University of ManchesterThe creation of the University of Manchester on 22 October 2004 was the final step in the merging of two great institutions in Manchester. UMIST (University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology) and the Victoria University of Manchester, formalized more than 100 years of corporation by combining to form the University of Manchester.
Both institutions were originally founded by Manchester businessmen and industrialists to educate workers in science basics. The institutions developed into world-class research bodies and currently boast 23 Nobel Prize winners who have either studied or conducted their research at the institutions.
The President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Manchester have a combined vision of creating a modern center-of-excellence that will propel the University to being one of the top 25 universities in the world.
In order to achieve this goal the University aims to provide high caliber teaching and research opportunities to students regardless of background their origin or background. The University currently welcomes students from more than 150 countries around the world.
The University is an excellent choice for students keen to carry out their studies in an international and cosmopolitan environment. The city of Manchester is well known for its multicultural environment. There are many halal and kosher restaurants and retailers as well as a Chinatown, complete with a myrid of restaurants, a supermarket and bakery; and the famous Manchester Curry Mile which is home to more than 50 indian and pakistani restaurants. The Manchester International Airport offers regular flights to most major European cities as well as long-haul flights.
The law school
Manchester has been providing legal education since 1872 with Criminology being added to the curriculum after the formation of the University of Manchester in 2004.
The staff at the Law School are acknowledged experts in their field of law and this, together with their varied approaches to teaching law, combines to ensure a first-class learning experience for all students.
Students also benefit from the fruits of the research carried out at the various other research institutions housed at the Law School. Additionally, the School opened a Legal Advice Center in 2000 to give students an opportunity to serve the community while gaining invaluable skills and experience in pro-bono work.
Tuition costs are approximately £3 800 for Home and EU students and £12 000 for international students.
Students applying to the LLM at Manchester University must provide a completed application form accompanied by 2 references, a copy of their academic transcript and a copy of their degree certificate. A minimum 2:1 (upper second class) degree in law or equivalent is required (for the Law and Development MA candidates must have a degree or documented experience in an area related to economic development or governance.)
Applicants must also submit proof of English language proficiency.
The Law School offers a wide range of postgraduate law degrees and students have the opportunity to either freely choose their subjects or pursue a more specialized LLM course. This offers students the flexibility to combine subjects and create a course most suitable to their interests and chosen career path. Courses are offered in a broad spectrum of subject areas including commercial law, European law, human rights law, intellectual property rights, and developmental law.
Students are expected to complete a maximum of 120 credits with each course unit giving either 15 or 30 course credits. Students may therefore pursue a maximum of 8 course units or minimum of 4 course credits or a combination thereof. The only compulsory element of the course consists of two research papers to be submitted by students.
Two new post-graduate law courses, the Law and Development LLM and the Law and Development MA, will be introduced in 2010.
The Law and Development LLM was developed for those seeking to better understand the connection between legal reform and policy making in developing or transition economies. The LLM is provided by the Institute for Law, Economy and Global Governance at the School of Law. Students take 60 compulsory course credits in Law, Governance, Law and Economics and Law in emerging markets. Additionally, students are expected to complete 60 optional course credits.
The Law and Development MA is similar to the Law and Development LLM but is uniquely developed and directed towards non-lawyers with an interest in understanding the role played by the law and legal institutions in development.