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  • A legal advantage.Postgraduate opportunities
  • The University of Southampton Schoolof Law has forged an excellent reputationwith prospective employers and withinthe professions, both nationally andinternationally.If you choose to study at Southampton, you will work withinternationally respected academics and experience world-leading research as it happens. Our wide selection of postgraduateprogrammes offer you the chance to benefit from intensive teachingwhile building on the skills and knowledge gained during your firstdegree.Our teaching is student focused, dynamic and intellectually stimulating,supported by superb electronic legal resources that enable all our studentsto access materials from around the world. ContentsWe have built a reputation as one of the leading law schools in the UK. Our Studying in the School of Law 4teaching was declared “excellent” by the Government’s Quality Assurance LLM (Master of Laws) Pathways 4Agency and we are one of only 11 law schools to have 95% or more of ourresearch output regarded as being of “international standard or above”. Master of Laws 5Many of our academic staff are leading authors who have written definitive Commercial and Corporate Law 7books and articles that are shaping the law today. Their ground-breaking European Law 9research has contributed to a vast array of module choices across our European and Comparative Property Law 11postgraduate degree programmes. International Business Law 12At Southampton, we are proud of our excellent facilities and the services International Law 13that we guarantee to all our students. Whether you need advice on paying Information Technology and Commerce 14tuition fees, help finding an obscure book, access to the internet orlanguage lessons, we have the technology, services and resources to ensure Maritime Law 17that your time with us is rewarding and productive. New MSc Crime Analysis 19 New Distance Learning Programme Information Technology and Telecommunications Law LLM 20 Research at the School of Law 21 PhD Programme 22 Southampton 25 The University of Southampton 26 International students 28 Making an application 30 Careers 33 How to find us 342 3
  • Studying in the School of Law The LLM (Master of Laws)StructuresAll of our programmes consist of a set of taught studies that reflect the reality of decision making and problem solving activities in today’s legal environment. The LLM (Master of Laws) is an internationally recognisedmodules assessed by coursework and exams, Learning alongside other students postgraduate law degree. Our LLM pathways draw on theplus a final dissertation. Research skills sessions Throughout your time with us you will be workingand supervision by our staff provide you with the alongside fellow students from a wide range of cultural highly-acclaimed research strengths of our academic staff thatsupport you need to approach your independent and geographical backgrounds. This is a powerfulresearch in a structured way. These sessions are resource and we are particularly keen to encourage are at the cutting edge of international and national legaldesigned to develop study skills and a suitable planfor your independent inquiry. you to set up learning networks with other students that may extend beyond the time of your study at reform and development.How will you learn? Southampton.Your understanding of the subjects covered and your You will register for an LLM (general) or a named - EU litigation and European private law E-learningability to use the knowledge and skills gained will be LLM from our choice of pathways: - European land law E-learning facilities are provided through a learningaimed at promoting your academic and professional - European trusts, succession and private taxation environment called ‘Blackboard’ which enables access - LLM (Corporate and Commercial Law)development. - International commercial arbitration to many additional resources and supporting learning - LLM (European Law) - International business taxationYou will experience group work, recognised as materials. - LLM (European and Comparative Property Law) - International law of the seavital in your development when looking forward Student support service for learning - LLM (International Business Law) - International marine and Europeanto, or continuing in, a professional role. You will be We will help support your learning needs throughout environmental (liability) lawsupported in learning how to form and maintain group - LLM (International Law) your time of study. We will provide an induction - International protection of human rightscohesiveness to achieve clearly defined outcomes, such - LLM (Information Technology and Commerce) programme as well as individual support in study skills, - International trade lawas a report, a group presentation or a combination of where appropriate. You will also be allocated a tutor to - LLM (Maritime Law) - Internet lawboth reflecting approaches you experience in the work support your academic development. - Law of unjust enrichmentplace. You will also be presented with different case Our LLM Master of Laws gives a choice across the full - Legal regulation of fraud and money laundering range of our modules – providing a flexible academic - Marine insurance programme which can be tailored to suit your own - Secured commercial financing individual interests. You will develop your powers - World Trade Organisation law and regional of analysis, legal reasoning and writing skills while economic integration exploring four interesting and varied subjects. In Visit our web site for fuller descriptions of the today’s competitive market our programmes offer you modules on offer. the chance to enhance your knowledge and develop your skills, preparing you to compete with the best to Key facts secure your chosen career. Start date: Early October Assessment Programme duration: Full-time 1 Year Assessment is by coursework and exams, plus a final Part-time 2 Years dissertation on an agreed topic. Entry requirements: An upper second class Bachelor’s Choice of four modules: degree in law or an equivalent degree. Account may also - Admiralty law be taken of practical experience within the relevant field - Carriage by air of study - Carriage of goods by sea Language requirements: See page 31 - Commercial conflicts of laws and international litigation - Comparative civil liberties Studying in the School: See page 4 - Comparative competition law Fees: Visit the School web site - Comparative intellectual property law - Comparative land laws of Europe - Corporate governance The recently refurbished Hartley Library The Hartley Library, Highfield Campus4 5
