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LLM (Master of Laws)

Course fees (2018/19 entry)

Option / fee Value
Home/EU full-time annual tuition fee: £5,985
Home/EU part-time tuition fee: £33.65 per credit
International full time annual tuition fee: £13,250

Course type

LLM

School

School of Law

Study mode

Full Time & Part Time

About your course

This taught LLM degree is designed for students who do not wish to specialise, but want to select modules from our specialist Masters programmes in law and criminal justice and be taught by legal specialists.

  • ​Course available to study full-time (1 year) and part-time (2 years)
  • Flexible start dates - available for January and September starts
  • Designed specifically for those with a wide ranging interest in business, corporate and finance law, global crime and security and criminal justice  
  • Examines key legal and justice issues in both a domestic and global context
  • Tutors have extensive experience with a variety of backgrounds and research interests

Introduction to the School

The School of Law offers a range of opportunities for you to play an active part in an evolving, dynamic, and engaging postgraduate culture.

The School has a long-standing reputation for providing professional, practitioner, and work-related learning opportunities for undergraduate and postgraduate students alike. The School's academic team comprises: research active lecturers, qualified and former practitioners of law and criminal justice services, and internationally established leading experts in their field.

Through its portfolio of postgraduate courses and the enthusiastic support and guidance of a dynamic and dedicated staff group, the School offers a stimulating and rewarding environment for postgraduate study, where work related skills development is seen as a priority.

Research excellence

In the 2014 REF, research submitted by LJMU’s School of Law was ranked 4th in the UK’s Post-92 universities, with over 97% of its work either recognised internationally, or considered as internationally excellent. This research helps ensure that our postgraduate courses are positioned at the vanguard of developments in the field and that you have an opportunity to study alongside leading experts.

Why study this course at LJMU?

The School of Law has decades of experience providing postgraduate legal education. Its suite of LLM programmes are consistently highly rated by students and practitioners.

The LLM is ideal for those who do not wish to specialise in law and criminal justice but seek exposure to a wide range of subjects in law, global crime and security and criminal justice. The aim of this programme is to create a positive learning environment for students in which to practice advanced scholarship and research and gain academic and intellectual progression, together with the acquisition of specific knowledge and skills.

Programme outline and structure

The LLM is a stand-alone qualification for those who wish to enhance their career prospects through acquiring relevant knowledge and skills in a broad range of modules.

Students on the programme will be taught by: academics highly involved in research in specific subject areas, career young research active lecturers, qualified and former practitioners of law and internationally established experts in their field.

Members of staff at the School of Law carry out research in Law (UK, International) Global Crime and Security and Criminal Justice.

What you will study on this degree

Please see guidance below on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.

Advanced Legal Research Methods

Provides training in the process of conducting and writing up research. This module serves as a preparatory stage for the dissertation module at the end of the course

Dissertation

Involves producing a 12,000 word written project on a topic agreed with the programme leader and/or module leader, relevant to the programme's curriculum. A supervisor will be assigned from the programme team to guide you in developing your work

Drugs, Alcohol and Criminal Justice

Provides a broad critical understanding of the different paradigms and perspectives on substance (mis)use and relevant policy in relation to crime and criminal justice

Crime, Power and Victimisation

Considers various definitions of crime and the relationship between these and the various sources of power within society

Delivering Rehabilitation

Encourages you to critically evaluate, at an adavnced level, the role and function of the prison and probation services in relation to the delivery of state punishment and rehabiliation

Youth Justice

Develops an analytical approach to understanding the treatment and experiences of young people within, and at the hands of, the criminal justice system

The Police, Policing and the Governance of Security

Explores the complex and dynamic relationship between policing services/agents and members of the diversity of publics these organisations serve

International Criminal Law

Introduces: the basic concepts, institutions and processes of international criminal law; debates regarding the application of international criminal law and contemporary issues of global concern relating to the prosecution of international crimes

Conflict and Warfare in International Law

Looks at crimes against humanity, genocide and war crimes, and explore how international law provides the machinery to hold to account those responsible for such crimes

Statehood, Peoples and Statelessness

Discovers concept of the state and the phenomena of statelessness. This modules asks how states relate to their populations, and under which circumstances do states dissolve?

