LLB (Hons)

Join a respected profession where you have the power to make a difference. Begin your journey into the legal world with our qualifying law degree.

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Law underpins our society. It’s a diverse and challenging area of study that leads to a range of career opportunities.

Our LLB programme gives you the depth of legal knowledge you need to work in this exciting field or go on to further training.  

With careers fairs, guest speakers, and networking events, you can challenge yourself and really understand the profession. 


Learning in practice

Studying legal theory is important, but it’s not the whole picture. You need to develop your skills as a negotiator and problem solver too.

Interactive workshops and our mock courtroom will build your confidence. You can take advantage of our extensive network of professional partners to offer pro bono legal advice to real clients, under supervision. 

This is supported by our expert teaching staff, who have years of experience working in various legal professions.

Specialist knowledge

This degree gives you the chance to specialise in particular legal fields and prepare for a career you’re passionate about. 

In Years 2 and 3 you can choose from a variety of option units to dig deeper into specific areas. Our mentoring scheme provides further support as you decide which direction you want to take with your career.

Features and Benefits

  • Legal hub – Manchester is the country’s second-largest legal hub. We have close ties to the Northern Circuit and leading legal firms.
  • Award winning – join a law school renowned for mooting and interviewing success in national and international competitions.
  • Apply your knowledge – interact with real clients by helping people seeking legal advice through our network of pro bono partners. You’ll be supervised by qualified lawyers.     
  • Legal professionals – your lecturers are highly experienced legal professionals. They’ve worked as solicitors, barristers and district judges. Our legal scholars and research academics encourage critical thinking.
  • Practical experience – choose the four-year course to spend a year on a work placement. Take advantage of our network of partner firms to gain valuable professional experience.
  • Qualifying law degree – graduate ready to start one of the legal vocational courses required to become a solicitor or barrister. Continue studying with us for a discount on your fees.
  • Diverse community – you’ll be learning with people from across the globe. Our reputation attracts students from countries where there is common jurisdictions such as Hong Kong.
  • Established law school – from LLB up to Bar and scholarly research, we teach law at every stage of the profession.Join the Law Society to get involved with the community.
“I really enjoyed studying in Manchester and I thought the tutors were brilliant. Their legal experience gave me an insight into what I would expect after the course.” Daniel Cotter, LLB (Hons).

“The skills you acquire will enable you to build your future career in law. Some of our graduates have also achieved success in other professions that require the intellectual capacity, clarity of thought and communication skills that our courses provide.”

Catherine Little, Head of School

Career Prospects

A law degree will pave the way for a career in this highly regarded profession. But the skills and knowledge you develop are also attractive to employers in other sectors.

You could join an in-house legal team, work for the police, or become a journalist. If law is your passion, you can go on to qualify as a solicitor or barrister.

Some of our graduates have gone on to work for charities, the civil service or in the corporate sector. Your intellectual ability and communication skills will serve you well whatever path you follow.

You might decide to study at postgraduate level to achieve your LLM. Or explore the legal landscape through research.

Take the opportunity to go on a work placement or work with our pro bono partners to gain legal experience and learn more about professional life before you graduate. You’ll gain confidence and boost your CV.

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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

UCAS tariff points/grades required


112-120 UCAS Tariff Points at A2 (Grades BBC-BBB) to include at least 1 relevant A Level (we would not consider the following subjects to be relevant: Art and Design, Music and Business/Business Studies). General Studies A level not accepted.

112-120 UCAS Tariff Points from BTEC National Extended Diploma at Level 3 (Grades DMM) in Applied Law or Law and Business.

UCAS Tariff Points must be achieved from a minimum and maximum of 3 A Levels only (or equivalent e.g. BTEC Diploma and BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/BTEC Extended Certificate). Please contact our Course Enquiries Team on 0161 247 6969 for further advice regarding acceptable combinations.

Specific GCSE requirements

GCSE grade C or grade 5 in English Language and GCSE grade C or grade 4 in Maths. Level 2 Functional Skills English and Maths also accepted.

Non Tariffed Qualifications

Pass Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject with a minimum 112 UCAS Tariff Points.

International Baccalaureate points

26 IB Diploma Points

IELTS score required for international students

6.5 with no element below 5.5

There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.

Additional Requirements

In your application, you should outline your reason for choosing to study Law.


“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

The course is designed to give you essential legal knowledge and to allow you to develop the skills you will need for your future career.

You will benefit from a programme of workshops where group work allows interactivity and an improved learning environment. These are complemented by large group sessions, lectures and web-based materials.

Year 1 focuses on building up your legal knowledge and skills. You will develop a sound grasp of the English legal system and the skills needed to settle into academic life. You will also cover the areas of knowledge that are essential to understanding the law.

You will spend much of your time undertaking active learning in workshop groups, developing a sound grasp of the English legal system and the skills needed for your career. You will benefit from considerable tutor contact time and cover essential areas of law including Contract, Public, Tort and Law and Society, each being 30 credit-units.

