Are you a graduate looking to build a career in law? The University of Bolton’s Master’s degree in Law is designed to offer a highly regarded and flexible route to acquire postgraduate-level specialist legal knowledge.


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1 year


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Course Details

If you’re looking to become a solicitor or barrister, you’ll need a recognised law qualification. The full-time LLM in Law offered by the University of Bolton’s School of Law is suitable for law graduates, non-law graduates, and practicing lawyers.

Our challenging but supportive environment gives you the chance to acquire postgraduate legal skills from a team of tutors with specialist knowledge and close links to the legal profession.

You’ll have the opportunity to explore the law’s key themes and focus your studies on areas of personal and professional interest, ranging from corporate and finance law through to employment law, intellectual property law, European law, international law, and medical law.

The programme is designed to provide intellectually-stimulated course content underpinned by internationally recognised research. By the end of the course, you will have had the opportunity to develop key transferable skills that are in demand in both legal and non-legal careers worldwide.

  • This professionally-focused programme is designed to provide advanced knowledge and skills directly relevant to international and corporate law sectors.
  • You’ll benefit from the opportunity to critically analyse and understand the complexities arising in your chosen specialist field.
  • You’ll have the chance to develop originality in the application of your knowledge, along with a practical understanding of how established research and enquiry techniques can be used to best effect.
  • Students are given the chance to develop strength in data collection, critical data analysis, creative thinking, formulating, and solving complex legal problems.
  • By developing your interpersonal skills to interact effectively with a range of specialists, you could also enhance your professional prospects.
Key Features
  • Establish your knowledge and understanding of the doctrines and principles which underpin the law of England and Wales.
  • Learn about the sources of the law, how it is made and developed, the institutions that administer it, and the personnel who practice it.
  • Enjoy the opportunity to explore a wide range of legal concepts, values, principles and rules of English law.
  • Benefit from the chance to learn how to explain the relationship between legal concepts, values, principles and rules in several areas.
  • Practice your skills in the university’s dedicated new court room, a cutting-edge learning environment – and an excellent venue for guest speakers.

  • You should have at least a Lower Second Class Honours degree (2:2) in any subject (or a comparable qualification from a UK or overseas institution).
  • If you offer other qualifications or appropriate experience, we’ll be happy to consider your application, though we may ask you for further supporting information in addition to the completed application form.
  • We'll also consider applications where appropriate work experience can be demonstrated in lieu of, or in addition to, the published academic qualifications in line with the University’s Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL) procedures.
  • You may be required to attend an interview and/or provide a portfolio of work.
  • If English isn’t your first language, you’ll also need IELTS 7.0 with normally no less than 6.5 in any band (or equivalent). We also accept a range of other English language qualifications – please visit our English Language Requirements web page for more details.

Where changes are made to material information contained in this course description or a decision is taken to suspend a course between the offer of admissions and enrolment, we will inform applicants at the earliest possible opportunity and will outline the various options available to the applicant.

The LLM is an advanced academic degree that allows you to explore a selection of legal issues in more depth. It can assist you in developing the associated research and reasoning skills that employers highly value. It's open to both law and non-law graduates.

Upon successfully completing this course, you'll be able to demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems and be confident in planning and implementing your projects. Your greater understanding of specific legal disciplines will support you in demonstrating the strategic planning and thinking skills needed in today's global economy.

By studying this course, you can also develop a range of transferable skills such as legal research and writing, analysis, critical evaluation and logical thinking, teamwork, leadership, and written and verbal communication.

What can I do with this qualification?

The LLM is not a direct route to qualification, and you’ll still need to complete the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) (for non-law graduates) or Legal Practice Course (LPC). Still, there is an increasing demand in the wider public and private sectors for professionals who possess an advanced understanding of specialist legal areas. For instance, HR professionals will benefit from a strong knowledge of current employment law in the UK and abroad. Many in the medical profession will find an advanced understanding of medical law essential to their success. Aspiring business leaders and financial experts will also find the knowledge of corporate, financial and trade law invaluable during their careers.

This qualification can help you enter the Legal Practice Course (LPC) if you wish to become a solicitor and The Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) if you wish to become a barrister. An LLM can also be a stepping stone to a PhD.

