Queen Mary University of London

Course Introduction

The art world is a vastly complex place. The legal rules that affect the buying, selling and dealing in works of art and cultural objects derive from numerous branches of law: from sale, gift, contract and property law to tax, crime and competition law. This programme is designed to give students an indepth understanding of the workings of the law when it comes to dealings in the art world, as well as the application of the law in everyday practice.

You will acquire the ability to critically assess and comment upon the issues relevant to art law from an international and transnational perspective as well as the ability to conduct advanced research in the area. Students will develop a range of skills, both analytical and research'based, that will enable them to engage in professional activity in this field, whether it be in relation to museums and galleries or art dealers and collectors.

Course Modules

Please refer to our website for modules related to this programme.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
2 years
Part Time

Qualifications required:

  • The usual qualification for entry to the LLM programme is a degree in law, or a degree with a substantial law content, of at least 2.1 honours (or equivalent). Law graduates with 2.2 honours who also have other legal qualifications and/or substantial professional legal experience may also qualify.
  • Non-law graduates
  • Non-law graduates with a minimum second class honours degree, that have also obtained a Merit (or 60 per cent) in the Common Professional Examination (CPE) or Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) recognised by the UK professional bodies, may also qualify. Non-law graduates may also be considered on the basis of exceptional professional experience (of at least five years) in a legal area or an area directly related to their programme of study. Particular regard will be had to (i) successful completion by the applicant of any certificate or diploma course or courses offered by IAL and (ii) professional experience in the art field with a legal element.
  • In all cases, a full online application is required in order for a fair assessment and decision to be made. Each application is considered on its merits and on sight of full application documents.
  • A full and detailed CV is required for all applications and is particularly relevant where professional experience needs to be considered.