Grad.Dip. Graduate Diploma in Law

University of East London

Tuition fee: Not specified
Start date: September  2015
Duration full-time: 12 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time

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The aim of the LLM (Modular) programme is to provide a range of local, national, international and global themes for study in a critical legal perspective. It aims to provide considerable freedom to individual students to devise their own programme by choosing from the varied options available. Students, thus, have the opportunity to link previous or current experience to academic inquiry. It aims to engender excellent research and writing skills based on stronger foundations and better understanding of the role of law in a contemporary context. The objective of the programme is to promote better understanding of law related frameworks in areas such as human rights, international law, development, refugees, minority rights and Islam.

The Aims and Objectives of the LLM (Modular) Programme are to:

* Develop a deepened understanding of law in a variety of contexts.
* Critically engage with the major theoretical debates on the role of law in a given field.
* Display the ability to deal with different types of legal systems and laws.
* Apply critical and contextual approaches across a wide variety of subject matter.
* Develop the ability to analyse, articulate and write on the subject, by linking previous or current experience with an academic inquiry, particularly via the dissertation.

The LLM ( Modular ) offers flexibility by offering the student one core module, Current Issues and Research in International Law and an unrestricted choice of three options from a range of existing modules. Students take four modules and write a dissertation.

LLM General at UEL
The LLM ( Modular ) at UEL is a distinctive programme for the following reasons

* The School has experts in the field whose research was rated as international recognized in the Research Assessment Exercise 2008;
* LLM programs judged by the highest grade "commendable" by the Quality assurance Agency in 2002;
* The LLM (Modular) offers a range of innovative programmes of which the students have an unrestricted choice in three options;
* The LLM (Modular) is attractive due to the programme structure making it entirely research based while offering students the flexibility of choosing research areas within the modules and for their dissertation;
* The LLM (Modular) will be taught, as with the existing programme, through interactive lectures and seminars and day schools;
* The LLM (Modular) is supported by a strong library collection and the critical studies academic culture at the School of Law and UEL.

Intermediate awards available

PG Dip, PG Cert


Students study the core module Current Issues and Research in International Law and have an unrestricted choice for the three option modules from existing modules such as International Refugee Law, Globalisation, International Environmental Law, Islamic Legal Theories, International Human Rights, Law of the World Trade Organisation, International Criminal Law, Regulation of Transnational Corporations, Minority Rights under International Law and Islam and Human Rights. Candidates take one core and chose three option modules and write a dissertation approved by the Dissertation committee.

Learning environment
Module Lectures/Seminars, workshops and human rights seminars, day school, visits by external experts and the possibility of an overseas study trip.

All modules are research based involving coursework. Students take four modules of 30 credits each for which they submit their coursework of approximately 7,000 words at the end of the semester. The LLM dissertation accounting for 60 credits involves a 15,000 word essay. The full time students normally complete the 180 credits requirements in one academic year while part time students complete the same in two years.

Relevance to work/profession
Students are welcome to negotiate projects/assignments as work-based initiatives but the supervision offered is the same as for other coursework.

Thesis/Dissertation/project work
Day School and dissertation seminars provide the opportunity for students to develop their own ideas, research specific topics. However, the nature of postgraduate dissertation does not provide scope for formal collaborative research projects.


Qualifications for admission are a good degree in law, the social sciences or the humanities or another appropriate degree. Professional qualifications will also be taken in account. Applicants whose first language is not English or who have not studied for the first degree in English medium require IELTS at 6.5 or its equivalent.

Students that apply to enter stages of the programme may be admitted through normal Accreditation of Experiential Learning (AEL) or Accreditation of Certificated Learning (ACL) processes, or through an approved articulation agreement. Therefore such applicants must be able to demonstrate and evidence that they have the required learning outcomes as listed in the modules for which they are seeking exemption.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
CAE score: (read more)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IELTS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

180 (Grade C)

IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

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