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The degree of LLM by Research aims to consolidate and build on legal research and writing skills acquired through undergraduate legal studies by enabling students to plan, undertake and complete a 30 000 word dissertation, working independently but under specialist academic supervision, within their chosen field of law.
It seeks to enhance and develop the students ability to manage and engage with both primary legal sources and academic literature on the chosen topic, to present critical and engaged legal arguments, and to maintain the coherence of those arguments over a piece of written work of this size and scale.
The programme is intended to stand independently as a postgraduate legal qualification; but it will also prepare students who wish to pursue doctoral research in law. The framework of the LLM by Research allows the applicant the time and intellectual space to work in their chosen field, and to refine and develop this initial phase of the project for future doctoral work.
As the programme does not have formal coursework elements, the LLM by Research is a particularly attractive option for those wishing to undertake postgraduate research on a part-time basis while pursuing legal practice or other employment.
The minimum basic admission requirement for taught postgraduate degrees is an Upper Second Class honours degree (or better), or its international equivalent, in Law, Arts or Social Sciences.
The majority of our applicants have studied law; applications from non-law students with relevant studies and experience will be considered, however, and further guidance on this as it applies to each of our programmes may be sought from the School.
English language requirements
* IELTS total 7.0 (at least 6.5 in each module)
* TOEFL-iBT: Total 100 (at least 23 in each module)
* Pearson Test of English: Total 67 (at least 61 in each of the "Communicative Skills" sections
* CPE Grade B; CAE Grade A
|CAE score:||80 (Grade A)|
|TOEFL iBT® test:||100|
Applicants for any of the research degrees are eligible to apply for AHRC, ESRC or ORS funding.
There are also a limited number of University and School studentships for PhD students.