Birkbeck, University of London

Course Introduction

This unique Master's degree in law 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.

Assessment is an integral part of your university studies and usually consists of a combination of coursework and examinations, although this will vary from course to course - on some of our courses, assessment is entirely by coursework. You will need to allow time to complete coursework and prepare for exams.

Graduates go in to careers in local or national governments, international organisations, research institutes, public interest advocacy, or political activism. Possible professions include constitutional law expert, higher education lecturer, Civil Service administrator, or human resources officer.

Start Date:

One to two evenings a week.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
Master of Laws - LL.M £11,000 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
Master of Laws - LL.M £11,000 European Fees
1 year
Full Time
Master of Laws - LL.M £16,800 Overseas Fees
2 years
Part Time Evening
Master of Laws - LL.M £5,500 Home Fees
2 years
Part Time Evening
Master of Laws - LL.M £5,500 European Fees
2 years
Part Time Evening
Master of Laws - LL.M £8,400 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Course specific entry requirements: Students need a good second-class honours degree in law or a related discipline. Standard postgraduate entry requirement is a second-class honours degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university, or an equivalent international qualification. We will review every postgraduate application to Birkbeck on its individual merits and their professional qualifications and/or relevant work experience will be taken into consideration positively. We actively support and encourage applications from mature learners. Our standard postgraduate entry requirement for international students is a second-class honours degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university or an equivalent international qualification.
  • International entry requirements: Students need an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.