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Master’s in Law (MLaw)

MLaw|Postgraduate Taught

Masters in Law

Entry year
2023
Entry requirements
2.1
Duration
4 years (Part Time)
2 years (Full Time)
Places available
5 (Part Time)
35 (Full Time)

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 have strong industry links.Law was ranked Top 10 in the UK for graduate prospects (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022)

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. Our Physical Education Centre was used as a training camp for the 2012 Olympics. Our Queen's Elms Student Village and city centre student accommodation (built 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 19th in the world for global outlook. Research in Law was ranked 8th in the UK in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (2021).

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. 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 9th in the UK for university facilities

Course Structure

Students may enrol on a full-time (2 year) or part-time (4 years) basis.

The Masters is awarded to students who successfully complete all taught modules (240 CATS points) and a research dissertation (60 CATS points).

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
Administrative Law
Criminal Law
European Constitutional Law
European Internal Market Law
Legal Methods and Skills


Year 2 Modules

Company Law and Corporate Governance
Contract Law
Equity
Evidence
Land Law
Torts

Dissertation
"The MLaw at Queens has given me the opportunity to
critically engage with the law in a way that is both
practical and theoretical. One of the highlights of the
programme is being taught by legal scholars and
practitioners at the top their field. The programme gives
you the chance to debate serious legal issues in a way
that is both engaging and educational through moots and
in-class debates. But University isn't just about the
course you study, its about the people you meet and the
MLaw programme has given me the chance to meet and
become friends with people from a multitude of
different backgrounds such as teaching, pharmacy,
business and politics, now searching for a legal career."
Robert Murtagh

People teaching you

MLaw Programme Co-ordinator


Email : l.rhodes@qub.ac.uk

Contact Teaching Hours

Small Group Teaching/Personal Tutorial
6 (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 high quality of teaching, primarily delivered through group 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)

15,000 word Dissertation

Modules

The information below is intended as an example only, featuring module details for the current year of study. Modules are reviewed on an annual basis and may be subject to future changes – revised details will be published through Programme Specifications ahead of each academic year.

  • Year 1

    Core Modules

    Criminal Law (MLaw) (20 credits)
    Evidence (MLaw) (20 credits)
    Land Law (MLaw) (20 credits)
    Contract Law (MLaw) (20 credits)
    Torts (MLaw) (20 credits)
    Equity (MLaw) (20 credits)

    Optional Modules

Entrance requirements

Graduate
Normally a 2.1 Honours degree 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 Master's degree (or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University) OR hold 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 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.

Applicants are advised to apply as early as possible and ideally no later than 11th August 2023 for courses which commence in late September. In the event that any programme receives a high number of applications, the University reserves the right to close the application portal. Notifications to this effect will appear on the Direct Application Portal against the programme application page.

Please note: international applicants will be required to pay a deposit to secure a place on this course.

International Students

Our country/region pages include information on entry requirements, tuition fees, scholarships, student profiles, upcoming events and contacts for your country/region. Use the dropdown list below for specific information for your country/region.

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)

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.

Additional Awards Gained(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)

Prizes and Awards(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)

Graduate plus award for extra-curricular skills

In addition to your degree programme, at Queen's you can have the opportunity to gain wider life, academic and employability skills. For example, placements, voluntary work, clubs, societies, sports and lots more. So not only do you graduate with a degree recognised from a world leading university, you'll have practical national and international experience plus a wider exposure to life overall. We call this Graduate Plus. It's what makes studying at Queen's University Belfast special.

Tuition Fees

Northern Ireland (NI) 1 £8,480
Republic of Ireland (ROI) 2 £8,480
England, Scotland or Wales (GB) 1 £9,860
EU Other 3 £20,800
International £20,800

Masters in Law 

1 EU citizens in the EU Settlement Scheme, with settled status, will be charged the NI or GB tuition fee based on where they are ordinarily resident. Students who are ROI nationals resident in GB will be charged the GB fee.

2 EU students who are ROI nationals resident in ROI are eligible for NI tuition fees.

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

All tuition fees quoted are for the academic year 2023-24, 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

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 www.qub.ac.uk/International/International-students/International-scholarships.

How to Apply

Apply using our online Postgraduate Applications Portal and follow the step-by-step instructions on how to apply.

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When to Apply

The deadline for applications is normally 30th June 2021. In the event that any programme receives a high volume of applications, the university reserves the right to close the application portal earlier than 30th June deadline. Notifications to this effect will appear on the Direct Entry Portal (DAP) against the programme application page.

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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