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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 28 December 2021
To Start 11 January 2022
  • 180 credits
  • 2 years part-time
  • £7,800 total fees
  • Internationally Excellent Research in Law

Why Sunderland?

  1. 100% online LLM within 24 months
  2. 'Internationally excellent' research in law*
  3. Law courses ranked 2nd in UK for teaching quality and 3rd for student experience**
  4. 5 star teaching rating (QS 2019)
  5. Top 10 in UK for student support** - as voted for by students
  6. Ranked 9th in UK for international**
  7. £7,800 total fees, option to pay £650 per module
*Most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF)
**Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020
***WhatUni Student Choice Awards 2019

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 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 Master of Laws 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. Our teaching also received a 5-star rating from QS in 2019, the highest rating that can be achieved by a university.

What will you study?

The online LLM Law provides a challenging legal education for individuals seeking experience across a range of legal disciplines. 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 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. This enables you to fit your studies around your work and family commitments, avoiding the need to put your career and ambitions on hold with a potentially costly study break. 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 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

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.

There are nearly 6,000 international students at the University of Sunderland and we also have 1,500 students studying across the globe by distance learning. The University’s students voted us into the top 10 in the UK for international (WhatUni Student Choice Awards 2019).

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 to five years’ relevant professional 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.

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.