Studying for an LLM in Wales
Wales is a country in the south western part of the United Kingdom, featuring miles of beautiful coastline and striking mountain landscapes. Cardiff, a lively cosmopolitan city, is the capital of Wales. Swansea is Wales’ second largest city while Newport, home to the University of South Wales, is another well-known city. Wales is regarded as bilingual, with Welsh and English both spoken widely and used on public signage. English is however used as the language of instruction at universities. Wales offers excellent academic opportunities, with institutions that attract an international body of students and faculty. Many Welsh universities rank in the top 50 in the UK.Find LLM programs in Wales
Where & what to study in Wales
There are several world-class institutions in Wales, including Cardiff University, Swansea University, Aberystwyth University, Bangor University, University of South Wales, and Cardiff Metropolitan University.
Most Welsh universities offer 1 year full-time and 2 year part-time LLM programs, with a wide range of specialist courses available in Intellectual Property Law, Intellectual Property & Commercial Practice, International Trade Law, International Commercial and Maritime Law, International Commercial Law, International Criminal Law, European Law and International Human Rights Law. Combined degrees are also available in Law & Banking, Law & Criminology and Public Procurement Law & Strategy. There are also non-specialist general LLMs available, as well as the flexibility to choose from a range of modules to create a customised Master of Laws program. Universities are continuously updating their LLM programs or introducing new ones to keep up with the demands of today’s dynamic global economies so if you’re keen to study in Wales but don’t find the program you’re looking for the first time, it could be worth finding out from the school what new programs they may be launching soon.
Entry requirements for a Master of Laws in Wales
A good honours first degree in law from a recognised university is required; usually a 2:1 (second class upper) although in some cases applicants with 2:2 results (second class lower) may be accepted. Non law graduates with relevant professional experience or first degrees related to certain specialisations are encouraged to apply; for instance candidates with degrees in economics, international relations or finance.
English test results may be required as part of your application, with IELTS (International English Language Testing System) and TOEFL (the Test of English as a Foreign Language) being the two popular tests. It’s a good idea to find out which test your preferred institution requires and importantly, what the minimum acceptable test scores are. You’re likely to have the English language requirement waived if your first degree was obtained in a country where the native language is English and the language of instruction at the university was English (e.g. the UK, Ireland, Canada, Australia or New Zealand.)
Tuition fees & living costs in Wales
Tuition fees for a full-time LLM range from £5,560 for UK / EU students to £13,000 for international students. Part-time LLMs cost around £2,835 per year for UK/EU students and about £6,500 per year for international students. Most of the Welsh universities fall within this range, either at the upper or lower end of the scale. Some universities offer scholarships, bursaries or prizes for high achieving students, so it’s worth researching and making enquiries about funding before you apply. Living costs could be up to £8,000 for a year, covering modest accommodation, utilities and transport. You may have to budget a little extra to cover food, books and entertainment. More general information on fees and funding can be found here.
Visa requirements for international students
International students require student visas to study in the UK. Visa requirements vary from country to country, particularly depending on whether your country is regarded as ‘low risk’ or ‘high risk’, so check with the UK Embassy or High Commission in your country well in advance. General requirements could include securing a confirmed place at a university, as well as demonstrating that you can maintain yourself financially by providing evidence of funds to cover accommodation, living costs and healthcare. The university you choose may be able to help you with advice on applying for a student visa.
Things to do when you aren’t studying
Wales is a great country to come to if you’re a sports’ enthusiast. Being a country on the coast Wales offers water sports aplenty, from kite surfing, regular surfing and kayaking to wake boarding and jet skiing. Plus, if you’d prefer something more leisurely there’s also fishing and sailing. Rugby is a popular sport in Wales, whether you’re involved as a participant or spectator. There are beautiful beaches and bays where you can swim or sunbathe, go rock climbing or abseiling.
The cities in Wales have beautifully landscaped parks and public gardens for long lazy picnics, adventure parks, theme parks, golf, theatres, museums, restaurants and shopping. Wales also has hundreds of castles waiting to be explored so you’ll almost certainly never run out of things to do.
And for those party people amongst you, the major cities in Wales also have a thriving nightlife – with clubs, bars, pubs and restaurants aplenty!
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