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General Law Masters (LLM)

Mode Duration Attendance Start date
Full time 1 year Mixture of daytime and evening classes depending on choice of modules September 2018
January 2019
Part time 2 years Mixture of daytime and evening classes depending on choice of modules September 2018
January 2019

Choose Kingston's General Law LLM

This course is a flexible, rigorous masters programme. It allows you to take modules at a high academic level in any area of law that interests you, and will help boost your career by demonstrating your research, analytical and practical skills.

  • Study at Kingston and save money when you pursue accreditation with the prestigious Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.
  • Students come from all over the world to study on Kingston's law courses, so you will finish the course with an international network of contacts.
  • Tailor your studies to your interests with a wide choice of modules and a research project covering an issue that interests you.
  • The Department of Law's expert academic team includes National Teaching Award winners and fellows from the Higher Education Academy, as well as lecturing staff who combine teaching with legal practice, research and scholarship.
  • Kingston upon Thames has been rated London's happiest borough and has the lowest crime rate in London, as well as fast transport links to the city centre.

"A specialised Kingston LLM helps students acquire the necessary experience and gives them a named masters course title to demonstrate that they are specialists in their field." – Siri Harris, senior lecturer in law


Written coursework, examinations and dissertation.

About Kingston University's LLM course

Kingston University's LLM course allows you to specialise and tailor your degree to a topic of your choice, while also giving you the flexibility to take modules on other subjects, making it flexible and easy to adapt to your interests and career goals.

You will complete work worth 180 credits by studying four 30-credit modules and one 60-credit dissertation module.

In addition to the Department of Law's team of highly skilled academics, courses are taught by experienced practitioners, and many of our lecturing staff combine teaching with legal practice. This helps to ensure that the courses are constantly refreshed with the latest industry thinking and practice, and provides you with the opportunity to mix with people who can provide hands-on experience and insight into their area of legal work.

The Department of Law has strong links with The Law Society, the professional body that represents practising solicitors in England and Wales.

Course structure

The General Law LLM allows you to select modules from a wide range of topics with no named specialisation, making it flexible and easy to adapt to your interests and career goals.

For the General Law LLM you need to select any four modules from the wide range below and complete the Legal Research and Dissertation module (worth 60 credits) on any topic of your choice.

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.


  • This module considers all aspects of presenting an argument in a variety of different contexts. It develops the practical skills you need to:

    •  process and evaluate complex information;
    • prepare materials for presentation; and
    •  deliver an argument to a meeting, tribunal or court.

    The module draws on pure legal issues and practical case studies, including any previous training and work experience. You will learn to:

    •  construct effective legal submissions in specific factual situations, and in response to the findings of a lower court;
    •  identify the weaknesses in a previous legal argument; and
    •  construct legal submissions in support of an alternative position.

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  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) is becoming increasingly important within the civil justice system. This module teaches you about:

    •  theoretical and practical ways of resolving disputes, with a strong emphasis on negotiation and mediation;
    •  the methods available for resolving conflicts, including conciliation, mediation, negotiation and adjudication; and
    •  the rationale for the various forms of ADR and the circumstances in which they might be successful, giving you the confidence to advise on different forms of dispute resolution.


    You will develop practical skills in a range of activities used in resolving legal disputes and entering into legal transactions, including simulated mediation and negotiation role-plays during class.

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  • Arbitration has been one of the most important ways of resolving disputes for several centuries and, although other methods of dispute resolution have evolved in recent years (for example, mediation and conciliation), arbitration continues to retain its importance in both domestic and international contexts.

    This gives you a critical understanding of arbitration, exploring:

    •  the characteristics of arbitration;
    •  domestic arbitration; and
    •  how it operates in various international forums.

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  • This module looks at the problems that can arise as a result of those in control of large companies wielding extensive power, and how society can control them.

    You will:

    • analyse how English law imposes contractual, tortious and criminal liability on the registered company;
    • critically appraise the ways in which society seeks to control this power;
    • acquire a thorough understanding of the legal forms through which a business may be run; and
    • reflect on the problems which can arise in the legal relationships between people running a business.

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  • This module examines environmental policy and regulation in the European Union. It looks at:

    • issues concerning the competence and powers of EU institutions with regard to the protection of the environment;
    • how EU legislation is applied and implemented at both European and national level;
    • specific fields of EU legislation, such as air and water pollution, waste management, and the sustainable use of natural resources; and
    • the effectiveness of EU environmental policy and, in particular, using economic instruments based on market concepts.
  • This module looks at civil evidence in a detailed and systematic way. It explores various ways of assessing evidence, and teaches you how to draft arbitral awards.

    It also looks at:

    • witnesses of both fact and expert opinion, giving you the competence and confidence to prepare evidence for use in dispute resolution;
    • how to assess evidence and argument; and
    • how to use these when you are making decisions in dispute resolution processes.

