Our Law and Society (Legal Research) LLM is an ideal preparation for a PhD. It will give you the knowledge, insights and analytical skills to proceed to a career in academia or the public, voluntary or private sectors.
The LLM can be taken as a standalone course before undertaking PhD study.
It also forms the initial training component for the four-year (LLM plus PhD) ESRC Northern Ireland/ North East (NINE) Doctoral Training Centre.
The course is ideal if you want to gain advanced research skills that will allow you to progress to PhD level study in the field of law and society. You will have an opportunity to study key legal topics relevant to law and society and choose from a range of optional modules suited to your specific interests.
You will study governance and policy in the national, European and international context. You will develop knowledge and expertise in:
- legal problem-solving
- qualitative and quantitative research methods
- the key principles in a variety of legal subjects
Modules are taught by our expert academic staff over the first and second semesters through a combination of:
- interactive lectures
All of our workshops and seminars are taught in small groups, where we encourage lively discussion and debate.
Assessment is through a variety of methods, including:
- written exams
- the dissertation.
We are committed to pursuing academic excellence and fostering an intellectually challenging and supportive environment in which our students can excel.
We regularly host conferences and seminars with internationally renowned guest speakers. We encourage you to attend these events as they cover a wide range of important legal, political, economic and social issues.
Our facilities include:
- a dedicated Law Library
- LLM study space with computer suite
- a student common room
- a large lecture theatre
- purpose-built mooting room
- wi-fi connectivity throughout the school.