LL.M. General

University of Southampton | Southampton , United Kingdom
The LLM (Master of Laws) is an internationally-recognised postgraduate law degree. The LLM pathways draw on the highly-acclaimed research strengths of our academic staff that are at the cutting-edge of international and national legal reform and development.



The LLM (Master of Laws) is an internationally-recognised postgraduate law degree. Our LLM pathways draw on the highly-acclaimed research strengths of our academic staff that are at the cutting-edge of international and national legal reform and development.

You will register for an LLM (General) or a named LLM from our choice of pathways:

  • LLM (Corporate and Commercial Law)
  • LLM (European Law)
  • LLM (European and Comparative Property Law)
  • LLM (International Business Law)
  • LLM (International Law)
  • LLM (Information Technology and Commerce)
  • LLM (Maritime Law)

Career opportunities

Our LLM Master of Laws gives a choice across the full range of our modules providing a flexible academic programme which can be tailored to suit your own individual interests. You will develop your powers of analysis, legal reasoning and writing skills while exploring four interesting and varied subjects. In todays competitive market our programmes offer you the chance to enhance your knowledge and develop your skills, preparing you to compete with the best to secure your chosen career.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline None, but early application encouraged
Tuition fee
  • GBP 15560 Year (Non-EEA)
  • GBP 6720 Year (EEA)
Start date
Credits (ECTS) 60 ECTS
Duration full-time 12 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Part-time, Full-time

Course Content

Students are free to select any 4 subjects from the list below and will also write a dissertation on a subject of their choice.

Option modules:

  • LAWS6075 Admiralty Law
  • LAWS6088 Carriage by Air
  • LAWS6076 Carriage of Goods by Sea
  • LAWS6077 Commercial Conflict of Laws & International Litigation
  • LAWS6070 Commercial fraud and money laundering
  • LAWS6066 Commercial Secured Financing
  • LAWS6079 Comparative Intellectual Property Law
  • LAWS6081 Corporate Governance
  • LAWS6098 Remedies and Commercial Litigation under EU Law
  • LAWS6086 International Commercial Arbitration
  • LAWS6062 International Law of the Sea
  • LAWS6064 International Trade Law
  • LAWS6071 Internet Law
  • LAWS6102 Law of the marine environment
  • LAWS6065 Marine Insurance
  • LAWS6068 World Trade Organisation and Regional Economic Integration
  • LAWS6101 EU Competition Law

Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide).

English Language Requirements

TOEFL paper-based test score (read more)
TOEFL iBT® test (read more)

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A Second Class Bachelors Degree in Law (or a degree with a substantial legal component) is normally required, but account may also be taken of practical work experience or professional qualifications within the relevant field of study. We welcome applications from international students. Mature applicants without formal qualifications but relevant work experience are also encouraged to apply. Access to the internet, Word Processor (MS Word compatible) and an email address are also required; webcams desirable.

English language requirements

In accordance with University regulations, applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of competency in English by offering one of the recognised tests in English. Alternatively, you should supply evidence that you have undertaken formal study in English at an institution that teaches award-bearing programmes in English.

The following test scores are accepted for direct entry:

IELTS 7.0 with at least 6.5 Reading and Writing or
TOEFL 617 (paper-based) or
TOEFL 105 (internet based).

A score of IELTS 6.5 or TOEFL 580/92 together with satisfactory completion of the six week LLM Pre-sessional programme on English legal language and skills will be accepted.

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

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