Governments and international institutions regulate our lives, from what we wear in public to what we say about others. This raises profound questions about how we relate to each other and to our government.
By what right do some people rule over others? Do citizens have an obligation to obey the law? Ultimately, how can we live together peacefully in circumstances in which we disagree about how best to live?
This course, taught in conjunction with the Department of Philosophy and the Department of Politics, explores the core issues of political and legal theories and the relationship between them. By studying the works of theorists both past and present, you'll delve into the fundamental questions of legal and political philosophy.
Studying at York was deeply rewarding. The faculty, with their diverse perspectives, all contributed to an atmosphere of academic rigour and support.Benjamin, LLM Legal and Political Theory
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Your core modules will introduce you to the fundamental questions of legal and political theory. By choosing from a range of options for the rest of your modules, you can focus your studies on what interests you most.
You'll learn about the fundamental issues and theories of jurisprudence, alongside looking into the most important approaches to political theory. In your option modules, you'll have the chance to learn about topics such as pluralism, terrorism and ethics.
You'll also develop your research skills in preparation for a 12,000-word dissertation, which you will write during the Summer Term.
You will take core modules which may include:
You'll choose option modules in the Spring Term. Recent module options include:
Our modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.
Our course structures are changing in September 2023. Find out more about how this course may be affected.
You'll write a 12,000-word dissertation on a topic of your choice, incorporating a legal dimension, under the supervision of a faculty member. You'll be supported in the preparation of the dissertation proposal by specialist research training.
There is a wide flexibility in choosing your topic and you are encouraged to make the most of the broad range of expertise made available by the collaborative nature of the programme.
Every course at York is built on a distinctive set of learning outcomes. These will give you a clear understanding of what you will be able to accomplish at the end of the course and help you explain what you can offer employers. Our academics identify the knowledge, skills, and experiences you'll need upon graduation and then design the course to get you there.
|Study mode||UK (home)||International and EU|
|Full-time (1 year)||£9,290||£19,950|
|Part-time (2 years)
This is the year 1 fee. Fees for future years are subject to confirmation.
Students on a Student Visa (formerly Tier 4 Visa) are not currently permitted to study part-time at York.
For courses which are longer than one year, the tuition fees quoted are for the first year of study. Fees for subsequent years are subject to increase (no more than 2% each year).
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We'll confirm more funding opportunities for students joining us in 2022/23 throughout the year.
If you've successfully completed an undergraduate degree at York you could be eligible for a 10% Masters fee discount.
You can use our living costs guide to help plan your budget. It covers additional costs that are not included in your tuition fee such as expenses for accommodation and study materials.
The course challenged me to consider the political and philosophical dimension to legal study and the weekly Morrell Seminars also widened my academic interests. There is an expansive and great depth of knowledge in the department and all staff were extremely supportive and accessible.Byron, LLM Legal and Political Theory
You’ll work with world‐leading academics who’ll challenge you to think independently and excel in all that you do. Our approach to teaching will provide you with the knowledge, opportunities, and support you need to grow and succeed in a global workplace.
You’ll be taught in a variety of ways depending on the modules you choose. For most modules, you’ll be in small groups either in a seminar format – discussing issues in depth with peers and staff – or in problem-based learning groups. For some modules, you will attend lectures and plenary sessions where you will be introduced to key debates.
York Law School is located on Campus East. Nearly all of your teaching will take place within the Law building or nearby on Campus East.
Our beautiful green campus offers a student-friendly setting in which to live and study, within easy reach of the action in the city centre. It's easy to get around campus - everything is within walking or pedalling distance, or you can always use the fast and frequent bus service.
The forms of assessment differ depending on module choice, but most modules are assessed by an essay written over the vacation following the term’s teaching. You will receive feedback throughout your course, including written feedback on your work during each module and informal feedback in seminars.
Throughout your time at York, you will receive active support in careers and development planning from the York Law School employability tutor.
We encourage you to get involved with our Careers and Development Programme. The programme includes several employers, providing an insight into the legal profession and the relevant recruitment processes.
There is also help available for those of you who are thinking about non-legal employers or academic routes following your LLM.
|Undergraduate degree||2:1 or equivalent in Law or a related social science|
|International pre-masters programme||Pre-masters from our International Pathway College|
|Other qualifications and experience||Applicants with equivalent legal professional, management or commercial experience will be considered on a case-by-case basis|
|Other international qualifications||Equivalent qualifications from your country|
If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept the following qualifications:
|IELTS||7.0, minimum 7.0 in Writing and 6.5 in all other components|
|C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency||185, minimum 185 in Writing and 176 in all other components|
|Duolingo||120, minimum 120 in Production and 110 in all other components|
|LanguageCert||C1 Expert High Pass with 33/50 in each component|
|PTE Academic||67, minimum 67 in Writing and 61 in all other components|
|TOEFL||96, minimum 24 in Writing and 23 in all other components|
|Trinity ISE III||Distinction in all components|
For more information see our postgraduate English language requirements.
You may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English language courses. These courses will provide you with the level of English needed to meet the conditions of your offer.
The length of course you need to take depends on your current English language test scores and how much you need to improve to reach our English language requirements.
After you've accepted your offer to study at York, we'll confirm which pre-sessional course you should apply to via You@York.
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