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Governance and Devolution (LLM)

1 year (full-time) / 2 years (part-time) / n/a (distance / e-Learning)

Course Aims

To offer knowledge and expertise of special interest to persons working in local, devolved or central government or in the public sector.

Special Features

Course Description

The LLM Governance and Devolution explores the structural changes to the constitutional arrangements of the United Kingdom. The most obvious of these are the creation of legislative and executive bodies in Scotland and Wales, together with a resumption of devolved government in Northern Ireland. The course will explore the opportunities and tensions created by these innovations and will also explore the less public shifts in the relationships between the three branches of government. Issues concerning accountability, democratic engagement and what constitutes ‘good governance’ are explored to give an understanding of the broader relationships between the ‘regions’ and tiers of government/governance at the state and EU levels.

Course Structure

Students must complete four modules (one assessment for each module comprising of a 5,000 word essay or examination) and a dissertation (not exceeding 15,000 words). Students must study two modules from the selection of Governance and Devolution modules. Their other modules may be drawn from the modules listed in any other programme or from a combination of programmes, including modules offered by another School in the University.

Depending on the programme and the particular module, teaching methods comprise a mix of lectures and seminars, individual and joint written and oral presentations and distance learning. All modules are supported by extensive IT provision available on campus. Modules are typically led by staff actively engaged in research relevant to their subject matter.

For more course and module information, please see the LLM Governance and Devolution page on the Law School website.

Entry Requirements

Suitable for graduates from any legal tradition or jurisdiction, or with a legal practice qualification from any legal tradition or jurisdiction, who have a special interest in constitutional legal theory and in regional governance.

Early application is strongly advised, normally well before the end of July. Please see our how to apply pages for more information.

Applicants should have a good Honours degree in Law (2:2 or equivalent), although other appropriate qualifications will be considered.

In addition, applicants whose first language is not English must obtain an overall IELTS score of 6.5 with 6.5 in writing and 6.0 in all other components, or an equivalent English language qualification.

Tuition Fees 2016/17

Fees quoted are for the academic session 2016/17. For programmes lasting more than one year, tuition fees for subsequent years of study are subject to an increase of no more than 4.5% per year.

  UK & EU International
Full-time £6,500 £15,000
Part-time £3,250 £7,500
Deposit n/a Includes a £1,000 deposit. More information about our deposit policy.

Next intake: September each year

School Contact

Name: Admissions Team LLM Governance & Devolution, Legal & political Aspects of International Affairs, European Legal Studies  

Telephone: +44 (0)2920 875406 



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