Our i-MA Law is an online course designed for non-law graduates who want to gain a legal qualification at Master’s Level. We offer full-time and part-time options, over one or two years. 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 online by qualified lawyers. 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 want to study online and 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
Pre-course Study 50 hours (compulsory)
Induction Online (compulsory)
Duration 12 months (full-time), 21 months (part-time)
Next Starts  14 January 2019 and 23 September 2019
Course Fees  £12,520 (January) £10,600 (September)
  Further information on course fees



i-MA Law modules

Compulsory online pre-course study programme on Legal Method

Before you commence your studies, you will need to complete our online pre-course study programme on Legal Method, designed specifically to prepare you for the course, so you're up to speed when you start studying the Foundation modules. The Legal Method element requires 40 to 50 hours of pre-course study through guided module units, with all materials provided online.

Foundation modules

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

Legal Research and Independent Project Module   

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

Course Structure

See below for an outline of the full-time and part-time i-MA Law programmes. Note that the Independent Project is completed alongside other study and submitted at the end of the course for part-time study and at the end of the Spring Semester on the full-time course. 

Online induction

You are not required to attend a University of Law campus for induction. You will be enrolled into an induction module which will take you through necessary administrative requirements as well as provide you with briefings in how the programme works and guidance about additional support, such as our Employability Service.Study on the Legal Research and Independent Project module will expand on and review material that you will have studied in your pre-course study, so it is important that this is completed before starting the modules.

Full-time i-MA Law (12 months -September start)
Autumn Semester Spring Semester   Summer Term
Legal Research and Independent Project  
Public Law  Criminal Law Equity and Trusts
EU Law  Law of Tort Land Law
   Contract Law  

Please note that the periods of study are not of equal length and this is reflected in the number of modules studied in each period.  

If you are studying full-time and thinking of progressing onto vocational training, please note that completion of this course in September means that you will not be able to progress on to the BPTC until September the following year, or on to the LPC until January (attendance study) or March (online). 

Full-time i-MA Law course dates

Part-time i-MA Law (21 months -September start)

Year 1 Year 2
 Autumn Semester Spring Semester  Autumn Semester  Spring Semester 
Legal Research & Independent Project
 Public Law  Law of Tort  EU Law  Equity & Trusts
   Contract Law  Criminal Law  Land Law

Using our online interactive learning platform – ELITE – you will have access to all study material, including a module guide, the student handbook and assessment information. Private study will consist of interactive e-learning combined with independent reading and research using online study manuals and access to the online library, all inclusive of the course fee. You will also engage with your fellow students and tutor through regular online activities. You will be assigned a Module Tutor who, as a qualified lawyer with practical experience, will help guide your study. 


Attendance at one of our UK campuses (or an approved overseas centre by prior arrangement) is required for examinations. 

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. Each exam is divided into two sections. Students must answer one critical evaluation question and one quiestion on application of law, but have a free choice of all six questions for the third question.  

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

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

Part-time i-MA Law course dates

Invigilated examinations

To be taken at a University of Law campus* or, by prior arrangement and with the approval of the University, may be sat overseas.

* Other than in London, Birmingham and Manchester this is subject to approval and not including Exeter, Reading or Liverpool. Please note that any assessments and examinations in London may be held at either our London Bloomsbury or London Moorgate campuses. 

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