  • You will develop an in-depth Commercial and Corporate Lawunderstanding of the ever-changing LLMworld of commercial and corporate lawwhile benefiting from the highest qualityresearch-led teaching. The subject matter is challenging, interesting and relevant to the global trade environment in Choice of four modules: - Carriage by air which we live. We have an excellent reputation and - Carriage of goods by sea relationships within the professions and are based - Commercial conflicts of laws and international litigation within easy train access of London and the world’s - Comparative competition law top global firms and employers. - Comparative intellectual property law This postgraduate programme gives you the time - Comparative land laws of Europe to develop your powers of analysis, legal reasoning - Corporate governance and writing skills while exploring the challenges of - EU litigation and European private law transactional commercial law. You can choose from - European land law a broad range of module options, which enables you - European trusts, succession and private taxation to select a programme of study that is tailored to your - International commercial arbitration individual needs and interests. As a result, you will be - International marine and European environmental equipped with the vital tools to rival the best in the (liability) law competitive international market for lawyers. - International tax law - International trade law The programme is aimed at graduates, attracted to - Internet law problem solving and academic rigour, who intend - Law of unjust enrichment to work in the competitive world of commercial and - Legal regulation of fraud and money laundering corporate law. The programme will also meet the needs - Marine insurance of those already working in commercial practice who - Secured commercial lending want to move into a new specialism, or broaden and - World Trade Organisation law and regional economic expand their current knowledge of commercial law. integration Assessment Visit our web site for fuller descriptions of the Assessment is by coursework and exams, plus a final modules on offer. dissertation on an agreed topic. Key facts Start date: Early October Programme duration: Full-time 1 Year Part-time 2 Years Entry requirements: An upper second class Bachelor’s degree in law or an equivalent degree. Account may also be taken of practical experience within the relevant field of study Language requirements: See page 31 Studying in the School: See page 4 Fees: Visit the School web site6 7
  • With in-depth knowledge of this European Lawcomplex area of the law, you will be well LLMpositioned to work at the cutting-edge ofpolicy-making and legal practicein the European Union. As part of the largest market in the world, the effects of European law are all around us. Detailed Choice of four modules: - Commercial conflicts of laws and international knowledge of the EU’s structure and the rulings litigation of the Court of Justice of the European Union - Comparative civil liberties is crucial for all practising lawyers. Our LLM - Comparative competition law programme offers you the chance to acquire a - Comparative intellectual property law valuable specialism, leaving you well positioned to - Comparative land laws of Europe pursue the many job opportunities where detailed - Corporate governance knowledge of European law is required. To meet - EU litigation and European private law your, or your employer’s needs, the programme - European trusts, succession and private taxation can also be tailored to suit your own particular - International commercial arbitration requirements and interests. You can, for example, - International marine and European environmental combine your chosen specialist areas, such as (liability) law competition law, with more general subjects such - International tax law as European private law. - International trade law On this programme you will study in detail key aspects - Internet law of EU law. The School offers considerable strength in - Legal regulation of fraud and money laundering this area with research staff actively involved in the - Secured commercial lending School’s Centre for European Law, covering all the core - World Trade Organisation law and regional economic areas of EU law; the work of the European Court of integration Human Rights; and the protection of civil and political Visit our web site for fuller descriptions of the rights in Europe. modules on offer. Assessment Key facts Assessment is by coursework and exams, plus a final Start date: Early October dissertation on an agreed topic. Programme duration: Full-time 1 Year Part-time 2 Years Entry requirements: An upper second class Bachelor’s degree in law or an equivalent degree. Account may also be taken of practical experience within the relevant field of study Language requirements: See page 31 Studying in the School: See page 4 Fees: Visit the School web site8 9
  • The School of Law is leading the way in European and Comparativethe field of European land law, with the first Property Law LLMpostgraduate course in England devotedspecifically to land law in its European andcomparative aspects. Europe is developing as a market in terms of land through continental and cross-border Choice of four modules: - Commercial conflicts of laws and international litigation transactions, the migration of people from one - Comparative civil liberties country to another and the rapid rise in the - Comparative competition law purchase of second homes. Developing a thorough - Comparative land laws of Europe knowledge and understanding of land law, which - Corporate governance underpins so many of these transactions, is - EU litigation and European private law therefore vital for professionals working in related - European land law fields. - European trusts, succession and private taxation The School of Law is leading the way in the field - International commercial arbitration of European land law, with the first postgraduate - International marine and European environmental course in England devoted specifically to land law (liability) law in its European and comparative aspects. This - International tax law programme offers the opportunity to study a unique - International trade law combination of subjects that are taught by highly - Law of unjust enrichment respected academic researchers who are acknowledged - Legal regulation of fraud and money laundering specialists in the field. As a result, you will gain a - Secured commercial lending unique qualification and you will be well-placed to Visit our web site for fuller descriptions of the pursue your chosen career with specialist and in-depth modules on offer. knowledge of this important area. Key facts This programme will appeal to solicitors who Start date: Early October advise private and commercial cross-border clients; associated professionals such as bankers, estate agents Programme duration: Full-time 1 Year and development advisors; academic comparative Part-time 2 Years lawyers from the UK and English speakers from Europe Entry requirements: An upper second class Bachelor’s as well as recent law graduates from UK and European degree in law or an equivalent degree. Account may also universities. be taken of practical experience within the relevant field Assessment of study Assessment is by coursework and exams, plus a final Language requirements: See page 31 dissertation on an agreed topic. Studying in the School: See page 4 Fees: Visit the School web site10 11
