Study modes: Full-time, Part-time
Programme website: Comparative & European Private Law
This programme offers a qualification that combines considerable academic interest with professional utility.
It provides a comparative insight into both the modern development of the key areas of private law, and also the dynamics of European harmonisation initiatives.
It is particularly suited to those who have studied a range of private law subjects at undergraduate level, although it is also open to those whose undergraduate law degree has combined other specialisations.
The programme offers a wide range of subjects that deal with various aspects of private law from a comparative European perspective, enabling you to tailor the LLM to meet your specific interests.
The programme structure and courses for 2017/18 are currently being finalised.
To give you an idea of what the programme structure and courses might consist of, the below information details the structure and courses for this programme in 2016/17.
For 2016/17 the programme structure consists of 180 credits to be made up of the following:
A total of 120 credits in taught courses, 60 in each semester. At least 80 credits must be taken from the following list:
Full year courses (40 credits)
Semester 1 courses (20 credits)
Semester 2 courses (20 credits)
The remaining 40 credits can be taken from any courses offered by the Law School (including the courses listed above).
You will also complete a dissertation of not more than 10,000 words (worth 60 credits).
This programme is designed to equip students with recognised Masters-level training in European Private Law.
You will receive advanced legal training enabling you to identify and interpret problems relating to private law using tools of comparative analysis.
As well as providing training in legal research, you will gain an understanding of the main challenges for modern comparative law, including issues of European harmonisation. The programme will also enable students to progress to the PhD should they so wish.
A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in law.
We may also consider a UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in a social science subject.
Check whether your international qualifications meet our general entry requirements:
All applicants must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of their English language ability:
an undergraduate or masters degree, that was taught and assessed in English in a majority English speaking country as defined by UK Visas and Immigration
Degrees taught and assessed in English must be no more than two and a half years old at the beginning of your degree programme. Language tests must be no more than two years old at the beginning of your degree programme.
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Select your programme and preferred start date to begin your application.
We encourage you to apply at least one month prior to entry so that we have enough time to process your application. If you are also applying for funding or will require a visa then we strongly recommend you apply as early as possible. We may consider late applications if we have places available, but you should contact the relevant Admissions Office for advice first.