Key Programme Information
Programme length *
Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
* 2 years full-time.
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The Masters in Law (MLaw) is an accelerated, fast-track, two-year, full-time, senior status postgraduate degree in law. It is designed for graduates in a discipline other than Law who wish to obtain a Law degree for professional practice for England & Wales and Northern Ireland or in aid of other career goals.
The MLaw is recognised by the Law Society and the Bar Council as a qualifying senior status Law degree for practice in Northern Ireland, England and Wales. Students hoping to practise in another jurisdiction should contact that jurisdiction's regulatory body.
The MLaw is offered on a modular basis. To complete the degree a total of 300 CATS points must be obtained. Twelve modules (20 CATS each) must be taken and a dissertation (60 CATS) must be completed. The structure is as follows:
- Constitutional Law in Context
- Criminal Law
- European Constitutional Law
- European Internal Market Law
- Legal Methods and Skills
- Rights and Accountability
Dissertation (commenced over the summer between Years 1 and 2 and submitted at end of Year 2)
- Contemporary Issues in Property Law
- Contract Law
- Land Law
Assessment & Feedback
Modules are assessed by coursework assignments. In addition, students must also complete a 15,000-20,000 word dissertation, supervised by a member of academic staff with a research interest in the chosen topic.
Learning and Teaching
The degree offers the highest quality of teaching, delivered through intensive small-group weekly seminars and the specially devised curriculum builds on the fact that students have already benefited from a university level education by enabling them to acquire a qualifying law degree in 2 years
Normally a 2.1 Honours degree (65% or above) or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University in a discipline other than Law. Exemption from these requirements may be considered for those applicants who:
- Hold a Masters degree (or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University) OR
- Hold a 2.1 Honours degree (below 65%) or a 2.2 Honours degree in a discipline other than Law (or equivalent qualifications acceptable to the University) together with 2 years' relevant professional experience Admission under the Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL) may be considered for this course.
Please visit http://go.qub.ac.uk/RPLpolicy for the University's Recognition of Prior Learning Policy and information on application procedures.
For information on international qualification equivalents please select Your Country from the list on our International Students website.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes. Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required. *Taken within the last 2 years.
For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see: qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs
If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this programme, our partner INTO Queen's University Belfastoffers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability to entry to this programme.
Please click the links below for more information:
- English for University Study - an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level
- Pre-sessional English - a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English
How To Apply
Applicants for Postgraduate programmes are strongly advised to carefully read the important information and follow the steps set out here before submitting their application via the Postgraduate Direct Applications Portal.
If you have queries on course content please contact the school representative below.
Dr Clare Dwyer
School of Law
Tel: 9097 5122
Queen’s University Belfast Terms and Conditions 2017 Entry
The terms and conditions that apply when you accept an offer of a place at the University on a taught programme of study.
This Masters programme is designed for UK non-law graduates, and for law and non-law graduates from other countries who wish to acquire a thorough grounding in Law. It is particularly attractive for those who wish to enter the legal profession, for whom it is an alternative to a graduate level CPE/GDL programme. By spreading study over two years of intensive postgraduate-level work, students gain a greater depth of understanding than is possible in one-year CPE programmes.
Queen's postgraduates reap exceptional benefits. Unique initiatives, such as Degree Plus and Researcher Plus bolster our commitment to employability, while innovative leadership and executive programmes alongside sterling integration with business experts helps our students gain key leadership positions both nationally and internationally.
Fees & Funding
There is a range of funding and scholarship options available to those considering study at Queen's.
For tuition fee information see www.qub.ac.uk/Study/PostgraduateStudy/TuitionFees/
From the academic year 2017/18, the Department for the Economy will provide a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500 per NI / EU student for postgraduate study. Tuition fee loan information.
A postgraduate loans system in the UK offers government-backed student loans of up to £10,280 for taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. Criteria, eligibility, repayment and application information are available on the UK government website.
For fees, funding and further information see: go.qub.ac.uk/pgstudy
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