Birkbeck, University of London

Course Introduction

This distinctive Master's degree in law considers the traditional neglect of constitutionalist approaches to politics in Britain - something that is now changing fast. This course focuses on two 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.

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.

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.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
Master of Laws - LL.M Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
Master of Laws - LL.M European Fees
1 year
Full Time
Master of Laws - LL.M Overseas Fees
2 years
Part Time
Master of Laws - LL.M Home Fees
2 years
Part Time
Master of Laws - LL.M European Fees
2 years
Part Time
Master of Laws - LL.M 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 7.0, with not less than 6.5 in each of the sub-tests.
  • IELTS score: 7