- One calendar year (full-time) Two, three of fours 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.
- UK/EU fees:
- Overseas fees:
Fees for 2019/20 entrants. 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
- Minimum upper second class honours degree (or equivalent) in Law. We welcome applications from students who are close to a upper second class honours degree (High 2:2) and who have other relevant qualifications or work experience.
Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings
Start of programme: September intake only
Mode of Attendance: Full-time or Part-time
The SOAS LLM in Law and Gender offers an interdisciplinary, intellectually and politically rewarding and collegiate space, designed for critical and impactful engagements with law and gender, with a particular focus on the Global South and both historical and contemporary legal and alegal pursuits of gender, sexual, racial, Indigenous, class, caste, disability, post-conflict, post-colonial and environmental justice. Our students and teaching staff are particularly versed in feminist, queer and critical race theoretical approaches to intersectionality and are deeply engaged in cutting-edge projects across the ‘SOAS regions’ and beyond.
Our Ways of Learning-in-the-World
The LLM programme on Law and Gender is not just your go-to place for exploring interdisciplinary and critical approaches to law and gender in society; it rests upon a unique mission to support you, from the very beginning of this adventure, as both a learner and a teacher, making sure that your past and present personal, activist, academic and professional experiences and future aspirations are acknowledged and nurtured in a way that can equip you with firm and substantial critical directions. You will learn and, whilst doing so, teach and help others, too, in a highly diverse and friendly environment. You will approach both law and gender as your critical objects proper, to be explored in a pedagogical world that seeks to creatively and meaningfully overcome the distinction between the academic and the activist, the theoretical and the practical, relying on a praxis that each of you will have a chance to tailor to suit your personal and career needs as well as your unique research impulses and sensitivities.
You will, in other words, become a member of a vibrant, exploratory community amidst a buzzling metropolis and the wider SOAS contexts. We will work together on making this experience truly life-changing and memorable, which will not only equip you with critical approaches to law and gender, well beyond the confines of more ‘traditional’ institutions, but also ensure that you encounter and benefit from our unique, inter- and post-disciplinary, non-hierarchical and deeply collaborative approach to learning-in-the-world.
This programme proudly lays at the intersection of the SOAS School of Law and the SOAS Centre for Gender Studies, which, in their own ways, house some of the most innovative, critical and world-renown research on gender and law you will encounter in London, the United Kingdom and the world. Whether you wish to explore, or have experience with, global, transnational, local or specifically Global Southern approaches to law and gender, we have committed and uniquely knowledgeable teaching staff and students you can engage and work with. Some of our particular areas of expertise include postcolonial feminist and queer approaches to international and domestic law, diaspora studies and African and Asian feminisms, critical studies of sexual and gender diversity in the Global South, and the intersections of migration, post-conflict, environmental, anti-racist and anti-capitalist studies of law and gender.
This programme is perfect for LLB graduates or legal professionals and theorists seeking a deeper, both practice- and theory-oriented, engagement with gender studies in law and gender in legal studies—a meeting place for those ready to challenge their accustomed ways of being-in-the-world in community with other, critically-minded teachers and learners. You will not only join the current explorers along this inter- and post-disciplinary path, but also numerous alumni and alumnae around the globe who still cherish this experience as a turning point in their careers and life-paths.
Students take 180 credits composed of a dissertation (60 credits) as well as Core, Compulsory and Optional modules.
Core modules: These are mandatory and must be passed in the year they are taken before the student can progress to the next year.
Compulsory modules: These are mandatory but in the case of a failure, students may carry this into their next year provided that they retake and pass the failed element or exam.
Optional modules: These are designed to help students design their own intellectual journey while maintaining a strong grasp of the fundamentals.
Students who wish to graduate with a specialised LLM are required to take at least 60 credits associated with his or her specialised LLM, a further 30 credits within the School of Law (General Law Postgraduate Taught Module List), and a final 30 unit which can either be taken within the School of Law or from the Language Open Options or Non-Language Open Options pages with the LLM Programme Convenor’s permission. The dissertation topic will be undertaken within the LLM specialisation.
Please note: Not all modules listed will be available every year. Please see the individual module page for information.
Dissertation (12,000 words), on a topic related to the specialism of the degree
Choose a module(s) from the List A or General Law Options below to the value of 30 credits
Choose a module(s) from the List of General Law PGT Options below or from Postgraduate Open Options to the value of 60 credits
List of Modules (subject to availability)
General Law Options
Open Options Note
Open options will need approval of deputy PG programme convenor (LLM or MA)
Other non-law options might also be available, for example:
The information on the programme page reflects the intended programme structure against the given academic session. If you are a current student you can find structure information on the previous year link at the top of the page or through your Department. Please read the important notice regarding changes to programmes and modules.
Teaching & Learning
Students will acquire specialist knowledge of the chosen subject areas of law. This includes, but is not necessarily limited to, knowledge and understanding of the following:
- the theoretical and practical underpinnings of law
- the context in which law is made, interpreted, adjudicated, and amended
- the role played by law in different social and economic environments
- the role and function of legal institutions
- the weight and significance of different sources and methodologies
- students will develop knowledge of how to locate relevant materials and assess their relevance and/or importance
In the Department of Law, most modules have a one or two hour lecture and a one hour seminar every week. Lectures and seminars are often taken by different teachers to provide a variety of angles on the subject. The majority of the student’s time will be through their own independent study. Students become more active in class through their reading and essay-writing and should greatly enhance their participation in discussion groups.
Its aim is to provide an opportunity for students to conduct original historical, socio-legal and legal-anthropological research on their own initiative, to engage in empirical, intersectional and in-depth analysis of particular subjects and to use a range of primary historical sources, fieldwork data and the like. It is assessed by a single 12,000-word dissertation (including notes but excluding bibliography).
Full details of postgraduate tuition fees can be found on the Registry's Postgraduate Tuition Fees page.
This is a Band 5 tuition fee.
Fees for 2019/20 entrants. The fees below are per academic year. Fees go up each year, therefore, your tuition fee in your second & subsequent years of study will be higher. Our continuing students, on the same degree programme, are protected from annual increases higher than 5%.
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Application Deadline: 2019-02-07 16:00
Application Deadline: 2019-01-31 16:00
Application Deadline: 2019-02-20 16:00
Application Deadline: 2019-01-31 00:00
Application Deadline: 2019-02-28 00:00
Application Deadline: 2019-03-14 16:00
Application Deadline: 2019-02-20 16:00
Application Deadline: 2019-06-05 16:00
Application Deadline: 2019-02-20 16:00
For further details and information on external scholarships visit the Scholarships section