Why study this course?

There is an increasing demand for legal awareness in the financial services sector. Our practice-focused approach will give you the professional edge needed to advance in this competitive industry.

These courses are taught online, so you have the freedom to learn from wherever you are in the world. We offer this programme as either a LLM (Master of Laws), postgraduate diploma or postgraduate certificate.

Our law courses are ranked ninth in the UK for teaching quality in the Guardian University Guide 2023.

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These courses are designed to develop your practical understanding of important legal principles, detailed regulatory requirements and compliance issues facing the financial services sector.

You’ll have the opportunity critically to explore various areas of financial services law including corporate governance, risk management, complaints and financial crime.

If you are a legal practitioner, these programmes will allow you to specialise in this area of law. The courses are also suitable if you already work in the financial services sector and are looking to understand the legal aspects within the regulation and compliance environment.

At the end of the programme, you’ll understand the influence of European law on financial services, regulation and compliance. You’ll also be able to appreciate the commercial importance of this area of law and evaluate the impact of global and commercial policy issues on this sector.

Your tutors and lecturers will have backgrounds in both academia and legal practice.

This is a desirable area of commercial interest that will increase your employability potential in financial services and other regulatory sectors.

These courses are delivered online, so you’ll be able to study from anywhere in the world.

It's also possible for you to study a PG Diploma and a PG Certificate version of this course. These qualifications do not hold the same academic weighting as a Master of Laws degree (LLM), but are still beneficial for people already working in the industry. If you would like to know more about the PG Diploma and PG Certificate versions, please scroll to the ‘Other qualifications’ section of this page.

As part of the LLM dissertation, you'll be able to research and critically analyse an area of financial services law of your choice. Please note, the dissertation module is only available to LLM students.


If you choose to study the LLM, you’ll be assessed through a combination of coursework essays, experiential projects and portfolio work, followed by a research dissertation or experiential work-based learning project.

If you choose to study the PG Dip or PG Cert, you’ll be assessed through a combination of coursework essays, experiential projects and portfolio work.

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Entry requirements

You’ll be required to have:

  • a minimum of a lower second-class (2.2) undergraduate degree in a relevant subject such as law, commercial law, business law, financial law, maritime law or maritime practice (or an equivalent international qualification).
  • an IELTs score of 6.5 or above as a standard entry requirement for law courses.

If you have a degree outside of the subject areas listed above, you may still be considered. You will need to speak to a course leader, please contact courseenquiries@londonmet.ac.uk for contact details.

For mature applicants without a degree, you may be considered on merit of 2+ years appropriate work experience and other professional development or professional qualifications.

English language requirements

To study a degree at London Met, you must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. If you require a Student visa (previously Tier 4) you may need to provide the results of a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. This course requires you to meet our standard requirements.

If you need (or wish) to improve your English before starting your degree, the University offers a Pre-sessional Academic English course to help you build your confidence and reach the level of English you require.

Modular structure

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2021/22 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

  • Dissertation (alternate core for LLM, 60 credits)
  • Experiential Learning Project (alternate core for LLM, 60 credits)
  • Research Methods for Lawyers (option, 20 credits)
  • The English Legal System and Commercial Law (option, 20 credits)
  • Corporate Governance (option, 20 credits)
  • Risk Management and Stress Testing for Financial Service Organisations (option, 20 credits)
  • Compliance, Supervision and Enforcement (option, 20 credits)
  • Financial Services Complaints and the Financial Services Ombudsman (option, 20 credits)
  • Marketing Financial Services (option, 20 credits)
  • Global Finance Crime (option, 20 credits)

Where this course can take you

These courses provide a stepping stone to career advancement, both as a legal practitioner or as a professional in the financial services sector. On successful completion, you could work in politics, the government, businesses, with the law commission, in insurance, banking, the civil service, local authorities or the media.

If you complete the LLM qualification, you will have a Master of Laws degree. The PG Dip and PG Cert are also postgraduate qualifications that will give you an insight into financial services law and can help you progress in this field professionally.

How to apply

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When to apply

We advise applying as early as possible as applications will only be considered if there are places available on the course.

To find out when teaching for this degree will begin, as well as welcome week and any induction activities, view our academic term dates.

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