SOAS University of London

School of Law

MA Legal Studies (General Programme) (2018 entry)

Select year of entry: 2019 2018

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

Fees 2019/20

UK/EU fees:
£14,875
Overseas fees:
£21,475

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

Entry requirements

  • Upper second class honours preferably in a related discipline

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Overview

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings

Start of programme: September intake only

Mode of Attendance: Full-time or Part-time

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.

Convenors

Structure

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 must take modules to a total value of 180, consisting of a dissertation (60 credits) and 120 credits of taught modules.  Taught modules are worth either 15 or 30 credits.

Students must take a mimimum of 60 credits from the School of Law General Postgraduate Taught Modules List.

A further 60 credits can be taken from the same list, or from the SOAS Open Option Module List.

Finally, all students must complete the MA Dissertation in Law, a 12,000 word submission based on a Law topic of interest to the student.

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

Dissertation

Students must complete a Dissertation (12,000 words) in Law, which should be on a topic relating to their chosen MA specialism.

Module Code Credits Term Availability
MA Dissertation in Law 15PLAC999 60 Full Year
Pre-sessional Component
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Preliminary Law, Legal Reasoning and Legal Methods 15PLAC162 0 Term 1
Taught Component

Choose modules from the List of General Law Options below to the value of 60 credits

AND

Choose a modules from the List of General Law Options below or from Postgraduate Open Options to the value of 60 credits

List of Modules (subject to availability)
General Law Options
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Alternative Dispute Resolution 15PLAC104 30 Full Year
Climate Change and Energy Law and Policy 15PLAC154 30 Full Year
Colonialism, Empire and International Law 15PLAH025 15 Term 2
Foundations of International Law 15PLAH021 15 Term 1
Gender, Armed Conflict and International Law 15PGNH005 15 Term 1
Gender, Sexuality and Law: Selected Topics 15PLAH061 15 Term 2
Gender, Sexuality and Law: Theories and Methodologies 15PLAH062 15 Term 1
Human Rights and Islamic Law 15PLAC150 30 Full Year
International Commercial Arbitration 15PLAC153 30 Full Year
International Criminal Law 15PLAH055 15 Term 1
International Human Rights Clinic 15PLAC145 30 Full Year
International Protection of Human Rights 15PLAC119 30 Full Year
International Refugee and Migration Law 15PLAH057 15 Term 1
Islamic Law (MA/LLM) 15PLAC121 30 Full Year
Justice, Reconciliation and Reconstruction in Post Conflict Societies 15PLAC123 30 Full Year
Law and Development in Africa 15PLAC160 30 Full Year
Law and Natural Resources 15PLAC126 30 Full Year
Law and Policy of International Courts and Tribunals 15PLAH026 15 Term 2
Law and Postcolonial Theory 15PLAH050 15 Term 1
Law and Society in Southeast Asia 15PLAH049 15 Term 1
Law and Society in The Middle East and North Africa 15PLAC130 30 Full Year
Law, Environmental and Sustainable Development in a Global Context 15PLAC118 30 Full Year
Law, Human Rights and Peace Building: The Israeli-Palestinian Case 15PLAC133 30 Full Year
Law, Rights & Social Change 15PLAH064 15 Term 2
Multinational Enterprises and The Law 15PLAC140 30 Full Year
Preliminary Law, Legal Reasoning and Legal Methods 15PLAC162 0 Term 1
The Law of Armed Conflict 15PLAH022 15 Term 2
Water Law: Justice and Governance 15PLAH044 15 Term 1
International Investment Law 15PLAH063 15 Term 1
Open Options Note

Open options from cross-Faculty list will need approval of deputy PG programme convenor (LLM or MA)

 

This is the structure for applicants

If you are a current student you can find structure information on Moodle or through your Department.

Programme Specification

Important notice

The information on the programme page reflects the intended programme structure against the given academic session. Please read the important notice regarding changes to programmes and modules.

Teaching and Learning

Teaching & Learning

Contact Hours

All Masters programmes consist of 180 credits, made up of taught modules of 30 or 15 credits, taught over 10 or 20 weeks, and a dissertation of 60 credits. The programme structure shows which modules are compulsory and which optional.

As a rough guide, 1 credit equals approximately 10 hours of work. Most of this will be independent study, including reading and research, preparing coursework, revising for examinations and so on. It will also include class time, which may include lectures, seminars and other classes. Some subjects, such as learning a language, have more class time than others. At SOAS, most postgraduate modules have a one hour lecture and a one hour seminar every week, but this does vary.

More information is on the page for each module.

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.

 Assessment

  • 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.

Fees for 2019/20 entrants. The fees below are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. 

Full-time  Part-time 2 Years Part-time 3 Years LLM only 4 Years                     
UK/EU Students Overseas Students UK/EU Students Overseas Students UK/EU Students Overseas Students UK/EU Students Overseas Students
£14,875 £21,475 £7,438 £10,738 £4,958 £7,158 £3,719 £5,369
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