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University of Sunderland

100% online LLM Master of Laws

Develop the legal knowledge and skills to excel with an online LLM from a university recognised for teaching and research excellence in law

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Apply By 11 June 2024
To Start 25 June 2024
  • 180 credits
  • Complete within 12 months
  • £7,800 total fees
  • Internationally Excellent Research in Law

Why Sunderland?

  1. 100% online LLM within 12 months
  2. QS 5 star rating for teaching, inclusiveness, employability and facilities*
  3. Law courses ranked 1st in the north-east for teaching quality and student experience**
  4. 7th in the UK for social inclusion***
  5. £7,800 total fees, option to pay £650 per module
*QS World University Rankings, 2023
**Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide, 2023
***The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide, 2024

An online LLM that equips you with the advanced legal skills to transform your career prospects

The 100% online LLM Master of Laws from the University of Sunderland has been designed for lawyers and non-lawyers alike to provide a comprehensive legal education that can help you to succeed in law firms and legal practice, academia or a wide range of business and management career paths. Whether you want to learn the legal skills to support your pathway to becoming a lawyer, are currently practicing law and are looking to specialise, or are looking to develop a legal profile in a role within the business world to accelerate your career progression, this online LLM programme provides you with the knowledge, insights and skills to help you achieve your goals.

A University known for teaching and research excellence in law

Our research-active law academics at the University of Sunderland are at the forefront of important research in their fields. Research in law at the University was described as ‘internationally excellent’ in the latest Research Excellence Framework. The teaching credentials of the Department of Law are exemplified by the recognition in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020, when its law courses were ranked 2nd in the UK for teaching quality and 3rd for student experience.

We have been ranked internationally as a leading university, receiving five stars for teaching, inclusiveness, employability and facilities in the QS World University Rankings 2023, the highest rating that can be awarded to a university. A special recognition of our practical focus on developing the skills that enable career progression for our students all over the world.

What will you study?

The online postgraduate law degree provides a challenging legal education for individuals seeking experience across a range of disciplines across the legal profession. The programme allows you to explore your specific interests whilst developing a thorough and critical appreciation of the current issues in complex areas of law theory, doctrine and practice. You will develop a comprehensive understanding of legal disciplines including criminal law, business law, family law and will enhance your legal research skills.

Key knowledge and skills taught on this LLM course:

  • Employment law
  • Contract law
  • Dispute resolution
  • European law
  • Public law
  • Land law
  • Family law
  • Tort law
  • Legal research skills

Entirely online course delivery designed for flexible study from anywhere in the world

This online LLM Master of Laws is delivered entirely online, which means you are able to access the course materials and content on demand, at times that are convenient to you. You can study from anywhere in the world without ever needing to visit campus, giving you a unique level of freedom and flexibility no matter where you are based.

You can choose to either study this LLM part-time and complete your degree within 24 months, or full-time and complete your degree within 12 months. With six start dates a year, you’re not restricted to the traditional academic year and can begin postgraduate study within weeks.

You will learn in an online learning environment that has been designed to foster an interactive and engaging learning experience, built around peer-to-peer collaboration and group learning activities, discussion boards and forums. You will learn from peers from a wide range of backgrounds and who are based across the world, representing a unique opportunity to grow your professional network.

The support you will receive as a student is exemplified by the allocation of a dedicated Student Success Coordinator, who will support you in your studies from enrolment to graduation.

A global University of cross-cultural collaboration and learning

There is a high percentage of international students at University of Sunderland, and we have students studying by distance learning around the world. Sunderland is also one of the UK’s leading widening participation Universities and was awarded The Times/Sunday Times University of the Year for Social Inclusion 2021. We were also shortlisted as University of the Year by the THE – Times Higher Education.

The University of Sunderland is truly global in nature, with campuses in Hong Kong, Sunderland and London, and numerous global partnerships including in the Caribbean, Greece, Kenya, Malaysia, Lanka, Oman, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Tashkent and Vietnam. We have a proud and longstanding ethos of proactively encouraging diverse learner cohorts so that they can learn from fellow students from different cultures and backgrounds and are able to grow their professional networks and broaden their horizons.

Admission requirements

Applicants must be of age 19 and above and should have or be about to complete:
  • At least a UK 2.2 undergraduate degree
  • A UK master’s degree (or international equivalent)
  • Third-class or ordinary undergraduate degree (without honours) or UK equivalent professional qualification with a minimum of two years’ appropriate work experience
  • Applicants who do not hold a recognised degree will be asked to provide evidence which demonstrates a minimum of three years’ relevant organisational experience

    The work experience must be at a graduate level, in either a managerial or professional capacity which may include voluntary work, placements, internships, or project management


Total course fees
Per 15-credit module fee

If you are based in the UK, you may be eligible for a government-backed postgraduate loan to cover the full costs of the course.

In addition, if you have successfully completed an undergraduate degree at the University of Sunderland, you are eligible for a 10% tuition fees reduction on our postgraduate programmes.

You pay tuition fees for each module taken, either module-by-module or in full at the start of your course.

If you pay module-by-module, you will pay in instalments of £650.