  • International Business Law International LawLLM LLMThe capacity to apply business law is a highly Choice of four modules: International law is no longer simply a matter for Choice of four modules:sought after skill in today’s competitive, and - Carriage by air diplomats and international organisations but it - Carriage by airincreasingly interdependent, legal world. Our - Commercial conflicts of laws and international litigation is impacting increasingly on the lives of ordinary - Commercial conflicts of laws and international litigationprogramme will provide you with an opportunity - Comparative competition law citizens. Organisations now have to consider the - Comparative civil libertiesto expand your knowledge of business law, will - Comparative intellectual property law wider issues of international law whether in the - Comparative competition lawdevelop your analytical, evaluative and research - Comparative land laws of Europe context of international human rights and conflict - Comparative intellectual property lawskills and ultimately maximise your career - Corporate governance resolution, the environment, or in a business and - Corporate governanceopportunities. - European land law commercial environment. - International commercial arbitrationWe offer a comprehensive range of modules that cover - EU litigation and European private law Our LLM in International Law offers an excellent - International protection of human rightsinternational trade law, business law, competition law, - European land law professional development opportunity for those - International law of the seacorporate governance, Intellectual Property (IP) and - European trusts, succession and private taxation working in, or wishing to move into, specialist - International marine and European environmentallegal regulation. - International commercial arbitration areas such as international aid and development, (liability) law - International marine and European environmental international relations, and international security. - International protection of human rightsWhile our students are typically law graduates, (liability) law - International tax lawthis programme will also be of interest to business - International tax law This programme, led by eminent researchers in the - International trade lawand legal professionals working in the national and - International trade law field, also places graduates well to compete for the - Internet lawinternational commercial sector. The programme will - Internet law many career opportunities that arise in related areas, - World Trade Organisation law and regionalleave graduates well prepared for careers in private - Law of unjust enrichment such as public service, journalism, international economic integrationpractice, industry, international organisations, or in - Legal regulation of fraud and money laundering business, and academia where a broad understanding Visit our web site for fuller descriptions of thegovernment service. - Secured commercial lending of international legal issues is required. modules on offer.Assessment - World Trade Organisation law and regional economic Assessment Key factsAssessment is by coursework and exams, plus a final integration Assessment is by coursework and exams, plus a final Start date: Early Octoberdissertation on an agreed topic. Visit our web site for fuller descriptions of the dissertation on an agreed topic. modules on offer. Programme duration: Full-time 1 Year Part-time 2 Years Key facts Start date: Early October Entry requirements: An upper second class Bachelor’s degree in law or an equivalent degree. Account may also Programme duration: Full-time 1 Year be taken of practical experience within the relevant field Part-time 2 Years of study Entry requirements: An upper second class Bachelor’s Language requirements: See page 31 degree in law or an equivalent degree. Account may also be taken of practical experience within the relevant field Studying in the School: See page 4 of study Fees: Visit the School web site Language requirements: See page 31 Studying in the School: See page 4 Fees: Visit the School web site12 13
  • With a sound understanding of this Information Technologyimportant area of law and a readiness to and Commerce LLMapply that knowledge commercially, you willbe well equipped to compete for careers inthe corporate and business world. The LLM in Information Technology and Commerce is a programme designed to bring Choice of four modules: - Commercial conflicts of laws and international litigation together the all-important aspects of commercial - Comparative competition law law with the ever increasing impact of information - Comparative intellectual property law technology law. - Corporate governance This programme provides a comprehensive grounding - EU litigation and European private law in the legal and regulatory environment in which - International commercial arbitration this technological change is taking place. You will - International tax law have the opportunity to choose from a broad range of - International trade law subject areas and tailor the programme to your own - Internet law individual needs and interests. You will develop an - Law of unjust enrichment in-depth understanding of the legal response to these - World Trade Organisation law and regional economic changes and the reasons why the law is moving in a integration particular direction. With a sound understanding of Visit our web site for fuller descriptions of the this important area of law and a readiness to apply that modules on offer. knowledge commercially, you will be well equipped Key facts to compete for careers in the corporate and business world. Start date: Early October Assessment Programme duration: Full-time 1 Year Assessment is by coursework and exams, plus a final Part-time 2 Years dissertation on an agreed topic. Entry requirements: An upper second class Bachelor’s degree in law or an equivalent degree. Account may also be taken of practical experience within the relevant field of study Language requirements: See page 31 Studying in the School: See page 4 Fees: Visit the School web site14 15
