Masters | Postgraduate Course - Law by Research (September start) MA by Research Course Details within Queen Mary University of London

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Law by Research (September start) MA by Research

Study Details

MA by Research 1 year Full time 2 years Part time

 The MA Law by Research is an ideal choice if you want to undertake in-depth and individually supervised research on a topic of your own choice. It is ideal if you are aiming to proceed to doctoral study, or if you wish to enhance your career prospects by developing expertise in a specific area of law, and improve your research and writing skills. The ability to undertake a major piece of research is a transferable skill which is relevant to many different kinds of employment.

The programme accommodates practical and traditional approaches, as well as theoretical and inter-disciplinary. Though the emphasis is on one-to-one supervision, the MA Law by Research can extend into many areas. The Department of Law has well-known strengths in many areas of law including criminal law, human rights and public international law. Students interested in commercial areas of law, including arbitration, banking and finance, tax, intellectual property, IT and communications law can also apply to draw on the expertise of the Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS). 

This programme will:

  • Offer you the choice to really specialise in an area of your choosing.
  • Give you a solid foundation if your aim is PhD study - if you receive a mark of 70 per cent or above you will be eligible to apply for the QMUL Law PhD programme.
  • Give you research skills and methodologies.

Module details

Core modules

  • Research project (20,000-word dissertation)
  • Research methods module

Entry Requirements

A minimum of an upper-second class honours degree or an equivalent qualification from an overseas university.

We welcome applications from anyone interested in pursuing a research project in a very specific area of the law, for example contract, criminal, banking or IP regulations for which a law degree would be necessary, or a legal aspect of another academic or professional discipline for instance judiciary, politics, history, philosophy, literature, economics, medicine, theology, journalism, or other social, natural or human sciences, for which a related but non-law degree would be acceptable.

A research proposal of between 2,000 to 3,000-words. It should identify the question that you will attempt to answer through your research (simply identifying general topic areas or subjects is not sufficient). You should also set out your research methodology (empirical, qualitative, library based etc,) and provide a bibliography of the works that you consulted in formulating your research question.

Programme Funding

There are a number of sources of funding available for Masters students.

These include a significant package of competitive Queen Mary bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas, as well as external sources of funding.