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MA in Law, Policy and Practice

Brunel University London, United Kingdom


Next enrollment cycle

September 2023

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Total Course Fee

USD 24,489

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  • 1 Years
  • On Campus
  • Postgraduate
  • Degree
The Brunel MA in Law, Policy and Practice is a unique interdisciplinary programme that focuses on key legal and regulatory developments from an international perspective.
  • This programme offers a detailed analysis of the theory, law, policy and practice in two contemporary and fast-growing areas: migration and ethics, governance and compliance. Both pathways have an emphasis on policy and practice, as applied in the specific areas to form two options of a coherent MA.
  • You can choose to study full-time (one year) or part-time (two years) and to begin your course either in September or January.

The two pathways are:

Ethics, Governance and Compliance

  • The Ethics, Governance and Compliance pathway is focused on international regulation and compliance from an interdisciplinary perspective. This is an innovative programme offering an overview of how modern markets operate – from the perspective of law and also finance, business, economics and management. It provides an in-depth understanding of the challenges that modern businesses face, especially in the financial services sector. This pathway is designed to offer a combination of practical and theoretical knowledge, complemented by a unique set of skills that are essential for succeeding in an environment where compliance, ethics and good governance are becoming increasingly important.

Migration Law, Policy and Practice

  • The Migration Law, Policy and Practice pathway is the first programme in the UK that offers multi-disciplinary, theoretical and practical insights into arguably the biggest challenge of our society today, namely migration.
  • The programme will go beyond examining the relevant legal frameworks. It will provide critical insights on policy and current practice related to migration and refugee rights. This pathway offers a unique opportunity for acquiring specialist cross-disciplinary knowledge from world-known experts and current leaders in the European migration response. You will learn about law and policy as well as acquiring invaluable practical experience and the opportunity to experience fieldwork.
  • In 2020 Brunel was awarded a three-year EU grant with partners for its ITFLOWS research project to predict and manage migrant flows. The MA in Law, Policy and Practice is at the cutting edge of migration law. This research project consolidates Brunel's worldwide reputation as an important hub for migration and refugee studies within our Brunel Law School.

Enrollment Cycles

  • September 2023
  • January 2024

UK entry requirements

  • A 2:2 (or above) UK Honours degree or equivalent internationally recognised qualification in Law or a related subject (International Relations, Political Science, Criminology, and Criminal Justice).
    Other related subjects and qualifications will be considered on an individual basis.

EU and International entry requirements

  • If you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, you must prove knowledge of the English language so that we can issue you a Certificate of Acceptance for Study (CAS). To do this, you will need an IELTS for UKVI or Trinity SELT test pass gained from a test centre approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and on the Secure English Language Testing (SELT) list. This must have been taken and passed within two years from the date the CAS is made.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6.5 (min 6 in all areas)
  • Pearson: 59 (59 in all subscores)
  • BrunELT: 63% (min 58% in all areas)
  • TOEFL: 92 (min 20 in all)
  • Your MA consists of a mixture of compulsory and optional modules and a 15,000 word dissertation on a legal topic of your choice. Full-time students should complete four modules per term, excluding the dissertation. Part-time students should complete two modules per term, excluding the dissertation.

Please see programme specification for the specific compulsory and optional module combination choices that are available for each pathway.

  • This course can be studied 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time or 2 years full-time with placement, starting in September. Or this course can be studied 15 months full-time, 27 months part-time or 27 months full-time with placement, starting in January.

Year 1

  • LX5657 Governance, Regulation and Compliance
  • LX5609 Theory of International Financial Regulation
  • LX5658 Banking and Tech Law
  • LX5619 Practice of International Financial Regulation
  • LX5500 Dissertation
  • LX5553 The Migrant, the State and International Law
  • LX5637 Multiculturalism and Human Rights
  • LX5656 Refugee Policy and Practice: The European Experience
  • LX5614 Theory and Practice of International Human Rights


  • LX5603 Comparative Corporate Law
  • LX5602 Corporate Governance and Corporate Social Responsibility
  • LX5604 General Principles of Corporate Law
  • LX5652 Practice of International Commercial Arbitration
  • LX5617 Principles of International Commercial Arbitration
  • LX5655 International Commercial Law
  • LX5653 European and International Media Law
  • MG5593 International Business Ethics and Corporate Governance
  • MG5615 Understanding Business and Management Research
  • LX5616 Privacy and Data Protection
  • SA5621 Anthropological Perspectives on War and Humanitarian Assistance
  • SA5619 Critical Perspectives on International Development
  • LX5634 European System of Human Rights Protection
  • LX5635 Foundations of International Human Rights Law
  • LX5641 Regional Systems of Human Rights Protection: America, Africa, Asia
  • LX5608 International Human Rights and Islamic Law
  • UK 
  • £10,750 full-time 
  • £5,375 part-time 
  • Fees quoted are per year and are subject to an annual increase.
  • Fees for EU applicants – For entry in 2021/22 academic year, eligible EU applicants will have the same tuition fees as UK students to support EU students during this transition period. These fees will be applied for the duration of the course. EU fees for 2022 entry are not yet confirmed.

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