Study Postgraduate Law at Warwick
What do you need?
Please make sure you provide all of the required documents in support of your application depending on the course you are applying to. Information on this can be found below.
Please note that there is a non-refundable application fee for taught courses. See our FAQ page for details.
We encourage you to apply as early as possible to avoid delays with your application. LLM applications are normally turned around within 4-6 weeks of receipt, providing all documentation required has been provided. Research applications will usually take between 8-12 weeks.
Taught LLM Degrees
We would normally expect you to have at least an upper second class (2:1) honours degree in Law or its equivalent from your home country. If you are an international student, please check the overseas equivalents for your qualifications.
If you hold a good lower second class (2:2) honours degree or equivalent and have practical and/or other relevant experience then you may also be considered.
Degrees other than Law may still be considered as long as we are satisfied that you will be able to complete your LLM satisfactorily.
Please also provide the following:
- One academic reference (or a professional reference if you have been out of education for over two years)
- Degree transcripts/certificates (originals or attested copies) - please include your marksheets/transcripts and grading criteria when you apply
- English language certificate
It's not just your academic qualifications and experience, though. In your personal statement, we want to see evidence that you're interested in the course you're applying for, and that you understand the demands of postgraduate work.
To apply for a research degree, we normally expect you to have a Master degree in law with merit or equivalent (including a thesis or dissertation), and at least an upper second class (2:1) undergraduate degree. We may also consider work experience involving significant and substantial writing.
Before you submit your application, you must ensure we have a member of staff who shares your research interests. You should consult our staff directory to find out who is doing what in the department and identify potential supervisors. You should make contact initially via email prior to submitting an application. While individual academics cannot make a decision to accept a given application, most successful applicants have contacted potential supervisors to secure in-principle interest in supervising their particular research project.
Please note that an expression of interest from a supervisor, or even their involvement in refining your proposal, is not a guarantee that your application will be successful.
Find a Supervisor
When contacting a potential supervisor, please keep in mind that for a successful thesis, it is crucial that there is a good fit with your research interests and those of your supervisor. We invite you to set out in which way your proposed research chimes with that of your potential supervisor. Your communication with a potential supervisor should include:
- A proposed research title and rationale, and a working hypothesis or research questions
- A few sentences on your proposed research methodology, including any field work
- A survey of the relevant literature and a clear expression of the originality of the proposed work – an annotated bibliography is very useful to begin a conversation on your research
- A few sentences on your research experience
It will help us if you indicate whether you have also contacted other colleagues within Warwick Law School, as this information reduces potential duplications in our responses.
We also require the following documents with each application:
- Two academic references or, exceptionally, professional references. You are strongly advised to contact your referees and provide them with your research proposal ahead of time so that they can make specific comments on your suitability for research in your chosen topic.
- Degree transcripts/certificates (originals or attested copies)
- English language certificate
- Agreement in principle from an appropriate supervisor within Warwick Law School
- Research Proposal: 2000-2500 words (MPhil or PhD) or 1000-1500 words (LLM by Research), containing:
- Proposed research title and rationale, and a working hypothesis or research questions
- Research methodology, including any proposed field work
- Survey of the relevant literature and a clear expression of the originality of the proposed work
- List of publications (where appropriate) and research experience
If your first language is not English, you should obtain one of the following recognised English Language qualifications:
- IELTS (British Council International Testing System) of at least 7.0 (Band B)
- TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) of at least 100 (internet based)
- PTE score of 70+ overall (no component score below 51)
- Other accepted test from this listLink opens in a new window.
If you do not achieve one of the above scores please send in your certificate anyway. We may recommend that you re-take the test or that you attend pre-sessional English courses provided by the University. Each case will be assessed individually.
Scanned or emailed documents can only be accepted for the purpose of making a decision. If an offer is made, original documents will be required.
For any admissions requirements, please contact us on pgadmissions at warwick dot ac dot uk or +44 (0)24 765 24585