Postgraduate

Law and Society (Legal Research) LLM

Law and Society (Legal Research) LLM

Full time: 12 months, part time: 24 months

Profile

Our Law and Society (Legal Research) LLM is an ideal preparation for a PhD. It will give you the knowledge, insights and analytical skills to proceed to a career in academia or the public, voluntary or private sectors.

About this course

The LLM can be taken as a standalone course before undertaking PhD study.

It also forms the initial training component for the four-year (LLM plus PhD) ESRC Northern Ireland/ North East (NINE) Doctoral Training Centre.

The course is ideal if you want to gain advanced research skills that will allow you to progress to PhD level study in the field of law and society. You will have an opportunity to study key legal topics relevant to law and society and choose from a range of optional modules suited to your specific interests.

You will study governance and policy in the national, European and international context. You will develop knowledge and expertise in:

  • legal problem-solving
  • qualitative and quantitative research methods
  • the key principles in a variety of legal subjects

Your course during COVID-19

Whilst things will not be the same when you join us in September, this course page is intended to give you insight into what to expect from your course and your learning experience for the duration of your degree.

We have updated all course information where there are specific changes in the first semester.

Facilities

Most of our student services are now available online. As COVID-19 restrictions lift, we'll be opening up our on-campus facilities as soon as it is safe to do so, so that you can get the best out of your studies.

Your learning experience

Your teaching will be a mixture of online and in-person on-campus teaching. In semester one, as a result of physical distancing requirements, all lecture materials will be delivered online along with many tutorials, workshops and labs.

Our aim, if Government guidance allows us, is to deliver up to three hours of labs, seminars and tutorial teaching in-person on campus where this is possible and safe to do so. We'll review this regularly and plan to return to full in-person, on-campus teaching in semester two if restrictions allow.

If you’re studying for an MRes, MMus or MLitt programme, the number of hours may vary from this. For more information, please contact your supervisor or academic school.

Assessment

In semester one, we will not be running face-to-face, on-campus examinations. We will instead use different approaches to assessment. These will test and support your learning.

Field trips

We will be running some but not all of our planned field trips. Some of those that do run, will be run virtually. For those that do not run, we will be offering alternative learning activities. These learning activities will give you the opportunity to achieve the same learning.

Work placements

There may be some restrictions on work placement opportunities. 

Further information

Our COVID-19 Study page gives more information about your Newcastle University 2020 study experience.

Terms and conditions and student complaints

The University has terms and conditions which create a positive environment for learning and academic achievement.

Given the changing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, the commitments outlined are subject to the guidelines that may be in place at the time.


Delivery

Modules will be taught by our expert academic staff over the first and second semester using a blend of interactive in-person and online teaching sessions including:

  • seminars
  • Q&A sessions
  • quizzes
  • assessment feed forward and feedback sessions

You will also have access to comprehensive lecture materials via CANVAS.

Assessment is through a variety of methods, including:

  • coursework
  • essays
  • time-limited take-home papers
  • presentation
  • dissertation

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Modules

You will study modules on this course. A module is a unit of a course with its own approved aims and outcomes and assessment methods.

Modules for 2020 entry

Module changes

Course content changes 

The information above is intended to provide an example of what you will study.

Our teaching is informed by research. Course content changes periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.

Optional module availability

Student demand for optional modules may affect availability.

Full details of the modules on offer will be published through the Programme Regulations and Specifications ahead of each academic year. This usually happens in May.

To find out more please see our terms and conditions.

Fees & Funding

2020-2021 fees

The fees displayed here are per year. If your studies last longer than one year your fee may be subject to an annual inflationary increase.

LLM

UK

Full time: £7,800
Part time: £3,900

EU

Full time: £7,800
Part time: £3,900

International

Full time: £18,000

 

Find out more about our tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts.

EU students starting at Newcastle in 2020 will pay the UK (Home) tuition fee for the full duration of their course.

Funding opportunities

Entry Requirements

A 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, in law or any other subject.

Find out the equivalent qualifications for your country.

Use the drop down above to find your country. If your country isn't listed please email: international.recruitment@ncl.ac.uk for further information.

English Language Requirements

Select an English language test from the list to view our English language entry requirements.

Please email us at international.recruitment@ncl.ac.uk for further information.

If you have lower English Language scores, you may be accepted onto a Pre-sessional English course.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be offering our Pre-sessional courses online only from June to September 2020.

Pathway courses

Our Business and Humanities Graduate Diplomas will prepare you for Master's study at Newcastle. If you're successful then you're guaranteed a place on this Master's course. Depending on your level of English, you can choose from:

How to Apply

You apply online, track your application and contact the admissions team via our applicant portal. Our step-by-step guide can help you on your way.

Application routes

ESRC Northern Ireland/ North East (NINE) Doctoral Training Centre application route (LLM plus PhD) 

You initially only apply for the Law and Society (Legal Research) LLM and indicate in your application that you wish to be considered for an ESRC NINE DTP studentship. The application deadline is normally mid January. See the ESRC Northern Ireland/ North East (NINE) Doctoral Training Centre website for more information. Upon successful completion of the LLM you will then be transferred on to the PhD programme.

Law and Society (Legal Research) LLM only application route 

There is no application closing date for this course, but we suggest international students apply at least two months before the course starts. This is so that you have enough time to make the necessary arrangements. While this route does not automatically lead to transfer to a PhD, students are nonetheless able to apply for a place on the PhD programme. 

Deposit

If you live outside the UK/EU you must:

  • pay a deposit of £1,500
  • or submit an official letter of sponsorship

The deposit is payable after you receive an offer to study at Newcastle University. The deposit is non-refundable, but is deducted from your tuition fees when you register.

Contact

Gemma Hayton
Admissions Secretary
Newcastle Law School
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8736 
Email: newcastle.law-school@ncl.ac.uk

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