MA Law

The Master of Arts in Law is a specially designed postgraduate degree for non-law graduates who want to gain a general legal qualification at Master’s level. As an internationally recognised qualification, a Law Master’s is a great addition to your portfolio. With a strong level of support from the start, this course is a great introduction to law if you hold an undergraduate degree in another discipline. Successful completion of the MA Law also qualifies you to progress on to study the LPC to become a solicitor or the BPC to become a barrister.

Thinking of continuing onto the LPC?

You can continue with the current LPC route if, on or before 31 August 2021, you complete, start, accept an offer, or pay a non-refundable deposit for this course. Alternatively, we’ve developed a range of new courses for the SQE route that will prepare you for a career as a solicitor, as well as SQE success.

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Key Facts

Entry requirements

An undergraduate degree at 2:1 or above in any discipline (or equivalent)

Full requirements

Next start date

September 2021

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If you’re looking for a more flexible approach to your studies, why not consider our online study option?


Designed for non-law graduates who want to stand out to employers, study the law at Master’s level and gain an internationally recognised qualification.

Progress on to become a solicitor or barrister in the UK and explore an issue or development in law of your choice via your own Independent Research Project.

All our law tutors are qualified lawyers with real-life experience in practice allowing students to learn in a realistic, professional and contemporary context.

Course Details

MA Law

Designed specifically for non-law graduates who want to gain a legal qualification at Master’s level, our MA Law gives you the opportunity to learn the practical legal skills of analysis and critical evaluation, alongside a range of transferable skills such as research and presentation skills, in a practical and interactive way. To ensure that you have a smooth transition from your previous non-law studies, we’ve designed this course to include a pre-course programme where you will be able to get support in learning about legal method. This compulsory addition to the course means that you will be ready to get started on your legal studies as soon as the course begins.

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.

When you study the MA Law with us you will:

  • Be taught by subject matter experts, former and current practitioners and research and teaching focused academics
  • Focus on legal practice, not just theory
  • Benefit from strategic partnerships with firms, regulators and accreditation bodies
  • Improve your employability by gaining important transferable skills and mapping your career with our careers team

If you choose to progress onto study our LPC or BPC, you will also benefit from our excellent employment and pupillage rates:

  • 95% of our 2017/18 full-time, UK, LPC graduates have secured work or further study within fifteen months of successfully completing this course (based on Graduate Outcomes data).
  • 59% of our full-time UK/EEA BPC students graduating in 2018 secured a pupillage (based on student data collated September 2020). Previously the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC).

Important Information

Progression for full-time GDL and MA Law students starting in September or January

Due to the projected end date of some of our courses, you may not be eligible to commence the Bar Practice Course (BPC) or Legal Practice Course (LPC) in September of the same year.

Please note: If you require a visa to study in the UK and wish to progress on to one of our on-campus vocational courses, please refer to our UK visa requirements page for information about applying for a Student Route visa.

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Programme Demands

This document explains the demands of the course in order to assess your ability for the course.

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Course Structure

Before you start your MA Law you will need to complete our online pre-course study programme on legal method, designed specifically to prepare you for the MA Law, so you're up to speed when you arrive.

There are seven key areas that you’ll study over the course:

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

Study the principles of legal research, critical evaluation and academic writing before undertaking your own independent research project.

Course Start Dates

  • MA Law
    • Full-time: Birmingham, Bristol, Chester, Guildford, Hong Kong, Leeds, Liverpool, London Bloomsbury, London Moorgate, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham and Online (Hong Kong)
    • Part-time: Online (Hong Kong)
    • Part-time Weekend: Birmingham, Guildford, Hong Kong, London Bloomsbury, Manchester and Nottingham


Study MA Law Online starting September 2021

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Study Online

You can also study this course online, allowing you to study full-time or part-time.

The online version of this course covers the same content as the on campus version, while still offering you the same high level of professional tutor support. 

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Course Information


With so many options for studying this course, you can be sure to find a start date and study option to suit your needs.



Assessed through a Multiple Choice Question open book exam, closed book exams and an Independent Research Project.

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Each of our MA Law study options has its own structure, with different assessments to suit.

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Employability We Set You Up For Success

We care about your career, which is why we offer support with job applications and other work experience opportunities as soon as you accept your place.

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Fees and Applying


Applications for this course are now open.

If you’d like to study full-time you can apply through CAB. For part-time study you can apply directly with us.

Please note: the MA Law at Newcastle University is subject to approval.

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September 2021

  • Outside London - £11,150 (domestic), £13,200 (non-domestic)
  • London: £13,500 (domestic), £15,700 (non-domestic)
  • Hong Kong campus: HKD $120,000

By studying a Master's degree you could be eligible for a Student Loans Company Postgraduate Loan worth up to £11,222.

We also have a range of scholarships and bursaries available which make studying with us more affordable than ever. 



We have students from over 120 different countries throughout our campuses, with a dedicated team to help international students.

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MA Law (Conversion)* – New

From October 2021, our new MA Law (Conversion) will replace the MA Law and be the new pathway into practice for non-law graduates who want to either progress onto our LLM Legal Practice (SQE1&2) or the SQE1 Preparation Course to qualify as a solicitor or the Bar Practice Course (BPC) to qualify as a barrister. This means the last start date for the MA Law is September 2021.

Entry requirements

An undergraduate degree at 2:2 or above in any discipline (or equivalent).

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Course start dates

October 2021

  • Full-time: Birmingham, Bristol, Guildford, Leeds, Liverpool, London Bloomsbury, London Moorgate, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham, Reading, Sheffield
  • Part-time Weekend: Birmingham, Guildford, London Bloomsbury, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham

May 2022

  • Full-time: Birmingham, Bristol, Guildford, Leeds, Liverpool, London Bloomsbury, London Moorgate, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham, Reading, Sheffield
  • Part-time Evening: London Bloomsbury
  • Part-time Weekend: London Bloomsbury, Manchester

Course fees


  • Domestic: £13,500
  • International: £15,700

Outside of London:

  • Domestic: £11,150
  • International: £13,200

How to apply

Applications for this course are now open.

If you’d like to study full-time you can apply through CAB. For part-time study you can apply directly with us.

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If you’re still interested in the current route to practice as a solicitor, you can still qualify as a solicitor or barrister with the MA Law in September 2021. Contact us at or call +44 (0) 800 289 997.

*This course is subject to approval.

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