1. Course Variations
    Nomenclature Duration Mode Of Attendance
    LLM by Research 1Yr FT
    LLM by Research 2Yr PT

Course Overview

Study an LLM by Research amongst a thriving community of postgraduate students in a supportive and friendly environment at the Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law.

Key Features

An LLM by Research gives you the chance to pursue a research project based around your own passions and interests, leading to a qualification which can open the door to doctoral study or boost employment prospects. Our LLM by Research is a more flexible route to gaining a master's qualification and is ideal if you are employed full-time or if regular attendance in class would be difficult. 

Key features include:

• Supervision from our world class faculty with a breadth of industrial and academic knowledge

• State of the art facilities

• An environment in which you can develop and enhance transferable skills such as problem solving, independent thinking, project management, and critical thinking.

• The availability of structured training, interdisciplinary seminars, dedicated research facilities and software from both the School and University.

• An integral part of our academic community, postgraduate students work closely with, and are supported by, academic staff within the School.

• Our international postgraduate community brings a wide range of research interests and personal and professional experiences – enhancing the learning experiences of the whole student community.


Students engage in a period of supervised research leading to the production of a thesis.

The academic expertise in the School is wide-ranging and we invite applications in the following areas:

  • Common, contract and commercial law (in particular, comparative law of obligations, securities, company law, IP Law and use of IP assets in securing funding for small and medium sized businesses, E-contract law, company law, equity law, law and technology; and world trade law.)
  • Maritime law (in particular transport law, environmental protection, ship building, collisions, law of the sea, marine insurance, salvage and enforcement of maritime claims);
  • Oil and gas law (in particular investment treaties, liability regimes and investment arbitration)        
  • Public law across domestic, regional and international levels including: administrative law; medical law, children’s rights; constitutional law; devolution; economic law; environmental law (including land-use planning and nature conservation); European Union law; gender and the law; human rights law; investment law; minority language rights; multilevel governance; socio-economic law; and public procurement law.
  • Criminal law and the law relating to terrorism, cyber terrorism and counter terrorism

Entry Requirements


Applicants for the LLM by Research programme will normally have a first or upper second-class degree in a discipline related to the proposed research project.

International Students

We welcome applications by prospective students from around the world and look for evidence of previous study that is equivalent to the entry requirements stated above. The Postgraduate Admissions Office is happy to advise you on whether your qualifications are suitable for entry to the course you would like to study. Please email admissions@swansea.ac.uk for further information.

English Language

If English is not your first language you will need an acceptable pass in an approved English Language qualification to make sure you get the full benefit from studying at Swansea. We consider a wide range of qualifications, including the Swansea University English Test, the British Council IELTS test (with a score of at least 6.5 in each component). A full list of acceptable English Language tests can be found here.

Applicants to this programme would normally be expected to meet the minimum entry requirements indicated above. The College/School reserves the right to ask for higher academic grades and qualifications. Admissions decisions take into account not only prior academic qualifications, but also factors including the standard of the research synopsis/proposal submitted by the applicant, their performance at interview (if required), intensity of competition for limited places and relevant professional experience (where appropriate).

How To Apply

Please note that it is advisable that you contact us before submitting your application. This will ensure we can identify appropriate supervisors, and where necessary work with you to refine your proposal. If you would like to do this, please email: colcpgr@swansea.ac.uk

If you're an international student, find out more about applying for this course here

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2019/20 are as follows:

UK/EU International
LLM by Research Full-time £4,345 £14,500
LLM by Research Part-time £2,172.50 £7,750

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3%.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

Note: The UK/EU fee is indicative pending confirmation from UKRI

If your course starts in January, April or July 2019 please refer to the 2018/19 fee costs on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

International students and part-time study: It is now possible for some students to study part-time under the Tier 4 visa route. This is dependent on factors relating to the course and your individual situation. It may also be possible to study with us if you are already in the UK under a different visa category. Please visit the University information on Visas and Immigration for further guidance and support.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

The tuition fees do not cover the costs of purchasing books or stationery, printing, thesis binding or photocopying costs.

There are no mandatory additional costs specified for this course, but in addition to tuition fees and living expenses most studies will also incur a further element of cost throughout your research. This could take the form of travel costs, hospitality to run a focus group, conference fees, etc.

You should spend some time considering what other costs you may need to fund when designing your research proposal.


PhD: A thesis of no more than 100,000 words is submitted, which demonstrates original research that contributes significantly to the subject area. This is then followed by an oral examination of the thesis (viva).

MPhil: A thesis of no more than 60,000 words is submitted, which demonstrates original research that contributes significantly to the subject area.  This is then followed by an oral examination of the thesis (viva).

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Contact Details

For more information on this programme, please email: colcpgr@swansea.ac.uk