Master of Laws LLM

Duration Full time 1 year
Part time 2 years
  • Law
LocationExeter (Streatham)
Start date September


The Exeter LLM student experience

  • High quality postgraduate legal education at an elite UK top 10 university
  • Personal tutor support and close contact with academic staff who are leaders in their fields
  • Innovative, rigorous and flexible LLM programme which allows students to specialise in important areas of law
  • Specialisms include International Commercial Law, European Law, Maritime Law, Intellectual Property Law and International Human Rights Law
  • Graduate with your chosen specialism named on your degree certificate
  • Small seminar and teaching groups enabling you to fulfil your potential
  • Opportunities to visit EU institutions, the United Nations and International Criminal Court
  • Excellent career prospects

Studying an LLM Master of Laws offers unrivalled academic stimulation, the opportunity to deepen your understanding of the law and specialise your knowledge in a particular area, and improved career prospects at the highest level whether that be in practice or academia.

The Exeter LLM is a substantive, rigorous, and genuinely flexible programme of postgraduate study designed for the most ambitious and capable students. Delivered by some of the biggest names in legal research, our LLM allows you to create a bespoke programme of learning addressing your specific academic and professional needs, readying you to fulfil your career ambitions or for doctoral study.

Our faculty is able to teach and supervise an extensive range of international subjects, with particular specialities inspired by our renowned research in the areas of Commercial Law, Public Law, Human Rights Law, and Family Law.

Coming to Exeter for my LLM degree was a deliberate and easy decision. The Law School has an excellent academic reputation in the UK and worldwide and provided several options for specialisation. The programme has given me a truly different perspective on European law and the implications it has with national legal orders as well as with politics. This thorough understanding was helpful for my following legal exam in Germany and still is for the doctorate thesis I am currently working on.

Matthias Schopf, Germany LLM European Law.

Programme structure

The LLM is available to study over 12 months full-time or 24 months part-time. Taught components of the degree are delivered over the first and second terms leaving the third term and most of the summer to research, write and submit your dissertation.

During the programme you will be required to study taught modules and write a dissertation which together will total 180 master level credits. The dissertation, of c.15,000 words, is worth 60 credits and can be written on a topic of your choice, under the supervision of an expert in your chosen field. Students following a specialist pathway must complete their dissertation on a subject relevant to that pathway. Remaining credits are obtained from a combination of taught modules, the majority of which comprise 30 credits and are taught across the first two terms.


We offer a wide array of modules covering general and specialist legal topics, giving you the widest possible choice of study areas.

All modules are available to students who wish to obtain a General LLM. Students wishing to obtain a specialised LLM must take three relevant modules from those designated for those degrees, and must write a dissertation in that subject area. See the individual pathway pages for more information.

Students on all of the pathways are able to select up to 30 credits of modules taught in other departments at the University, for example on topics such as business, European politics, international relations or ethics, subject to approval. This provides you with the opportunity to widen your studies or choose to focus on an area of interest from an interdisciplinary perspective.

Some examples are: Europe in the Digital Age (POLM142) and European Political Intergration (POLM606).

Compulsory modules

LAWM640Dissertation 60

Optional modules

You will choose a number of either 30 or 15 credit optional modules, to a total of 120 credits, from a regularly updated selection.

Recent modules are shown below.

LAWM686 Approaches to Research in Law 15
LAWM067 Carriage of Goods by Sea 30
LAWM087 Competition Law 30
LAWM075 Copyright Law 30
LAWM104 Corporate Social Responsibility: Globalisation, Regulation and Law 30
LAWM105 Corporate Law and Governance 30
LAWM103 World Trade Law 30
LAWM711 Environmental and Energy Law 30
LAWM107 EU Motor Insurance 30
LAWM670 European Convention On Human Rights 30
LAWM095 Human Rights and International Business Policy 30
LAWM084 International Arbitration 30
LAWM683 International Criminal Law 30
LAWM081 International Investment Law and Arbitration 30
LAWM072 International Trade 30
LAWM671 International Human Rights Law 30
LAWM099 International Refugee Law 30
LAWM079 Marine Insurance 30
LAWM715 International Migration and the Law 30
LAWM687 Socio-Legal Research Skills 30
LAWM101 Patent and Design Law 30
LAWM044 Trademarks 30

More detailed module information can be found on the Exeter Law School site.

The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.

Learning and teaching

The Exeter LLM student experience

Formal teaching is delivered via weekly three-hour lectures or seminars, depending on group size. Course materials are delivered directly by academic staff, and you are encouraged to actively engage in discussions and debates. You will be in control of your own learning, appropriately supported by peers and staff including a personal tutor.


As well as the dissertation, assessment is comprised almost entirely of extended coursework essays, with written examinations in some modules where appropriate.


In addition to your studies, you’ll have the opportunity to benefit from a stimulating programme of research seminars designed to enable staff and postgraduate students to experience cutting edge research by members of the academic and legal community both within and outside of Exeter.

Extra-curricular activities

Formal learning is enhanced by opportunities to participate in a range of exciting extra-curricular activities including pro bono projects, internships, mooting and networking events. You may also wish to join the Bracton Law Society, which is run by students and organises learning, careers, networking, social and sporting events throughout the year.