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Core Units

Contract Law

This unit aims to equip you with the knowledge and understanding of the main principles and concepts underpinning contract law. It will also help you develop the skills of legal research, application and problem solving enabling you to apply your knowledge to realistic scenarios in order to provide arguable conclusions to legal problems. Topics studied include the formation of contracts, contractual terms, factors which would render a contract unenforceable, and discharge of a contract and remedies. 

Public Law

Public law is the study of the institutions of government and the legal and quasi-legal mechanisms that determine how those institutions operate. It includes basic principles of constitutional law; features of the United Kingdoms constitution; the protection of human rights in the United Kingdom; and judicial review of administrative action.

Tort Law

This unit considers the nature and functions of the law of torts and the legal principles governing liability. It includes general principles of the tort of negligence and associated defences, specific aspects of negligence, including liability for psychiatric harm, economic loss and occupiers liability and trespass to the person.

Law and Society

This unit introduces you to the wider context in which the law operates and will help you develop critical perspectives on the relationship of law to society. The unit includes theories which underpin the nature and enforcement of law, an examination of the place of morality within the law with reference to social context, and critical perspectives on foundation of legal knowledge subjects.

In Year 2 you continue to cover core areas of the law, but you will also have a chance to choose electives that match your interests and aspirations. You will start to reflect on your career preferences and prepare for the world of employment.

In the second year of the course you will continue to build your legal knowledge and skills. Active learning and excellent tutor support will allow you to learn very effectively and you will be encouraged to develop your independent research and learning skills.

You will improve your grasp of the English legal system and continue to cover further essential areas of law including Criminal, Land and EU Law, together with an option unit of your choice. The elective options, such as Business Law, are broad and include professional skills. Each will again be 30 credit units.

Please note, option unit subjects may not run if enrolment numbers are low and option unit choice may be restricted if the cohort size is small.


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Core Units

Law of the European Union

The first part of this unit will focus on the constitutional and administrative law of the EU. The second part will cover areas of European Union substantive law including Constitutional and Administrative Law of the EU Introduction; History and Development of the European Union and its place in the international system; and Law and the General Principles of EU law, including dual vigilance.

Land Law

This unit considers the legal principles that underpin land and property law.  The unit aims to equip you with knowledge and understanding of land law principles in order to analyse a factual scenario and provide advice to a notional client. 

Criminal Law

This unit examines the principles of criminal law, together with a range of offences and defences. It aims to equip you with knowledge and understanding of the main underpinning principles and concepts. It will cover a number of offences including homicides, assaults, theft and fraud, sexual offences and some common defences. 

Option Units

Consumer Law
This unit examines the various aspects of consumer law and requires students to critically evaluate the effectiveness of these in providing adequate protection to consumers. The unit aims to equip you with knowledge and understanding of the main principles and concepts underpinning consumer law.
Business Law

This unit will examine the principles and concepts underpinning choice of business media. In addition to enhancing your knowledge, you will develop your presentation and legal drafting skills as well as your commercial awareness; choice of business medium- legal structures, formation, ownership, management, finance and funding, taxation, dissolution/winding up, trading and commercial contracts and personal and business insolvency. 

Immigration law

Immigration law is the law which governs who may legally enter the United Kingdom to work, to join family members, to study or to seek asylum. This unit will also cover some of the sociological and economic forces that affect immigration law.

Human Rights Law

This unit examines the development and operation of international, regional and domestic frameworks and mechanisms for the promotion and protection of human rights. The unit aims to equip you with knowledge and understanding of the main legal principles and concepts of human rights law, with an understanding of the global political, historical, social and cultural contexts that generate these.

Employment Law

The unit examines the role of the law in regulating the employment relationship. It covers both individual and collective employment rights and the duties and obligations of employers and employees. It includes employment law sources and institutions of employment law; the employment relationship and employment status; and the contract of employment.

International Law

This unit examines the laws and principles that governs the rights and obligations of states and how state practice and International institutions shape these laws. It includes an introduction to public international law; sources of international law; territory in International law; recognition of states and governments; jurisdiction in international law and state responsibility.

In Year 3 you will have the chance to tailor the degree to your interests – choosing to study from a range of electives that cover a broad spectrum of legal areas. You will also have the opportunity to work on a dissertation in an area of your choice.

In this final year of the course, you will study one compulsory subject, Equity and Trusts, so you will also be able to choose three further subjects from a comprehensive range of options. There are options to suit all students, including some that focus on professional skills, for example, Mooting and Legal Practice and others which develop the academic skills of critical analysis and evaluation, such as Criminology and Medical Law and Ethics.

You will continue to participate in active learning and develop your independent research skills and the tutors will be available to provide ongoing support. Employability skills will again be an integral part of the course and you will also have the opportunity to complete a dissertation. Each subject will again be 30-credit units.

Please note, option unit subjects may not run if enrolment numbers are low and option unit choice may be restricted if the cohort size is small.

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Core Units

Equity and trusts

The unit explores equity's jurisdiction and the jurisdiction of the Chancery Courts.  Content is largely doctrinal but theoretical content is introduced on a number of topics, including the nature of equity, the trust concept, certainty, constitution of trusts and formalities, purpose trusts, charitable trusts, implied trusts, undue influence, secret trusts, trustees' powers, duties and functions tracing, variation of trusts.

