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Master’s in Law (MLaw)

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Masters in Law

Entry year
2021
Entry requirements
2.1
Duration
2 years (Full Time)
4 years (Part Time)
Places available
- (Full Time)
- (Part Time)
  • Overview

    The Masters in Law (MLaw) is an accelerated two-year,
    full-time (or four-year part-time) 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 law degree for practice in
    Northern Ireland, England and Wales. Students hoping
    to practise in another jurisdiction should contact that
    jurisdiction's regulatory body.

    Masters in Law highlights

    Career Development

    • We are dedicated to student employability and our strong industry links mean over 94% of Queen's postgraduates are in employment or further study six months after graduation.

    World Class Facilities

    • Our facilities at Queen's include a state-of-art Law building with superb teaching facilities, a moot court and study spaces. Queen's has one of the most modern campuses in the UK, including the award winning McClay Library, one of the finest libraries in the world and home to 1.2 million volumes and over 2,000 reader places. Queen's was ranked 1st worldwide for satisfaction with library service (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020) Our Physical Education Centre was used as a training camp for the 2012 Olympics. Our Queen's Elms Student Village and newly built city centre student accommodation in 2018 are located within easy walking distance of the University.

    Internationally Renowned Experts

    • Law at Queen's is taught by world-leading experts in the area of Law. Our staff have close research links with the professions, government and Civil Society. Law at Queen's is in the top 150 Law Schools worldwide and we are ranked 22nd in the world for global outlook. Research in Law was ranked 15th in the UK in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (2014). Over 95% of Research Activity in the School was judged to be of international quality and above.

    Student Experience

    • At Queen's you will be part of a thriving postgraduate culture built on teaching excellence, leading-edge research, innovation, collaboration and engagement. These components are woven together in our Graduate School, (ranked third worldwide). It is here you will develop new skills and increased personal effectiveness that will enable you to stand out in the crowded and increasingly competitive global job market. Life at Queen's is not just about the degree. We offer our students the opportunity to really enrich their studies. Whether you're into student societies, sports, music, dance, or just a coffee with your friends, Queen's has exceptional facilities to cater for all interests. Queen' s was ranked 2nd worldwide for satisfaction with social facilities

    Brexit Advice

    Information on the implications of Brexit for prospective students.

  • Course content

    Course Structure

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    Compulsory ModulesThe 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:

    Year 1 Modules

    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)

    Year 2 Modules

    Company Law and Governance
    Contract Law
    Equity
    Evidence
    Land Law
    Torts

    People teaching you

    Dr Louise Rhodes
    MLaw Programme Co-ordinator


    Email : l.rhodes@qub.ac.uk

    Contact Teaching Hours

    Small Group Teaching/Personal Tutorial
    8 (hours maximum)
    In addition to teaching contact time, each student needs to be able to set aside 30-36 hours per week (around 10-12 hours for each of the three modules studied every semester) to do the essential reading, seminar preparation etc

    Career Prospects

    Introduction
    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.

    Learning and Teaching

    The degree offers the highest quality of teaching, primarily delivered through 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 two years.

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    Assessment

    Assessments associated with the course are outlined below:

    Primarily assessed by coursework (eg: assignments, take-home exams, MCQs and
    presentations)

    15-20,000 word Dissertation

  • Entry Requirements

    Entrance requirements

    Graduate
    Normally a 2.1 Honours degree or above or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University in Law, Social Sciences, Humanities or a cognate discipline.

    Exemption from these requirements may be considered for those applicants who hold a Master's degree (or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University) OR for those applicants with a 2.2 Honours degree (or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University) along with a minimum of 2 years relevant experience.

    Admission under the Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL) may be considered for this course. The University's Recognition of Prior Learning Policy provides guidance on the assessment of experiential learning (RPEL). Please visit http://go.qub.ac.uk/RPLpolicy for more information.

    International Students

    For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.

    English Language Requirements

    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.

    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.

    For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see: www.qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs.

    If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.

    • Academic English: 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.

    INTO - English Language Course(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)

  • Fees and Funding

    Tuition Fees

    Northern Ireland (NI) 1 £7,950
    Republic of Ireland (ROI) 2 £7,950
    England, Scotland or Wales (GB) 1 £8,750
    EU Other 3 £19,200
    International £19,200

    Masters in Law 

    1 EU citizens in the EU Settlement Scheme, with settled or pre-settled status, are expected to be charged the NI or GB tuition fee based on where they are ordinarily resident, however this is provisional and subject to the publication of the Northern Ireland Assembly Student Fees Regulations. Students who are ROI nationals resident in GB are expected to be charged the GB fee, however this is provisional and subject to the publication of the Northern Ireland Assembly student fees Regulations.

    2 It is expected that EU students who are ROI nationals resident in ROI will be eligible for NI tuition fees, in line with the Common Travel Agreement arrangements. The tuition fee set out above is provisional and subject to the publication of the Northern Ireland Assembly student fees Regulations.

    3 EU Other students (excludes Republic of Ireland nationals living in GB, NI or ROI) are charged tuition fees in line with international fees.

    For further information please refer to www.qub.ac.uk/brexit-advice/information-for-students.

    All tuition fees quoted are for the academic year 2021-22, and relate to a single year of study unless stated otherwise. Tuition fees will be subject to an annual inflationary increase, unless explicitly stated otherwise.

    More information on postgraduate tuition fees.

    Additional course costs

    All Students

    Depending on the programme of study, there may be extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies.

    Students can borrow books and access online learning resources from any Queen's library. If students wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow them from the University Library, prices per text can range from £30 to £100. Students should also budget between £30 to £75 per year for photocopying, memory sticks and printing charges.

    Students undertaking a period of work placement or study abroad, as either a compulsory or optional part of their programme, should be aware that they will have to fund additional travel and living costs.

    If a programme includes a major project or dissertation, there may be costs associated with transport, accommodation and/or materials. The amount will depend on the project chosen. There may also be additional costs for printing and binding.

    Students may wish to consider purchasing an electronic device; costs will vary depending on the specification of the model chosen.

    There are also additional charges for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines.

    Masters in Law costs

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    How do I fund my study?

    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 £10,609 for taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. Criteria, eligibility, repayment and application information are available on the UK government website.

    More information on funding options and financial assistance.

    International Scholarships

    Information on scholarships for international students, is available at http://www.qub.ac.uk/International/International-students/International-scholarships/.

  • Apply

    How to Apply

    Apply using our online Postgraduate Applications Portal go.qub.ac.uk/pgapply and follow the step-by-step instructions on how to apply.

    Apply now

    Terms and Conditions

    The terms and conditions that apply when you accept an offer of a place at the University on a taught programme of study.
    Queen's University Belfast Terms and Conditions.


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