Our MA Law is designed for non-law graduates who want to gain a legal qualification at Masters Level. We offer full-time and part-time options at a choice of locations as well as online. You can choose to begin the MA Law in either September or January.* 

This course offers you progression onto the Legal Practice Course (LPC) or Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) in order to become a solicitor or barrister in England and Wales. 

You’ll learn practical legal skills such as analysis and critical evaluation, alongside a range of transferable attributes such as research and presentation skills.

Our structured course is delivered by qualified lawyers either face-to-face on campus or online. Our reputation for teaching excellence is highlighted by our Gold ranking from the UK Government-led Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) for consistently delivering outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for our undergraduate students. 

On completion of the course, you’ll have the opportunity to progress your studies to become a solicitor or barrister in the UK, whilst obtaining a Master’s award, which will be highly attractive to employers in a variety of disciplines. This course is the perfect choice if you wish to keep your career options open.   

You’ll have access to our award-winning Employability Service to help you find employment from the moment you accept your place. It has an outstanding track record of finding students the right career path to suit them, whether in the legal sector or the wider business world.** 

Award MA Law
Locations (Full-time) Birmingham, Guildford, Leeds, London Bloomsbury, London Moorgate, Manchester, Online
Locations (Part-time) London Bloomsbury, Online
Pre-course Study 50 hours (compulsory)
Duration 9 months (full-time September start on campus), 12 months (January start and online), 21 months (part-time weekend course on campus and online) 
Next Start  24 September 2018
Course Fees  £10,240 - £12,520
  Further information on course fees
Funding  Up to £10,609 available via a postgraduate student loan


*Our January course runs for 12 months full-time at London Moorgate and Manchester only. 

**97% of our full-time 2016/17 and accelerated 2017/17 LPC students graduating in summer 2017 secured employment, a training contract, or further study within nine months of successfully completing their course. 


To be eligible to take up your place on our MA Law you must possess an undergraduate degree (or equivalent) at 2:1 or above in any discipline.

Overseas graduates and mature non-graduates:

  • Please send your qualifications through to the Admissions team who can advise on your eligibility for the course
  • If you decide you wish to proceed onto the BPTC, please apply for a Certificate of Academic Standing from the Bar Standards Board (BSB)

A sufficient command of English is required to successfully complete the course. Please note that students providing a degree from a UK university as proof of English must have studied the whole degree in the UK.

Further information can be obtained from the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) (for future solicitors) or Bar Standards Board (BSB) (for future barristers)

If you have completed a degree outside the UK and you do not come from a majority English speaking country:

A certified copy of any document that proves that you are qualified in English at CEFR level B2 or above in each of the four components of language learning. Providers that we recommend you contact are:

MA Law 
IELTS (academic) Overall band score of 6.5 with no one component below 6.0 
ISE III (Trinity College London) Pass in all four components
Pearsons (academic) Score of 58 with no one component below 51 

Cambridge English: First Certificate, Advanced and Proficiency (tests taken from January 2015)

Overall 176 with no one component below 169 

Cambridge English: First Certificate (test taken before January 2015)

Pass at Grade A and Exceptional in all four components

Cambridge English: Advanced (test taken before January 2015)

Pass at Grade B or C and Borderline in all four components

Cambridge English: Proficiency (test taken before January 2015)

Pass at Grade C1 and Weak in all four components

To avoid cancellation of your place on the course, please ensure you check that you comply with these eligibility requirements before you apply.

The University of Law fully complies with equal opportunities legislation and actively encourages diversity within the legal profession. Our admissions process acts fairly and aims to enable students to make the best use of their talents. You are encouraged to tell us about any special requirements at the earliest opportunity. This will allow us to discuss how we may go about meeting your requirements.

Successful completion of this course satisfies the requirements of the academic stage of legal education as prescribed by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) and Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) for legal practice in England and Wales. As such it enables students to progress on to the Legal Practice Course (for solicitors) or the BPTC (for barristers).  In addition, study at Masters Level helps prepare for further academic study of the Law through LLM or PhD.

