University of Central Lancashire

Master of Laws (LLM) (Top-Up)

At A Glance

Course Title

Master of Laws in Law

Course Level

Master’s Degree

Course Credits

60 Credits

Study Method

Distance Learning

Start Date

September / January

Course Duration

9 months

Awarded By

University of Central Lancashire
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Course Description

Law is a fast-changing and increasingly complex area impacting on most aspects of professional, commercial and regulatory work. You also don’t need a legal background to study our (LLM) Master of Laws Top-Up.

Designed for professionals seeking to expand their knowledge and advance their career, this programme is delivered through distance learning, allowing you to balance your studies with your work and personal commitments.

Over the course of nine months, you’ll critically evaluate areas of law and the way they operate in the domestic, European, and international context. Through your dissertation, you’ll develop critical analytical and research skills that will serve you well in any legal setting.

UCLan’s extensive e-law library facility gives you access to many legal and academic sources from within and outside the jurisdiction, providing you with the resources you need to succeed in your studies. Additionally, you’ll have the opportunity to enhance your employability skills by gaining additional qualifications in the areas of alternative dispute resolution, specifically international arbitration and mediation.

Graduates of the Master of Laws programme have gained or developed careers in legal private practice, public body legal services, and in corporate and commercial fields. Whether you’re looking to enhance your current legal career or transition to a new area of law, the University of Central Lancashire’s LLM Top-Up degree can help you achieve your goals.

With a graduation ceremony held on campus grounds, you’ll have the opportunity to celebrate your achievements with your peers, professors, and family members. Don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity to take your legal career to the next level. Apply for the University of Central Lancashire’s LLM Top-Up degree today.

Course Content

Module Overview:

The Law Dissertation module is a compulsory module of the Master of Laws program at the University of Central Lancashire. This module provides an opportunity for you to conduct an in-depth research project and demonstrate your understanding and mastery of the subject area.

You will be required to select a topic related to law and conduct extensive research on it. The module is designed to enable you to develop advanced skills in legal research, critical analysis, and independent thinking. You will be guided through the research process and will have the opportunity to work closely with your academic supervisor who will provide support, feedback, and guidance throughout the process.

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this module, you will have:

  1. Demonstrated an advanced understanding of your chosen area of law.
  2. Developed advanced legal research skills, including identifying and evaluating sources, critically analyzing information, and synthesizing ideas.
  3. Produced a comprehensive and coherent dissertation that contributes to the academic debate in the field of law.
  4. Demonstrated an ability to work independently and manage a research project from start to finish.


The Law Dissertation module is assessed entirely on the basis of the dissertation. The dissertation should be 15,000 words in length and should demonstrate your ability to undertake independent research and to critically analyze and evaluate the relevant legal issues.

The dissertation will be assessed by two independent markers who will consider the quality and originality of the research, the coherence and clarity of the argument, the accuracy and consistency of the referencing, and the overall presentation of the dissertation.

Study Method

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) offers a range of distance learning options for students who require the flexibility to study remotely. These options include online courses, blended learning, and supported distance learning.

UCLan’s distance learning courses are designed to provide students with the same high-quality education as on-campus courses, with access to resources such as video lectures, online discussion forums, and interactive assessments. The university also provides a range of support services for distance learning students, including academic support, technical support, and access to the university’s library and online resources.

Overall, UCLan’s distance learning options provide students with the flexibility to study at their own pace and on their own schedule, while still receiving the same level of support and education as on-campus students. Whether students are looking to pursue a degree or enhance their professional development, UCLan’s distance learning options offer a convenient and accessible way to achieve their goals.

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The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is a public research university located in Preston, Lancashire, England. It was founded in 1828 and has since established itself as a leading educational institution, providing students with exceptional learning experiences and a supportive community. With over 190 years of academic excellence, UCLan has grown to become one of the largest universities in the UK, serving over 30,000 students from around the world.

Rankings and awards:

  • Ranked in the top 3.3% of universities worldwide by the Center for World University Rankings
  • Named one of the top 10 universities in the UK for student support by the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey
  • Winner of the University of the Year award at the 2020 Educate North Awards
  • Named Best International University at the 2020 WhatUni Student Choice Awards
  • Recognized as a Centre for Excellence in Cyber Security Research by the UK Government’s National Cyber Security Centre
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UCLan is committed to providing flexible and accessible education, with a range of distance learning facilities available. Students can choose to study online or through a blended learning approach, allowing them to fit their studies around their work and personal commitments. The university’s online platform provides access to a range of resources, including video lectures, online discussion forums, and interactive assessments, ensuring that students receive the same high-quality education as their on-campus peers. Overall, studying at UCLan offers students the opportunity to receive a world-class education, access to top-ranked programs and support services, and a flexible and accessible learning environment.


Upon completing the Master of Laws (LLM) (Top-Up), you will be able to progress directly into:

Course Fees

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Entry Requirements

  • Qualifi Level 7 Diploma in International Business Law.
  • Applicants without a Level 7 Diploma but holding significant managerial experience will be provided an alternative accelerated pathway on a case-by-case basis.
  • Applicants who wish to complete a Postgraduate Diploma to gain entry to the LLM Top-Up can do so here: Qualifi Level 7 Diploma in International Business Law

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