SOAS University of London

School of Law

MA in Law, Culture and Society

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

Fees 2016/17

UK/EU fees:
£13,230
Overseas fees:
£18,550

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

2016 Entry requirements

  • Upper second class honours preferably in a related discipline

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Overview

Start of programme: September intake only

The MA in Law, Culture and Society allows students to study the relationships between law, society and cultural belief, broadly conceived. It gives students the opportunity to study direct impact of the law on commercial and governmental cultures, as well as the interactions between feminism and legal theory, and ethnic minorities and the law, amongst many others. 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.

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Structure

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

Every student will be required to take modules equivalent to four (4.0) full units including the dissertation. Students who wish to graduate with a specialised MA are required to take at least two (2.0) of the three (3.0) taught units within their chosen specialism. The third unit can be chosen from either the general Law Postgraduate Modules List or the following modules associated with the Law, Culture and Society specialisation:

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

Full Module Units (1.0)
 Half Module Units (0.5)
 Dissertation (1.0)
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Alternative Dispute Resolution 15PLAC104 1 Unit Full Year
Chinese Constitutionalism 15PLAH043 0.5 Unit Term 2
Feminist Legal Theory 15PLAC155 1 Unit Full Year
Foundations of Comparative Law 15PLAH031 0.5 Unit Term 1
Gender, Armed Conflict and International Law 15PGNH005 0.5 Unit Term 2
International and Comparative Copyright Law: Copyright in The Global Village 15PLAC115 1 Unit Full Year
International and Comparative Corporate Law 15PLAC116 1 Unit Full Year
Law and Development in Africa 15PLAC160 1 Unit Full Year
Law and Society in South Asia (Ma/Llm) 15PLAC129 1 Unit Full Year
Law of Islamic finance 15PLAC159 1 Unit Full Year
Migration, Gender and The Law in South East Asia and Beyond 15PLAH023 0.5 Unit Term 2
Multinational Enterprises and The Law 15PLAC140 1 Unit Full Year

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Teaching and Learning

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

Employment

Graduate Destinations

How does a degree in Law help with my career?

The Law department at SOAS provides students a thorough, specialist knowledge of comparative law, human rights, environmental law and international law.  Students also develop a range of skills valued by many employers including: critical judgment skills; problem-solving skills; the ability to formulate sound arguments; and the ability to interpret and explain complex information clearly.  

Who do graduates work for?

SOAS Law graduates have gone on to pursue careers directly related to law, or used their skills and expertise to get take up professional and management careers in both the private and public sectors.  The Law degree programmes have also enabled graduates to continue in the field of research either at SOAS or other institutions.

Destination of 2014 graduates

All postgraduate students are contacted 6 months after graduation (so for postgraduate students this is in April) to find out what they were doing - working, studying or something else, such as travelling. This data is added to the Undergraduate survey the following January and we receive the data in the summer (i.e. approximately 18 months after graduation). Here is the latest information from the 116 known destinations of the 2014 UK, EU and International Postgraduate and research degrees within the department

Graduate Destinations - postgraduate

Example employers

Adam Smith International

Grant Thornton

Asylum Access

Holland & Knight

British Council

Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI)

Department for International Development (DFID)

Max Planck Institute for European Legal History

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

UNHCR (United Nations High Comissioner for Refugees)

Example occupations

Associate Human Rights Officer

Legal Researcher

Asylum Specialist

Monitoring and Evaluation Associate

Corporate Commercial Lawyer

Policy Officer

In-House Legal Counsel

Post-doctoral Researcher

Law Trainee

Senior Resettlement Adviser

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A Student's Perspective

Never, have I heard or seen the world so at peace, I mean only at SOAS will you see at one and the same time debates and events in support of both Israel and Palestine happening side by side harmoniously.

Rehana Ahmed

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