Top-up LLM (LLM in Legal Practice)

Get one step ahead of the competition in your legal career. Top up your existing legal qualifications to masters-level.

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Do you want to specialise in a new area of the law? Are you struggling to progress your career and want a way of boosting your skills and standing out?

This LLM in Legal Practice is designed for people like you. We’ll help you deepen your knowledge of an area of the law directly related to practice. 

It’s the ideal way to develop detailed knowledge of a new area. It’s also an opportunity to delve deeper into your current specialism.

Building experience

You’ll learn about research methods. Then apply them in a dissertation or research project. 

Choose an area of practical law that you’re interested in and benefit from the extensive skills and knowledge of our teaching team.

Flexible study

This top-up degree is for those who already hold a Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice (LPC or BPTC/BVC).

We understand that many of our students on this course are working. That’s why you can choose to study part-time or via distance learning, as well as full-time.

You don’t have to be based in the UK. On the distance learning route you’ll have the same support from our dedicated tutors as our full-time students do.

Features and Benefits

  • Flexible study – choose from the accelerated, part-time or distance learning routes to study in a way that suits you.
  • Hong Kong University collaboration – we’ve been working together for over 20 years to give the course an international perspective. Our tutors also regularly travel to Hong Kong to deliver lectures.
  • Legal experts – our team consists of academic specialists and practising professionals. They’re leading authorities in areas such as equality law, medical ethics and human rights.
  • A legal hub – study in the second largest legal centre in the UK. Manchester is home to well-respected law firms and at the heart of the North Circuit of the Bar.
  • Specialist legal facilities –take advantage of the excellent facilities at our Law School, including its legal libraries and study zones and mock court room.
  • Study to suit you –remote study fits in around your life. Study from anywhere and access all our resources online, as well as having regular contact with your tutors.
  • Professional links – we have close ties to national and international law firms. We work particularly closely with the Northern Circuit and can help you make valuable professional contacts.
  • New career prospects – use this course as a stepping stone into a new area of law, or enhance your career options by gaining more in-depth knowledge in your current specialism.
“The teachers are really helpful and approachable; they are all scholars in their own fields.” Fiona Simkiss, LLM graduate

“My favourite aspect of the LLM has been learning how to write for academia. From completing the reading to producing a written document, I really enjoyed learning how to put together a well-structured piece of work to answer the assignment brief or research question. The LLM taught me how to do this well, learning how to approach legal studies from a scholarly side rather than just a practical approach.”

Jake Heyworth, LLM graduate

Career Prospects

The LLM is an excellent addition to your CV. It can complement your existing legal qualifications by allowing you to gain specialist legal knowledge.

Use it to enhance your career prospects with your existing employer. Your research project could explore an area of law that your firm is interested in pursuing.

Or it could open doors to new opportunities all over the world. It shows prospective employers that you’re committed to the legal field and understand the value of continuing professional development.

It’s also an opportunity to explore an academic career route. This top-up degree is the perfect stepping stone from practice to research. It will prepare you for PhD research and could lead to roles in academia.

Our team have excellent connections to law firms in Manchester, the UK and around the world. Take advantage of our network to develop new professional relationships while you’re studying.

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Entry requirements

Applicants should possess either a Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice following successful completion of the Legal Practice Course or a Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice at the Bar following successful completion of either the Bar Vocational Course or the Bar Professional Training Course or equivalent professional legal qualification.

International students please refer to

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.


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Course details

Our LLM in Legal Practice provides a top-up for qualified legal professionals, helping you to achieve a full masters qualification – and to open up new and exciting opportunities in your career. 

We know that many of our students are working professionals, so while we offer our 1 year accelerated course, we also offer a 2 year part-time option. You can even complete the course via distance learning* – completing your masters from anywhere in the world.

You’ll pick an area of practical law that’s right for you – with the guidance of your tutors – whether it’s a topic that is relevant for your current job or a new area that you want to move into. You’ll then produce a research proposal before carrying out your research and producing a 15,000 word dissertation or research project.

Throughout the process, you’ll have the support of our expert teaching team, delivered in person, over the phone or email, or online for our distance learning students. And once you’ve finished, you’ll have a full masters qualification and the expert understanding to give your career a boost.

*Only the distance learning route will be suitable for international students.

Instead of studying a list of units, this course includes only a Dissertation or Research Project. While you’ll spend some time learning about research methods, the topic is up to you – with the approval of the programme team. You’ll put together a research proposal, which is assessed, then carry out your research.

Core unit:

  • Dissertation/Research Project

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:


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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: Part-time fee: £771 per 15 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).

UK and EU students: Distance learning fee: £3,084 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: Part-time fee: £771 per 15 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 international and Channel Island students: Distance learning fee: £3,084 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).

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.

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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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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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