  • This prestigious programme attracts Maritime Lawstudents from across the world who are LLMtaught by internationally-renownedexperts working at the very forefront ofthe development of maritime law in the Maritime law is an immensely rewarding area of legal research and explores the basic principles Choice of four modules: - Admiralty lawUK and globally. of contract, tort and property alongside the fundamentals of the shipping and commodity - Carriage by air - Carriage of goods by sea markets. It also cuts across the boundaries of - Commercial conflicts of laws and international litigation public and private law. - Comparative intellectual property law The School of Law offers the UK’s leading postgraduate - Corporate governance legal qualification in maritime law. This prestigious - International commercial arbitration programme attracts students from across the world - International law of the sea who are taught by internationally-renowned experts - International marine and European environmental working at the very forefront of the development (liability) law of maritime law in the UK and globally. The - International tax law internationally acclaimed Institute of Maritime Law - International trade law is an integral part of the School and the Institute’s - Internet law staff make a major contribution to teaching on the - Marine insurance programme. - World Trade Organisation law and regional economic integration Graduates from this programme are recruited by many Visit our web site for fuller descriptions of the of the leading maritime law firms in the UK and abroad modules on offer. and in the shipping industry. Key facts Assessment Start date: Early October Assessment is by coursework and exams, plus a final dissertation on an agreed topic. Programme duration: Full-time 1 year Part-time 2 years Entry requirements: An upper second class Bachelor’s degree in law or an equivalent degree. Account may also be taken of practical experience within the relevant field of study Language requirements: See page 31 Studying in the School: See page 4 Fees: Visit the School web site16 17
  • This programme combines the areas of MSc Crime Analysis*social science, psychology, geography, law, *subject to approvaland research analysis. The MSc in Crime Analysis is a new inter- Programme Structure disciplinary programme aimed at individuals This is a new programme, subject to approval and change. seeking to develop their knowledge of the Visit our website for more subject area in order to enhance employment current details. opportunities within law enforcement, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) communities, Core modules: consultancies, private and public sectors. -Understanding the Crime Event The MSc programme, which is provided by members -Analysing Crime of the University’s Institute of Criminal Justice, Example of optional modules, choice of two: combines the areas of social science, psychology, -Analysing international data-organised crime, geography, law, and research analysis, topics in which trafficking, terrorism etc there is considerable expertise across several parts of -The analysis of financial data the University and in partner organisations. -Analysis of Telecommunications data The programme is aimed mainly at individuals with -Analysis of open source information some prior knowledge of the subject area but wishing -Local partnership data to obtain a broad overview of the subject with scope for -Threat and risk assessment specialisation in topics of specific interest. Potential -Geographical analysis employment could be within national and local law The course will be structured mainly in one week enforcement, or geographical information systems/ teaching blocks to take into account of the needs of those science (GIS) communities, consultancies, national registered on a part–time basis. and local government, private and public sectors. Key facts These are major growth areas highlighting a need for a Start date: Early October substantial increase in training in the subject area. Programme duration: Full-time 1 Year Assessment Part-time 2 Years Assessment is by coursework and exams, plus a final dissertation on an agreed topic. Entry requirements: Normally a good honours degree or degree equivalent with some professional experience. Language requirements: See page 31 Studying in the School: See page 4 Fees: Visit the School web site18 19
  • Information Technology and Research at the School of LawTelecommunications Law LLM The School of Law at the University of Southampton, established in 1952, is renowned The Institute for Law and the Web at Southampton investigates the legal issues, problems and for first class legal research which is linked to opportunities associated with the Internet, the Web(New programme available by distance learning) student teaching, the supervision of postgraduate and digital technology, key areas such as information research students and consultancy work. technology law, e-commerce, IT law and public policy, Links with Government, industry and the legal web science, and intellectual property law. If you professions are closely maintained. It was are interested in interdisciplinary research relatingFrom the earliest days of the computer, legal issues Choice of four modules: confirmed in the recent 2008 Research Assessment to the web ILAWS also has links with the Doctoralhave been identified as of central importance. As - Legal aspects of information security Exercise that 95% of the School’s research output Training Centre in Web Science, which offers a four-the machine permeates more and more aspects - e-commerce law was of international quality, a percentage achieved year program; an interdisciplinary MSc, followedof everyday life, so the legal dimensions have - Liability in the information society by just 10 other Law Schools in the UK. by a three year PhD which is co-supervised betweenincreased. The prime goal of this LLM programme - Telecommunications law the University’s School of Law and the world-leadingis to reflect upon some of the most important legal Research Expertise - Intellectual