Queen Mary University of London

Queen Mary University of London


Queen Mary University of London is one of the UK's leading research-focused higher education institutions. With over 24000 students, and close to 4,500 members of staff and an annual turnover of over £450m, we are one of the biggest University of London colleges. We teach and research across a wide range of subjects in the humanities, social sciences, law, medicine and dentistry, and science and engineering. Based in a creative and culturally diverse area of east London, our main site in Mile End is one of the largest self-contained residential campuses in the capital. 


Queen Mary has made a strategic commitment to the highest quality of research. We have invested in this principle by systematically recruiting the best academics in their disciplines from around the world. The results of the most recent national assessment of research – the Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) – have confirmed our place in the very top group of research-led universities in the UK. Overall we were ranked 9th in the UK among multi-faculty universities and 5th in the UK for the percentage of our 3* and 4* research outputs.


Queen Mary is one of 24 leading UK universities represented by the Russell Group, that are committed to maintaining the very best research, an outstanding teaching and learning experience, excellent graduate employability and unrivalled links with business and the public sector.


Queen Mary offers outstanding students a stimulating, supportive and high-quality learning experience, with teaching inspired by our world-leading research. Queen Mary ranks top in London among Russell Group universities for student satisfaction, with a number of our subject areas receiving over 90 percent for ‘overall satisfaction’ including Medicine, Dentistry, Law and English.


Entry requirements

Application Status

The LLM programmes are now open for applications for September 2020 entry.

Law graduates

The usual qualification for entry to the LLM programme is a degree in law, or a degree with a substantial law content, of at least 2.1 honours (or equivalent). Law graduates with 2.2 honours who also have other legal qualifications and/or substantial professional legal experience may also qualify.

Non-law graduates

Non-law graduates with a minimum second class honours degree, that have also obtained a Merit (or 60 per cent) in the Common Professional Examination (CPE) or Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) recognised by the UK professional bodies, may also qualify. Non-law graduates may also be considered on the basis of exceptional professional experience (of at least five years) in a legal area or an area directly related to their programme of study.

In all cases, a full online application is required in order for a fair assessment and decision to be made. Each application is considered on its merits and on sight of full application documents. A full and detailed CV is required for all applications and is particularly relevant where professional experience needs to be considered.

International applicants

Students from outside of the UK help form a global community here at Queen Mary. For detailed country specific entry requirements please visit the International section of our website. If your first language is not English, you must provide evidence of your English language proficiency. Find details of the English language entry requirements for postgraduate law programmes.

If you do not meet language or scholarly requirements it might be possible for you to undertake foundation or pre-sessional programmes that will prepare you for the masters programme. For more information you require, please contact the Admissions Office.


How to apply - one LLM programme only

You may only apply for one of the School of Law’s LLM London programmes at a time. This restriction does not include the LLM Law and Economics programme or the LLM in Paris programme. You are permitted to apply for a maximum of two Queen Mary taught postgraduate programmes, so you may still apply for a further non-LLM London programme should you wish.

If you apply for one of the LLM London programmes, then later decide you would prefer to attend a different LLM specialism, please contact the Admissions Office Law Team at lawpgadm@qmul.ac.uk - prior to enrolment - to request a manual change of LLM programme. Do not submit a new application.


Our academic staff are actively involved in public affairs in the UK, European institutions and international bodies, and have leading roles in legal scholarship.We have close links with law firms and leading members of the law professions in the UK and overseas. Some are involved in our teaching and others support students and activities within the school.


We organise a number of events throughout the year, including major conferences, workshops and seminars and opportunities for continuing professional development (CPD). 


Public lectures, conferences, workshops and seminars from the School of Law at Queen Mary University of London. During term-time we run a lively postgraduate seminar series.

Living on London campus

One of the most striking things about Queen Mary is our campus. It’s the largest self-contained student campus in central London, and only 15 minutes by tube from the Oxford Street, Covent Garden and the rest of the West End. It’s very unusual for a London University – in fact we’re the only college in the University of London who can offer students a central site containing cafes, bar, restaurants, accommodation, gym, a student shop, bookshop, cashpoint and laundrette all on one central site.

You have all the advantages of living in the capital city as well as being part of a sociable and safe student village. There’s 24 hour security on campus and all student flats have entryphones. You may have the tower of London on your doorstep, but at Mile End, you are surrounded by familiar faces.

More information about student accommodation here.


We are firmly established as a centre of national and international excellence in legal study and research. In the latest Research Assessment Exercise (REF 2014) we were ranked ninth in England, based on 86 per cent of our research activity classed as world-leading (4* the highest score possible) or internationally excellent (3*). The independent assessment of research quality takes into account the quality of research outputs, research environment and research impact. Read about research in the School of Law.


