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University of Oxford

Oxford University, 3 Church Walk, Oxford OX2 6LY, UK
The University of Oxford is perennially one of the top-ranked academic institutions in the world. It is located in the English city of Oxford and is the oldest surviving university in the English-speaking world. Oxford is a collegiate university, which means that it is comprised of independent colleges (there are 38 colleges). Each college consists of academics and students from a broad range of disciplines. All students are a member of one of Oxford's colleges while studying a course. Most undergraduate teaching at Oxford is organised around weekly tutorials at various colleges and halls. For over 100 years, the university has served as the home of the Rhodes Scholarship, which brings students from a number of countries to study at Oxford as postgraduates. Students from more than 140 countries and territories make up a student population of over 20,000. The city is very much a "student town" and is a lively place, with many pubs and restaurants and cultural events. It is also only an hour away from central London, with all its attractions.

The Law School

Law has been taught at the University for some 800 years. The Faculty of Law is the largest law school in the United Kingdom. It is actually a federation of thirty law schools in the colleges of the University. There are some 150 teaching staff, with approximately seven students to each academic.

Uniquely among graduate courses, graduate students are taught in tutorials as well as in seminars and lectures. Students prepare for tutorials by writing an essay, which is then discussed during the tutorial.

A number of taught and research law programmes are offered at graduate level, which are set out in more detail under "Programme".

Tuition Fees

BCL and MJur


Scholarships are available to help with funding for post-graduate courses, including particular awards for international students.

The Program

Taught programmes

BCL (Bachelor of Civil Law)

As a Master’s-level qualification, the BCL degree is one of the world's most prestigious. The degree is for students who have a first Law degree from a common law jurisdiction and only those with first-rate grades are admitted. Four options are selected from a broad range of some 30 subjects, and students must write one dissertation. Students attend seminars and tutorials, working closely with expert tutors.

This is a full-time programme of 10 months' duration.

MJur (Magister Juris)

The MJur is the sister course of the BCL for students with law degrees from civil law jurisdictions. The same course structure and range of courses as the BCL are on offer, plus course options from the undergraduate degree in Jurisprudence.

This is a full-time programme of 10 months' duration.

MSc in Law and Finance

This programme specialises in the area of overlap between law, finance and economics. The MSc combines academic teaching with more practical courses created through relationships with professional and regulatory bodies.

The core courses are in economics and finance, and the student also selects a number of law courses relating to financial transactions. There is also a core interdisciplinary course in the law and economics of corporate transactions, which involves an analysis of other courses studied on this programme.

Students with a first-rate undergraduate law degree, or a non-law undergraduate degree and a postgraduate or professional qualification in law are accepted on the course.

This is a full-time degree of 9 months' duration.

MSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice

The MSc is a specialist programme focusing on crime and criminal justice. The core courses are and five elective subjects can be taken in a range of areas. There is also training in research design and methodology and students write one dissertation. This is a full-time course of one year's duration.

Postgraduate Diploma in Intellectual Property Law and Practice

The Diploma is designed for junior lawyers and practitioners pursuing a career in IP law and practice. It is a Master’s-level vocational course taught by senior practitioners and academics and covers all aspects of Intellectual Property Law. The Diploma was created through a partnership between the Law Faculty and and the Intellectual Property Lawyers’ Association.

During the course, students attend a two week residential course and five weekend workshops. Students are required to write four pieces of coursework and take two exams at the end of the course in the summer. The course lasts for one year and is part-time.

Master of Philosophy in Criminology (MPhil)

This degree is only available to students who have completed the MSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice degree with good results. Usually, you will take the MPhil immediately after the MSc.

During this course, students write a 25,000-30,000 word thesis. They can complete a major investigation by undertaking fieldwork to test theoretical ideas or by conducting sophisticated statistical analysis, or they may elect to conduct library-based research instead. The course includes classes on research methods.

The duration of the degree is one year and it is full-time.

Master of Studies in International Human Rights Law

This course is provided jointly by the Department for Continuing Education and the Faculty of Law. It is primarily intended for lawyers and other human rights advocates who will be future leaders in the field of international human rights law.

The programme is taken part-time over a period of 22 months, and involves elements of distance learning via the internet and two summer sessions held at New College, Oxford. The reason it is a part-time degree is to allow students to work or undertake family responsibilities whilst studying. Around 30 students are admitted each year.

Research programmes

Master of Studies in Legal Research (MSt)

This degree involves the completion of a 30,000 word supervised thesis and a course in legal research method. Students are expected to work full-time on this degree and complete it within a period of one year.

The MSt is an entry-level research degree that can also serve as the first year of a DPhil (see below).

Master of Philosophy in Law (MPhil)

This degree is only available to those who have completed a BCL or MJur degree and achieved a good result. The MPhil is usually taken directly after the BCL or MJur. The MPhil comprises the completion of a supervised 30,000 word thesis and a course in legal research method.

The degree is full-time and lasts for one year.

Master of Letters (MLitt)

This degree is one level below the DPhil in terms of difficulty and originality. Students write a 40,000-50,000 word thesis over two or three years maximum. The degree is taken full time.

Entry Requirements

First-class in undergraduate degree in Law or equivalent overseas qualification.

MSc in Law and Finance/MSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice
Upper second-class undergraduate degree in law or excellent result in non-law undergraduate degree and a graduate or professional qualification in law.

Postgraduate Diploma in Intellectual Property Law and Practice
Upper second-class undergraduate degree in Law or equivalent overseas qualification

MPhil/Research degrees
High standard in relevant taught programme

English Language Requirements
Proof of relevant required score in IELTS (or TOEFL in exceptional cases).