Graduate Diploma in Law, Postgraduate Diploma

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
  • English (book IELTS)


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

Programme Structure

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.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 12 months
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Part-time variant
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade C):


    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

Academic Requirements

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.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    12480 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12480 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    9660 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9660 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for London

  • 1000 - 2600 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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