessment

Memorandum of advice on practical legal issues, examinations and a dissertation

How to apply

Applications must be made directly to BPP University Law School.

*Modules run subject to demand.

^ Further details of eligibility requirements, interest rates and other key terms of the loan are available by visiting the Future Finance website. BPP University Limited acts as a credit broker and is not a lender for this arrangement.

Key Information

  • Meet eminent academics, officials, judges and practitioners through our guest speaker programme
  • Develop your knowledge and skills in specific areas of law by choosing from at least 20 specialist electives
  • Funding available through Scholarships, interest-free payment plans and Future Finance student loans^
  • Outstanding careers support and an opportunity to gain legal experience by working on real-life cases through our award-winning Pro Bono Centre to help you improve your employment prospects
  • Gain a wider strategic understanding of how commercial law works in practice

Gain an LLM with commercial edge

Our Master of Laws has been designed to focus on areas of law that are increasingly relevant to practitioners, particularly those who aspire to work in international practice. Each specialism is designed to not only increase your knowledge of the law within a particular area, but also to enhance the skills necessary to practice.

With a wide range of elective modules, you can choose to qualify with an LLM suited to your career objectives, whether you are a qualified solicitor or barrister looking to enhance your knowledge or you work in a professional environment and feel a knowledge of the law would enhance your career. 

If you study face-to-face in the UK, you can choose from the below specialisms:

  • LLM Commercial Law
  • LLM Comparative Commercial Law
  • LLM Comparative Corporate Securities Law
  • LLM Corporate Finance Law
  • LLM Environmental Law and Practice
  • LLM Financial Regulation and Compliance
  • LLM International Business Law
  • LLM International and Comparative Tax Law
  • LLM International Corporate Law and Practice
  • LLM International Dispute Resolution and Arbitration Law
  • LLM International Trade Law and Practice
  • LLM The Law of Business Taxation
  • LLM The Law of Investigations
  • LLM The Law relating to Fraud and Financial Crime
  • LLM The Law relating to International Financial Transactions
  • LLM Trans-National Criminal Justice
  • LLM UK and International Banking Law
  • LLM Islamic Business Law
  • LLM Islamic Finance Law
  • LLM Islamic Finance and Business Law
  • LLM Advanced Islamic Finance and Business Law
  • LLM Chinese Business Law
  • LLM Chinese Finance and Investment Law
  • LLM Chinese Investment and Business Law
  • LLM Chinese Public Law and Human Rights

If you study online you can choose from the below specialisms:

  • LLM Financial Regulation and Compliance
  • LLM International Business Law
  • LLM International Dispute Resolution and Arbitration Law
  • LLM UK and International Banking Law

Tutors with industry experience

Each LLM specialism is led by professional lawyers with extensive knowledge and practical experience in that subject area. In addition the Master of Laws is delivered by a range of international experts and guest lecturers, from leading academics, researchers, judges, officials and practitioners from various legal systems. Their experience gives you valuable insight into the legal system, helping you to not only apply theory to practice, but also network and connect with those in practice.

Specialist careers advice

Our specialist careers service is available to you for support and guidance from the moment you accept your place until up to 12 months after you complete your studies with us. With our one-to-one support, we give you the edge when it comes to enhancing your career. You'll have everything you need including access to our vacancies database, advice on filling out application forms, intensive interview coaching, employer research and networking opportunities.

Award Winning Pro Bono

Our award-winning Pro Bono Centre allows you to take part in a wide range of legal advice and education projects under the supervision of qualified lawyers and gives you an unrivalled opportunity to work on actual cases in a wide variety of areas. Pro Bono can provide valuable training in real-life situations that complement the classroom teaching you receive with us.

Our Pro Bono Centre is an excellent place to start practising your legal and practical skills in a supportive environment. There are a wide range of projects available, including:

  • Staffing an employment law advice line
  • Delivering legal education presentations in schools
  • Prisons and homeless centres
  • Researching the cases of prisoners who have lost all rights to appeal

Once you begin your studies you will hear from our Pro Bono Centre staff about the different projects and how to sign up.

