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School of Law

MA in International and Comparative Legal Studies (General Programme)

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


Minimum Entry Requirements: Upper second class honours preferably in a related discipline

Start of programme: September intake only

The MA in International and Comparative Legal Studies allows students to create their own programme structure, choosing courses 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 courses 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 courses 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.


Programme Specification

MA in International and Comparative Legal Studies programme specification.

Programme Structure

Please note that all MA students need to take a two week Law and Legal Methods Pre-sessional Course before the teaching term begins.

Students are required to take three taught courses and a dissertation as follows: 

  • Three courses from the General List or an approved language.
    NB this degree is only available if you do not take two or more subjects from any one of the specialist MA programmes outlines above.
  • Dissertation (10,000 words), on any related topic (15PLAC999)

The courses run from the start of term in September, and examinations take place at the end of     May/ beginning of June.  The final date for the submission of the dissertation is 15 September in the final year of registration.

Programme Specification

A Student's Perspective

One of my fondest memories of SOAS is the International Students Welcome ceremony where I met a few of my friends. Freshers’ Week overall was pretty fun and my classes are incredibly involving and interesting.

Alexis Berko, Wesleyan University