LLM Research

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UKPASS Code:P046899
Course Length:1-2 Years Full-Time
Start Dates:September 2016
Department:Department of Law and Criminology
Location:Edge Hill University
  • Develop in-depth knowledge of a chosen area of law and produce a substantive piece of legal research;
  • Cultivate the writing, analytical and research skills necessary to engage in research at Masters level;
  • Become part of a vibrant research community and receive support and supervision from research-active experts in law.

The LLM Research is a highly flexible Masters degree that involves writing a 30,000 word dissertation in an area of law of your choosing (subject to the supervisory expertise being available). You will be supported in cultivating the writing, analytical and legal skills necessary to engage in research at Masters level and be furnished with an appropriate understanding of research methods and methodologies. If you wish to develop specialist and in-depth knowledge of a chosen area of law, then this LLM Research is for you. Successful completion of the programme will demonstrate your ability to work independently at an advanced level and provide invaluable training and experience should you wish to progress onto a higher research degree such as an MPhil or PhD.

Department of Law and Criminology

Course in Depth

What will I study?

The modules studied will introduce you to different research methods and methodologies and instil an appreciation of ethical considerations. In addition, you will be supervised through the various stages of planning, writing and completing a dissertation.

How will I study?

The programme is largely research based and as such will mostly be delivered via one-to-one meetings with your supervisor, arranged at mutually convenient times. You will, however, be taught research methods in a classroom setting via lectures and small group work.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed in three stages on this programme. Firstly, you will be required to write an essay examining the methodological options and methods which you might use to pursue your research. You will then be required to write a full research proposal detailing your research aims and a full literature review. Finally, your dissertation itself will be assessed and you will be required to field questions during an oral examination.

Who will be teaching me?

Supervision on the programme will be provided by experienced, research-active academics with recognised expertise in their fields.

You will become a member of a department that prides itself on being home to a vibrant research community and provided with various opportunities to engage with a number of speakers, both internal and external to the University.

A Great Study Environment

Law and Criminology Mooting RoomThe stunning £8m Business and Law building provides state-of-the-art teaching and learning facilities for students in the Department of Law and Criminology and Business School.

The three-storey building includes a dedicated law and criminology library and a 100-seat lecture theatre. A roof garden and atrium are other attractive features along with modern seminar and meeting rooms and social learning areas which encourage a more informal and interactive style of learning. Elsewhere on campus, there is a mooting room (a mock courtroom) in which students can train and practice their mooting skills.

You are encouraged to join the student-led Edge Hill University Law and Criminology Society which offers a range of activities to enhance your professional development, from mooting workshops to educational visits, mentoring opportunities, a debating society and monthly social events.


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LAW4002 Dissertation Proposal (40 credits)

Dissertation Proposal will be delivered via one-to-one supervision. You will receive research guidance including advice on research design, appropriate content, level of engagement, research methods and methodologies, ethical considerations and how to compile a literature review.

LAW4003 Dissertation (120 credits)

Dissertation entails an in-depth, critical examination of an area of law of your choosing (subject to the supervisory expertise being available). You will plan, undertake and complete a critically engaged, coherent, substantial and advanced piece of research.

LLM4005 Advanced Legal Research (20 credits)

Advanced Legal Research consists of a number of taught classes to acquaint you with the research skills, methods and methodologies appropriate for research at Masters level. The module will also provide you with a suitable awareness of research ethics and ethical considerations.


Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information, however our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.

Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

Entry Criteria

Entry Requirements

To join this programme, you should have a first or second class honours degree. The course is open to graduates of all disciplines but will particularly appeal to those whose first degree is law or has substantial law content.

A sufficient command of the English language is required to complete the programme satisfactorily and to prepare and defend your thesis. Applicants whose first language is not English, or who originate from countries whose national language is not English, are required to demonstrate English language proficiency to a minimum standard of IELTS 7.0 or equivalent.

You will need to submit an outline research proposal of up to 1,000 words. This will be used to assess whether your proposed project is viable for research at LLM level and whether the Department of Law and Criminology has the necessary expertise to supervise the project.

An interview is normally required as part of the selection process to ensure you have the necessary qualities to undertake and complete the proposed project.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Edge Hill University recognises learning gained elsewhere, whether through academic credit and qualifications acquired from other relevant courses of study or through recognition of an individual’s professional and employment experience (also referred to as ‘experiential learning’).

Previous learning that is recognised in this way may be used towards meeting the entry requirements for a programme and/or for exemption from part of a programme. It is your responsibility to make a claim for recognition of prior learning. For guidance, please consult the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning Policy and contact the faculty in which you are interested in studying.

Career Prospects

What are my career prospects?

You will acquire an in-depth knowledge of a chosen area of law and develop a range of skills highly valued by employers. These will include the ability to work independently and manage your work; the ability to produce a substantial, intellectually coherent and critical piece of work; and high standards of both written and oral communication.

The course will therefore be appropriate for those wishing to specialise as a practicing lawyer or barrister in a particular area of law or those who wish to pursue a career as an academic or researcher.


Tuition Fees

Tuition fees for full-time study on this LLM are £4,680 for UK and EU students and £12,250 for international students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2016/17.

Financial Support

For comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK and EU students joining postgraduate courses at Edge Hill University in academic year 2016/17, together with details of how to apply for potential funding, please view our Money Matters 2016/17 guide at www.edgehill.ac.uk/postgradfinance2016.

The financial support available to eligible UK and EU students joining this programme in academic year 2016/17 includes Postgraduate Loans worth up to £10,000 for full-time study.

Financial support information for international students can be found at www.edgehill.ac.uk/international/fees.


How to Apply

Apply online at www.ukpass.ac.uk.

Visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/applyukpass for more information on the application process.

Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to our students. These are available at www.edgehill.ac.uk/studentterms.

Visit Us

If you are considering applying to study at Edge Hill University, the best way to gain an insight into student life is to discover our stunning campus for yourself by attending an open day. You can view dates and book your place at www.edgehill.ac.uk/postgradopendays.

Alternatively, if you are unable to attend an open day, you can find out more about all of our events for prospective postgraduate students, including monthly campus tours, at www.edgehill.ac.uk/postgradevents.

Request a Prospectus

If you would like to explore our full range of taught Masters degrees, Masters by Research degrees and MBA awards before you apply, you can order a postgraduate prospectus at www.edgehill.ac.uk/postgradprospectus.

Get in Touch

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International students should visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/international or email international@edgehill.ac.uk with any queries about overseas study.

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Course Changes

This page outlines any material changes to course content, programme structure, assessment methods, entry criteria, and modes of study or delivery, implemented since 1st September 2015.

No material changes have been made to the information for this course since 1st September 2015. Any future amends will be tracked here.