Teaching on the LLM course is delivered through a combination of lectures and seminars. In modules with smaller numbers of students, there is usually two hours of seminar-style teaching a week. In larger courses (i.e. with more than 40 students enrolled) there will typically be a combination of a two- hour lecture and a number of additional seminars. This means that usually full-time students will have 6 to 10 contact hours a week.
Part-time students are recommended to take 90 credits of taught modules in Year 1, and 30-45 credits of taught modules, plus a writing project (45 or 60 credits), in Year 2, to achieve 180 credits in total . The hours of teaching per week will depend on the modules chosen – for example, if two 15 credit modules per semester are chosen, this would involve 4 contact hours per week alongside independent study. Part-time students break for summer in June and return for year 2 teaching in September.
Contact time is based on 24 academic weeks, whereas self-study time is based on 31 academic weeks. The total notional study hours for the LLM are 1,800 (typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work). Notional study hours comprise formal teaching and learning activities, such as lectures and tutorials, as well as assessments and independent research and study.