A Linked Award/'2+2' Agreement which makes use of the established Master 1 'Droit international et européen' and LLB, offered jointly between The Faculté de droit et de science politique, Aix-Marseille Université, France (AMU) and Kent Law School (KLS).
If selected, you spend the first two years of your law studies at AMU in Aix-en-Provence and the last two years of your law studies at KLS in Canterbury. Upon successful completion of four years of law studies, you obtain both French (Master 1 'Droit international et européen') and English (LLB) law degrees facilitating progression to further professional qualifying examinations in France and in the UK.
AMU is a foremost French university with a very strong and long-standing European and international presence in the academic world. AMU’s Faculté de droit et de science politique is widely acknowledged, both in France and abroad, as one of France’s most prestigious law faculties. Offering outstanding study and research facilities, AMU’s Faculté de droit et de science politique also enjoys an excellent international reputation. For more detailed information, see: https://facdedroit.univ-amu.fr/
The University of Kent is one of the UK’s premier academic institutions producing world-class research, leading the way in many fields of study and enjoying an excellent international rating. KLS has long been the UK’s leading critical law school. In addition to outstanding teaching by distinguished academics having earned a worldwide scholarly standing, KLS features influential research both nationally and internationally. It is reputed for its award-winning law clinic and excellent graduate programmes. For more detailed information, see the Kent Law School website.
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The University will consider applications from students offering a wide range of qualifications. All applications are assessed on an individual basis but some of our typical requirements are listed below. Students offering qualifications not listed are welcome to contact our Admissions Team for further advice. Please also see our general entry requirements.
The University welcomes applications from Access to Higher Education Diploma candidates for consideration. A typical offer may require you to obtain a proportion of Level 3 credits in relevant subjects at merit grade or above.
The University will consider applicants holding BTEC National Qualifications (QCF; NQF; OCR).
The University will consider applicants holding T level qualifications in subjects closely aligned to the course.
Baccalauréat français, mention Très bien or Bien, or equivalent.
Students will also have to meet AMU’s general entry requirements for French and, if so required by law, will need to apply for and obtain a visa to reside and study in France. In addition, students must show proof of health insurance coverage and, for students who are citizens of an EU country, a European Health Insurance Card. Students must also show proof of civil liability insurance coverage and of repatriation insurance coverage.
The procedure to apply for progression to Year 3 at KLS will be confirmed by the University of Kent, and may require an additional application via UCAS to facilitate entry.
In addition to meeting academic progression requirements set jointly by AMU and KLS, students who are eligible for progression to Year 3 at KLS will also have to meet the University of Kent’s general entry requirements for English and, if so required by law, will need to apply for and obtain a visa to reside and study in the UK.
If you are an international student, visit our International Student website for further information about entry requirements for your country, including details of the International Foundation Programmes. Please note that international fee-paying students who require a Student visa cannot undertake a part-time programme due to visa restrictions.
Please note that meeting the typical offer/minimum requirement does not guarantee that you will receive an offer.
Please see our English language entry requirements web page.
Please note that if you do not meet our English language requirements, we offer a number of 'pre-sessional' courses in English for Academic Purposes. You attend these courses before starting your degree programme.
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Duration: 4 years full-time
The Linked Award/ “2+2” Agreement requires the completion of two existing programmes of study which can only be pursued on a full-time basis and are designed to be completed over a total of four academic years. Year’s 1 and 2 are to be taken at AMU studying for the Master 1 “Droit international et européen”. Years 3 and 4 are to be taken at the KLS studying for the LLB. To be eligible for both the Master 1 “Droit international et européen” and the LLB degrees, students must successfully complete all four years:
During Year 1, you take modules equivalent to 120 credits (60 ECTS). These modules are compulsory and are as follows: Droit civil (Droit des personnes), Droit civil (Droit de la famille), Droit constitutionnel I and II, Introduction historique au droit, Histoire du droit et des institutions, Introduction au droit, Grands systèmes de droits étrangers, and one English language class per semester
You take modules equivalent to 120 credits (60 ECTS). The compulsory modules are as follows: Droit civil (Droit des contrats), Droit civil (Droit de la responsabilité civile), Droit administratif I and II, Finances publiques, Droit pénal et sciences criminelles I and II, Droit de l’Union européenne and one English language class per semester. Students will complement the required number of credits by choosing among a range of optional modules: Droit judiciaire privé, Droit commercial I and II, Droit social I and II, Droit international public I and II, Droit international et européen des libertés fondamentales, Droit fiscal or Droit civil (Droit des biens)
You take modules worth 120 credits (60 ECTS). The compulsory modules are as follows: Introduction to Obligations, Foundations of Property (level 5), The English Legal System and Skills, Public Law I and Advanced Level Criminal Law
You take modules worth 120 credits (60 ECTS). The compulsory modules are as follows: The Law of Contract, The Law of Tort, Public Law II, European Union Law, Equity and Trusts, Land Law. Students will complement the required number of credits by choosing among a wide range of optional modules.
AMU administrative fees are payable to AMU during Years 1 and 2.
University of Kent tuition fees are payable to the University of Kent during Years 3 and 4.
During Stages 1 and 2, student performance (e.g., assessment methods, marking criteria, progression, condonement, compensation, appeals, resits) is subject exclusively to the regulations of AMU. For further information, refer to the Règlement de Licence and the Charte des examens.
During Stages 3 and 4, student performance (e.g., assessment methods, marking criteria, progression, condonement, compensation, appeals, resits) is subject exclusively to the regulations of the University of Kent. For further information, refer to the Credit Framework.
Successful completion of Years 1 and 2 is a formal requirement for admission to Year 3 at the University of Kent and ultimately for the award of the LLB.
Upon successful completion of all four years, students receive the award of Master 1 Droit international et européen from AMU and the award of LLB from the University of Kent.
Subject to meeting credit framework requirements, students may be eligible for alternate exit awards in the event that they do not complete all years of the Linked Award/“2+2” Agreement or for transfer to another programme.
All decisions regarding AMU alternate exit awards and applications to transfer to the Licence 2, Licence 3 or Master 1 at AMU lie within the exclusive jurisdiction of AMU.
All decisions regarding University of Kent alternate exit awards and applications to transfer to the three-year LLB programme at KLS lie within the exclusive jurisdiction of the University of Kent.
For a student studying full time, each academic year of the programme will comprise 1200 learning hours which include both direct contact hours and private study hours. The precise breakdown of hours will be subject dependent and will vary according to modules. Please refer to the individual module details under Course Structure.
Methods of assessment will vary according to subject specialism and individual modules. Please refer to the individual module details under Course Structure.
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European candidates seeking admission to AMU for the Master 1 “Droit international et européen” (AMU) and LLB (KLS) must follow the directions for applying on the AMU website at: https://facdedroit.univ-amu.fr/international/2-2-kent
Students must be fluent in French and English. The admissions process will include an interview of short-listed applicants to assess linguistic ability and general suitability. All interviews will be conducted in French and English by the Linked Award/“2+2” Agreement AMU and University of Kent Directors jointly. All interviews will take place at AMU in Aix-en-Provence during the month of June preceding the academic year for which initial registration is contemplated. In exceptional circumstances, interviews may be arranged by videoconference. Further details will be communicated to short-listed applicants
Dr Jean-François Marchi
Faculty of Law, Aix-Marseille Université
3 Avenue Robert Schuman
T: +33 (0)4 86 91 42 52 (or 42)
Dr Simone Glanert
Kent Law School, Eliot College, University of Kent
Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NS
T: +44 (0)1227 824658