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LLM in Islamic Law

Duration: One calendar year (full-time)
Two, three or four years (part-time, daytime only)
We recommend that part-time students have between two-and-a-half and three days a week free to pursue their course of study.


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Minimum Entry Requirements: Minimum upper second class honours degree (or equivalent) in Law

Start of programme: September intake only

The LLM programme is a single subject law programme that may be taken over a period of one year (full-time), or part-time over a period of two, three or four years. Every student will be required to take courses equivalent to four full units. The assessment of one of the chosen full units (which must be from your chosen specialism) will be by means of a 15,000 word dissertation. 

The dissertation must be linked to a course offered at SOAS itself, and attendance on the course will be treated as being part of the process of supervision. With permission of the LLM tutor, students will be entitled to select one complementary subject or the equivalent from comparable Master’s course at SOAS including appropriate language courses. A complementary subject may be chosen in substitution for either a full or a half-subject. 

Examinations for all taught courses will be held in May/June of each year and the dissertation will be due for submission during September of the final year of registration. The assessment for each course may vary according to the extent to which the research component of each course is to be stressed. 

It is expected that all students will graduate with an LLM in law. It is possible, however, for students wishing to graduate with a ‘specialist’ degree, to do so by way of opting to take three or more courses from the relevant subject groupings below. In each case, the student must undertake a dissertation in that subject grouping.


Every student will be required to take courses equivalent to four (4.0) full units. Students who wish to graduate with a specialised LLM are required to take at least three (3.0) of the four (4.0) units within their chosen specialism, including the dissertation. The assessment of one of the chosen full units (within the LLM specialism) will be by means of a 15,000 word dissertation. The fourth unit can be chosen from either the general Law Postgraduate Courses or the following courses associated with the Islamic Law specialisation:

Full Course Units (1.0)        
Half Course Units (0.5)
Dissertation (1.0)

The dissertation course unit forms part of the required three (3.0) units within the chosen LLM specialism. Please see the dissertation course units below.  

Please note: Not all courses listed may be available every year.

A Student's Perspective

SOAS is a unique British university, as it adopts a global view, but specialises in Asia, Africa and the Middle East: something it is very good at. This is evident in the passion and expertise of the teachers, the interests of the students and the many colourful exhibitions and cultural events regularly hosted here.

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