SOAS University of London

School of Law

MRes in Law (2018 entry)

Select year of entry: 2019 2018

duration:
One calendar year (full-time)

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

  • The qualification for entry is normally a first or upper-second class honours degree (or equivalent) in law or the social sciences, and preferably a demonstrable interest in research and research methods. Work and other experience may be taken into account. Students whose first degree is not law will be required to take the Preliminary Law, Legal Reasoning and Legal Methods module.

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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 MRes in Law aims to provide students with advanced skills in legal research, the ability to undertake high level analysis of law and legal issues with a focus on areas of research specific to the School of Law at SOAS, a grasp of the research methods that underpin the discipline and its place in the humanities and the social sciences, a grounding in legal research methods, and the ethics of legal research. The MRres in Law is especially suited to candidates who wish to undertake a PhD or professional research in law. It prepares students to undertake high-quality research.

The SOAS MRes in Law is a unique qualification that brings together in-depth training in research and research methods focused on the research done in the School of Law. This is combined with other courses that are specific to SOAS and often not available anywhere else.

The degree has been developed to meet the needs of both researchers and practitioners. The programme is thus ideally suited to prepare for a PhD in Law at SOAS, or alternatively as a stand-alone qualification, for instance, for jobs requiring in-depth policy research.

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Structure

Students must take modules to a total value of 180, consisting of a dissertation (90 credits) and 90 credits of taught modules. Taught modules are worth either 15 or 30 credits.

Students who wish to graduate with an MRes in Law are required to follow the structure set out below.

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

Dissertation

Dissertation (20,000 words), on a topic related to the degree programme.

Module Code Credits Term Availability
MRes in Law Dissertation 15PLAD179 90 Full Year
Taught Component

Compulsory Modules

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Research Methods in Law 15PLAC181 30 Full Year
Research Design and Epistemology 15PFMC085 15 Term 1
AND

Choose a module(s) from the List of Law Options below to the value of 30 credits

OR

Choose a Language module(s) from Postgraduate Open Options to the value of 30 credits

List of Modules (subject to availability)
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Preliminary Law, Legal Reasoning and Legal Methods 15PLAC162 0 Term 1
Colonialism, Empire and International Law 15PLAH025 15 Term 2
Comparative Constitutional Law 15PLAH046 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
International Criminal Law 15PLAH055 15 Term 1
International Investment Law 15PLAH063 15 Term 1
International Refugee and Migration Law 15PLAH057 15 Term 1
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, Rights & Social Change 15PLAH064 15 Term 2
The Law of Armed Conflict 15PLAH022 15 Term 2
Water Law: Justice and Governance 15PLAH044 15 Term 1
Alternative Dispute Resolution 15PLAC104 30 Full Year
Climate Change and Energy Law and Policy 15PLAC154 30 Full Year
Human Rights and Islamic Law 15PLAC150 30 Full Year
International Commercial Arbitration 15PLAC153 30 Full Year
International Human Rights Clinic 15PLAC145 30 Full Year
International Protection of Human Rights 15PLAC119 30 Full Year
Islamic Law (MA/LLM) 15PLAC121 30 Full Year
Law and Development in Africa 15PLAC160 30 Full Year
Law and Natural Resources 15PLAC126 30 Full Year
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
Multinational Enterprises and The Law 15PLAC140 30 Full Year

 

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 90 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

  • familiarity with legal approaches to research will be developed through lectures, seminar discussions, compulsory reading assignments, and the dissertation
  • an understanding of the philosophical, ethical and political issues at the heart of law research (as well as possible solutions to such problems) will also be developed through lectures, seminar discussions, compulsory reading assignments, and the dissertation
  • critical comprehension of theoretical and empirical literature will be encouraged through substantive courses, compulsory reading assignments, lectures, and seminars

Intellectual (thinking) skills

  • planning and execution of an appropriate research design will be developed through independent projects, essays, and the dissertation
  • understanding and utilization of appropriate research methods will be encouraged through independent projects (e.g. essays), oral presentations, and the dissertation

Subject-based practical skills

  • the interpretation and critique of published research will be encouraged via compulsory reading assignments, synthetic/critical lectures, and regular seminar discussions, as well as long essays and the dissertation

Transferable skills

  • an awareness of research resources available to social scientists will be provided via 1) the provision of detailed reading lists, which include, where appropriate, reference to on-line materials and 2) compulsory reading assignments which familiarize students with secondary sources
  • an ability to write up and present the findings of analysis will be encouraged via long essays, coursework, exams, and the dissertation

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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