- Start date: September
- Application deadline: August
- Study mode and duration: LLM: 12 months full-time; 24 months part-time
PgDip: 9 months full-time; 21 months part-time
PgCert: 8 months part-time
Study with us
- benefit from flexibility and choice to construct your own programme of law studies
- opportunity to participate in masterclasses and teaching by guest speakers
- develop your interest in a particular specialist area
- suitable for those interested in law in general, but who have not yet identified a particular area of speciality
Why this course?
On this programme, you'll have the flexibility and choice to construct your own programme of law studies drawn from the full range of courses on offer. You'll also benefit from the opportunity to enjoy masterclasses from guest speakers/lecturers.
What you'll study
For the award of the LLM, you require to take the compulsory class Legal Research, five elective classes, and also complete a dissertation.
Because of the general nature of the course, there will be no requirement for designated core modules, instead you'll choose from the existing LLM/MSc classes offered within the Law School.
Learning & teaching
The course is taught through a combination of lecture, practical intensive weekends, teaching seminars and distance learning
Assessment will be through a mix of exams and assessments that may be written or practical, depending on the subject.
Interested in postgraduate study?
Our friendly and knowledgeable team will be available to provide you with all of the information you need to kick-start your postgraduate journey at the University of Strathclyde.
Join one of our upcoming online drop-in session on:
- Thursday 25 February - 3pm to 4:30pm
This class is compulsory for LLM/PgDip students. It's offered by online distance learning across both semesters.
The aim of the module is to help you enhance your research abilities and skills with a view to improving your performance in course.
We aim to offer a wide range of electives each year. The list below is merely indicative with the list of classes varying each year. The content of each class may also change as we aim to keep each class up to date and responsive to current developments.
World Trading System: Law and Policy
This class will provide you with advanced instruction in the law of the World Trade Organisation (WTO). You'll explore the core rules of non-discrimination and most-favoured nation treatment which underpin many of the legal agreements comprising the WTO. You’ll also look in detail at the operation of the WTO dispute settlement system. The analysis will then move on to certain of the more specialised WTO agreements as well as the operation of numerous regional trade agreements.
International Investment Law
This class will introduce students to the concepts, sources and principle of international investment law. It will also consider the balance between the rights and duties of investors, residents and the host states as well as dispute resolution in international investment.
Financial Crime and Sanctions
This class seeks to examine a variety of difficulties and subject matters in the area of financial crime, such as money laundering, insider trading, and fraud.
Competition Law and Policy in the EU
This class will focus on developing an understanding of the rationale for EU competition law and policy, the substantive rules and the processes of enforcement.
Conflict Resolution and the State
To develop a critical understanding of mediation via an examination of the ways in which the state utilises alternative dispute resolution.
Contemporary Security Challenges and Responses
The concept of national security expanded to incorporate not only ‘traditional’ threats from hostile actors, but a host of issues ranging from the impact of climate change, natural disasters, resource security and even recession. Security has become increasingly globalised and interconnected in threat and response while also increasingly recruiting the populace to be ‘secure citizens’. The relevant theories underpinning these developing trends will be examined alongside the key institutions and actors.
Context of Construction
It will familiarise you with the structure, processes, procedures, and all the many professionals that are involved in the Construction Industry, like project managers, architects, designers, planners, civil engineers, building services and quantity surveyors.
European Human Rights Law
The European Convention on Human Rights is the most influential regional human rights treaty. This class looks at the case law of the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg and evaluates the substantive guarantees of the ECHR in areas such as fair trial, privacy and freedom of expression.
EU Environmental Law 1
In this course, students will explore the unique features and complexities of the making, implementation and enforcement of the environmental law of the European Union.
Financial Regulation and Compliance
This course will examine select topics in capital markets regulation and economic theories underpinning them, including the law and economics of disclosure, regulation of market abuse (insider dealing and market manipulation), and the function and regulation of the market for corporate control.
