LLM (Master of Laws)

Take your legal knowledge to the next level. Develop the specialist knowledge you'll need to build a rewarding career in a branch of law you’re passionate about.

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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.

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.

Features and Benefits

  • Specialist routes – select one of four specialist LLM study routes to develop your understanding of an area of law you’re passionate about.
  • Research focus – learn from our team of research specialists. They have strong links with civic society, think-tanks, European institutes and policy makers and have delivered research that makes a difference.
  • Dynamic legal centre – Manchester has a thriving legal sector. You’ll study surrounded by national and international firms that specialise in diverse areas of legal practice.
  • Put theory into practice – use our connections to carry out pro bono work with our partner organisations. It’s an excellent chance to take what you’re learning and apply it to real cases.
  • Outstanding learning environment – access the excellent facilities at our Manchester Law School, including a mock courtroom, legal libraries, careers hub and IT zones.
  • Expand your knowledge – hear guest lectures from legal specialists and practitioners from the North-West and further afield.
  • Make connections – use our extensive links to law firms and lawyers to help develop relationships that could further your career.
“The teachers are really helpful and approachable; they are all scholars in their own fields. I wanted to study somewhere where I could focus on equalities and human rights and I think this is the best course in Manchester.” Fiona Simkiss, LLM.

"Our research is influencing national and international policy and legal development. We have advised parliamentary committees and Olympic bodies in the areas of sports law, equalities and discrimination, and human rights law."

Jackie Panter, Associate Head of School.

Career Prospects

This course can give your career prospects in the legal sector a real boost. The interdisciplinary LLM qualification is internationally recognised and can open doors to exciting opportunities the world over. 

The research skills you'll build can boost your appeal across a range of organisations, from public administration and the civil service to the voluntary and community sectors and to the world of commerce/business. You'll also be well prepared to undertake a PhD, if you're keen to move into research and academic.

Whatever your background or experience, completing this course will show employers you have the intellectual drive and dedication to succeed in your chosen area of law.

This advanced and specialised legal training will mean you’re well-placed to work in a multinational environment, as well as in regional or national firms or in-house legal teams.

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of graduates go straight into employment or further study within six months of graduating.

DLHE survey 2017, for all respondents available for employment or further study and whose destinations are known.

Entry requirements

You will have a UK honours degree (or international equivalent) at a minimum of 2:2 in either a law or relevant social-science based discipline. Alternatively, you will have a Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL), a relevant postgraduate diploma or a professional qualification recognised as the equivalent to at least a lower second class degree. Other qualifications or work experience may be acceptable if you demonstrate appropriate knowledge and skills at honours degree standard. International students please refer to mmu.ac.uk/international

Overseas applicants will require IELTS with an overall score of 7.0 with no less than 5.5 in any category, or an equivalent accepted English qualification. Accepted English qualifications can be viewed here.


“Studying law at Manchester Metropolitan University is a great choice. We are situated in the heart of the city of Manchester, the second largest legal centre in the UK…”
Listen to what Jackie Panter, Associate Head, has to say about studying at Manchester Metropolitan University…

Course details

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.

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

  • Equality Law
  • European Law
  • Human Rights
  • International Business Law
  • Law and Society

Core units

  • Research Methods
  • Dissertation

Option units

Choose three from a list including:

  • Equality and Human Rights
  • European Migration and Asylum Law
  • Human Rights and Healthcare
  • International Human Rights Law
  • International Sales of Goods Law
  • International Trade Law
  • Law, Terrorism and Human Rights
  • Principles of Corporate Law and Governance

If you choose a specialist LLM, you will study two option units related to your study route. Plus, a further option unit from a more general list.

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

Assessment weightings and contact hours

10 credits equates to 100 hours of study, which is a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, and independent study. A Masters qualification typically comprises of 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits and an MFA 300 credits. The exact composition of your study time and assessments for the course will vary according to your option choices and style of learning, but it could be:


Additional information about this course

At the point of applying to admission to the roll of solicitors, an applicant must satisfy the SRA that they have completed the necessary academic and vocation stage of training AND that there are no character or suitability issues preventing them from being admitted.

Placement options

As part of Manchester Law School, our LLM students have the opportunity to get involved in voluntary work through the Pro Bono Network. Work with one of our partners and you won’t just be offering free expertise to people in need – you’ll also have the chance to build real skills and relevant experience.

There are a range of different routes for pro bono work, working on projects with local, national and international partners. It could be working on a legal advice line or advising start-ups in our Business Law Café, or it might be supporting caseworkers for the homeless or even working on death row cases in the USA. It can be challenging, but it’s also rewarding. While you make a difference for your CV, you can also make a difference to people’s lives.

Our dedicated careers advisor is also on hand to put you in touch with legal firms, so you can develop your own opportunities for gaining experience and building your network.

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Taught by experts

Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject.

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UK and EU students

UK and EU students: Full-time fee: £9,250 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

UK and EU students: Part-time fee: £1542 per 30 credits studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Non-EU and Channel Island students

Non-EU international and Channel Island students: Full-time fee: £15,500 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Non-EU international and Channel Island students: Part-time fee: £2584 per 30 credits studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional Information

A Masters qualification typically comprises 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits, and an MFA 300 credits. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of study provided the course is completed in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Part-time students may take a maximum of 90 credits each academic year.

Additional costs

Specialist Costs

All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop up to £100 each year for books and printing.

Placement Costs

There are no compulsory placements but some electives offer competitive placements if you applied for a competitive placement then any associated costs, such as travel to the placement or to court within the placement would be your responsibility. As those costs may vary considerably, we cannot estimate costs

Postgraduate Loan Scheme

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How to apply

The quickest and most efficient way to apply for this course is to apply online. This way, you can also track your application at each stage of the process.

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Applicants should download the application form from mmu.ac.uk/applicationform and send completed forms to direct@mmu.ac.uk

Advanced Standing

If your qualifications are relevant, you may be eligible for ‘entry with advanced standing'. This entry route gives academic credit for your current qualifications. 

Please note, advanced standing applications cannot be made using the apply online feature. If this applies to you, please instead complete the Postgraduate Application Form.

If you are unable to apply online, you can apply for postgraduate taught courses by completing the postgraduate application form. There are exceptions for some professional courses – the course information on our on-line prospectus will give you more information in these cases.

Please note: to apply for this course, you only need to provide one reference.

You can review our current Terms and Conditions before you make your application. If you are successful with your application, we will send you up to date information alongside your offer letter.


Programme Review
Our programmes undergo an annual review and major review (normally at 6 year intervals) to ensure an up-to-date curriculum supported by the latest online learning technology. For further information on when we may make changes to our programmes, please see the changes section of our Terms and Conditions.

Important Notice
This online prospectus provides an overview of our programmes of study and the University. We regularly update our online prospectus so that our published course information is accurate. Please check back to the online prospectus before making an application to us to access the most up to date information for your chosen course of study.

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