Master's degrees

Five of the School's 9 institutes offer master's degrees in their specialist areas of expertise in the humanities and social sciences. The Refugee Law Initiative also offers a master's degree.

Our students benefit from a friendly and supportive postgraduate-focused environment at the heart of the University of London's Bloomsbury precinct in central London, access to world-leading research resources, and the opportunity to participate and collaborate in the rich and diverse programme of academic events and the research activities of the School. Our graduates are awarded a University of London degree. One in 10 of our master's degree graduates go on to undertake further study by research.
We're accepting applications for the following programmes in 2015-16:

LLM in Advanced Legislative Studies

  • A unique opportunity to drafters, legal officers, policy makers, and those interested in the process of lawmaking and in drafting to study the legislative environment and legislation as a tool for regulation. (Institute of Advanced Legal Studies.)

MA in Art History, Curatorship and Renaissance Culture

  • The purpose of the programme is to provide high level linguistic, archive and research skills for a new generation of academic art historians and museum curators. (Warburg Institute in collaboration with the National Gallery, London.)

MA in Cultural and Intellectual History 1300–1650

  • This MA equips students for interdisciplinary research in Medieval and Renaissance studies, and in the reception of the classical tradition. Students are part of an international community of scholars, working in a world-famous library. (The Warburg Institute.)

MA in Garden and Landscape History

  • Acquire knowledge from a range of sources including history, horticulture, architecture, garden archaeology and other subjects, and to develop an appreciation of the study of garden history as a cultural discipline. (Institute of Historical Research.)

MA/MRes in Historical Research

  • The course is structured for assessed work and independent projects. Students are introduced to key historical approaches, sources and methods. Field trips and museum visits form a key part of the training programme. (Institute of Historical Research.)

MA/MRes in the History of the Book

  • This MA offers an interdisciplinary programme that goes beyond books to include newspapers and magazines. It also covers the social, economic and cultural context of book production. (Institute of English Studies.)

LLM in International Corporate Governance, Financial Regulation and Economic Law

  • This LLM offers research expertise in company law, corporate governance, international economic law, financial regulation and financial law. (Institute of Advanced Legal Studies.)

MA in the Making of the Modern World

  • How has the decline of European empires in the extra-European world shaped the 20th century – and beyond? (Institute of Commonwealth Studies.)

Master's by Research in Modern Languages

  • A new one-year Master’s by Research in Modern Languages (French/Francophone, German, Italian, Spanish/Latin American) available for 2015–16. (Institute of Modern Languages Research.)

MA Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies

  • This is the first ever postgraduate course on refugees to be offered by distance learning. It enables students to acquire a rigorous legal, practical and theoretical understanding of refugee protection and forced migration. (Refugee Law Initiative.)

MA in Understanding and securing Human Rights

  • The longest-running interdisciplinary, practice-oriented human rights MA programme in the UK. Its priority is to provide students with practical skills essential to working as human rights practitioners, including advocacy, fundraising and research. (Human Rights Consortium.)


Three graduates wearing robes and mortarboards on graduation day

Master's degrees in culture, language and literature, history, human rights and law.


Man studying in library using his laptop surrounded by books

Research degrees in Commonweath, English, History, Law, and Germanic and Romance Studies.


A range of engaging short courses in palaeography, literature, book studies and protection of refugees.