1. Is it possible to apply for more than one LLM programme?
No, you can only apply for one LLM (London taught) programme. Note that all of our specialist LLM programmes and Master of Laws (General) have the same entry requirement, so if you are made an offer for one programme you would almost certainly receive an offer for another. An exception would be for those applying from a non-lawbackground where only one specific LLM programme may be suitable. You can only enrol on one London LLM programme, so please do spend some time researching the programme most suited to your needs and interests and apply accordingly.
Students who apply for more than one programme in error will receive the following message from Admissions: “Applicants are only permitted to apply for one LLM specialism. You already have an existing LLM application for this cycle. Should you wish to change this to a different specialism please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Similarly, if you already have an offer of study for one LLM and decide that you wish to change, you can do so by emailing email@example.com.
Note: Students with a finance or economics background can if they wish, apply for one of the specialist LLMs above and the LLM Law and Economics or the MSC Law and Finance as these are separate programmes. It is also possible to apply for the LLM in Paris programme as well as the London LLM programme.
2. When can I apply?
For more information see each respective program page.
3. What is the difference between a 22.5 credit and 45 credit module?
Most of the 160 modules on the QMUL LLM programmes are 45 credits, taught throughout semesters 1 and 2 (from September to April). Some modules are 22.5 credits, meaning that they are taught only either in semester 1 (September to December) or Semester 2 (January to April). If you take one 22.5 credit module you will need to bring your total taught credits to 135 either by (a) selecting another 22.5 credit module or (b) working more independently on a supervised dissertation of 7500 words to be submitted in August in addition to your full 45 credit dissertation.
4. Does Queen Mary provide scholarships or bursaries?
Yes, we do, see our postgraduate funding page for more information.
5. I wish to check on the progress of my application. Who do I contact?
Email the college Admissions Office on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note that all applications are automatically acknowledged by email soon after receipt.
6. For Students who need a visa to study in the UK
If you are an international student and require a visa, you will need to allow for the length of time needed to process your visa. For further information please visit our International Student pages.
7. What reading or preparation work is required before starting the programme?
We do not require or recommend any preparation or advance reading before starting your LLM.
8. How much and where to buy Books and Class materials?
Each module will have its own recommendations or requirements for books and class materials. Many class materials are provided for reading or printing via our on-line teaching tool (QMPlus Virtual Learning Environment). This will be explained in class and full reading lists will be provided at that time.
As a very rough guide, we estimate that books could cost the student between £100 -£300 in total depending on modules taken. Some modules may produce an in-house compilation of statutory materials which could cost less than a core published text book.
Printing costs depend very much on students own preferences to read books/journal articles in the library, online or buy/print them. QM and the School of Law provide limited printing credits to assist with this.
9. Is it possible to do paid work and study for the LLM at the same time?
For students who are legally entitled to work in the UK, doing some part-time paid employment is often a practical necessity to fund LLM study. Anything more than about 10 hours a week, fitted in around your teaching timetable, is unlikely to be compatible with registration as a full-time student. If you are in this position, you should consider taking the LLM on a part-time basis over two years instead.
10. Can I take the LLM on a part-time basis?
Yes, all of our LLM programmes can be taken on a part time basis, unless otherwise stated. For more information see the structure tab on any one of our LLM programme pages.
11. What libraries will I use?
The law section of the Queen Mary University of London Library at the Mile End campus stocks key texts for many courses. LLM students are also entitled to use the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (IALS) Library, which is one of the world's best law collections. The IALS library is about 10 minutes walk from Lincoln's Inn Fields. From time to time, you may also wish to use the British Library, the UK's national library (nearest tube station: King's Cross St Pancras).
12. How many hours of teaching will I have each week?
This depends somewhat on the particular courses you take, but as a general guide you should expect about eight hours of lectures and seminars a week. The LLM programmes involve advanced study, so much of the important work you do is self-directed (working in the library and having informal discussions with other students). Overall, you should plan on lectures, seminars and independent study taking up at least 40 hours a week.