The School of Law has as its central focus the role of Law and its institutions in contemporary international society and it is divided into two organisational units: the Department of Law and the Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS). 


  • The Department of Law focuses on the culture and institutions of the rule of law in creating civil society at all levels from the local to the transnational.  


  • The Centre for Commercial Law Studies focuses on the constitutive role played by law in shaping global commerce, and concentrates its activities on research linked to the major domains of law in commercial life.


We adopt a wide spectrum of approaches to legal research, including doctrinal, theoretical, applied, comparative, historical, sociological, empirical and interdisciplinary perspectives. Members of the School of Law are actively involved in public affairs in the UK, European institutions and international bodies, and have leading roles in legal scholarship.

Fees & Funding

Like all universities in the UK, Queen Mary charges two different rates of tuition fees, known as the Home/EU rate and the Overseas rate.  International students from outside the EU are generally charged the Overseas rate, which is higher, as no Government subsidy is given to universities for international students to help meet the cost of their education. To help you understand how your tuition fee status is assessed please take a look at the following explanation: www.welfare.qmul.ac.uk/money/feestatus.



Tuition fees for taught postgraduate courses



There are a number of sources of funding available for Masters students.


These include a significant package of competitive Queen Mary bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas, as well as external sources of funding.

School of Law scholarships

The School of Law offers a range of scholarships for Law Masters programmes each year. Full details are made available on the law funding page.

Queen Mary bursaries and scholarships

We offer a range of bursaries and scholarships for Masters students including competitive scholarships, bursaries and awards, some of which are for applicants studying specific subjects.


Read more about funding a masters

Alternative sources of funding

Home/EU students can apply for a range of other funding, such as Professional and Career Development Loans, and Employer Sponsorship, depending on their circumstances and the specific programme of study.


Overseas students may be eligible to apply for a range of external scholarships and we also provide information about relevant funding providers in your home country.


Other financial help on offer at Queen Mary

We offer one to one specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.


Our Advice and Counselling Service also has lots of Student Advice Guides on various aspects of finance.


CCLS Associate Programmes

CCLS-Associate Programmes in Commercial Law (CCLS-APCL)

The CCLS-Associate Programmes in Commercial Law (CCLS-APCL) programme allows students to study at CCLS for one or two semesters as part of their home institutions requirements for international study. Associate Students can choose to take between 15 and 60 credits at postgraduate level taught within the Centre for Commercial Law Studies.  


Attendees are fully registered students with access to all CCLS events and facilities of the University.

Sports and culture on London campus

Taking part in sport at university is a great way to keep fit, make friends and generally have a good time. Queen Mary Students’ Union has over 40 sports clubs ranging from Aikido to Hockey, Fencing to Rowing. 

The Students’ Union has recently undergone a multi-million pound refurbishment, so in addition to the sports hall and squash court, there’s a brand new Health and Fitness Centre, QMotion. QMotion is home to a whole range of gym equipment including a cardiovascular zone, a resistance zone, and free weights.

London is a city rich in culture, and east London is no exception. In fact it’s one of the best areas for art galleries, small theatre venues and some interesting museums. Galleries very close to Queen Mary include the Whitechapel, the White CubeMatt’s Gallery and the Wapping project.

LL.M Frequently Asked Questions

1. Is it possible to apply for more than one LLM programme?

Yes, for example, you may apply to study for an LLM in both Paris and London. But if you are applying to study in London, 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.


2. When can I apply?

Applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis, so you can apply at any time before the start of the academic year. We recommend that you apply in good time in order to be able to include the application requirements of a reference letter, university transcripts, proof of English, etc., as well as manage your personal planning such as moving to London. For more information see each respective program page.


3. What is the difference between a 15 credit and 30 credit module?

All of the modules on the QMUL LLM programmes are either 15 or 30 credits,
In order to complete an LLM, you will need to undertake 180 credits. For more information about the modules available for the different LLMs and how you can accumulate the necessary credit across the semesters, please see each respective program page.


4. Does Queen Mary provide scholarships or bursaries?

Yes, we do, see our postgraduate law 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 lawpgadm@qmul.ac.uk

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 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.


For those taking the LLM in Paris, some have taken on internships or continued working whilst undertaking their studies.


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. 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.

For the LLM in Paris, teaching is undertaken through a condensed model, Monday to Saturday, with each module timetabled in a block of evening or daytime classes at various points within the semester.

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:

  • LexisNexis
  • Westlaw
  • Justis
  • Eur-lex
  • Hein-Online
  • Business Source Complete
  • Index to Legal Periodicals
  • International Court of Justice Reports
  • Kluwer Arbitration
  • Lawtel
  • 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 a few months later, with submission towards the end of the academic year. 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. 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 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. The pre-sessional programme runs over the summer 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 relatively 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 examinations, you will be given a second opportunity to take them. 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, your degree would usually be awarded in October the year after.

