MA Legal Studies (General Programme)
Duration: One calendar year (full-time); Two or three years (part-time, daytime only)
Minimum Entry Requirements: Upper second class honours preferably in a related discipline
Start of programme: September intake only
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 organizations or non-governmental organisation, and many also have been or continue to be legal practitioners.
To facilitate their study of law, all MA students are required to attend a two-week Preliminary Law, Legal Reasoning, and Legal Methods in 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 who wish to graduate with a specialised MA are required to take at least 60 credits associated with his or her specialised MA, a further 30 credits within the School of Law (General Law Postgraduate Taught Module List), and a final 30 unit which can either be taken within the School of Law or from the Language Open Options or Non-Language Open Options pages with the MA Programme Convenor’s permission. The dissertation topic will be undertaken within the MA specialization.
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