Start with a short course

Our online short courses provide an alternative entry route to this online LLM if:

  • you want to get your postgraduate studies started without committing to a full LLM
  • you’ve missed the deadline to apply for the full LLM, or
  • you do not meet the formal LLM entry requirements.

A way to study for this online LLM without a degree

Our entry-route short courses are self-evaluating.

This means you do not need to provide formal qualifications in order to study them. You’re welcome to join a course if you believe you’re academically capable.

To help you decide if a course is right for you, check the entry guidance on the course page. This explains the level of teaching involved.

How it works

  • Complete the two recommended 30-credit online short courses shown below.
  • Achieve an average grade of 15.00 or higher for each course, according to our Common Grading Scale.
  • Then apply to transfer to the online LLM in August 2023.

By earning 60 credits and a successful average grade for these courses, you’ll have proved you’re capable of studying for this degree. You’ll then be eligible to apply to transfer to the online LLM, even if you do not hold the formal degree entry qualifications. Transfers are not automatic.

Degree transfers take place once a year, in August only. The next opportunity to transfer is August 2023.

Get started on the short course route

To start on the entry path to this online LLM, complete the two recommended online courses below by August 2023.

Both are elective courses for our CIArb-accredited LLM Dispute Resolution programme.

These courses are delivered at LLM level. At this level of teaching, you would normally have:

  • a 2:1 (upper-second) honours degree (or equivalent) in Law, or
  • a 2:1 (upper-second) honours degree (or equivalent) in another discipline, or
  • significant professional experience.

Starting on 19 September 2022

Starting on 23 January 2023

Purchasing your courses

To join a course, apply via the course page and follow the application and checkout process.

Courses are available to purchase until one week after their start date, but we encourage you to purchase your courses as early as possible to ensure a smooth start to your studies.

Study at your own pace

  • Each 30-credit course is around 15 – 20 hours of study time per week, plus extra at assessment time.

If you’re planning to study part-time, especially if you’re studying around full-time work, we recommend taking a maximum of 30 credits per term.

You can access our online learning platform 24/7, and you can largely set your hours to suit you. You can take study breaks between courses too, as long as you complete your Masters within six years.

Online LLM route not for you?

You do not have to transfer to the LLM. Our online short courses give you the flexibility to:

  • study any short course standalone, earning credits with each one
  • in some cases, build your credits up to a Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma instead
  • continue course by course, at your own pace, with the option to transfer to the online LLM when you’re ready.

Frequently asked questions

Here are answers to the most common questions we receive about our short course routes.

If your question is not answered here, we’re here to help. Get in touch.