The Masters in Law (MLaw) is an accelerated two-year, full-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.
Masters in Law highlights
- 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.
Course Details 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: Year 1 Modules Constitutional Law in Context
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 Contemporary Issues in Property Law
People teaching you
School of Law
Contact Teaching Hours
30 (hours maximum)
In addition to teaching contact time, each students needs to be able to set aside 30-36 hours per week (around 10-12 hours for each of the three module studied every semester) to do the essential reading, seminar preparation etc.
Small Group Teaching/Personal Tutorial
6 (hours maximum)
Typically students will have 2 hours per week for each module, amounting to 6 hours per week. Variations may occur.
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.
Assessments associated with the course are outlined below:
Primarily assessed by coursework (eg: assignments, take-home exams, MCQs and presentations)
15,000-20,000 word dissertation
Normally a 2.1 Honours degree (63% 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 Master's degree (or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University)
• Hold a 2.1 Honours degree (below 63%) 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. 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.
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
Northern Ireland (NI) £7,640 England, Scotland or Wales (GB) £8,400 Other (non-UK) EU £7,640 International £16,900
Masters in Law
All tuition fees quoted are for the academic year 2020-21 and relate to one year of study only. Tuition fees will be subject to an annual inflationary increase, unless explicitly stated otherwise.
Additional course costs
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
There are no specific additional course costs associated with this programme.
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.
Information on scholarships for international students, is available at http://www.qub.ac.uk/International/International-students/International-scholarships/.
How to Apply
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.
Fees and Funding