Option Units

Intellectual Property and Media Law

This unit examines the law and policies relevant to media activities and content, including how businesses can protect and exploit intellectual property.  You will begin by developing an overview of how the media industries are regulated through the law and regulatory codes. Specific topics will include the regulation of media content through defamation law, privacy and confidentiality law and the relationship between journalists and their sources. You will then consider how intellectual property allows businesses to exploit and protect content through an examination of copyright law and trade marks and passing off. In order to consolidate this learning you will then look at the application of intellectual property law within specific media industries such as the music industry and merchandising.

The unit covers topics such as the development of criminology as an academic discipline, crime as a contested concept, statistical sources on crime measurement, research methods in criminology, theories of crime: positivism, deviancy theory, critical criminology, realism, gender and crime, race, ethnicity and crime, victimology and victimisation, support for victims, rape in the criminal justice system, difference and crime, hate crime.
Law in Practice

This skills based unit aims to equip you with knowledge and understanding of procedural, practical and ethical issues involved in providing legal advice. It includes the development of client interviewing skills, legal writing and practical legal research.


This unit allows you to carry out detailed research on a topic of your own choice and undertake an extended piece of legal writing. It aims to give you the opportunity to acquire detailed knowledge of a specific area of law and carry out an in depth piece of criticism and evaluation of the topic you have chosen to study. The unit will commence with the creation of a research proposal and work timetable.


This unit aims to enable you to master with the essential elements of mooting. This involves appearing in a mock or simulated version of a case in one of the English/Welsh appellate courts. You will tackle three moot problems. One of these will be a practice moot, the other two will be assessed oral moots.

Company Law in a Global Context

The unit charts the rise of the corporation, looking at capitalism, globalisation and responsible governance. Domestic company law is scrutinised in detail. Content is both theoretical and doctrinal. Theoretical content includes: introduction to capitalism, corporation power in the UK and the US, corporate social responsibility, globalisation. Doctrinal content covers incorporation, directors, shareholders, finance and liquidation. The legal doctrinal content focuses in detail on case law and how the courts have interpreted provisions in the companies legislation, primarily at the appellate level.

Family Law
Family law is concerned with the study of adults and children in familial situations. Emphasis is on understanding the broader social context in which this law operates. It includes an examination of the range and history concerning adult familial relationships – Marriage, Civil Partnership and Cohabitation. Exploration of the process of family breakdown including divorce, dissolution and cohabitee disputes.

This unit aims to equip you with knowledge and understanding of the main principles and concepts underpinning the law of succession. The unit aims to equip you with knowledge and understanding of these principles in order to analyse a factual scenario and advise a notional client.

Law of Evidence

This unit examines the rules of evidence and their application in a court of law. It includes introduction to the rules of evidence; rules of evidence & types of evidence; burden & standard of proof; proof of facts without evidence; identification evidence/ warnings; and the trial process.

Medical Law and Ethics

This unit examines the legal and ethical principles relevant to medical practice and provides the tools for constructing legal and ethical responses to medical dilemmas. It aims to equip you with the knowledge and understanding of the legal and ethical issues surrounding medical practice and to develop the skills of legal research including case and legislation analysis, application of law and ethics to real life scenarios, evaluation of legal and ethical principles and how to apply them in practical situations.

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 3 year degree qualification typically comprises of 360 credits (120 credits per year). 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:

Optional foundation year

Placements options

As a law student you could take part in one of our pro bono (voluntary) work schemes. Pro bono work gives you the chance to test your legal skills in a real-life situation. We currently work with a range of partners including Lawworks, Partners of Prisoners (POPs), Amicus, Personal Support Unit, Shelter and Manchester CAB.

You can also opt to do a four-year route where you can spend your third year of study on an industrial placement or spend it studying abroad at one of our partner institutions. 

Manchester Law School

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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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Foundation Year students

UK, EU and Channel Island students: Full-time Foundation Year fee: £9,250 per year for the foundation year. This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation and may increase each academic year in line with inflation or UK government policy for both new and continuing students.

Non-EU international students: Full-time Foundation Year fee: £16,000 per year. When progressing from the pre-degree foundation year to the linked degree. 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, EU and Channel Island students

UK, EU and Channel Island students: Full-time fee: £9,250 per year. This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation and may increase each academic year in line with inflation or UK government policy for both new and continuing students.

Non-EU international students

Non-EU international students: Full-time fee: £16,000 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 degree typically comprises 360 credits, a DipHE 240 credits, a CertHE 120 credits, and an integrated Masters 480 credits. The tuition fee for the placement year for those courses that offer this option is £1,850, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study). The tuition fee for the study year abroad for those courses that offer this option is £1,385, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course 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.

Placement Costs

There may be the opportunity to attend visit days with local business organisations, the cost of which will usually be covered by the University. These trips are optional.


For further information on financing your studies or information about whether you may qualify for one of our bursaries and scholarships, follow the links below:

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How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS.

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UCAS code(s)


Remember to use the correct institution code for Manchester Metropolitan University on your application: our institution code is M40

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
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