The Brunel Master of Laws (LLM Law) is a flexible programme that enables graduates to specialise in a particular area of English or international law, or to obtain proficiency across a range of legal disciplines.
Our wide choice of elective modules, including in-demand subjects such as trade law, intellectual property, and human rights, allows you to tailor your own programme to your legal interests and career objectives.
You can choose to study full-time (one year) or part-time (two years), and to begin your course either in September or in January.
In a legal job market where many employers are looking for candidates with advanced, specialised training, your LLM Law will improve your career prospects whether in a law practice, business, government or academia.
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Your Masters LLM consists of optional modules and a 15,000 word dissertation on a legal topic of your choice. Full-time students should complete four modules per term, excluding the dissertation. Part-time students should complete two modules per term, excluding the dissertation.
Optional modules are indicative and are available subject to numbers.
- International Environmental Law
- Comparative Competition Law
- International Criminal Law
- Contemporary Themes in Intellectual Property Law and Policy
- Corporate Law I
- Corporate Law II
- International Human Rights and Islamic Law
- Theory of International Financial Regulation
- World Trade Organisation (WTO) Law
- Privacy and Data Protection
- Principles of International Commercial Arbitration
- Internet Law I - Substantive Legal Issues
- Public International Law
- European System of Human Rights Protection
- Foundations of International Human Rights Law
- Patent Law and Practice
- Managing Intellectual Property
- International Intellectual Property Law
- International Trade Law
- Comparative Criminal Justice
- Comparative Counter-Terrorism and Human Rights
- Corporate Governance and Corporate Social Responsibility
- World Trade Organisation (WTO) and Human Rights Law
- Theory and Practice of International Human Rights
- Practice of International Financial Regulation
- Philosophical Foundations of IP
- European and International Media Law
- Internet Law II - Resolving Internet-related Legal Issues and Disputes
- Principles of International Investment Arbitration
- The Migrant and the Law
- Regional Systems of Human Rights Protection: Americas, Africa, Asia
- Copyright, Design and Allied Rights
- Trade Marks and Allied Rights
- Business and Human Rights
- Cultural Heritage Law – Comparative and International Perspectives
- International Dispute Settlement
- The Law of Armed Conflict
Read more about the structure of postgraduate degrees at Brunel
and what you will learn on the course.
Careers and your future
You’ll benefit from the guidance of dedicated careers advisors and the expertise of your personal tutor so whether you want to explore your passion for law or already have your dream job in mind, we’ll support you on your career journey.
Our strong links with industry will help you to boost your career potential. Brunel is one of the few UK universities on the Blake Morgan Brand Ambassador Scheme – offering great work experience opportunities, mentoring programmes and giving you great exposure to the graduate recruitment team of a leading law firm.
You’ll be sure to leave Brunel with a firm grounding in legal theory, allowing you to be flexible in your future choices. Law affects every part of our society so we’ll prepare you for work in the corporate world and government as well as legal roles in the humanitarian and criminal fields.
Under the umbrella of Law Lives, you’ll build, develop and strengthen transferable skills and experiences through a range of activities and programmes such as our Pro Bono Clinic, volunteering at the Family Court for the Personal Support Unit, and much more.
At Brunel we provide many opportunities and experiences within your degree programme and beyond – work-based learning, professional support services, volunteering, mentoring, sports, arts, clubs, societies, and much, much more – and we encourage you to make the most of them, so that you can make the most of yourself.
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Entry criteria 2019/20
- A 2:2 (or above) UK Honours degree or equivalent internationally recognised qualification in Law or a related subject (International Relations, Political Science, Criminology, and Criminal Justice).
- Other related subjects and qualifications will be considered on an individual basis by the Postgraduate Director, and an interview may be required.
Entry criteria are subject to review and change each academic year.
International and EU entry requirements
If your country or institution is not listed or if you are not sure whether your institution is eligible, please contact Admissions
This information is for guidance only by Brunel University London and by meeting the academic requirements does not guarantee entry for our courses as applications are assessed on case-by-case basis.
English language requirements
- IELTS: 6.5 (min 6 in all areas)
- Pearson: 58 (51 in all subscores)
- BrunELT: 65% (min 60% in all areas)
You can find out more about the qualifications we accept on our English Language Requirements page.
If you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, you must prove knowledge of the English language so that we can issue you a Certificate of Acceptance for Study (CAS). To do this, you will need an IELTS for UKVI or Trinity SELT test pass gained from a test centre approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and on the Secure English Language Testing (SELT) list. This must have been taken and passed within two years from the date the CAS is made.
Should you wish to take a pre-sessional English course to improve your English prior to starting your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider for the same reason.
We offer our own BrunELT English Test and have pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet requirements or who wish to improve their English. You can find out more information on English courses and test options at the Brunel Language Centre.
Teaching and learning
Brunel Law School is research driven and was ranked 14th in the UK for REF Intensity in Law in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF2014). Through their research, our lecturers are at the forefront of domestic and international legal scholarship, which means your education will be innovative, inspiring and truly up-to-date.
Your Master of Laws LLM modules will be delivered through seminars, with two hours of teaching per module a week alongside your own self-directed study. Optional modules have class sizes of 10-12 students, and compulsory modules have class sizes of around 25 on average.
You’ll also learn through:
- research centre activities and research trips
- contributing to newsletters
- making oral presentations
- attending law film screenings
- participating in debating events and reading group sessions.
You will receive your timetable in advance of the course starting. Part-time study is based on a full-time timetable, with one less module per semester.
Should you need any non-academic support during your time at Brunel, the Student Support and Welfare Team are here to help.
Assessment and feedback
Modules are assessed by combinations of coursework, contribution to seminars, oral presentations, and examinations. In the final year you are also required to write a dissertation.
Read our guide on how to avoid plagiarism in your assessments at Brunel.
Fees and funding
Fees for 2019/20 entry
£10,140 full-time; £5,070 part-time
£16,850 full-time; £8,425 part-time
Some courses incur additional course related costs. You can also check our on-campus accommodation costs for more information on living expenses.
January 2020 fee
UK/EU students: £10,140 full-time, £5,070 part-time
International students: £16,850 full-time, £8,425 part-time
Read about funding opportunities available to postgraduate students
UK/EU students can opt to pay in six equal monthly instalments: the first instalment is payable on enrolment and the remaining five by Direct Debit or credit/debit card.
Overseas students can opt to pay in two instalments: 60% on enrolment, and 40% in January for students who commence their course in September (or the remaining 40% in March for selected courses that start in January).
Fees quoted are per year and may be subject to an annual increase. Home/EU undergraduate student fees are regulated and are currently capped at £9,250 per year; any changes will be subject to changes in government policy. International and postgraduate fees will increase annually in line with RPI, or 5%, whichever is the lesser.
There is a range of financial support available to help you fund your studies. Find out about postgraduate student funding options.