property law School of Electronics and Computer Science. In 2010-11consequences of the information revolution. All full time members of our academic staff are active members of the ILAWS team will be offering a new - Access to public sector information researchers across a broad spectrum of legal subjects distance learning LLM in IT and Telecoms Law.The transition from the offline to the online world has Key facts in public, private, domestic and international law,posed fundamental challenges for the law to address. and many are leading authors and experts in their The Institute of Criminal Justice examines issuesFor example, the ease with which transactions may Start date: Early October respective fields. We also host a number of prestigious relating to criminal analysis, and to the balancetake place across national boundaries via e-Commerce Programme duration: Full-time 1 Year law centres and we welcome applications from between order and control of crime on the one hand,with perhaps software or media products or other Part-time 2 Years motivated individuals who wish to pursue an interest and the protection of civil liberties on the other. Incontent being supplied direct over the Internet, (plus dissertation) within the broad fields of law that align with the addition to a newly proposed MSc in Crime Analysis,poses questions both for contract regulation and for interests and expertise of our staff. To get an idea of our we also run a series of successful conferences in theregulatory supervision. Intellectual property issues Entry requirements: staff and their wide range of research interests visit our field.and expanding broadband capacity are also allowing An Upper Second Class Bachelor’s Degree in Law (or a degree with a substantial legal component) is normally website at and more forms of data to be exchanged on a Our Centre for Law, Ethics and Globalisation hasglobal basis. The emergence of file sharing websites required. Mature applicants without formal qualifications Research Centres been established in response to the growing demandis widely seen by copyright owners as facilitating but relevant work experience are also encouraged to The Institute of Maritime Law was founded in 1982 for wide-ranging, critical thinking on the processescopyright infringement on a massive scale. apply to give focus to an existing interest in maritime and of globalisation and its impact on all aspects of social international trade law. It is internationally acclaimed life and relations. The Centre aims to foster publicIf you are a law graduate, lawyer or IT specialist, where Language requirements: discussion, enhance local, national and international 6.5 IELTS (or equivalent), see our web site for details for its teaching in maritime law, and is the researchtraditional classroom patterns of attendance are not dialogue and relations and provide a focal point for base of many of the leading maritime lawyers in thesuitable, and you seek to equip yourself with the skills Fees: Visit the School web site cutting-edge research amongst our highly diverse world. Close connections are also maintained withand knowledge to formulate and apply law in today’s research community. other leading maritime lawyers, academics, maritimeinformation society, you will find this distance learning law associations and international organisations based Our European Law Network explores core areas ofprogramme of considerable interest and appeal. all over the world. In addition to supervising PhD European Union (EU) law including the examinationAssessment students, we also offer our world renowned three-week of the evolution of the EU as an entity operating withinEach module is divided into four study themes. You will ‘Short Course’ in Maritime Law, and other courses on the international context, and also with particularbe required to submit a reflective essay, demonstrating topical subjects for practitioners and other participants expertise in comparative antitrust law, commercialyour research on each topic, at the end of each theme. in the maritime industry. arbitration and litigation, consumer law andYou will also submit a 5,000 word assessment at comparative tort law.the end of each module. For the award of LLM thesuccessful completion of the four modules will be The Health Ethics and Law Network conductsfollowed by a 15,000 word final dissertation. research into the nature of law, its processes of production, and impact on society through examining specific examples in Health Care Law and Ethics.20 21
  • Research paths: PhD Doctoral study takes place in a stimulating Where will it take me/what can I do with a PhD research environment and you will be expected One of the greatest benefits of a PhD, and the purpose to make an independent and transforming of research, is ultimately to produce an original contribution to your chosen area. If you are contribution to knowledge. A PhD can often open doors ambitious, and highly motivated, with a particular to positions in higher management and will qualify research question or topic already in mind and are you to teach and carry out research at a university or to able to explore this through independent study, work or lead research groups in industry, government then our PhD programme may be suitable for you. or public sector where a high level of advanced research expertise in a specialist area is required. . A thriving Support and training post-doc community operates right across the campus The core resource for research in the School of Law at Southampton working in many critical areas of is the people. You will be actively supported and university research and teaching. mentored by your supervisor and advisor, along with additional collegiate support from other members Key facts of the School’s academic staff. We have a dedicated Programme duration: Reading Room, and an excellent law library. The Full-time 24 - 48 months University maintains a Graduate School to enhance Part-time up to 72 months your learning and personal development and provide opportunities for you to work with others Start date: There is no University deadline for across the University disseminating, debating and applications for research programmes; however you are engaging in local, national and international research advised to apply early (normally by June for admission developments. They are also able to provide financial in the next academic year) if you need to secure a UK support to research students through funded projects visa, arrange sponsorship, apply for funding or find and individual activities such as conference attendance accommodation