Birkbeck, University of London

Course Introduction

As the utopian idea of 'the end of history' falters, it has been replaced by a growing desire for law and constitution reforms to tackle the distinctive problems of the early twenty-first century, including concerns about security and risk, instability and crisis in the relationship between financial markets and sovereign states, perpetual war, and corruption in politics. These expectations, however, are often at odds with the way contemporary social and political theories, and a growing number of constitutional law specialists, conceptualise politics.

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.

This intensive programme adopts a critical, interdisciplinary approach and gives equal weight to theory and comparative case studies from across the world.

ASSESSMENT

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. The methods of assessment on this course are specified below under 'Methods of assessment on this course'. You will need to allow time to complete coursework and prepare for exams.

CAREERS AND EMPLOYABILITY

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 £11,340 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
Master of Laws - LL.M £17,340 Overseas Fees
1 year
Full Time
Master of Laws - LL.M £11,340 European Fees
2 years
Part Time
Master of Laws - LL.M £5,670 Home Fees
2 years
Part Time
Master of Laws - LL.M £8,670 Overseas Fees
2 years
Part Time
Master of Laws - LL.M £5,670 European Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: A second-class honours degree in law or a related discipline.
  • International entry requirements: A second-class honours degree in law or a related discipline. If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, the requirement for this course is the equivalent of 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