Distance Learning Law Programmes

Our online law programmes offer students and working professionals a flexible, alternative study solution to the traditional in class and on campus courses.


You will benefit from regular interactive online support and feedback from academic staff to help you keep focused and motivated.


Arbitration and Mediation

Technology, Media and Telecommunications Law

About the School of Law

Queen Mary, part of the prestigious University of London, is one of the top UK research universities and a member of the Russell Group of leading UK universities.


In 2015 we celebrate 50 years of law at Queen Mary University of London. Established in 1965, the School of Law has grown from 30 students and four academic staff, to 1,939 students and 115 academic staff in 2014-15.


In 2020, the School of Law was voted 30th best university in the world to study law by QS World University Rankings by Subject.


The School of Law has as its central focus the role of law and its institutions in contemporary international society and it is divided into two organisational units: the Department of Law and the Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS).


  • The Department of Law covers the full spectrum of legal studies and is based at the University's Mile End campus.


  • The Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS) specialises in the knowledge and skills in commercial law that can be placed at the service of government, public bodies, overseas institutions, the legal profession, industry and commerce. CCLS is based in the postgraduate law centre at the Lincoln's Inn Fields campus.

LL.M programmes

LL.Ms at Queen Mary

The School of Law offers a range of LL.M law masters programmes, each leading to the award of a Queen Mary University of London LL.M degree. Whichever programme you decide to follow, you will be dealing with complex issues systematically and creatively. Taught by our expert teachers our programmes enable you to gain an advanced and thorough understanding of the key and current issues in your chosen field.


London LL.M programmes


*If you apply for the Master of Laws your final degree certificate will show Master of Laws. If you wish your degree to show expertise in a specific area of law then you should apply for one of our specialised LL.M programmes.



We also offer:

Meet some of our former students

Giovanna De Saint- Ange, Brazil


LLM in Computer and Communications Law, 2014 - 2015

“The culmination of a great year on the LL.M was being hired by Promontory Financial Group as a privacy analyst along with several LL.M. colleagues after completing an internship programme that Queen Mary arranged.  Participation on Promontory's data breach workshop, which I helped organise at CCLS, had already given me some insights into the life of a privacy professional. However, the experience as an intern and now as a privacy analyst has allowed me to put into practice my academic studies. I am overwhelmed with all the achievements in my LL.M. year and definitely consider it to be the best year of my life so far. “



LLM Paris (International Arbitration) 2015-2016



"The strong reputation of QMUL and its ranking among UK and other international universities were particularly attractive to me. The QMUL LLM in Paris is the perfect opportunity to combine a wide range of modules, high qualified professors and an international student body, with the chance to study in such a vibrant city than Paris, which is also a hotspot for arbitration. Additionally, the QMUL "stamp" in my academic achievements will be a high quality label recognised all over the world."



LLM in Energy and Natural Resources Law 2015-16


"I decided to study at QMUL because of the prestige of its Energy and Natural Resources Law LLM and staff. Furthermore, QMUL clusters teachers with impressive professional experience besides remarkable students from all over the world. I am certain that the experience and knowledge acquired will provide me the necessary tools for attracting more investors to Chile and for assisting them effectively."

Marc Cebreros, Philippines


LLM Human Rights Law  2015-2016



"Prior to studying at Queen Mary, I was working as Executive Director of a government agency in the Philippines. I decided to undertake postgraduate study because it had been five years since I was an undergraduate and I felt I was losing out in terms of knowledge and professional development.

I’m inspired by my teachers and they’ve all been very helpful. The advantage of Queen Mary being a campus university is integration and connectivity; everything and everyone is within reach. It has been easy to make friends because everyone’s so outgoing and eager to make new friends."




International Economic Law 2015-2016        



“After completing a general undergraduate degree in law I was keen to specialise through my Masters degree. The LLM in International Economic Law appealed to me since I was interested in a more inter-disciplinary focus to my studies, which this programme offers by taking a legal perspective on economic issues and institutions. Apart from the courses themselves, I was given the opportunity to conduct research for a professor during my degree, enabling me to further discuss and explore the issues raised in class.”

Job Opportunities

Queen Mary University of London is a Russell Group member and one of the largest multi-faculty colleges of the University of London and in its own right is one of the UK’s leading research and teaching higher education institutions.


See our Human Resources website for a full list of current vacancies at Queen Mary, University of London.


Queen Mary is a London Living Wage Employer. In addition, our excellent benefits package includes competitive salaries, a defined benefit pension scheme, generous holiday allowances, an interest free season ticket loan and a wide range of family friendly benefits, including the College's own day care nursery.