and travel. The World University Network can also Entry requirements: Upper second-class honours degree support research students for short study periods or equivalent in law. If you are an international student abroad. you also need to demonstrate an adequate level of English All of our full-time research students are allocated language proficiency. You will need to provide us with office space with a personal desk and storage, evidence that you have achieved an overall score of 7.0 or individual networked PC providing access to all above on IELTS (or equivalent) university e-resources, and free printing facilities. You Fees and funding:The Student Union Café will meet regularly with your supervisor for academic Please visit the School website support and supervision, and have the opportunity to attend courses in research methodology and legal scholarship. Further information:Doctoral study takes place in a stimulating research environment Assessment Telephone +44 (0)23 8059 3447 or email us at you will be expected to make an independent and You will need to demonstrate satisfactory progress at the end of each year. Your supervisor will completetransforming contribution to your chosen field. If you are bi-annual reports to monitor how you are progressing against your agreed targets, and training andambitious, and highly motivated with a particular research development activities.question or topic already in mind and are able to explore thisthrough independent study then our PhD programme may besuitable for you.22 23
  • Southampton is one of the leading student cities in the UK, it has centuries of history, wide open green spaces, fresh air and sparkling sea views. Southampton has plenty to keep you busy, Enviably green including its premier shopping facilities, a lively Southampton fully justifies its claim to be one of nightlife, and an abundance of sport and leisure the UK’s greenest cities and offers a wide variety of facilities. sporting and leisure opportunities, both to watch and participate in. You can see football at the St Mary’s A world port stadium in the city centre, catch up on county and This maritime city has played a significant role in touring Test teams at Hampshire’s County Cricket mapping today’s modern world. In 1415 Henry V’s Ground (the Rose Bowl), and enjoy some of the forces sailed from here to the Battle of Agincourt; in country’s best municipal golf courses. the sixteenth century the Pilgrim Fathers set sail from Southampton in the Mayflower to settle in America; Southampton Common spreads across 326 acres of and in World War II, the city was the embarkation point managed woodland, skirting the University campuses for the D-Day landings. and reaching deep into the heart of the city. Left to nature’s devices, the Common is a place of pure natural The home port for many ocean liners, from the ill- beauty, peace and quiet, and a welcome respite from the fated Titanic to Queen Mary 2, and more recently hustle and bustle of city life. Independence of the Seas, Southampton has held a special place in trans-Atlantic sailing, and has been Timeless destinations associated for many years with ocean racing. This The New Forest National Park and sandy beaches of major world container port, with the shoreline studded Bournemouth and Poole are just nearby. The Wessex with marinas and waterfront developments is also region is a landscape of extraordinary beauty, with home to the internationally renowned Southampton traces of ancient civilisations in every meadow and Boat Show. hill-top. Southampton’s history is not just dependent on the Getting around sea. In the nineteenth century its reputation as a spa The city has superb transport links, with access to town attracted literary figures such as Jane Austen. Its continental Europe by air, ferry, and train. It takes stunning medieval city walls are also among the best in just over an hour to get to London by train, while the the UK. cathedral cities of Winchester and Salisbury are City-slicking even closer. Small enough to feel like home, yet big enough to satisfy all appetites Southampton is a friendly and welcoming city. Over 3,400 international students study here from around 130 different countries, adding to the city’s cosmopolitan culture. Vibrant by day and night, you’ll find that the city centre offers enough pubs, clubs, theatres and galleries, “Southamptons a vibrant and happening city. There’s museums and cinemas, to keep you occupied and always something happening and it caters for the needs entertained around the clock. of everyone. It is truly multicultural in that sense”. Southampton’s coastal location presents many opportunities for recreation24 25
  • The University ofSouthamptonThe new Hartley Library extensionThe University is a member of the prestigious Campus facilities Sports facilities AccommodationRussell Group of 20 major UK research universities is a top 15 UK research university with a Campus facilities for students are among the best in The £8.5 million Jubilee Sports Centre on the Highfield Accommodation in a University hall of residence isglobal reputation for leading-edge research and the country. The refurbished Students’ Union ensures Campus comes complete with a 25m swimming pool, guaranteed to all postgraduate students: for UK and EUinnovation. a range of places to eat great food, hear top bands, see badminton and squash courts, and fitness studio. Our students, without dependants, for the first year of the the latest films, and get information and advice. The new £4.3 million outdoor sports facilities have eight programme only; and for overseas and Channel IslandsThe University of Southampton was established in Highfield Campus is home to the Nuffield Theatre, tennis courts, two floodlit synthetic turf pitches and a students, without dependants, for the full normal1952, and since then it has continued to grow and Turner Sims Concert Hall and John Hansard Art number of grass pitches. Being located on the coast, we duration of the programme. To qualify, you will needflourish. We are ranked in the top 100 universities in Gallery. There are also banks, bookshop, post office, are in a position to offer an unrivalled range of water to meet all academic conditions stated in your formalthe world – one of only 17 UK universities to make the a choice of cafes and restaurants, a minimart, travel sports for people of all abilities. The University has offer letter and the residence application deadline. Thetop 100 in the World University Rankings published in centre, and a day nursery for children on campus. fostered British University champions