We have close and active links with Exeter Law School alumni and honorary doctorates, many of whom occupy powerful and prestigious roles in the legal community throughout the world. Where possible, we invite individuals from this community and the broader legal profession to engage with our postgraduate students, whether through research seminars or more informal events, providing you with valuable networking opportunities.


The staff who teach on our LLM programme include some of the most respected international names in the field.

They are the authors of leading practitioner and student texts and the editors of important journals.

 LLM staff
Professor Rob Merkin Programme Director, Lloyd's Professor of Commercial Law
Dr Severine Saintier Programme Director, Senior Lecturer
Dr Kyriaki Noussia Deputy Programme Director


The LLM Master of Laws is an ideal preparation for a career in a number of fields, with specialist options such as LLM International Commercial law and LLM European Law preparing you specifically for success in areas from banking and finance to European law and politics.

The modules offered include topics you must have knowledge of in order to succeed in senior positions, whether in private practice, corporate or public employment – including international trading companies and law firms, chartering, trade, and marine insurance, the European Commission, the European Court of Justice, or the Governments of EU Member States.

The programme gives you invaluable experience in finding out the law from the original sources; in preparing and producing extended legal writing; and in presenting a legal proposition briefly and succinctly to an audience.

When it comes to securing a graduate level position, we enjoy extremely good relations with members of the legal profession regionally, nationally and internationally. You will be supported by the College's Employability Officer, the wide range of services offered by Career Zone and have the opportunity to meet potential employers face-to-face through our annual Law Fair, workshops and careers sessions.

Graduate destinations

A degree in Law can lead to a number of exciting careers. We've included below examples of initial jobs undertaken by our Law postgraduates.

Please note that due to data protection, the job titles and organisations are listed independently and do not necessarily correspond.

Job titleOrganisation
Attorney Areza
Corporate Lawyer Benjamin Law Firm
Graduate Teaching Assistant Cleary Gottlieb Steen and Hamilton
Information Assistant Euler Hermes
Intern in Tax Law Goldbergs
Junior Legal Advisor Higher Land Court
Lawyer Keoths Solicitors
Lecturer in Law Michelin
Legal Intern Paul Hastings
Litigation Executive Perfetti Van Melle
Practical Lawyer Salans and Associates LLP
Risk Analyst Strategy Capital
State Lawyer  

I applied to do the placement at 3 Paper Buildings offered by Exeter alumnus Mark Sutherland Williams to see what it is like to work in a well-known and established chamber in London. I thoroughly enjoyed my experience and was delighted to be able to attend a Tax Tribunal, which meant I was able to ask a HMRC Tax solicitor and a policy maker about important aspects of my dissertation. 

Rehana Ahmed, Bangladesh LLM student

Entry requirements 2017

A good second class honours degree in Law and a sound understanding of the basic principles of public and private law. Will consider students with other qualifications or degrees eg. Social Sciences, Humanities, Accountancy or Business Studies, if qualifications include a substantial legal element or if you can demonstrate substantial relevant legal experience.

If you are an international student, please visit our international equivalency pages to enable you to see if your existing academic qualifications meet our entry requirements. 

Requirements for international students

If you are an international student, please visit our international equivalency pages to enable you to see if your existing academic qualifications meet our entry requirements.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

Overall score 6.5. No less than 6.0 in any section.


Overall score 90 with minimum scores of 21 for writing, 21 for listening, 22 for reading and 23 for speaking.

Pearson Test of English (Academic)

58 with no less than 55 in all communicative skills.

Other accepted tests

Information about other acceptable tests of linguistic ability can be found on our English language requirements page.

Pre-sessional English

Applicants with lower English language test scores may be able to take pre-sessional English at INTO University of Exeter prior to commencing their programme. See our English language requirements page for more information.

The (European) tour was an essential part of the year spent at Exeter. We gained a valuable insight into the work of the EU institutions and, in particular, I really appreciated the discussions with the members of the institutions and fellow students. Furthermore, attending a public session at the European Parliament and a court hearing in the European Court of Justice were both extremely impressive. 

Sandy Gebauer, LLM European Law.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees per year 2017/18

  • UK/EU: £8,400 full-time; £4,200 part-time
  • International: £17,000 full-time


Find out about funding opportunities available to students on our taught Masters programmes.

University funding

The Scholarships, Bursaries and Studentships website has information on all available options for funding open to prospective students of taught Masters programmes. You can also use the searchable database of all Scholarships and Bursaries to find funding for which you are eligible.

Fee information

Fees can normally be paid by two termly instalments and may be paid online. You will also be required to pay a tuition fee deposit to secure your offer of a place, unless you qualify for exemption. For further information about paying fees see our Student Fees pages.

UK government postgraduate loan scheme

Postgraduate loans of up to £10,000 are now available for Masters degrees. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.

Contact us

Please contact us if you would like more information about this programme, or if you would like to arrange to come and see us.

Postal Address:

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University of Exeter
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Postgraduate study in Law: The Exeter LLM

The Exeter LLM Master of Laws offers the opportunity to deepen your understanding of the law and specialise your knowledge in a particular area, while improving your career prospects either in practice or academia.