Our MA Law


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.

This course offers you progression onto the Legal Practice Course (LPC) or Bar Practice Course (BPC) 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.

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.*

Course Snapshot

Award MA Law
Locations (Full-time)

January start: London Moorgate, Manchester, Nottingham, Online

September start: Birmingham, Bristol, Guildford, Hong Kong, Leeds, London Bloomsbury, London Moorgate, Manchester, Nottingham, University of Chester, Online

Locations (Part-time)

September start: Hong Kong, London Bloomsbury, Manchester, Nottingham, Online

Pre-course Study 50 hours (compulsory)
Next Start Dates 13 January 2020, 28 September 2020
Course Fees - January
£10,600 - £12,900
Further information on course fees

Course Fees - September
£10,950 - £13,300
Further information on course fees
Funding Up to £10,609 available via a postgraduate student loan

Our MA Law** (Reg. No. 252954) is also available at our first international campus in Hong Kong. Find out more >

  • 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.
  • To be eligible to take up your place on one of our new Master's law courses (from our Master's in Law suite of programmes), you must possess an undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in any subject at 2:2 or above. 

Overseas graduates and mature non-graduates:

  • Please send your qualifications through to study@law.ac.uk 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:

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 the MA Law 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).  

Please note that due to the end date for completion of the MA Law January start Full time course in mid-January, students are not able to progress onto the BPTC or LPC until September or the online LPC until March.

Study at Master's 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

Important notice

You are advised to make your own enquiries with any professional bodies to which you may seek admission, to determine whether you will meet all their requirements, including academic, character and suitability requirements. The University cannot be held responsible for any decisions subsequently taken by a professional body concerning these requirements.

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 on campus (12 months - January start)
Spring Semester  Summer Term  Autumn Semester
Legal Research & Independent Project
Public Law Land Law Criminal Law
Law of Tort Equity & Trusts  EU Law
Contract Law    

Please note that the periods of study are not of equal length with the summer term being only 12 weeks. It is envisaged that work on your Independent Project will be undertaken primarily in the adjoining semesters

Full-time MA Law on campus (9 months - September start)
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 - September start)
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.  The exam is divided into two sections. Students must answer one critical evaluation question and one question on application of the 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 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.

*For part-time students, these are lecture recordings. 

Locations Full-time  Part-time
Birmingham 28 September 2020  
Bristol 28 September 2020  
Guildford  28 September 2020  
Hong Kong

28 September 2020

28 September 2020
Leeds 28 September 2020  
London Bloomsbury 28 September 2020 28 September 2020
London Moorgate

w/c 13 January 2020

28 September 2020


w/c 13 January 2020

28 September 2020

28 September 2020

w/c 13 January 2020

28 September 2020

28 September 2020
University of Chester

28 September 2020


w/c 13 January 2020

28 September 2020

w/c 13 January 2020

28 September 2020

Detailed course dates

MA Law Full-time course dates - September 2018

MA Law Full-time course dates - January 2019 

MA Law Full-time course dates - September 2019 

MA Law Part-time Weekend course dates  - September 2018

MA Law Part-time Weekend course dates - September 2019

i-MA Law Full-time course dates - September 2019 

i-MA Law Full-time course dates - January 2020 

i-MA Law Part-time course dates - September 2019 

i-MA Law Part-time course dates - January 2020 


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 January-start 2020


 Total fees payable

London Moorgate £12,900
Manchester and Nottingham £10,600
Online  £10,600

MA Law September-start 2020



Total fees payable


London Bloomsbury, London Moorgate £13,300
Birmingham, Bristol, Guildford, Leeds, Manchester, Nottingham, University of Chester £10,950
Hong Kong HKD$120,000
Online  £10,950


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.

Nottingham Postgraduate Award

To celebrate our inaugural year in the city of Nottingham, we are offering the Nottingham Postgraduate Award to all postgraduate students studying in January 2020 or September 2020. The award will be for £1,000, to be offset against the course fee.

Nottingham Postgraduate Award Terms and Conditions

Important notice

Please note that students who apply, accept a place on and enrol on University of Law programmes that are registered in Hong Kong will be subject to different Terms and Conditions and pay different course Fees compared to students who apply, accept a place on and enrol on University of Law programmes that are registered in the United Kingdom and other online programmes. The Terms and Conditions and Fee Schedule that you accept when applying for your course (and which you are subsequently sent with your confirmation email) will be the Terms and Conditions and Fee Schedule for your particular course. Payment must be made in accordance with this Fee Schedule.

Students who apply, accept a place on and enrol on a University of Law online programme registered in Hong Kong must attend induction at The University of Law Hong Kong campus at the start of their course. 

Come and meet us at one of our open days or at a number of our law experience events where you can take advantage of our excellent connections with firms and practising lawyers.

Book an open day or event.

Applications are open for our 2020 courses. 

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*According to our latest available data, 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.

**This course is registered with the Hong Kong Non-local Courses Registry (NCR). It is a matter of discretion for individual employers to recognise any qualification to which this course may lead.

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