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A Master of Laws (LLM) in International and Comparative Law is a postgraduate degree designed for law and non-law graduates to enhance your academic legal knowledge. This internationally recognised Master’s course will give you the skills to progress within international and comparative law and can open up pathways to a careers as a Barrister, Solicitor, Legal Advisor, Corporate Lawyer, Intergovernmental Legal Officer and more.
October 2023See all Start Dates
If you’re looking for a more flexible approach to your studies, why not consider our online study option?
The LLM International and Comparative Law is an innovative, flexible programme that will provide you with an in-depth knowledge of international and comparative law in practice. You will explore the main legal families worldwide and the roles of legal personnel and courts within each family type. You’ll also have the opportunity to explore the issues of legal transplantation and convergence and consider comparative legal principles in the context of case studies selected from different fields of private law.
When you study the LLM International and Comparative Law with us you will:
Please note that, due to Home Office regulations, students who require a Student Route visa to study with us are not permitted to study online and can only choose face-to-face taught modules.
In addition to a general induction to the programme, there is a two-week induction covering the Key Principles of the English Legal System. This is compulsory for non-law students, but also open to students wanting a refresher in the fundamentals of the law of England and Wales. This would be useful for any student who has taken a considerable break from legal education.
Compulsory modules include:
You may then choose three* from the list of elective modules which includes modules such as:
*All elective modules are subject to availability.
Dissertation in International and Comparative Law.
Study LLM International and Comparative Law Online starting October 2023 or February 2024
The course demands show you the requirements, prior knowledge and commitments our course will involve.
If you’re looking for the perfect combination of a flexible study programme to fit around your other commitments together with the benefit of our expertise, experience and employability focus, why not consider our online study option?
Modules are assessed by a three hour unseen written examination or 4,500 word coursework assignment.
All assessments are conducted online.
The dissertation module will be assessed by submission of a thesis (15,000 words), and provides an opportunity for sustained, in-depth and intensive investigation into, and reflection upon, a specialist area of International and Comparative Law.
The course has an innovatively flexible structure, with specific assessments that are conducive to effective learning.
The approach to learning and teaching on the Master of Laws programmes is predominantly learner-centred. Each taught module is divided into a number of Units which are presented using the Prepare, Engage, Consolidate approach.
Prepare: this represents all the work the student needs to complete before attending the relevant workshop. Traditional lecture content will be presented in short bite-sized segments of approximately 10 minutes to better engage the modern student. Guided independent research and reading will be expected as part of a student’s preparation.
Engage: this represents the interactive element of the Unit. This could be a face to face
workshop, a synchronous online workshop or an asynchronous online activity.
Consolidate: this represents the final part of the Unit and can be used by students to check their understanding of the Unit immediately after their Engage activity or as part of their revision for the module or both.
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You can apply for this course directly with the University.
This course cannot be chosen to study alongside our Legal Practice Course (LPC). For more information on the choice of Master's to study alongside our LPC, please visit the LPC page.
Outside of London: £11,350
Outside of London: £15,100
By studying a Master's degree you could be eligible for a Postgraduate Loan.
We also have a range of scholarships and bursaries available which make studying with us more affordable than ever.
If you’re a ULaw alumnus, you may be eligible to receive our £1000 Academic Master's Alumni Discount.
We have students from over 120 different countries throughout our campuses, with a dedicated team to help international students.
If you are an international student and are coming to the UK to study, then you must apply to the Home Office for a visa. In most cases you will need to obtain a Student Route visa. In order to apply for this visa you must be sponsored by an education provider which is licensed by the UK Home Office.
The Home Office has also introduced a Graduate Work visa which allows Graduates to work flexibly, switch jobs and develop their career in the UK for 2 years post completion of a UK degree. The Graduate route is an unsponsored visa, meaning students will not need a job offer to apply for this visa.
Please note that the University does not currently provide visa sponsorship to students for part-time study. We also cannot sponsor students for online courses due to Home Office regulations.