LLM scholarships

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We have a number of different funding opportunities available for students wishing to study an LLM at Birmingham Law School. 

In addition to the information available on this page, we encourage students to check their eligibility for other sources of funding from the University's Postgraduate Funding Database. You may also wish to find out more about postgraduate loans for masters students.

Students may apply for as many scholarships as they are eligible for, but will only be eligible to receive one of the awards below.

Please note, applications are now closed for 2017-18 entry. The information below relates to our 2017-18 awards and has been included for reference purposes. Information about our 2018-19 awards will be available soon.

Birmingham Law School LLM Scholarships

For 2017 entry Birmingham Law School offered a number of scholarships to applicants for its taught LLM programmes:

  • up to £10,000 for international students (Non EU) 
  • full tuition fees for home/EU students

Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic merit. Applicants must already have applied for admission to the LLM degree in order to be considered for a scholarship. 

Applying for a scholarship

Applications are now closed for 2017-18 entry. Information about our 2018-19 awards will be available soon, including an application form, which will be available to download here shortly

Applicants are required to complete the application form and send it to Law-LLM@bham.ac.uk. The application includes a 500 word statement, in which students should address why they should be made an award. You must include your University ID number in your letter of motivation and should also include a scanned copy of your latest academic transcript. 

Please do not submit a scholarship application before you have applied for admissions to an LLM programme. These applications will not be considered. 

Successful applicants will be notified in July 2017. Scholarships are not payable directly to successful applicants but are set off against the University fee invoice for 2017-2018 and will be transferred once successful applicants have paid the balance owed by them to the University. Unfortunately, due to the number of applications we receive we are unable to contact unsuccessful applicants with feedback on their application. 

Kalisher Trust LLM Scholarship

The University of Birmingham is offering a scholarship for students on the LLM Criminal Law and Criminal Justice or the LLM General programme. This scholarship will cover the cost of tuition fees and provide a generous contribution of £6,000 towards maintenance costs. This scholarship is being funded by the Kalisher Trust and alumni and friends of the University of Birmingham. As well as meeting the academic entry requirements of the programme, applicants for this scholarship must also meet the eligibility criteria below.

Applications are now closed for 2017-18 entry. Information about our 2018-19 awards, including how to apply, will be available soon.

Applying for a scholarship

Applicants are required to submit an 800 word statement asking to be considered for the scholarship and explaining why they believe they meet the selection criteria below.  Applications should be submitted to law-llm@bham.ac.uk stating "Kalisher Trust LLM Scholarship Application" and your student ID number in the email subject. Those shortlisted for the scholarship may be invited for interview.


  • You must be resident in the UK and classed as UK/EU for fee purposes
  • You must demonstrate intellectual ability – through academic performance, employment, and/or other experiences.
  • You must demonstrate motivation to succeed at the Criminal Bar – including demonstrating the steps taken to acquire the personal skills required of a Barrister and a demonstration of the will to succeed.
  • You must demonstrate potential as an advocate – both in oral and written skills
  • You must demonstrate financial need, specifically outlining the impact of the scholarship on your aspirations to undertake the LLM programme or to pursue a career at the Bar.
  • You must be self-funded, and not be in receipt of any other sources of funding
  • The award is for 1 year only and cannot be deferred
  • You must have applied for a place on either our LLM Criminal Law and Criminal Justice or our LLM General programme before applying for the scholarship.
  • Closing date for applications is Friday 7 July 2017.

Please do not apply unless you are holding an offer as your application won't be considered.