Visa requirements

Further information for visa students

Non-EEA students requiring a visa to study should refer to the UKVI Policy Guidance, which can be found on their website: https://www.gov.uk/tier-4-general-visa. Please note that immigration regulations are subject to change at any time. Specific enquiries regarding University sponsorship of students under Tier 4 of the Points Based System can be e-mailed to  visaoffice@law.ac.uk

It is the responsibility of all students from outside the EU to ensure you have a visa covering the full duration of your course.

Pre-sessional English Programme entry requirements

We are now offering a pre-sessional English course to students who need to improve their English skills in order to meet the IELTS requirements for entry onto the course. Read more

MA Law modules

Compulsory online pre-course study programme on legal method (50 hours)

Foundation modules:

  • Public Law 
  • European Union Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Tort
  • Contract Law
  • Land Law
  • Equity & Trusts Law

Independent Research Project module 

All modules must be passed in order to obtain the award.

Pre-course study

The Legal Method element requires 40 to 50 hours of pre-course study through guided module units, with all materials provided online.

Full-time MA Law (9 months)
Autumn Semester  Spring Semester 
Legal Research & Independent Project
Public Law Contract Law 
EU Law Law of Tort 
Criminal Law Equity & Trusts 
  Land Law
Part-time Weekend MA Law (21 months)
Year 1  Year 2 
   Legal Research & Independent Project
Public Law  EU Law
 Contract Law Criminal Law 
Law of Tort Land Law 
  Equity & Trusts 
For information about the structure of the online MA Law course, visit our i-MA Law page.**
Workshops and lectures (Full-time and Part-time Weekend MA Law students only)

The seven foundation subjects are all taught through two hour workshops (eight or nine each) with one hour supporting lectures.

Class contact time is combined with i-tutorials, online multiple choice self-test questions ("Test & Feedback") and self-study from study manuals and textbooks. The learning model is based around undertaking activities in the workshops and lectures to develop both knowledge and key skills. The in-depth study of an eighth area of law is provided through a combination of initial workshops, online materials and independent study.

Each module is supported by a module guide with students being provided with a wide variety of supporting study material, including manuals, textbooks, i-tutorials, and multiple choice test & feedback questions, inclusive of the course fee. Using our online interactive learning platform ELITE, you will have access to course materials, a wide range of employability information, library resources and information about services offered at your campus.

Studying the MA Law online? Visit our i-MA Law page.**



Legal Method has a 30 minute multiple-choice open book exam.

Each of the seven foundation subjects have a three hour closed book exam where students must answer three questions from a choice of six.

The Legal Research and Independent Project module is assessed by a 6,000 word legal essay.

Please note that a Masters Award requires a minimum 50% pass mark, as opposed to the 40% pass mark required for the GDL, which is an undergraduate level qualification.



Locations Full-time  Part-time Weekend
Birmingham w/c 24 September 2018  
Guildford  w/c 24 September 2018  
Leeds w/c 24 September 2018  
London Bloomsbury w/c 24 September 2018 w/c 24 September 2018 
London Moorgate

w/c 24 September 2018

w/c 14 January 2019


w/c 24 September 2018

w/c 14 January 2019

Online w/c 24 September 2018  w/c 24 September 2018
Detailed course dates

MA Law Full-time course dates - September 2018

MA Law Full-time course dates - January 2019 

MA Law Part-time Weekend course dates  - September 2018


Start dates are subject to change.

The MA starts with an online pre-course study programme on legal method, designed specifically to prepare you for the course, so you are up to speed when you arrive. This is a compulsory and integral part of the MA and must be completed before you start the course. It has been designed to allow you to work at your own pace and should take you approximately 40 to 50 hours to complete.

Each campus will hold an induction programme, which will be scheduled during the first week of the course. i-MA Law induction is online. For more information, visit our i-MA Law page.

Non-EEA students will have a separate induction. See induction dates for non-EEA students for further information.


MA Law September 2018 start courses


 Total fees payable

Leeds, Manchester £10,240
Birmingham, Guildford £10,370
London (Bloomsbury and Moorgate)
Online £12,520 

Please note that you may be eligible for a postgraduate student loan of up to £10,609. We also have a number of scholarships and bursaries open to our MA students.

Further information about course fees and instalment options.

Applications are open for January 2019. 

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