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Legal and Political Theory LLM

I have enjoyed studying a diverse array of legal topics, assessed through different methods, to overall enhance my learning capabilities, while it has been great to interact and study with such a passionate and enthusiastic cohort of students. Being a member of the Birmingham community comes with endless opportunities and activities, while the Law School hosts a variety of guest lectures from renowned figures and industry professionals. The Police Training and Simulation Facility, part of which is furbished as a police station, is used to simulate a wide range of crime scenes. Politics Work Placementgives you the opportunity to identify, apply for and take part in a work placement in a political or politically related field. The process is supported by politics tutors and a dedicated work placement team. You will also attend preparation and reflection sessions which will focus on themes such as job searches, time management and workplace disciplines, and the specific needs of particular employers.

  • The module analyses empirical and theoretical aspects of feminist politics, drawing upon a range of feminist theorists and using examples from various world regions and time periods.
  • An extensive programme of careers lectures and workshops is delivered within the School of Law and Politics and a Law Careers Consultant is available.
  • This is an excellent opportunity for you to gain hands-on work experience in a legal setting.

Some programmes also contain 15-credit half modules or can be made up of higher-value parts, such as a dissertation or a Major Project. The module adopts an innovative ‘assessment by student participation’ method, where students are given marks for the quality of their participation in relevant legal practice activities. You will engage with tech experts and firms leading in the development, proliferation and use of such technologies, who will provide an essential understanding of how these technologies work in practice, what they aim to do and how they affect us. Legal experts will then raise critical questions about how law can regulate such technologies, and the logistical and ethical challenges that arise when attempting to do so. This module offers an alternative take on the politics of liberalism, through emphasizing the concept of government, as it has developed since the late 18th century.

Other English language requirements

For further information about the programme or entry requirements, please email us at We’re looking for hardworking, articulate applicants with a strong interest in the law, who are also keen to develop their practical skills. The range of interdisciplinary modules gives you the chance to expand your expertise and enhance your experiences.

A thorough knowledge of the constitutional basis is necessary in order to appreciate the powers and responsibilities of government and the limit to its competence. The module also explores the history and evolution of the constitutional norms that shape UK legal constitutional discourse. Students are also introduced to the Human Rights Act 1998 and to the theory of, procedure for, and the grounds for judicial review.

Classes will be taught in an interactive and communicative manner using authentic materials to promote meaningful communication. Emphasis will be on speaking and listening, with appropriate attention also being paid to other communication skills. The Politics of Migrationacknowledges that migration is one of the key paradigms of the 21st century. To understand many of the trends and events in the world today, it is necessary to understand what migration is, how it is represented and ‘managed’, and how it is experienced, whether directly or indirectly. The module will introduce you to a range of theoretical traditions of migration, as well as a variety of case studies from both the UK and overseas, to enable you to understand and analyse a phenomenon that is highly relevant in contemporary politics.

International applications

Students with afour year bachelor degreemay be considered for entry to a postgraduate degree programme. Students with a bachelor degree of at least three years duration followed by a master’s degree of one or two years duration may also be considered for postgraduate entry. Holders of a Bachelors degree from a recognised Malaysian institution (usually achieved with the equivalent of a second class upper or a grade point average minimum of 3.0) will be considered for postgraduate study at Diploma or Masters level. The Hong Kong Bachelor degree is considered comparable to British Bachelor degree standard. Students with bachelor degrees awarded by universities in Hong Kong may be considered for entry to one of our postgraduate degree programmes. Holders of the Licenciado or an equivalent professional title from a recognised Ecuadorian university may be considered for entry to a postgraduate degree programme.

Please refer to the guidance below if you are applying for a postgraduate course at theBusiness School, or the School of Computer Science. Please note 4-year bachelor degrees from the University of Botswana are considered equivalent to a Diploma of Higher Education. 5-year bachelor degrees from the University of Botswana are considered equivalent to a British Bachelor degree.

What you will study

Never before has there been so much information to absorb, so many social and business networks to navigate, and so many economic, political and social issues to confront. Alongside your contact hours, you will also undertake assessment activities and independent learning outside of class. The amount of time you need to allocate to study both for taught sessions (this might include online sessions and/or in-person sessions) and personal study will depend on how much you are studying during the year and whether you are studying full time or part time. For full information, read our visa information for international students page. International students who require a Student visa should apply for our full-time courses as these qualify for Student visa sponsorship.

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this information, however our courses are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses. The University may administer a small inflationary rise in tuition fees, in line with Government policy, in subsequent academic years as you progress through the course. The three-storey building includes a 250-seat lecture theatre, seminar and tutorial rooms, and social learning areas which encourage a more informal and interactive style of learning. Elsewhere on campus, there is a mooting room and Police Training and Simulation Facility. International students require IELTS 6.0, with a score no lower than 5.5 in each individual component, or an equivalent English language qualification.