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University College London
Study Programs and general Academic Information:
The university is known for specializing in Intellectual Property, Commercial and Corporate Law, Human Rights Law and more.
The LL.M Program in UCL allows you to build your own curriculum out of all possible courses, as detailed on the UCL website. To complete the program, you will need 120 credit units from taught modules (i.e., Courses) and 60 credit units from an Independent Research Essay on a subject of your choosing, under instruction of a faculty member.
As well as the general LL.M Program one can also enroll in a Specialist LL.M Program. The Specialist Program requires 120 credit units, out of which a minimum of 60 credit units must be from the Specialist Program topic. The Independent Research Essay must also be related to the Specialist Program topic.
There are currently 18 possible Specialist Programs, including:
Human Rights Law
European Union Law
All students apply to the general LL.M program and can later on choose which program they prefer.
The standard length of the LL.M Program is one year, but it can be spread out to 2 and even up to 5 years.
Admission usually opens in October and ends in June, but it is recommended to check the university website for the current updated information as admissions might end earlier. The entry requirement for the LL.M Program is a Bachelor’s degree with an overall mark of 80%.
For admission a student must provide:
Transcripts and diplomas
TOEFL/IELTS/Pearson score or completing one of several UCL or Cambridge English courses.
2 references (letters of recommendation), preferably 1 from a recent teacher or tutor who is familiar with your academic work and research and writing skills. Referees are to upload their references themselves via a secure link given to them.
Personal statement- a statement which includes your reason for pursuing an LL.M degree, your reason for choosing UCL, academic and professional background, taught modules you are interested in, and what field you are planning to explore in your independent research essay.
Admission fee- 75£ for online admissions
Note that all transcripts and diplomas and letters of recommendation must be translated to English, if not already written in English.
Scholarships and Financial Aid:
Tuition is about 21,500£ a year, together with accommodation and personal expenses one should expect about 42,000£. Therefor it is highly recommended to apply for different scholarships. UCL offers limited financial help, with priority to students with children, students from low-income families, students with handicaps and more.
UCL currently offers 10 5000£ scholarships for the LL.M Program students, but it is best to check the website for the updated information regarding scholarships.
Housing, living expenses and other student life information:
UCL offers several housing options, ranging from about 520£ a month for a single room and up to about 1520£ a month for a 2 bedroom flat.
Living expenses are generally high, and expenses on food, clothing transportation and recreation can be about 10,000$ a year (but can obviously vary)