Law and Society - LLM

Deeply embedded within society, the law affects almost every aspect of our lives as individuals, homeowners, parents, workers, voters, global citizens and more – from marriage, property rights or what constitutes crime, to local and national governance, immigration or international human rights. This exciting LLM explores the fascinating and complex relationship between law and society from an interdisciplinary perspective, drawing on disciplines including cultural studies, history, jurisprudence, philosophy, sociology and political science. The innovative research skills you’ll gain prepare you for a PhD, socio-legal studies, a career at The Bar, non-governmental organisations or public, private or charity sectors.

Month of entry

  • September

Mode of study

  • Full time, Part time


Subject area

  • Law

Fees for 2023/24 academic year

  • UK - Full time £8,900 per year. Part time £4,900 per year.
    International - £17,700 per year.

Duration of study

  • Full time - 1 year, Part time - 2 years, Modular - Up to 5 years

Please note: this course is no longer accepting applications from international students for September 2023 entry

Why study Law and Society at Keele University?

Optional research-intensive pathway meets the Economic and Social Research Council’s (ESRC) postgraduate social science research training and development guidelines
Keele is a member of the ESRC’s North West Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership (NWSSDTP), which opens up opportunities for PhD research funding
Keele is ranked among the top 200 universities in the world for the teaching of Law (Times Higher Education World University Subject Rankings 2022)
Close-knit community, smaller class sizes, tailored personal/professional support includes Senior Practitioner in Law, an experienced solicitor developing employability skills and employer links
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"The Law and Society LLM explored a diverse range of theoretical and methodological perspectives and I gained invaluable insight into qualitative and quantitative research design. I critically engaged with legal phenomena in its broader socio-legal context in an environment fostering creativity and independent curiosity. An enriching, illuminating and relevant postgraduate course beneficial to all seeking to interrogate law beyond its doctrinal roots."

Felicity, LLM Law and Society

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"I have had both the privilege of teaching on and graduating from this course. It’s flexibility and breadth enabled me to explore ideas and perspectives that were fundamental in me developing the necessary skill and confidence to be able to critique law and legal institutions, which enabled me to go on to Doctoral study."

Abigail, LLM Law and Society

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Keele Postgraduate Association

Keele University is one of a handful of universities in the UK to have a dedicated students' union for postgraduate students. A fully registered charity, Keele Postgraduate Association serves as a focal point for the social life and welfare needs of all postgraduate students during their time at Keele.

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Hugely popular, the KPA Clubhouse (near Horwood Hall) provides a dedicated postgraduate social space and bar on campus, where you can grab a bite to eat and drink, sit quietly and read a book, or switch off from academic life at one of the many regular events organised throughout the year. The KPA also helps to host a variety of conferences, as well as other academic and career sessions, to give you and your fellow postgraduates the opportunities to come together to discuss your research, and develop your skills and networks.

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