Democracy, Rule of Law and Human Rights

Explores the theoretical aspects of human rights, and their relationship with democracy in the modern world

The United Nations, International Security and Global Justice

Discovers the role of the United Nations in the maintenance of international peace and security. You will explore the UN's experiences in areas such as peacekeeping, military enforcement and the imposition of sanctions

Global Crime and Security

Studies, in-depth, the phenomena of cross-border criminal activity and terrorism, and collaborative responses to it

EU Foreign Security and Justice Policy

Considers and explores the role of the European Union as an international actor, and understand how it has performed an increased security function on the global stage

Gendered Perspectives on International Law

Considers various aspects of international law from perspectives that are informed by gender. The modules uses examples such as sexual violence during armed conflict to explore more theoretical debates about the role of gender in the operation of international law

International Trade & Finance Law

Critically examines theories and practice in respect of global trade and the documentary requirements in international trade.

International Commercial Contracting

Offers an appreciation of how contract law works and develops a thorough and critical knowledge of the rules of international contract law in its commercial sphere. On completion of this module you will be able to confidently read and draft commercial contract documents

Global Finance Law & Regulation

Introduces the basics of the global financial system; the issue of systematic risk in the global financial system; the global nature of the legal structuring and regulation of the global financial system and its financial organisations

International Corporate Governance

Critically examines the intellectual, practical and theoretical background to the concept of corporate governance in the UK and other international jurisdictions to gain an understanding of the legal nature of corporations, their operations and global corporate governance failures and the reasons for such failures

International Financial Crime

Provides knowledge of the impact of a range of financial crimes by developing an understanding and analysis of attempts to curb financial crime and its impact

International Intellectual Property Law

Considers the global nature of Intellectual Property regimes and the regulatory mechanisms provided by the enmeshment of national and intergovernmental regulation, the increasing roles of private regulators and public private hybrid bodies

International Dispute Resolution

Provides a detailed understanding and analysis of the various laws, regulations and systems applicable to the dispute resolution process

International Labour Law

Reviews the global nature of international labour regimes and the regulatory mechanisms; developing an understand of the links between international labour law, corporate governance and international trade

International Maritime Law

Introduces the basics of International Maritime Law and develops a critical understanding of commercial maritime issues

​Modules will run subject to availability.

Further guidance on modules

The information listed in the section entitled ‘What you will study’ is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Academic Framework reviews are conducted by LJMU from time to time to ensure that academic standards continue to be maintained.
Please email courses@ljmu.ac.uk if you require further guidance or clarification.

How will I be assessed?

Our expert academics have designed your assessed work to ensure that you fulfil your potential at this important stage of your development as a postgraduate.

​Technology plays a crucial role in learning through this programme and modules use online feedback and face-to-face assessments. The programme's blended learning techniques include: interactive, self-directed and independent learning, lecturer-produced course documents, collaboration and cohort learning through online forums or group working.

​Teaching is usually delivered via seminars and workshops in the new Redmonds Building, and you will need to undertake some preliminary reading to prepare for and take part in group discussions. You will be able to access all University resources including LJMU's extensive print and online library resources.

Staff research interests

Members of staff at the School of Law carry out research in the fields of: Law – UK and International, Dispute Resolution and Criminal Justice.

Research in Law includes the following areas:

  • corporate governance
  • banking and finance
  • global finance law
  • financial services and financial crime
  • obligations
  • media law
  • comparative private/public law
  • EU law
  • international law
  • commercial law
  • ADR
  • sports law
  • German public law
  • Italian public law
  • medical ethics
  • bioethics
  • legal theory
  • human rights
  • criminal law
  • terrorism
  • police powers
  • trans-national crime
  • family law
  • law and religion
  • legal history

Research in Criminal Justice includes the following areas:

  • organisation and governance of the National Probation Service and HM Prison Service
  • community penalties
  • surveillance and social control
  • multi-agency approach to crime prevention
  • international politics of crime control
  • application of criminological theories to practice
  • justice in England and Wales
  • youth Justice bail service
  • crimes of the powerful (including corporate crime and state crime)
  • sentencing policy and practice
  • criminal justice policy and relationship between policy and research
  • relationships between the police and the public
  • sex offenders
  • drug users
  • effectiveness in probation intervention
  • mentally disordered offenders

Entry requirements (Home)

​An appropriate honours degree e.g. in Law, Criminal Justice, Politics, Finance, Banking or Accounting or a professional qualification deemed to be equivalent to an appropriate honours degree.

