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Postgraduate Study

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Law is no longer accepting new applications.


The course is exclusively by research although students are required to attend, in their first year of study, the weekly (during term time only) two-hour research training classes provided by the Faculty's Research Training and Development Programme.

One to one supervision

While individual arrangements vary, MLitt students may normally expect to receive one-on-one supervision at least once a month.

The University of Cambridge publishes an annual Code of Practice which sets out the University’s expectations regarding supervision.

Seminars & classes

Students are required to attend, in their first year of study, the weekly (during term time only) two-hour research training classes provided by the Faculty's Research Training Programme.


Students are encouraged to attend lectures, especially at LLM level, within the general field of their research.

Journal clubs

The Cambridge Journal of International Law is an open access, peer-reviewed academic journal founded and run by the postgraduate community at the Faculty of Law.

Posters and Presentations

Students have the opportunity, in the third term of the first year,  to give a presentation on their current research as part of the requirements of the research training programme.


Supervisors are required to submit termly supervision reports to the Student Registry which students can access via their self-service accounts on CamSIS.


Thesis / Dissertation

A thesis, not exceeding 60,000 words inclusive of footnotes but exclusive of appendices, bibliography, table of contents and any other preliminary matter, is referred to two examiners (one of whom will be an external examiner), appointed by the Degree Committee for the Faculty of Law. Each examiner shall make an independent report to the Degree Committee on the thesis. Students are required to attend an oral examination, after which the examiners will submit a joint report to the Degree Committee stating whether or not they recommend the award of the degree.

Key Information

2 years full-time

3 years 4 months part-time

Study Mode : Research

Master of Letters

Faculty of Law

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Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 4, 2023
Application deadline
Dec. 5, 2023
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2024

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Course Funding Deadline
Dec. 5, 2023
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 11, 2023

These deadlines apply to applications for courses starting in Michaelmas 2024, Lent 2025 and Easter 2025.

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