Doing a Master of Law 1 year course from Manchester University

Degree awarded: Master of Laws (LLM)

Duration: 1 year (full-time)

Cost: £10000/

Entry requirements: A minimum Upper Second class honours degree, or the equivalent, in law.

One can apply Four times in a year :

  • 1 November (decision by 8 December; accept offer by 15 January);
  • 7 January (decision by 14 February, accept offer by 16 March);
  • 2 March (decision by 8 April, accept offer by 8 May);
  • 1 May (decision by 1 June, accept offer by 1 July).


Academic entry qualification overview

A minimum Upper Second class honours degree, or the equivalent, in law.

This programme is a specialised course and not all Law degrees will provide the appropriate background. Potential applicants are advised that transcripts will be checked to ensure appropriate material has been covered.

English language

  • IELTS – overall score of 7, including 7 in writing with no further component score below 6.5;
  • TOEFL IBT 103 with 28 in writing and no further score below 25 in each section. TOEFL code for Manchester is 0757.
  • Pearson – overall 73 with 73 in writing and no further score below 66

Scores are valid for 2 years.

Please note that CAS statements are issued only when all conditions of the offer have been satisfied, PDF copy of passport received and the offer accepted.

Applicants from certain countries may be exempt from having to provide an IELTS or TOEFL score. For further advice please email  pg-soss@manchester.ac.uk  .

Pre-Sessional English Courses

If you are eligible to do a pre-sessional English course (either 6 weeks or 10 weeks, depending on your English score), you will need to successfully complete the course at the required level before you are permitted to register on your academic course.

English language test validity

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Admission for Indian student

Undergraduate entry requirements

For entry onto one of the LLB degrees we require CBSE or ISC (national boards) grade 12 examinations with a minimum of 90% overall including 80% in English. Other State boards are considered but may be subject to an increased requirement.

For entry onto one of our BA Criminology degrees we require CBSE or ISC (national boards) grade 12 examinations with a minimum of 80% overall including 80% in English. Other State boards are considered but may be subject to an increased requirement. Contact us for further information.

Master’s entry requirements

For entry onto our master’s degrees, we require a minimum overall average of 60% or a CGPA of 3.2/4.0, 7-8.0/10 in a Bachelor’s degree from a well-ranked institution.

For all our LLM courses (except the LLM Healthcare Ethics and Law) we require an undergraduate Law degree. For MA courses we consider degrees in relevant disciplines.

Postgraduate research entry requirements

For entry onto our postgraduate research degrees, we require an overall average of 65% in Bachelor’s degree and 2-year Master of Law degree or related subject from a well-ranked institution with a strong Merit or it’s equivalent in Master’s dissertation.

For PhD study, a degree in Law or a relevant discipline will be considered.


Course unit details

You will be doing 180 credits in total, 120 of which will be taught course units and the remaining 60 credits, in the form of a dissertation.The LLM course typically offers around 30 different course units in any one year, and will always reflect a wide range of subjects across the legal spectrum.

There will usually be course units offered on diverse topics, such as:

  • international trade and corporate law;
  • financial services regulation;
  • European law;
  • international economic law;
  • intellectual property law;
  • human rights law;
  • corporate governance;
  • law and finance in emerging markets.

Course units are worth 15 or 30 credits each. You will be required to select course units to a total of 120 credits, and so must choose a minimum of four course units or a maximum of eight course units. The remaining 60 credits will be in the form of a 14,000-15,000 word dissertation.

Course unit list

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

Title Code Credit rating Mandatory/optional
LL.M Dissertation LAWS70990 60 Mandatory
Academic Skills for Legal Studies LAWS50000 0 Optional
Human Rights Law LAWS60291 30 Optional
PG International Courts and Tribunals LAWS61082 15 Optional
International Sale of Goods LAWS63051 30 Optional
International Commercial Arbitration and Mediation Law LAWS65082 30 Optional
Corporate Governance, Global Trade and Labour Laws LAWS67021 30 Optional
W.T.O. & Regional Integration Law LAWS67031 30 Optional
Subjects and Actors of International Law LAWS70021 15 Optional
Transnational Corporate & Capital Markets Law LAWS70081 30 Optional
Intellectual Property Law LAWS70101 30 Optional
Postgraduate Competition Law in an International Context LAWS70172 30 Optional
Trade Mark Law and Policy LAWS70261 30 Optional
Patent Law and Policy LAWS70271 30 Optional
Copyright Law and Policy LAWS70292 30 Optional
International Financial Services Regulation LAWS70352 30 Optional
The Principles and Practice of Corporate Governance LAWS70362 30 Optional
Sources of International Law LAWS70431 15 Optional
International Obligations LAWS70441 15 Optional
International Institutional Law and the Use of Force LAWS70451 15 Optional
Cyber-Security and International Law LAWS70462 15 Optional
International Criminal Law and Justice LAWS70472 30 Optional
Law of Armed Conflicts LAWS70482 15 Optional
Argumentation Before Domestic, Regional and International Courts LAWS70512 15 Optional
Legal Theory and Global Governance LAWS70522 15 Optional
International Investment Law LAWS72042 30 Optional
Law, Money and Technology LAWS73002 30 Optional
International Human Rights Law LAWS75082 15 Optional

Contact details :
The University of Manchester
Oxford Rd Manchester
M13 9PL UK

+44 (0) 161 306 6000