Governance and Devolution (Taught)
The past decade has seen massive structural changes to the constitutional arrangements of the United Kingdom.
The LLM Governance and Devolution programme explores these structural changes, the most obvious being the creation of legislative and executive bodies in Scotland and Wales, together with a resumption of devolved government in Northern Ireland.
The programme explores 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.
The LLM Governance and Devolution programme is suitable for graduates from or with a legal practice qualification in any legal tradition or jurisdiction who have a special interest in constitutional legal theory and regional governance.
The LLM Governance and Devolution programme:
- provides you with a general appreciation of current issues in specific areas of law, both domestic and international;
- stimulates a critical approach to evaluation of current and proposed regulation and cultivate independent and original thought;
- enables you to undertake in-depth research and demonstrate advanced knowledge in specific areas of law;
- offers close contact with the devolved institutions in Wales: the National Assembly for Wales and the Welsh Assembly Government;
- allows you to benefit from the activities of the Wales Governance Centre.
The LLM Governance and Devolution programme is very flexible and offers a wide range of modules providing you with the ability to customise the programme to meet your own professional and/or employment needs.
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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.
You should ideally have obtained at least a 2:1 class degree or equivalent in Law. Applicants with a 2.2 class degree or equivalent will be considered taking into account the application in its entirety.
Those whose first language is not English must obtain an IELTS overall score of 6.5 with 6.5 in writing and no less than 6 in the other sub-scores, or the equivalent.
Early application is strongly advised, normally well before the end of July. Later applications will be considered, but international students must bear in mind the time needed to obtain a visa.
For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website
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- Competition Law
- Insurance Law
- International Sales Law
- Comparative Corporate Governance
- World Trade Law
- Criminal Justice in Europe
- Marine Insurance
- Consent to Treatment
- International Humanitarian Law
- The Law of Devolution in Wales
- Constitutionalism and Governance
- International Affairs: Legal and Political Aspects
- Human Rights and Global Justice
- Environmental and Climate Change Law
- The Child and The State: Law and Policy
- Social Care Rights and the Law
- Law of the Sea
- International Refugee Law and Asylum
- Comparative Commercial Law
- Copyright: Comparative and International Perspectives
- Patents and Trade Secrets: Comparative and International Perspectives
- Innovation Policy and the Law
- EU Internal Market Law
- Money Laundering and Financial Crime
- Admiralty Law
- Themes in Socio-Legal Studies
- Carriage of Goods by Sea
- International Energy Law
- International Disability Human Rights Law
- International Investment Law
- Contemporary Welsh Politics
- Devolution and Public Policy in Wales
Scholarships & funding
For more information about scholarships, please visit the university website.
tuition fees for UK and EU students is £8,450
tuition fees for students from outside the EU is £18,200
What skills will I practise and develop?
You are expected to assume a greater responsibility for your education as you undertake your postgraduate studies. Through the LLM, you will acquire and develop a range of valuable skills, both those which are discipline specific and more generic employability skills. During the programme you will be able to extend your communication and presentation skills, both oral and written. You will also be able to develop collaborative skills, take leadership roles and enhance skills of disciplined and independent study.
You will be encouraged to work independently to seek out legal materials for yourself, to read and analyse these materials critically and to present structured and reasoned argument under the guidance of your tutors and supervisors. You will be provided with training in postgraduate research skills to develop your independent legal analysis, research and writing.
Outside the curriculum you will have the opportunity to develop wider “employability” skills through participation in the School’s Law in Action pro-bono schemes run with partner organisations, in which student volunteers assist real people in their dealings with the law. The schemes currently include:
- Law in Justice: the Innocence Project (dealing with alleged miscarriages of justice);
- Law in Healthcare: the NHS Continuing Healthcare Scheme (challenges to NHS healthcare funding assessments);
- Law in Sport: the Rugby Union Project (providing legal advice and legal newsletters to rugby clubs).
About this institute
Founded in 1883, Cardiff University combines a prestigious heritage with impressive modern facilities, on one of the most beautiful campuses in the UK. As part of the Russell Group, our students benefit from our outstanding research quality and reputation, while...
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