1 year
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
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About this program


The primary purpose of an LLM by dissertation is to educate and train law graduates as researchers who can contribute to the development of knowledge at an advanced level which is predominantly focussed on one or more legal disciplines or prepare graduates for advanced and specialised professional employment.

Admission requirements

  • LLB degree or BProc degree or relevant degree from a foreign university that allows entrance to a master’s degree
  • A weighted average of at least 65% at final-year level or a weighted average of below 65%:
    • relevant work experience
    • other academic qualifications
  • An admissions examination may be required
  • A portfolio consisting of:
    • recent research-based essays or assignments
    • a letter of motivation

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Program content

Final year

Core modules

  • Dissertation: Law 890
  • Research methodology 802
  • Research proposal and oral defence of the research proposal 804

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Program delivery

The minimum duration of a program is 1 year (2 semesters) and the maximum duration is 2 years (4 semesters). The study period may only be extended in an individual case with the approval of the Faculty Postgraduate Committee on recommendation of the relevant head of department, based on good reason shown and if the student has a reasonable prospect of completing the program in a further year of study.


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Credits: 200

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University of Pretoria - Faculty of Law

Our mission is to be an internationally recognised leader in socially relevant legal education and research in South Africa and globally. In pursuing its vision, UP Law has as its mission the creation and sustenance of a research and education...

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University of Pretoria - Faculty of Law

cnr Lynnwood Road and Roper Street
South Africa

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