Birkbeck, University of London

Course Introduction

This programme reflects the traditional neglect of constitutionalist approaches to politics in Britain ' something which is now changing fast. As the utopia of the ‘end of history’ falters, the rhetoric of security and risk, of crisis in the relation between financial markets and sovereign states, of perpetual war, and of corruption in politics brings about a relentless desire for law and constitutional reform. These expectations, however, are often at odds with the way contemporary social and political theories, and a growing number of constitutional law specialists, conceptualise the sphere of the political. The focus is on 2 related but distinct processes: the crisis of law and the shift towards exceptional modes of state power; and the demand that law mitigates manifold crises. Questions are raised about law as solution, about its role in the violent imposition of liberal social and market relations, and whether or not we may be able to imagine a different sort of crisis, a different relation between law and the future.

Course Modules

You take 2 compulsory modules.

You also choose 4 option modules, 1 of which may be a specialist dissertation.

Compulsory modules:

Constitutional Law in Practice: Regional Perspectives;

Introduction to the History, Theory and Politics of Constitutional Law .

Option modules:

Crime and Control;

Futures: The Globalization of Human Rights;

Human Rights in Britain;

International Rights of Minorities;

Social Justice;

Southern Perspectives on Constitutional and Political Transformation .

Please note: not all option modules will be available every year.

Start Date:


Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
LLM £10,725 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
LLM £16,400 Overseas Fees
2 years
Part Time
LLM £5,375 Home Fees
2 years
Part Time
LLM £8,200 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Good second-class honours degree in law or a related discipline.
  • Degrees from overseas institutions must be equivalent to a UK second-class degree.
  • Other relevant qualifications and appropriate professional training and experience welcome.