International Climate Change Law
This course will explore the evolving nature and distinctive components of the international legal framework on climate change.
International Environmental Law I
This class will introduce you to the foundations of international environmental law, including its subjects, sources, principles and measures of implementation. It will also provide you with a basic understanding of how compliance and dispute settlement operate in international environmental law, with special focus on the environmental case law of the International Court of Justice.
International Human Rights Law
Human rights protection is a global concern. This class examines civil and political rights along with economic, social and cultural rights, and assesses the range of international monitoring and supervision regimes. Topics covered include the major international treaties and bodies. It also looks at the challenges to human rights in transitional societies as well as the right to self-determination.
Legal Process and the Law of Contracts & Other Obligations
This class, which is offered to students without a background in law, offers a basic introduction to the laws of contract and delict. It will help to establish the foundation of a more advanced and detailed knowledge and understanding of delict and contract within construction law in particular.
Mediation in Practice
You'll develop an ethical and self-critical approach to mediation practice that takes account of the current range of models.
Justice & Penal Decision Making
In this module we examine the moral and empirical bases of decision-making around the globe. How are traditional theories of justice being challenged, and what are the alternatives? In the light of the international evidence, is it time for a re-think? Illustrative topics include: legitimacy; discretion; rehabilitation & desistance; restorative justice; public attitudes to and knowledge of criminal justice; the trial; access to justice; prosecution & defence; sentencing; parole; release from prison; community sentences; human dignity; participation rights; therapeutic jurisprudence; criminal procedure; predictive justice; equality reform & democratization.
Terrorism and the Law
While legal responses to terrorism long pre-date the attacks of 9/11, the events of that day prompted a radical shift, with certain countries expanding their already substantial counter-terrorist offences and powers, while others moved to criminalise acts of terror as distinct crimes for the first time.
Theory and Principles of Conflict Resolution
The aim of the module is for you to develop a critical awareness of the theoretical and disciplinary sources of conflict resolution.
Law of International Business
This class will introduce students to the concepts underpinning the regulation of businesses. It will explain the different types of business entities and introduce students to company and corporate law concepts.
Law of the Construction Industry
This class will provide you with a detailed knowledge and understanding of the principal features and structure of construction and engineering contracts, and the rights and duties of employers, contractors, professionals and others.
Mediation, Law and Policy
This class examines the relationship between mediation and the law, in particular looking at issues of confidentiality, adversarialism and civil justice, and the role of lawyers within the process. It considers recent reviews of civil and administrative justice and employment practice for their impact on mediation, as well as critiques of mediation’s ‘institutionalisation’ from Scotland and abroad. It also examines the development of a mediation profession and issues such as training, continuous professional development, accreditation and regulation. You'll be expected to participate in all seminars while some students will be identified to lead the discussion on each topic.
This class teaches negotiation in a variety of settings. It provides an overview of theories and models, establishing key principles for effective negotiation. It also uses practical negotiation exercises to build your knowledge and skills, covering such topics as business contracts, the public sector and personal injury.
Oceans Governance and Law of the Sea
This course will explore the main legal regimes related the oceans and seas, with an in-depth focus on recent developments in marine governance in the context of sustainable development.
This class will provide students with a detailed knowledge and critical understanding of important aspects of domestic and international arbitrations, particularly in the context of the construction industry.
Business & Human Rights
This class will examine the relationship between business and human rights and will include an introduction to the international human rights framework; the role of business entities as global actors and the identification of the legal challenges that business presents for the international legal system.
(Construction) Dispute Resolution
Issues covered include:
Sources & principals of Arbitration Law - international and domestic
Adjudication - an in-depth examination of case law and practice flowing from the 1996 Construction Act; alternative dispute resolution techniques; expert witness; enforcement & diligence and advocacy.
This module considers the law governing all forms of online commercial activity. It focuses on two areas of particular importance: electronic contracts and intermediary liability. The constraints on contracting in an online environment are central to most e-commerce activities and are therefore of great importance to the growth of e-commerce.
