Postgraduate LLM, PDip

Law (Law and Society)

The Kent LLM (and associated Diploma programme) allows you to broaden and deepen your knowledge and understanding of law by specialising in one or more different areas.

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This pathway is specifically concerned with how law operates in practice. It will provide students with theoretical and interdisciplinary perspectives on law and society and encourage students to question how the law facilitates (or undermines) social justice at the local, national and international level.

It enables you to select from a range of modules offered by Kent Law School and the School of Social Policy, Sociology, and Social Research (SSPSSR) at the University of Kent, giving you the opportunity to critically analyse the role of law in contemporary global society, to study and understand key issues in legal and social policy, and to develop research and data analysis skills used in contemporary socio-legal research. It is suited to anyone who is interested in a career in a field which requires a sophisticated understanding of the operation of law in society, with skills in legal and social research, including students from non-legal backgrounds who would like to develop their research skills. It also provides an excellent foundation for students interested in progressing to PhD study.

In addition to learning the detail of the law, students at Kent Law School are taught to think about the law with regard to its history, development and relationship with wider society. The modules associated with this pathway enable you to study areas of contemporary relevance, to understand and interrogate their legal, ethical, and societal dimensions, and to learn skills for the creation of new knowledge about the operation and impact of law. Although the modules associated with the pathway can vary, this can include topics such an human rights law, migration, health law, law and science, law and economy, law and development, and social research methods.

About Kent Law School

Kent Law School (KLS) is the UK's leading critical law school. A cosmopolitan centre of world-class critical legal research, it offers a supportive and intellectually stimulating place to study postgraduate taught and research degrees.

You study within a close-knit, supportive and intellectually stimulating environment, working closely with academic staff. KLS uses critical research-led teaching throughout our programmes to ensure that you benefit from the Law School’s world-class research.


The fees for the Canterbury-only delivery of this programme are the same as those for the standard LLM programme

Your future

Employability is a key focus throughout the University and at Kent Law School you have the dedicated support together with a range of employability events and careers talks. Details of graduate internship schemes with NGOs, charities and other professional organisations are made available to postgraduate students.

Law graduates have gone on to careers in finance, international commerce, government and law or have joined, or started, an NGO or charity.

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Whether you want to get ahead in your current career, change lanes, or kickstart a new one – we are here to help you realise your ambition.

Fees and funding

The fees for the Canterbury-only delivery of this programme are the same as those for the standard LLM programme.

The annual tuition fees for students starting this course in January 2024 can be found on the Student Finance page.

For details of when and how to pay fees and charges, please see our Student Finance Guide.

For students continuing on this programme, fees will increase year on year by no more than RPI + 3% in each academic year of study except where regulated.* 

Your fee status

The University will assess your fee status as part of the application process. If you are uncertain about your fee status you may wish to seek advice from UKCISA before applying.

General additional costs

Find out more about general additional costs that you may pay when studying at Kent. 

Search our scholarships finder for possible funding opportunities. You may find it helpful to look at both:


We have a range of subject-specific awards and scholarships for academic, sporting and musical achievement.

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Next steps

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All applicants considering a pathway in Law should apply for the standard Law PDip or LLM programme. You will then select your pathway when you arrive at Kent.

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Kent has risen 11 places in THE’s REF 2021 ranking, confirming us as a leading research university.


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