Financial Services Law, Regulation and Compliance (Top-up) - LLM

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Why study this course?

A stimulating and rewarding course that’s suitable if you’re working in financial services law regulation and compliance, or are looking to embark on a career in this industry.

Our modules are written by experts with extensive industry experience. Teaching is delivered via distance learning, which combines bespoke module handbooks with integrated interactive and communicative media methods.

More about this course

Following the banking crisis, there has been an increased need for professionals in the sector to study and understand the regulation of financial services. This course is specifically designed to provide a focused, practical and industry-led response to that need.

The modules in this course have been created to be relevant to professionals who work in, or want to work in, the financial services industry. The distance-learning nature of the course means that it’s suitable for busy professionals, providing full support so that you can complete it.

The course is taught by self-study of a comprehensive bespoke module manual and you are encouraged to read from specified case law and legal journals. In addition to this, each module has an initial lecture podcast with further podcasts and some interactive classes where you can discuss theoretical issues and practise problem solving.

You’ll be supported in undertaking online research using electronic law databases and a virtual learning environment that includes handbooks, lecture notes, weblinks, discussion groups, study skills materials and assessment criteria. You’ll also have regular support from module tutors via email.

The development of skills for the workplace is also a key element of the course. Career management is encouraged through reference to the relevant professional bodies, work experience and careers advice. Guidance and feedback from an individual personal development profile is provided to encourage you to develop and reflect upon key workplace skills, to prepare you for a professional career.


The range of assessment methods reflects the range of skills required by the discipline of law and the standards expected. They include essays, problem question coursework and multiple-choice tests.

The first four core modules will be assessed together. The content of the remaining four core modules will similarly be assessed together. Each of the option modules will be assessed individually.

Fees and key information

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Entry requirements

You will be required to have:

  • passed the Financial Services Law, Regulation and Compliance Postgraduate Diploma.

To study a degree at London Met, you must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. If you require a Tier 4 student visa you may need to provide the results of a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language 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

If you've passed the postgraduate diploma you are entitled to enrol for a top-up LLM. This involves writing a research proposal (formative only) and writing a dissertation (maximum 15,000 words) on a relevant topic of your own choice.

After the course

This course provides highly specialised knowledge and research skills relevant to both legal practitioners and those operating more generally within the legal environment of the financial services industry.

Anyone working in politics, government, business, work with the law commission, insurance, banking, the civil service, local authorities, journalism and media could also benefit from this course.

Additional costs

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.

Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

Additional information

Our business and law undergraduate programmes are continuously improving and are currently under review for 2020-21 entry. Please apply as outlined in the how to apply section of this page and If there are any changes to your course we will contact you. All universities review their courses regularly and this year we are strengthening our business and law courses to reflect the ever-changing landscape of the world of business and law.

How to apply

Use the apply button to begin your application.

Non-EU applicants looking to study part-time should apply direct to the University. If you require a Tier 4 visa and wish to study a postgraduate course on a part-time basis, please read our how to apply information for international students to ensure you have all the details you need about the application process.

When to apply

You are advised to apply as early as possible as applications will only be considered if there are places available on the course.

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