||1 year full time
2 years part time
- Highly flexible programme allowing you to create your own specialism according to your career aspirations or gain broader legal experience with an array of cutting-edge modules
- Gain a global perspective on contemporary legal issues and learn how to find ways to overcome them by examining various legal systems and looking beyond the law
- Join a dynamic and vibrant academic environment that attracts students from all over the world creating a truly international learning community
- Learn from renowned academics, all highly driven and passionate experts in their fields
- Develop your research skills by joining one of our research centres and become an active member of our vibrant research community
Top 150 for Law in The Times Higher Education and QS World University Rankings 2022
Top 20 in the UK for our world-leading Law research
Personal tutor support and close contact with academic staff who are leaders in their field
Flexible programme giving you the opportunities to explore other disciplines
For admission to the programme we would normally expect that you hold a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in Law (or a degree with a substantial legal component). While we normally only accept applicants who meet this criteria, if you have a high 2:2 or equivalent, are coming from a different academic background which is equivalent to degree level, or have relevant work experience in legal professions, we would welcome your application.
Applicants without a Law degree
We welcome applications from students with other qualifications or degrees in an area appropriate to the LLM programme. These may include Social Sciences (eg Politics, International Relations, International Studies), Humanities, Accountancy or Business Studies. Please note this list is not exhaustive and every application will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Entry requirements for international students
Please visit our entry requirements section for equivalencies from your country and further information on English language requirements.
Entry requirements for international students
English language requirements
International students need to show they have the required level of English language to study this course. The required test scores for this course fall under Profile B. Please visit our English language requirements page to view the required test scores and equivalencies from your country.
The flexibility of the Exeter LLM allows you to create a personalised programme according to your academic interests and/or career needs. You will be encouraged to critically reflect on the contemporary legal challenges that exist in our globalised world while acquiring the solid legal skills required for your professionalisation.
You will take part in interactive seminars, thought-provoking discussions and critical debates with your peers and academics from across the world giving you unique insight and global perspectives into contemporary law.
Alongside the compulsory dissertation, you’ll choose from an array of optional modules, including commercial law related modules, international law related modules and/or law and technology related modules.
In order to enhance your research and learning experiences and to create a vibrant community of postgraduate students enrolled in this programme, you will be affiliated with one of the research centres for the duration of your programme.
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.
Examples of optional modules can be found here.
In order to obtain an LLM Master of Laws, you must successfully complete a total of 180 credits:
- two 30 credit modules (chosen from the list on link above) in term 1
- two 30 credit modules (chosen from the list on link above) in term 2
- compulsory LLM dissertation (60 credits)
I chose the University of Exeter because of its great global university ranking. The courses here are really interesting and the tutors are excellent.
During my time here I have attended some interesting conferences that were suggested by my tutors and they have been really useful for my studies and have broadened my vision of Law.
The University of Exeter is not like other universities, it is a beautiful location without the noise of a big city. It is a great place for study.
You won’t regret it if you choose it!
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UK fees per year:
£11,000 full-time, £5,500 part-time
International fees per year:
£22,500 full-time, £11,250 part-time
We invest heavily in scholarships for talented prospective Masters students and have over £2.5 million in scholarships available, including our Global Excellence Scholarships* for international fee paying students.
For information on how you can fund your postgraduate degree at the University of Exeter, please visit our dedicated funding page.
*Selected programmes only. Please see the Terms and Conditions for each scheme for further details.
Teaching and research
Learning and teaching
Formal teaching is delivered via weekly 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.
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.
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 Lasok Law Library, located in the Fourm holds in excess of 40,000 volumes and is open 24 hours a day. You can choose from diverse study spaces to suit your specific learning needs, whether dedicated quiet study, group work, or social learning over a coffee.
Our custom-built Moot Court offers students invaluable opportunities to take part in mooting activities and is equipped with the latest technology, including high-spec video conferencing.
Professor Caroline Fournet
Professor Caroline Fournet
I am Professor of Law and Director of Postgraduate Taught Studies. My main field of expertise is in international criminal law, including its interactions with human rights law. My research notably focuses on the investigation of international crimes and gross human rights violations, and I am particularly interested in the dual use of forensic evidence in the prosecution of mass violence crimes on one hand and in the identification of victims and the building of post-atrocity memory on the other.
I am Editor-in-Chief of the International Criminal Law Review (Brill) and one of the co-editors of Human Remains and Violence: An Interdisciplinary Journal (Manchester University Press).
I was impressed by the content offered by the LLM programme. It is specifically designed to prepare smart practitioners, in other words, while the course provided a comprehensive theoretical background, it also provided skills and understanding as to how the knowledge would work in practice.
Indeed, this was something that would later help me to stand out from hundreds of applicants while job hunting. Couple of months after my graduation, I was offered a position at the largest law firm in Armenia
My final choice of university was greatly impacted by the beautiful city of Exeter itself. This small city and university campus offer a marvellous atmosphere for studying without any unnecessary distractions and obstacles of adjusting to a new country and culture.
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Lilit, LLM Law 2016
Senior Associate, Attorney Concern Dialog law firm Yerevan, Republic of Armenia
Employer-valued skills this course develops
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.
You will gain 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.
LLM graduates either continue on the academic path and pursue their studies with a PhD; others go into private practice, corporate or public employment – including international trading companies and law firms, chartering, trade, and marine insurance, the European Commission, the Governments of EU Member States as well as international and regional courts and/or organisations or NGOs.
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 an 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.