Birmingham's LLM programmes have been designed to allow in-depth analysis of important legal topics. Modules are all 20 credits in length, comprising 10 two-hour seminars, to enable students to develop significant expertise which will enhance their career prospects.
Birmingham is able to offer small-group teaching on the LLM and students following popular modules with large numbers of students will receive (where possible) additional teaching time. For these additional hours large classes will be split in to two separate seminar groups in order to provide an equal opportunity for class interaction compared to those in smaller groups.
The LLM programmes last 12 months, running from September to September. All LLM programmes follow the same basic structure.
The LLM programmes enable you to develop expertise in a range of subjects. You will acquire a systematic understanding of these along with a critical appreciation of the problems that arise these fields. You will be encouraged to demonstrate originality in the application of knowledge together with a practical understanding of how established research techniques are used to create and interpret knowledge.
At the start of the course there is a two-day induction designed to help you settle in and gain an understanding of the LLM programme.
Students do not register for modules before arrival as we feel it is important that you are able to make an informed choice. As part of the induction process module leaders will give a detailed description of what their subject entails and you will have the option to attend any areas which you are interested in for the first two weeks of the course before having to submit a final decision.
All the LLM programmes may be taken part-time and completed over a period of two years. This mode of study is particularly suitable for barristers and solicitors who wish to combine professional practice with university-level study, gaining CPD points in the process.
Classes for part-time students on the LLM will be scheduled between 9am-6pm and students will typically have between 2-4 hours of teaching each week. Fees are the same as for full-time study but are split over two years.
International students are invited to participate in an orientation course run by the university’s International Office before the start of the academic session. For students from outside the UK, there are also lectures on the British constitution, sources of English law and the working methods of the common law system. The English for International Students Unit provides a range of support in reading and writing academic English.
You follow a modular programme (180 credits in total), which comprises six taught modules (20 credits each) and a dissertation of 15,000 words (60 credits); the latter to be submitted at the end of the year of study. Students following the International Commercial Law programme study a minimum of four of their six modules from the list below:
Students can also choose to study up to two of their six modules from those available on the General LLM:
Students are also allowed to choose one of their six modules from those offered by the Political Science and International Studies department. Students may chose from the following list:
You can apply until:
Always verify the dates on the programme website.
You only need to take one of these language tests:
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Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.
Applicants should have a good Honours degree in law, or a degree in another discipline augmented with a pass in the Common Professional Examination.
If your first language is not English you must provide an English language qualification. Recognised qualifications include:
For 2015 entry Birmingham Law School is offering a range of scholarships to applicants for the taught LLM programmes.
Applicants are required to send a letter of motivation to Law-LLM@bham.ac.ukaddressing the twin requirements of academic merit and financial need. You must include your University ID number in your letter of motivation. Please also attach an up to date transcript of your degree performance.
The closing date for the receipt of Scholarship applications is Friday, 19 June 2015.
Successful applicants will be notified in July 2015. Scholarships are not payable directly but are set off against the University fee invoice for 2015-2016 and will be transferred once successful applicants have paid the balance owed by them to the University.University scholarships
Scholarships to cover fees and/or maintenance costs may be available. To discover whether you are eligible for any award across the University, and to start your funding application, please visit the University's Postgraduate Funding Database.
International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government.
University of Birmingham graduates may be entitled to a fee reduction through theCollege of Arts and Law Alumni Bursary scheme.
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