in sailing and University’s Accommodation Service also has a goodThe Times Higher Education Supplement 2008. Postgraduate students enjoy also the facilities of the windsurfing, and a number of our alumni competed supply of shared private rented properties.We have a spirit of entrepreneurship that is firmly Staff Social Centre on site. in the Beijing Olympics. The University has its own The Students’ Unionembedded in our culture, which helps to set us apart boat-yard on the River Itchen, close to the Wessex Lane Library www.susu.orgfrom other universities. It is this environment that halls. The Southampton University Students’ Union, knownmakes studying here a unique and exciting experience. The Hartley library, which recently had £12 million Getting around Southampton as SUSU, is run by students for students. It has anIn the latest assessment by the Quality Assurance extension and refurbishment, is one of the leading important role in giving a voice to the student body,Agency, which monitors the standards for teaching research libraries in the UK and is very well equipped. The University’s award-winning Uni-link bus service as well as being the hub of the social scene at thein the UK, we were awarded the highest level of Facilities include a state-of-the-art Learning Centre, connects all the Southampton campuses and halls of University.achievement for the standard of our educational with consultation rooms, ‘walk in’ internet access, a residence with the city centre and local and regionalprovision. language study area with computers linked to a range transport links, including Southampton airport. of language software, a popular café and a lounge for more relaxed study. We also have an extensive law library giving you access to all our computer- based legal facilities (including Westlaw, LexisNexis Professional and Justis).26 27
  • International StudentsWe offer a comprehensive range of support Interactive Platform Support for International Students Pre-sessional English courses (either four or eightservices for international students, including weeks) provide language tuition, study skills foran International Office, a Student Advice and You can listen to podcasts, send your comments to To help you settle in quickly we hold an International learning in English, and induction to UK academic andInformation Centre, International Student YouTube, take a virtual walking tour of the University Students’ Induction Week for new international social culture.Advisers, and a Centre for Language Study. of Southampton plus more all through our iSoton students just before the start of the academic year. Many students who have already satisfied the English portal. This event will help you to familiarise yourself with language condition of study also choose to take these the University and to meet other students and make courses to get the wider benefit they offer. The International Office friends before the start of your programme. Ongoing free English language courses run also The International Office works as a central During the induction you will also meet staff from throughout the year. Other language courses are open coordination point for the international activities the Student Union Advice and Information Centre to all students wishing to gain a competence in another of the University of Southampton. They are here (SUAIC). SUAIC is where you will find the University’s language, either as part of a degree or for pleasure. to inform potential students and partners of the two full time advisors and two International Student University and to make the processes and experience of Advisors. The SUAIC staff are available five days a week Practising your religion joining the University as simple as possible. to answer (confidentially) any queries you may have on People of many religious beliefs live in Southampton issues such as loans, opening bank accounts, council and you may wish to become involved in a local group The International Office can assist you with any queries tax, insurance, housing rights, working in the UK and or a group based at the University. There is a Christian you may have before you make a decision to apply or academic issues. SUAIC also provides information on Chaplaincy and a Muslim Prayer Room on the Highfield come to Southampton. They can also provide you specialist food shops and useful contacts. Campus. SUAIC can provide information on these and with details of international education fairs that the other religious groups in the city. University will be attending so that you can have a face- Centre for Language Studies to-face discussion with a University representative.“My classes were enthused by the knowledge and To ensure a smooth arrival at Southampton for new The Centre for Language Studies provides a range of expertise of world-leading academics at the cutting international and European students, the International English Language courses for those students who need edge of their field. I would come out of my classes Office run a free of charge Meet and Greet service to improve their language skills as a condition of entry. inspired and with a unique understanding of the law you couldn’t get from anywhere else” from London Heathrow Airport before the start of the UK Alumnus academic year and the Welcome Programme.28 29
  • Making an application Entry requirements consideration of your application. You will also need to As well as academic qualifications and practical supply supporting documents, either online or by mail experience, we look for evidence of your interest in to the School of Law (see page 34 for contact details). the programme and an understanding of the rigorous What is the application deadline? demands of postgraduate study. The normal entry Applicants are strongly advised to apply early, ideally requirement for our postgraduate programmes is a by mid June. Later applications may be successful, upper second-class undergraduate degree in Law, but may not be concluded in time for Registration. although in some instances a non-law degree may be Accommodation in Halls of Residence is not acceptable. We will also take into account practical guaranteed for late applicants. International students experience within the relevant field of study. We are will require extra time in order to complete all visa committed to assessing all applications on individual requirements. merit. Equal opportunities What are the English language requirements? We are committed to a comprehensive policy of The University wants to ensure that all students enjoy equal opportunities in which individuals are selected the full