Newcastle has a long tradition of excellence in the teaching and research of law. We are the longest established law school in the North East of England and our graduates have an excellent track record of employment within the law profession, international and non-governmental organisations, the public sector and in academia.

In 2012, and for the fourth year running Newcastle Law School ranked among the top five law schools in the National Student Satisfaction Survey. This is a significant endorsement of the quality of teaching and learning provision in the School, and of the learning and career development support the School provides for its students.

Newcastle Law School has also been ranked the number one UK Law Schools in the prestigious Sunday Times University Guide 2012. The Law School’s ranking adds to the University’s overall ranking in the top twenty universities in the UK.

Our commitment to international collaboration is evident in a strong international research student community and the development of targeted strategic links with a number of overseas law schools, currently including institutions in China and the USA.

Facilities and funding

We offer excellent facilities for postgraduate study including discussion rooms for group work and dedicated research rooms and office space.

A number of scholarships are available for taught programmes and research degrees.

LLM Studies

Expert LLM teaching is offered (see degree list below) in the areas of international commercial law, financial regulation, corporate finance and governance, movement of persons in a global world, public international law, international criminal law, international dispute settlement as well as environmental law subjects.

Alongside developing your specialist subject knowledge and expertise, studying a taught postgraduate programme at Newcastle will also enable you to develop transferable skills relevant to the global job market.

Research Degrees

We have active multidisciplinary research groups in the areas of human rights and social justice, environmental regulation, law, society and legal education, gender and finance and financial markets.

Our expert research supervision for PhD, MPhil and LLM by research covers the same subjects as our taught programmes, including research opportunities in:

• European law
• private property and tort law
• criminal law
• criminal justice and criminology
• public law
• human rights
• family law
• law and literature
• refugee law
• charity law
• national security
• legal theory

Research students are supported in their studies through a structured programme of supervision and training via our faculty specific Research Training Programmes which have been endorsed by the UK research councils and adhere to their framework of excellence.

Professional Development

We host a variety of conferences and run a varied and active programme of themed seminars, which enable our postgraduate students to network with peers and academics from other universities and organisations and gain experience of presenting their work.


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