Degree classification: minimum 2:2

Qualifications and previous work experience deemed to be equivalent to the above entry requirements and in suitable areas linked to the award.

Entry requirements (International)

​LJMU welcomes applications from international students. In addition to normal entry requirements, you will be expected to demonstrate a very good level of English language competence, for example an IELTS score of 6.0-6.5 or equivalent. Please note: specific courses may require higher levels of English language competence. If you have applied to study a full-time taught Masters, MRes, MPhil or PhD at LJMU, you should check if you require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate. It can take four to six weeks to receive an ATAS certificate, so please make sure you apply as early as possible. You can find out more on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website.

Alternatively, contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for guidance. Please note: international students entering on a Tier 4 visa cannot study part time. Students entering the UK on alternate types of visa may be in a position to study part time. Please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for further details before making your application. In order to obtain a visa you will also need to show evidence that the money required to cover your tuition fees and living expenses has been in your bank account for at least 28 days prior to submitting your visa application. So please make sure that your finances are in place before applying. For more details, go to our international website.

For advice on any aspect of the application process, please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team.

Will I be interviewed?

​No

IELTS

6.0 (Min 5.5 in each component)

Pearson

50-57

Is RPL accepted on this programme?

Yes


Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.

Financial support

Tuition fees

All students enrolled on postgraduate taught programmes at LJMU are liable to pay an annual tuition fee. You can opt to pay your tuition fees in full at the start of each academic year or in instalments. If you need advice about how to pay your tuition fees, please email LJMU’s Student Funding Team.

The Rice-Jones Scholarships

The Rice-Jones Scholarship ("the Scholarship") is open to any individual studying in the North-West of England who can demonstrate academic promise, commitment to the legal profession and financial need. It is expected that entrants will have accepted a place to study a postgraduate law course, including but not limited to the Graduate Diploma in Law, Legal Practice Course, Bar Professional Training Course or Masters in Law. Applicants should be intending to enrol on the course in the academic year following the year in which the application is made. The award can be from £1,000 to full course fees and maintenance provisions.

To apply for the Scholarship, please email apsadmissions@ljmu.ac.uk and request an application form and terms and conditions for the scholarship.

To be considered, applications must be received after Friday 1 September 2017 and before Tuesday 1 May 2018. We will contact you to let you know if you have been invited for interview. Interviews will take place during the week commencing 25 June 2018. Following your interview, we will let you know within two weeks if you have been successful. Any award would be made in respect of the 2018-19 academic year only.

PLEASE NOTE: LJMU does not administer the applications for these scholarships, therefore completed applications must be returned to: Jonathan Riley, Michelmores LLP, Woodwater House, Pynes Hill, Exeter EX2 5WR or email an electronic copy to jonathan.riley@michelmores.com

Funding sources

There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students. From Postgraduate Masters Loans and Professional and Career Development Loans (PCDLs) to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist postgraduate funding pages.

Graduate employment

The LLM is designed for people with a more general interest in law and criminal justice who wish to develop their careers outside of the traditional boundaries of specialist law.

​The programme will give you the opportunity to critically analyse key themes in law and criminal justice and global crime and will challenge your thinking and stimulate your academic aspirations in these fields.

International Study

International applicants are required to demonstrate equivalent qualifications to the standard requirements for entry when applying for courses at LJMU.

Students must also demonstrate a proficiency in communicating through English, for example via an IELTS tests or equivalent.

Please note: UK visa restrictions mean that international students are only permitted to study on a full-time basis.

Please contact LJMU’s International Team by visiting www.ljmu.ac.uk/international for more information and advice.

Scholarships

LJMU has launched a range of generous international scholarships for students enrolling at the University.

These prestigious scholarships take the form of tuition fee waivers and are available for outstanding international students applying for taught postgraduate programmes and research degrees.

You will need to complete an additional application form in order to be considered for these scholarships. Full eligibility criteria and the online application form are available here: www.ljmu.ac.uk/international

Applications for these scholarships are welcomed from:

  • new international applicants
  • current LJMU international students hoping to progress onto postgraduate study at the University
  • LJMU international alumni

The University may make changes to a programme of study or module where such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University.
Further guidance on programme changes

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