Global Environmental Law
You'll engage in the cutting-edge debate on global environmental law as an approach to understanding the interactions and mutual influences between international, EU, regional, national and sub-national law (including the customary laws of indigenous peoples and local communities and law-making by other non-state actors). This class also lends itself to explore the relevance of the comparative legal method for a variety of international and transnational environmental legal scholars and practitioners, by discussing the relevance, methods and challenges of comparative environmental law in a global perspective.
This module examines the legal, historical and social science perspectives on homicide. As well as legal-philosophical scrutiny of key issues in criminal law and procedure, technology and homicide, you'll also gain the latest evidence on homicide.
Human Rights Protection in the UK
The Human Rights Act 1998 is a major constitutional development in the UK. This class examines the on-going transformation in legal culture, the expansion in judicial power and the value of human rights litigation in achieving social change.
Intellectual Property Law
You'll be introduced to the general principles, theories and substantive laws that provide the framework for the international, European and national intellectual property systems for the protection of copyright, trademark and patent.
Cybercrime and Society (conducted fully online)
Cybercrime is a highly topical area within the broad theme of internet law and policy. The Cybercrime module is intended to enable students to learn about the laws and legal framework that address transnational cybercrime with a specific focus on internet content crimes such as illegal pornography as well as online contact offences. By studying the module, students should be able to develop a detailed understanding and knowledge of the relevant areas of cybercrimes and analyse the various social, legal, criminological and policy aspects and responses to cybercrime. The class will also examine the wider human rights implications of existing regulation and consider the various socio-legal discourses in this area.
You'll develop knowledge and skills in the use of mediation in employment disputes.
Telecommunications Law (conducted fully online)
This class familiarises you with telecommunications law in its national, European and international contexts. The course begins with an overview of the technical and historical development of telecommunications infrastructure, as well as expanding upon the principles of deregulation, market liberalisation and economic policy that led to the current market structure.
International Migration Law
International migration is a global phenomenon that raises multiple complex issues. This module examines the international legal framework governing international migration. Topics include protection of migrant workers, international refugee protection, the EU asylum policy, and internal displacement.
First- or upper second-class Honours degree, or overseas equivalent. We'll consider relevant professional experience and/or other relevant contextual information as appropriate.
Please note: a Law degree is not a prerequisite for entry to this course
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Pre-Masters preparation course
The Pre-Masters Programme is a preparation course held at the University of Strathclyde International Study Centre, for international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the academic entry requirements for a Masters degree at University of Strathclyde. The Pre-Masters programme provides progression to a number of degree options.
Upon successful completion, you will be able to progress to this degree course at the University of Strathclyde.
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Fees & funding
All fees quoted are for full-time courses and per academic year unless stated otherwise.
Please note: The fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.
How can I fund my course?
Scottish postgraduate students
Scottish postgraduate students may be able to apply for support from the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS). The support is in the form of a tuition fee loan and for eligible students, a living cost loan. Find out more about the support and how to apply.
Students coming from England
Students ordinarily resident in England may be to apply for postgraduate support from Student Finance England. The support is a loan of up to £10,280 which can be used for both tuition fees and living costs. Find out more about the support and how to apply.
Students coming from Wales
Students ordinarily resident in Wales may be to apply for postgraduate support from Student Finance Wales. The support is a loan of up to £10,280 which can be used for both tuition fees and living costs. Find out more about the support and how to apply.
Students coming from Northern Ireland
Postgraduate students who are ordinarily resident in Northern Ireland may be able to apply for support from Student Finance Northern Ireland. The support is a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500. Find out more about the support and how to apply.
We've a large range of scholarships available to help you fund your studies. Check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.
Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences Alumni Discount
Alumni from undergraduate programmes who graduated between 2014-2019 can receive 10% off the fee for full-time programmes.Find out more about our alumni discount
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Start Date: Sep 2021
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Mode of Attendance: part-time
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