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  • This module covers the theoretical, practical and legal aspects of the mediation process used to resolve family disputes and conflicts.

    The module will compare and contrast family mediation with other alternative dispute resolution (ADR) methods and traditional approaches to resolving family, financial and other disputes. Students will learn about:

    • the concepts, principles, models and structure of family mediation practice in the UK;
    • how to identify suitable clients/cases for mediation; and
    • how to refer clients and cases to other professionals and resources.

    This module helps you develop the skills you need to work with the dynamics of conflicts and disputes in human relationships. You will critically assess the role of the mediator and the relationships between the law, lawyers and mediation.

  • This module focuses on both practical and theoretical aspects of the individual employment relationship and how it is regulated in a modern competitive economy. You will study the formation, content and day-to-day operation of employment relationships. You will look at:

    • how rights arise; and
    • how the law intervenes to regulate the relationship between employers and workers.

    As well as considering contractual principles in depth, the module also teaches you about equality and discrimination law, which pervades the employment relationship from recruitment to post-employment discrimination and victimisation. You will also explore the legal implications of different forms of employment relationship in detail.

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  • This module covers the legal rules, policy and theoretical underpinnings that deal with insolvent juristic and natural persons. It critically examines:

    • the corporate insolvency regimes that facilitate rescue of the juristic person (administration, company voluntary arrangements, schemes of arrangement);
    • other avenues (liquidation, receivership, informal arrangements); and
    • the procedures that exist for natural persons (bankruptcy, individual voluntary arrangements, debt relief orders).

    You will study the use of each procedure, case law and statute and academic and practitioner comment so that you can understand each procedure in practice.

    This module will help you to:

    • critically evaluate the regimes designed to rescue of a business in financial distress and the regimes under which the affairs of a failed business can be wound up;
    • apply the rules that determine which of the insolvent business's assets will be available for distribution to creditors; and
    • assess the circumstances in which those involved in running the business could be liable either to compensate the creditors or to criminal prosecution, and/or be disqualified from holding company directorships.
  • You will critically examine the regulation of collective labour relations in both a domestic and international context, examining the scope, function and effectiveness of international labour standards and their impact on domestic systems of labour law.

    You will learn about:

    • how collective institutions and procedures for the governance of labour relations have been developed at national and international levels; and
    • the policy debate on how effectively essential labour rights are enforced in a competitive economy.

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  • This module examines:

    • international sales contracts and transportation documents, and how the sales contracts that are involved in international trade transactions are financed;
    • arrangements for the transporting goods by sea, the carrier's liabilities for any loss or damage to the goods, and the importance of insurance contracts when goods are lost or damaged.

    You will study and evaluate aspects of these topics and develop your critical understanding of the theoretical and practical aspects of the law relating to transporting goods by sea and marine insurance.

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  • This module looks at the legal aspects of business finance, making it an ideal choice for students interesting in pursuing a corporate career. It will help you understand the ways businesses can raise finance, and looks at the financial consequences of different business forms.

    You will learn about fixed and floating security, share capital and corporate finance. When you have completed this module, you will be able to:

    • critically assess the consequences of the different financing methods;
    • compare and contrast the legal form of some common methods of business financing; and
    • apply the rules relating to shares and maintaining share capital, taking loans and granting security to hypothetical business scenarios.

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  • This highly topical module is relevant to everyone who is an employee or employer, providing the tools to deal with this fast-changing area of law. It explores the common law and statutory provisions relating to terminating a contract of employment, giving you the opportunity to focus on the interplay between these. These will be considered within the context of a job security and flexibility framework. The module will also cover the ways of resolving disputes that lead to termination of employment, including the work of ACAS.

    This module will help you to acquire a detailed and critical understanding of the theoretical and practical aspects of the law governing termination of the employment relationship. You will study and analyse:

    • termination by operation of law;
    • termination of agreement (resignation and dismissal);
    • common law rights on termination following a repudiation;
    • discipline at work;
    • unfair dismissal; and
    • remedies for unfair dismissal.
  • This module is a core requirement and a culmination of your learning on this masters course, making up a third of the LLM programme. You will research an area that interests you in order to develop your skills in advanced legal research and your appreciation of its theoretical underpinnings.

    You will research your chosen area in depth, and produce an extended piece of academic writing (12,000-15,000 words) that demonstrates your skills in research and analysis. You will show that you can:

    • define a problem and its scope;
    • design a research project;
    • apply appropriate research methods;
    • collect and analyse data; and
    • present your results.

    You will also develop your legal writing skills, and you critical and analytical skills. The module is taught using a mixture of seminars, personal research and one-to-one supervision.

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You will have the opportunity to study a foreign language, free of charge, during your time at the University as part of the Kingston Language Scheme. Options currently include: Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

We aim to ensure that all courses and modules advertised are delivered. However in some cases courses and modules may not be offered. For more information about why, and when you can expect to be notified, read our Changes to Academic Provision.

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