Modules

Programme Structure - Face to Face

To qualify with an LLM, students are required to take the module that bears the title of their chosen programme and write a 10,000-word dissertation in the area of their ‘core’ module. In addition, students are required to select three electives. 
Assessment involves the writing of a memorandum of advice on a set topic within each module (worth 30 per cent of the marks for that module) and an unseen examination.
 
Compulsory
  • 10,000-word dissertation (60 credits)
  • Module (s) that bears the title of their chosen programme
  • Three electives from the modules below (depending on the number of core modules required)
Modules*
  • Commercial Law (30 credits)
  • Comparative Commercial Law (30 credits)
  • Comparative Corporate Securities Law (30 credits)
  • Corporate Finance Law (30 credits)
  • Environmental Law and Practice (30 credits)
  • Financial Regulation and Compliance (30 credits)
  • International Business Law (30 credits)
  • International and Comparative Tax Law (30 credits)
  • International Corporate Law and Practice (30 credits)
  • International Dispute Resolution and Arbitration Law (30 credits)
  • International Trade Law and Practice (30 credits)
  • The Law of Business Taxation (30 credits)
  • The Law of Investigations (30 credits)
  • The Law relating to Fraud and Financial Crime (30 credits)
  • The Law relating to International Financial Transactions (30 credits)
  • Trans-National Criminal Justice (30 credits)
  • UK and International Banking Law (30 credits)
  • Islamic Business Law (30 credits)
  • Islamic Finance Law (30 credits)
  • Advanced Islamic Finance and Business Law (30 credits)
  • Chinese Business Law(30 credits)
  • Chinese Finance and Investment Law (30 credits)
  • Chinese Public Law and Human Rights (30 credits)

In the case of the LLM in Chinese Business and Investment Law, the LLM in Islamic Finance and Business Law and the LLM in Advanced Islamic Finance and Business Law, students are required to take two-three ‘core’ modules reducing the number of elective modules that can be taken.

*Modules run subject to demand.

Programme Structure – Online

To qualify with an LLM, students are required to take the module that bears the title of their chosen programme and write a 10,000-word dissertation in the area of their ‘core’ module. In addition, students are required to select three electives.

Compulsory

  • 10,000-word dissertation (60 credits)
  • Module (s) that bears the title of their chosen programme

Three electives from the modules below

  • Financial Regulation and Compliance (30 Credits)
  • International Business Law (30 Credits)
  • International Dispute Resolution and Arbitration Law (30 Credits)
  • UK and International Banking Law (30 Credits)
  • Advanced Islamic Finance and Business Law (available only as an elective and not a specialism) (30 Credits)

Entry requirements

To apply for the BPP University's LLM you must meet the following minimum admissions requirements:

  • Law degree (including criminology and criminal justice studies) (minimum 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 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
If you do not meet the entry requirements, but have other qualifications or work experience, please contact us and we can review your options.
 

English language

If English is not your first language and you do not hold an honours degree that was delivered in English, you will be required to provide certified proof of ability in written and spoken English to, at least, IELTS 6.5 or equivalent, in addition to the above entry requirements. If you do not meet the English language requirements, you may be eligible to join one of BPP University’s English language or foundation programmes.

Study locations

This LLM is available at the London Holborn centre starting in September, January and May.

Paying for your programme

The part-time programme fee is £11,500.
The full-time programme fee is £11,500.

A deposit of £250 will need to be paid within 48 hours of accepting your offer, in order to secure your place.

Postgraduate Loans

Postgraduate Loans are available for eligible Master's courses, allowing you to apply for a loan towards your course and living costs. 

You can apply for a Postgraduate Loan up to a maximum of £10,280

You can apply online at www.gov.uk/postgraduateloan or for further information visit our student finance section

BPP University Scholarships

We know that you are a student with passion, drive and a real desire to learn. That is why we have scholarships that you may find helpful if you simply do not have the finances to go to university. In 2015 alone, we offered over £400,000 in scholarship funding. For more information please visit: bppuniversity.ac.uk/scholarships

Additional Funding Options

For those who need it, BPP University’s Student Services support team can provide funding advice and assistance. This includes information on other options open to you, such as bursaries and grants from professional bodies, charities, employers and other institutions who give financial support. For instance, funding may be available through scholarships, interest-free payment plans, the Student Loans Company (slc.co.uk) or Future Finance student loans**.