13. What will the teaching timetable be like?
Lectures and seminars take place Monday to Friday, during the day and early evening. Your particular timetable will depend on the courses you decide to take.
14. What digital law resources are provided?
All registered students at Queen Mary University of London have easy access to a full range of electronic resources, including LexisNexis, Westlaw and a wide range of electronic journals. These may be accessed on and off the campus. LLM courses are also supported by an online teaching tool (QMPlus Virtual Learning Environment). All the main sites you may use – the Mile End Campus, Lincoln's Inn Fields and the IALS Library – have freely available WiFi and other computing facilities.
Queen Mary provides free access for its PG law students to 84 law databases including:
- Business Source Complete
- Index to Legal Periodicals
- International Court of Justice Reports
- Kluwer Arbitration
- Oxford Scholarship Online (Law)
- Reports of Patent, Design and Trademark Cases
- UK Statute law database
- United Nations Treaty Collection
15. When do I choose the topic of my dissertation?
At the start of the teaching year you will have to identify the area of your dissertation as part of the overall module selection process. The deadline for submitting the actual title of the dissertation is usually in December. Students must choose to write a dissertation on a legal topic within their chosen programme, provided there is no overlap with a topic that will be examined in a student's taught modules. There will be a special session held during induction to assist students with this process. During October and November students will be given the opportunity to attend sessions where research themes in particular areas of law will be discussed; this will enable students to identify challenging topics and discuss them with academics in the specific area of law.
16. The thought of writing a 15,000-word dissertation sounds daunting! What help is available?
For many students on the LLM, this will be the first extended piece of advanced writing and legal research they tackle. We will, of course, ensure that you are supported in the task. There will be classes and on-line assistance with advanced writing and research methods and skills. And your project will be supervised by a member of the School with expertise in the field of law you are studying. Our experience is that students find writing a dissertation hugely rewarding.
17. Are there advanced English classes for non-native speakers?
Yes. There are pre-sessional and in-sessional English courses that Queen Mary students can attend on campus. The pre-sessional programme runs over the summer in short blocks between June and September and aims to improve overall ability in English, and provide opportunities to learn study skills such as note-taking, academic writing and participating in seminars and develop the skills you need to work independently at university. The in-sessional course for law students is the 'Critical thinking and writing in law' programme which can be taken during term time and includes teaching on general English, lecture comprehension and seminar skills, grammar and vocabulary and academic writing. There is also a research writing workshop for PhD students.
18. What medical and counselling support is provided by Queen Mary University of London?
The School of Law attaches great importance to the provision of support, both academic and pastoral, to its students. It recognises that there is a need for students, especially those who have come from abroad, to be able to discuss their individual course choices and progress during the academic year. All programmes of study have dedicated tutors and LLM students are assigned personal tutors.
The Queen Mary Advice and Counselling Service can help with finance advice and support with personal problems. Our Advice Service offers information, advice and guidance on a range of practical issues including financial problems or postgraduate funds available to help with study costs and international student issues. All students can also register with the College Health Centre.
19. How am I assessed?
Details on the individual assessment per module can be found on the module description pages and will form part of the information provided in your LLM Induction pack, given to you during the induction week.
20. What happens if I fail the examinations?
It is quite normal for students to have anxieties about failing examinations. Our experience, however, is that relative few students fail a course. LLM students are highly motivated individuals and we only admit people who we believe can successfully complete the programme. If, however, you do fail to meet the required standards in the May-June examinations, you will be given a second opportunity to take the exams during the late summer resit period (early August). More details for procedures on exam problems will be given to you in your student handbook.
21. What will it say on my degree certificate?
You will be receiving your degree from Queen Mary University of London.
22. When will I get my official Queen Mary University of London degree certificate?
As an example, if you start your LLM in September 2014 and take your exams in 2015, you will receive your results in October and your degree certificate around March 2016.