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Queen Mary, University of London

Queen Mary University, 60 Philpot St, London E1 2DP, UK
Queen Mary, University of London is one of the UK's leading research-focused higher education institutions. With around 16,900 students, 3,000 staff and an annual budget of £300m, it is one of the biggest University of London colleges. The university offers a wide range of courses and subjects in humanities, social sciences, law, medicine and dentistry, and science and engineering. Based in a creative and culturally diverse area of east London, it claims to be the only London university able to offer a completely integrated residential campus, with a 2,000-bed award-winning student village at its Mile End home. The university is also home to a large number of international students. Over 6,000 international students currently attend the university (including 2,000 students studying in China on joint degree programmes offered with its close partner the Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications) . Queen Mary is also part of the federal University of London, comprising some 40 academic institutions and 120,000 students. The University of London is the biggest and most diverse university in the UK, with wide and varied facilities, including the Senate House library and the University of London Union (ULU).  

The Law School

The Queen Mary School of Law comprises the Department of Law and the Centre for Commercial Law Studies. The Department of Law is located on the Mile End Campus, which is located in peaceful surroundings a stone's throw from the bustle of East London. The Centre for Commercial Law Studies is located on the Lincoln's Inn Fields Campus in central London, in close proximity to the Royal Courts of Justice and other important law institutions.

The School of Law has close links with many law firms and members of the law professions in the UK and elsewhere, which are involved in teaching and supporting students and activities at the School. The School also organises conferences, workshops and seminars and opportunities for continuing professional development (CPD).

The School of Law also runs a Legal Advice Centre, assisted by students, which provides free legal advice to the public.

Tuition Fees

Fees for 2011/2012 have not yet been set. As an indicator, please see the 2010/2011 fees below. There is normally an annual small increase in fees.

Home/EU
Full Time: £7,250
Part Time: £3,625

International (non-EU)
Full Time: £13,000
Part Time £6,500

Distance Learning LLM in Computer and Communications Law
£9,170 for all students.

2011 Scholarships

The School of Law is offering 5 International (non-EU) and 7 Home/EU LLM scholarships covering full tuition fees only across the full range of 18 Specialist and General LLM programmes. Deadline for applications: 4 April 2011

4 partial LLM scholarships worth £3,000 each to students of the following nationalities: Colombian,Kazakhstani,Sri Lankan and Ugandan.

2 Alumni LLM scholarships to Home/EU Queen Mary LLB graduates worth £1,000 each.

5 Bursaries worth £3,000 each to MSc Law and Finance students.
Deadline: 3 June 2011

A fee reduction of 2% is available if tuition fees are paid in full on or before enrolment. Associate students are entitled to a 10% reduction on Taught Masters tuition fees, if no other College scholarship has been offered. Sons and daughters of alumni of the College paying international fees are entitled to a 10% reduction on their tuition fees.

The Program

LLM students come from some 77 countries, including the UK. The School of Law offers 19 LLM programmes of study, namely the General LLM and 18 specialist LLM programmes. At the end of the programme, successful students are awarded a University of London LLM degree. The LLM may be taken as a one year full-time or two years part-time programme.

The LLM programmes combine classroom-based teaching assessed by formal examinations or coursework and a dissertation, which involves mainly self-study.

Classes are taken in three taught modules, for which examinations are held in May-June, and afterwards students work on a 15,000-word dissertation, which they submit in mid August.

Within the General LLM, there is a lot of flexibility. Any three taught-modules may be taken and the dissertation may be in any area of law. There are over 125 LLM modules to choose from that are taught within the School of Law. Students can therefore take modules simply because they enjoy them or choose a range of modules designed with a specific career or personal goal in mind.

Students taking one of the specialised LLM programmes must study:

* Three of the taught modules on the relevant specialised list and write their dissertation in the field of specialisation
* OR three of the taught modules on the relevant specialised list and write their dissertation in any field
* OR two of the taught modules on the relevant specialised list plus a further taught module* from the general list of modules, and write their dissertation in the field of specialisation.

Students are expected to direct their own work and develop excellent legal and transferable skills.

The Distance Learning LLM programme in Computer and Communications Law must be completed within a maximum of six years.

Entry Requirements

Students are admitted to the LLM programme based on academic merit. The standard qualification is a degree in law, or a degree with a substantial law content. For UK students, the degree must usually be of at least upper-second class honours.

Non-law graduates may also qualify if they have achieved good honours in their undergraduate degree, as well as good honours in CPE and Bar Finals/Legal Practice examinations, or passed the solicitors’ qualifying examination.

Law graduates with high 2.2 honours and not less than 5 years professional legal experience may also qualify. Other non-law graduates may be considered on the basis of exceptional professional experience that directly relates to specialist LLM taught courses.

Students from countries other than the UK must have the requisite local qualifications. As regards English language requirements, all students from countries where English is not the first language must supply an IELTS, ILEC or TOEFL test result. If a student does not reach the required standard in any of those examinations, he or she can take a presessional course at the university instead of retaking the exams. At the end of the presessional course, students can enter the LLM programme directly. There is also a free Insessional English Programme which can be taken during the LLM programme.