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Emerging Technologies and the Law LLM

The LLM in Emerging Technologies will equip you with the substantive knowledge and skills essential for tackling the legal questions of tomorrow.

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Start date(s):

  • September 2024


The Emerging Technologies and the Law LLM focuses on the interactions between economics, politics and society in regulating complex new technological problems.

It combines the study of existing rules and regulations with case studies and human experiences of the impacts of innovation.

It raises questions such as:

  • Is your meme copyright protected?
  • Where, how, and why should Meta be taxed?
  • Will AI decision-making change legal processes?
  • What happens when Twitter and the European Commission discuss social media content?
  • Can science fiction teach us about regulation?

This Law programme is open to graduates from any discipline. We welcome students with an interest in the regulation of complex real-world problems that are the result of technological innovations. This course is for you if you not only care what the law is, but what it could be.

Our subject experts will provide you with extensive knowledge. You will gain critical and transferrable skills required by employers in both the public and private sector.

This LLM is also suitable for applicants with an interest in further study. You will develop the skills necessary for the development of a PhD proposal on law and technology-related subjects.

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What you'll learn

The Emerging Technologies and the Law LLM is highly topical and innovative. It combines expert knowledge of regulation with contemporary case studies in the fields of Law covered.

We strongly encourage student co-creation in several of the modules. You will take part in the selection of case studies in discussion with module leads.

Subjects covered as part of the LLM include:

  • Law and Emerging Technologies
  • Artificial Intelligence: Law, Theory and Practice
  • Social Media Regulation: Law, Policy and Society
  • Digital Taxation
  • Digital Markets and Competition Law

You will also be able to choose from a range of diverse modules in the Law School. These include the Challenges in International Trade Law, Commercial Law and International Human Rights. You will gain a broader international, commercial or rights-based understanding of your chosen field of study.


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.

How you'll learn

Your development

You will develop a range of professional, research and practical skills over the course of your LLM in Emerging Technologies and the Law.

You will enhance your ability to discuss the law both orally and in writing. You will gain experience in working closely with others in a highly diverse, intellectually stimulating environment.

Practical and professional skills you will develop include but are not limited to:

  • deliberation and negotiation
  • policy drafting and report writing
  • engaging in stakeholder processes
  • legal argumentation

Your future

What can you do with the Emerging Technologies and the Law LLM degree?

Further study

Students on this programme will receive excellent research training. This will allow you to develop a methodologically rigorous PhD proposal, if you wish to continue to doctoral study.

Careers and graduate destinations

Students with a Law & Technology LLM work in diverse roles in a wide range of sectors.

Some of the roles include:

  • legal representatives
  • policy advisers at a range of local, national and international organisations and institutions
  • regulators with a technological or media focus, in government and civil service roles, as well as think tanks and universities.

Our graduates work as legal advisors in international organisations and government bodies. Others work in-house with businesses in areas such as the law on e-commerce.

Some of our graduates go on to PhD studies in areas of international law such as copyright law.

For the experiences of our former students in their own words, see our website:

Check out the success stories of some of our former Law Master's students. 

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Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers. We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through our ncl+ initiative.

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Quality and ranking

All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body


The Law School has an extensive library situated within the School. You will also have access to an extensive range of online sources via Westlaw and Lexis/Nexis.

We can offer you:

  • dedicated study spaces for LLM students
  • a student common room

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2024 entry (per year)

What you're paying for

Tuition fees include the costs of:

  • matriculation
  • registration
  • tuition (or supervision)
  • library access
  • examination
  • re-examination
  • graduation

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Entry requirements

The entrance requirements below apply to 2024 entry.

Qualifications from outside the UK

English Language requirements

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