Alternative career options

Graduates can use this qualification as a stepping-stone into a range of other careers. For some of these roles, relevant experience and/or postgraduate study may be required. They include:

  • Insurance
  • IT
  • Teaching and education
  • Immigration
  • Police services
  • Trading standards
  • Investment banking
  • Tax advice/inspection
  • International aid/development
  • Human resources
  • Health and safety
  • Probation/social work
  • Accountancy
  • Political research
  • Charity and advice work
  • Recruitment

Course fees
Home Fees Year of study Total
Entry year2021/222022/23
International Year of study Total
Entry year2021/222022/23

Important note regarding tuition fees for the 2021-2022 academic year: EU nationals who meet residency requirements (have settled or pre-settled status) may be eligible for ‘Home’ fee status. If you do not meet these residency requirements, overseas fees will apply. Irish citizens living in the UK or Ireland will be eligible for ‘Home’ fee status under the Common Travel Area arrangement. Please read the student finance eligibility 2021-2022 policy on www.gov.uk for information.

The fees for a student’s course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.


Click here for more information on our 2020 Master's Bursaries.

For details of how to apply for this course, please choose your status from the options below:

You may apply directly to the University using the University's online application form. Please select your chosen start date from the list below:

You should have to hand:

  • Details of the educational establishments you attended and dates

  • Your certificates for the qualifications you are using to gain entry to the course – you will need to enter the completion date and upload copies

  • Details of any employment history including name, address, dates and role

  • Personal statement – this can be either input into the relevant field or uploaded separately

  • Details including e-mail addresses of two referees, at least one of which should be someone who can provide an academic reference

Please make sure any documents you wish to upload in support of your application are in pdf or jpeg format. Personal statements may be word documents.

Please ensure your data is correct at each stage of the application before you proceed to the next page. If you use the back button at any time during the application, you should check the validity of the data you have already input.

If you experience difficulties during the application process, contact the Admissions Team on 01204 903394 or admissions@bolton.ac.uk

The University welcomes applications from international students from all over the world. We try to make the application process as simple and as fast as possible for our international applicants.

How you apply is determined by your current location and what you are choosing to study:

  1. Apply direct to the University. Links for the next available intakes of this course are shown below. Please click the link which will direct you to the online application form. Please read the user guidance before completing this.
  2. Apply via one of our approved in-country referral partners. A list of our partners may be found on the International pages of this website.
  3. Apply via UCAS for courses starting in September only – visit www.ucas.com.

Should you have any queries please contact the International Team on +44 (0) 1204 903110 or email international@bolton.ac.uk

To help you acquire and develop the appropriate skills, concepts and knowledge needed to succeed in the LLM for Law, our course uses a variety of teaching and learning methods.

You will have the chance to participate in formally-timetabled classes with tutors, but a significant amount of personal study will also be needed. This personal study time will include reading, preparing for seminar activities, working on assignments, or revising for exams.

During your studies, your most common forms of learning will include lectures (involving the dissemination of theoretical and empirical information by a lecturer), seminars (grouped activities to discuss further reading, case studies, or problem-solving exercise), workshops, tutorials, and informal group study sessions.

You’ll be assessed through a range of methods. These include essays, reports, presentations, and exams or in-class assessments.

If your first degree is not in law or your first language is not English, we strongly encourage you to take International Business Law as your first option. This module will provide you with an overview/foundation of understanding of the principles of legal systems.


The modules listed below may be a mixture of compulsory and optional. You may not have the opportunity to study all the modules shown as part of the course.

  • Research Methods
  • Corporate Governance
  • Trade Mark Law and Policy
  • Individual Employment Law
  • International Business Law
  • Financial and Economic Crime
  • Public International Law
  • Medical Negligence
  • Dissertation
Assessment methods
LevelAssesment method
Level oneCoursework 77%, Practical exams 5%, Written exams 18%
Learning activities
LevelLearning activity
Level oneGuided independent study 88%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 12%


The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. The university considers changes to courses very carefully and the university will minimise any changes. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis and changes may be necessary due to legitimate staffing, financial, regulatory and academic reasons. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up-to-date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason, we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.

The academic staff detailed above teach across a range of courses in this subject area and may not teach on this course specifically.

Programme Contacts

Beverley Caddick
Programme Leader


+44 (0)1204 903976

Zaman Kala
Admissions Tutor


+44 (0)1204 903673

Enquiry Team
University of Bolton


+44 (0)1204 903903

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