Highly respected due to their demanding nature and intensity, law degrees will provide you with the skills and knowledge you need to work within the legal system. Studying at a law school allows you to gain an advanced understanding of the laws and practices of the justice system in the UK and beyond. You will gain an in-depth perspective of the law at a philosophical and ethical level, as well as how the legal system impacts on the lives of those who are affected.
The accreditation of law degrees is standardised in the UK. The main difference you may find is if your degree is a joint honours qualification, and is not necessarily designed for students who wish to go on to a practising legal career. Your qualification will also depend on the level at which you are studying. At postgraduate level, you can expect to be awarded a Master of Laws (LLM). Further study will award research degrees such as Master of Philosophy (MPhil), and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).
A postgraduate degree will normally take one to two years to complete.
Postgraduate course annual tuition fees are set by the institution, which means that they can differ. Postgraduate programmes are generally less expensive than undergraduate programmes. You will find detailed fee information on the institution webpage.
Typical Annual Tuition Fees
- Postgraduate - £10,500
A postgraduate degree will build on the knowledge you gained at undergraduate level. You will also be able to progress your practical application of your legal skills. The modules you study will cover more complex and specialist areas of law, as well as allowing you to study a more focused and tailored strain of law. Modules and specialisms might include legal theory, public law, taxation, corporate law, commercial law, intellectual property law, and criminology and criminal justice, among others. Assessment methods might include written work, exams, mock court situations, and a final major research project.
The entry requirements for a degree in law will depend on where you choose to study. They will also be influenced by the level of study for which you are applying. For postgraduate law courses, you will be required to have an undergraduate degree in law.
Typical Entry Requirements
- Degree Requirements - 2:2 or higher
- Required/Desired Subjects - Law