benefits of their study experience. Applicants and treated on the basis of their relevant merits and whose first language is not English and who do not abilities. have a degree from a UK university will be required to provide evidence of competency in English by reaching References 7.0 or above in an approved test such as IELTS. You should provide two references on your suitability Students with a IELTS of 6.5 (or equivalent) will be for postgraduate study. At least one of the references required to attend a six-week pre-sessional course on should be from an academic referee who has taught you English legal and language skills. For further details at your most recent university. The second reference see our website: could be a second academic or employment reference. Your English language certificate should normally have Personal or character references should usually beMeeting in one of the Hartley been obtained within the last two years prior to the additional to the two references described above.Library’s break out rooms application. Further details, including information on Enclosures countries exempt from this requirement, can be found You are encouraged to enclose all the following by visiting documents when making your original application.Try before you buy: Visit us to find out more about the wide How do I apply? - Academic transcript of courses and marks Applications are made using our online application - Bachelor’s degree certificatesrange of programmes available and see what postgraduate life at form. Details regarding this process and other - Other degree certificates, if applicable useful information can be found by visitingSouthampton has to offer. We offer a variety of opportunities to - Two references on headed paper and/or with the official seal/stamp of the university or companyget a feel for what we can offer including postgraduate study fairs, When applying online you can save a partially - Ethnic origin form completed application and return to it as many timesvisit days, campus tours, university open days and self-guided as you need before submitting. Paper applications, - CV or Resume if required, can be requested from the University’s - Statement of purpose (reason for choosing the studywalking tours. The International Office can also organise tours for website and returned to the Registry Services when programme), or research proposal if relevant completed. - English test result (if appropriate)students from outside the EU. You are requested to complete all questions in full. - Professional qualification certificates (if appropriate) Delay in returning full documentation will lengthen the application process and may ultimately delay full30 31
  • Enhance your employability In the School of Law we recognise that securing - A range of psychometric tests to increase your self or advancing your career upon graduation is very awareness important to you. To help you achieve your goals - Student enterprise and self employment support to we encourage you to take advantage of all the help you get started if you have your own business resources available to you through the School and ideas the University. - A comprehensive careers library and careers advice to University Careers Service support all your career planning activities The University Careers Service offers help and advice to postgraduate students throughout their time at Careers advice is also available to former students for Southampton and beyond. There are many ways in up to three years after graduation. which you can benefit from their services: Careers Service help desk : - Confidential, individual discussions to help you plan +44 (o) 23 8059 3501 for your future - An extensive online vacancy database to help you find Alumni Relations part-time and voluntary jobs, as well as permanent We encourage our graduates to stay involved with posts for graduates the University as well as with each other. Our global community of former students spans 147 countries - Opportunities to attend talks, presentations with 160,000 members. The Alumni Relations Office and workshops on a host of topics including (if offers a number of benefits across the globe including appropriate) interview techniques, mock interviews career support, University library access, alumni and and CV writing, many led by leading employers social networking, and many other ways to keep in - Access to five high profile Careers Fairs which attract touch with friends and colleagues once your studies are over 150 local, national and international graduate completed. recruiters The University of Southampton campus32 33
  • How to find usBy Road By Rail By CoachM3 – Exit M3 at junction 14, following signs Fast trains from London and Southampton Coach Station is atfor Southampton (A33). Follow the A33 into Bournemouth/Weymouth stop at Western Esplanade, in the city centre. TheBassett Avenue and follow map/signs to the Southampton Central and Southampton University’s Uni-link buses connect theHighfield Campus. Airport Parkway. Trains from Portsmouth Highfield Campus and the city centre. and Bristol/South Wales stop atM27 (West or East) – Leave M27 at junction Southampton Central. The Uni-Link U1C By Air5 (Southampton Airport), and follow maps/ bus service runs from Southampton Southampton International Airport issigns to the Highfield Campus. Central and the U1A service from about 20 minutes from the Southampton Southampton Airport Parkway to the Campuses by bus or taxi. There is a full University. domestic service, as well as flights to mainland Europe and the Channel Islands. School of Law University of Southampton Highfield Southampton S017 1BJ United Kingdom +44 (0) 2380 59 3447 This brochure is prepared well in advance of the academic year to which it relates and the University offers the information contained in it as a guide only. While the University makes every effort to check the accuracy of the factual content at the time of drafting, some changes will inevitably have occurred in the interval between publication and start of the relevant academic year. You should not therefore rely solely on this brochure and should contact or visit the website at for up-to-date information concerning course fees, course content and Entry requirements for the current academic year. You should also consult the University’s Prospectus with the full terms and conditions at for more specific details of the limits of the University’s liability in the event of changes to advertised courses/programmes and related information.34 35
  • UK and EU +44 (0) 23 8059 3447 International (non-EU) enquiries: +44 (0) 23 8059 9699