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Course overview

The LLM (Applied) enhances your knowledge of the fundamental principles of law, combined with the flexibility to explore your own interests with support from research-active teaching staff. The underlying philosophy of this course is to enable you to continue your professional, educational and personal development by consolidating, enhancing and extending your disciplinary expertise, professional ethics, experience and abilities. The Applied route enables you to work directly with an organisation, applying and demonstrating the knowledge and skills you have learned during the first stage of your course.

You develop recognised subject-specific knowledge and understanding as well as cognitive, intellectual, practical, professional and generic key skills and qualities. The course enables you to more effectively plan, manage and evaluate your own learning to become an independent lifelong learner. You work with complex knowledge, theory and concepts appropriate to postgraduate study and are required to demonstrate high levels of personal responsibility and self-direction. The LLM (Applied) course is the result of research carried out by academics and lawyers in the School of Social Sciences, Humanities & Law to develop a programme focusing on the philosophical theories that underpin the law, and building on current perspectives in law. It focuses on the underlying legal theories that determine the scope of the existing law and proposals for changes to legislation and the common law. The student-centred nature of assessment across all modules allows you to tailor your studies to your own areas of interest. The LLM (Applied) course:

  • enhances your professional, ethical, intellectual and personal development and self-awareness
  • enables you to plan, manage and evaluate your learning and continue your development as an independent lifelong learner
  • help you develop intellectual and professional independence
  • introduces, enhances and extends your knowledge of contemporary theoretical perspectives and issues in aspects of law, appropriate to postgraduate study
  • introduces, enhances and extends your understanding of research methods appropriate to the postgraduate study of law
  • challenges the orthodoxy of the law by encouraging debate, exchange, application and reflection
  • enables you to demonstrate your ability to integrate, synthesise and critique philosophical content, concepts and research methodologies in the production of a research-based dissertation in law
  • equips you with the ability to make a contribution to the theory and practice of areas of law and to make informed contributions to the development of policy.


Course details

You study four taught modules, the Applied Practice module and the Dissertation module.

Course structure

Core modules

Applied Practice (Law)

This module allows you to demonstrate learning and gain experience in the workplace. You secure your own work experience with the support of the course team and identify and apply learning directly to a specific work-related project.

Contemporary Legal Issues and Skills

This module has the dual role of developing and consolidating legal research skills to Masters level and possible publication or future academic study, as well as introducing and highlighting current complex legal issues, initiating discussion and critical analysis. The contemporary issues element of the module is delivered by a variety of specialist speakers and current research active and subject specialist members of the School, ensuring that your learning is based on expert discipline-based research and experience.

Criminal Law

This module promotes a deep and critical understanding of the theories that underpin our criminal law, and the key substantive legal issues faced by judges and legislators of criminal law today. You examine culpability and blameworthiness, and explore these theories in the context of specific academic debates. You also examine factors associated with, and circumstances surrounding certain mala in se crimes, both against the person and against property.


A 20,000 word independent research project.

International Law

You gain a comprehensive understanding of the principles and structures which underpin international law, the sources and modes of development of international law, the nature of key international institutions and of the operation and enforcement of international law in specific areas and in the context of current international issues. You critically examine the extent to which international law performs its function of maintaining the international legal order.

Legal Theory in Context

You gain knowledge of key theories and concepts that underpin the development of law and policy and develop a depth of knowledge that enables you to actively contribute to policy development in your specialist area. You are encouraged to critically examine and challenge the theories and to engage in philosophical debate throughout the course.


Modules offered may vary.


How you learn

The link between legal theory and practice is the central theme of the programme. You learn through a blend of directed and self-directed study to develop your understanding of methodology, practice and presentation. You take part in lectures, seminars, group work, debates, audio-visual presentations, guided reading and research exercises.

Typically, the taught sessions are delivered through seminars, discussions and the virtual learning environment (VLE). The core taught modules are led by individual staff research and option modules are delivered by staff specialising in the relevant discipline.

The Applied Practice module allows you to work directly with an organisation, applying and demonstrating the knowledge and skills you have learned during the first stage of your course. Although we cannot guarantee placements for students, we can provide you with practical support and advice to secure your own work experience with a company. During this module you’ll be supported by University staff to reflect on your learning and give evidence of what you have gained from your time within the organisation.

How you are assessed

Assessment and feedback includes:

  • progression information
  • availability of formative assessment
  • an overview of summative assessment
  • information on in-course assessment and exams
  • arrangements for returning marked work and providing feedback

Assessments help you develop essential skills to work successfully at postgraduate level, as well as for continuing professional roles and lifelong learning. Your work is assessed in a variety of ways, including: 

  • individual presentations
  • research proposal 
  • reflective practice
  • written assignments
  • dissertation


Entry requirements

A 2.2 (minimum) honours degree in a legal or related discipline or equivalent qualification or equivalent experience.

Equivalent qualifications include, for example CiLEX, or level 6 equivalent law degrees from other jurisdictions, and equivalent experience includes work involving regulatory compliance.

For general information please see our overview of entry requirements

International applicants can find out what qualifications they need by visiting Your Country



Career opportunities

Upon graduation you will have developed recognised subject-specific knowledge and understanding, cognitive, intellectual, practical, professional and generic key skills and qualities, which have a directly beneficial effect on future employability, whether in the legal profession or in subject-related disciplines, including academia. You will be equipped to contribute to and inform policy-making decisions in your chosen sphere.

You secure your own work experience with the support of the course team. Mentors guide and advise you while on work placement.


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2021/22 entry

Fee for UK applicants
£3,935 a year

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£7,500 a year

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