SOAS University of London

School of Law

MA Legal Studies (General Programme)

One calendar year (full-time); Two or three years (part-time, daytime only)

Fees 2016/17

UK/EU fees:
Overseas fees:

This is a Band 5 fee. The fees are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. Further details can be found in the Fees and Funding tab on this page or in the Registry Postgraduate Tuition Fees page

2017 Entry requirements

  • Upper second class honours preferably in a related discipline

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Start of programme: September intake only

The MA in Legal Studies allows students to create their own programme structure, choosing modules from a range covering comparative regional law, trade law, law and development, commercial law (including copyright and patent law), human rights, environmental law, Islamic law, dispute resolution, and international law. All SOAS modules are designed not only to introduce students to the general fields of law, but also to provide an understanding of how generic legal structures and processes may operate in non-Western social and cultural settings. All teachers on modules offered at SOAS are experts in their designated field. Many have years of experience advising governments, international organisations or non-governmental organisation, and many also have been or continue to be legal practitioners.



To facilitate their study of law, all MA students are required to attend a two-week Preliminary Law, Legal Reasoning and Legal Methods in the September before they begin their MA.

Students take taught modules to the value of 3.0 full units, and complete a 10,000 word dissertation worth 1.0 units. Students who wish to graduate with an MA in Legal Studies (General Programme) must select a minimum of 2.0 units from the Law Postgraduate Modules list.

Please note: Not all modules listed will be available every year. Please see the individual module page for information.


Teaching and Learning

Teaching & Learning

Knowledge & Understanding
  • Through attendance in all classes, independent and group study, and class preparation.
  • In some subjects through non-assessed as well as assessed coursework.
  • Through in course lectures/ seminars and through coursework.
  • Through a compulsory but non-assessed presessional course on law and legal method.
 Intellectual (thinking) Skills
  •  Through courses which introduce information and ideas that need to be assessed critically and analysed in context. Students are encouraged not
  • simply to summarise evidence and arguments but also develop their own assessments as to the relative value of different strategies/ arguments/evidence.
  • Through independent dissertation and course work which entail selecting,designing and refining topics [with advice and assistance from tutors] and elaborating precise research questions/hypotheses.
  • Through the structure and content of courses of an interdisciplinary nature.
Subject-based Practical Skills
  • Through the writing of long essays and dissertations.
  • Through regular seminar presentations.
  • Through seminar discussion.
  • Through independent work for essays/ dissertations.
  • Through independent work, departmental dissertation guidance notes and meetings, and meetings with supervisor.
  • Through required regular readings for weekly seminar discussions.
  • Through the holding of moots and debates in the law and legal method seminars and in some of the taught courses.
Transferable Skills
  • Through preparation for seminars, writing of long essays and other coursework, dissertation and examinations.
  • Through individual and /or joint seminar presentations and class participation.
  • Through preparation for seminars, through discussion in seminars, through correction of course work by tutors and through preparation of answers to exam questions.
  • Through the formation of study groups.
  • Through unseen examinations. Long essays,course work and dissertations may also be used/ required.

Fees and funding

Tuition Fees

Full details of postgraduate tuition fees can be found on the Registry's Postgraduate Tuition Fees page.

This is a Band 5 tuition fee.

The fees below are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. 

Full-time Part-time 2 YearsPart-time 3 YearsLLM only 4 Years                     
UK/EU StudentsOverseas StudentsUK/EU StudentsOverseas StudentsUK/EU StudentsOverseas StudentsUK/EU StudentsOverseas Students
£13,230 £18,550 £6,615 £9,275 £4,410 £6,183 £3,308 £4,638


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