2021 start


School of Law, Faculty of Social Sciences

This MA is designed for graduates who don’t have a law degree. You’ll develop an in-depth knowledge of the English legal system.
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Course description

If you’re not a law graduate, or you have a law degree from outside England and Wales, this masters qualification will give you a qualifying law degree. You’ll acquire a more in-depth knowledge of the law over a much wider range of legal subjects than is offered in the Graduate Diploma in Law. This extra depth and understanding will give you a head start in your career as a solicitor or barrister.

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Core modules

  • Understanding Law and Legal Systems
  • Legal Research and Writing
  • Constitutional Law
  • Contract Law
  • Administrative Law
  • Law of Crime
  • Law of Torts
  • Law of Property
  • Equity and Trusts
  • Dissertation

Optional modules

A choice of modules, including:

  • Advanced EU Law
  • Punishment and Penal Reform
  • The Law Relating to Public Companies
  • International Human Rights


You’ll attend compulsory seminars plus optional lectures.


You’ll be assessed on your essays, examinations and a dissertation.


  • 2 years full-time
  • 3 years part-time

The engaging teaching – our tutors’ enthusiasm and passion for the subjects they teach is evident through everything they do, as is their expertise. The variety of teaching and learning methods, from optional lectures to seminars to workshops, both tutor and student-led, ensures that no topic ever becomes stagnant.

Christopher Hardy
MA Law

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 honours degree in any subject, but we’ll consider each application on its own merits, including your career background.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component, or equivalent.


You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It's a quick and easy process.

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The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.