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Entry Requirements

For admission onto the School's postgraduate programmes you will need to meet our entry requirements. These vary depending on the programme.

As well as academic qualifications and practical experience, we look for evidence of your interest in the programme and an understanding of the rigorous demands of postgraduate study.

LLM Programme

The entry requirements for LLM Programme are normally an Upper Second Class Bachelors Degree in Law or the international equivalent, but account may also be taken of practical experience within the relevant field of study.

If you are in any doubt as to the acceptability of your qualifications, please contact us directly for advice.

For details of the LLM Programme and the various streams available, see LLM Programme page.

English Language Requirements (where applicable)

IELTS 7.0 with at least 6.0 in each component

A score of IELTS 6.5 together with satisfactory completion of the six week LLM Pre-sessional programme on English legal language and skills will be accepted.

For a full list of English language tests accepted please visit the English Language Proficiency page

Six week LLM Pre-sessional programme

The six week pre-sessional course in English for Academic Purposes (EAP) for LLM students takes place in August to late September each year. It is aimed at international students who have never previously studied Law through the medium of English.

For further information contact the Centre for Language Study

Tel +44 (0)23 8059 7715


All successful applicants for full-time taught programmes need to pay a deposit to secure their place within 30 days of accepting of the University's offer (UK/EU students: £250; overseas students: £1,000). Your deposit will only be refunded, normally after enrolment, if you have failed to satisfy the conditions of the offer or if you have been refused a visa. When you enrol on your programme, your deposit will be offset against your tuition fees.

A deposit is NOT required from students sponsored by their government or other official body. Please supply a letter on their headed notepaper confirming that they will pay your tuition fees.


The normal minimum entrance requirement for research is upper second-class honours degree from a UK university or equivalent overseas/professional qualification in law. You will also need to submit a research proposal. Take advice on writing a research proposal (download writing research proposal.pdf) .

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How to apply

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