Double Masters Programmes

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The University of Reading, School of Law is pleased to offer a Double Masters Programme with leading universities around the world.

This will enable students to undertake postgraduate study at 2 institutions in the form of a Double Masters Programme, completing 2 Masters programmes in 2 years.

Students will be able to choose from a range of programmes broadening their knowledge and understanding of issues in law across different countries and legal systems.

Double MastersWe currently have Double Masters agreements with the following partner universities: Peking University, Renmin University and East China University of Political Science and Law in China, ALBA University in Greece, MGIMO, HSE and MSU in Russia, Hanyang University in South Korea, Universitas Gadjah Mada in Indonesia and Chung Yuan Christian University and National Taipei University in Taiwan.

Students from our partner universities who are joining our Commercial Law Masters programmes may be eligible for a discount on the University of Reading tuition fees. Please contact us for details.

We also offer scholarships to students from our partnership schools. The scholarships will be awarded on a competitive basis and only to candidates with a very strong academic record. For an application form, please email us at lawpg@reading.ac.uk. Applications for a scholarship must be received by 31 May. Early applications are advised.

We have partnership agreements for this Double Masters Programme with the following universities:

Beijing, China

Peking University

Peking University is a pre-eminent university in China, best well-known for her long history, rich culture, distinguished alumni, enlightened education policies and exciting campus life. The Law school frequently joins forces with the government, law firms and business community in the development of cutting edge legal, social and commercial policies. With China's rapid economic growth and growing presence on the world stage, the knowledge of Chinese law has become an essential resource for international students and legal professionals engaged with China. The Masters Programme in Chinese Law offered by Peking University Law School, focuses on Chinese civil and commercial law. The language of instruction is English. For students who do their first year at the University of Reading the programme is only available to Non-Chinese Nationals.

Renmin University

With its long history, rich culture, accomplished scholars, distinguished alumni, and outstanding students, Renmin Law School offers an extraordinary environment in which to study law. The teaching faculty in the LL.M. Program have extraordinary academic credentials and they all have deep understandings of both western law and Chinese Law.
The Master of Laws (LL.M.) Program in Chinese Law, offered by Renmin Law School, has a focus on Chinese Civil and Business Law, with English as the instruction language. The program offered by Renmin Law School provides an invaluable opportunity for a selected group of students and professionals to broaden and deepen their knowledge and understanding of Chinese law.
For this Double Masters programme, students must complete their first year at Renmin University.

Shanghai, China

East China University of Political Science and Law

Founded in 1952, the East China University of Political Science and Law is among the first group of universities of politics and law established by the People's Republic of China. During the past fifty years, the university has gradually developed into a multidisciplinary university that focuses on legal education, accompanied with a variety of other disciplines such as political science, economics, management, humanities and computer sciences. It enjoys the reputation as "The Oriental Pearl in legal education". The program is a master's program intended for non-Chinese citizens committed to career of legal practices in international investment, international trade and relevant Chinese laws. It mainly focuses on international law, economic law in China and Chinese legal practices, in order to promote the students' abilities to deal with legal issues concerning trade and investment in China.
For this Double Masters programme, students must complete their first year at ECUPL.

Athens, Greece

ALBA University

ALBA was founded in 1992, through a joint initiative of the Federation of Greek Industries, the leading Employers' Union in Greece, and the Hellenic Management Association. ALBA was established as a not-for-profit educational association of organizations of Greek corporations/employers and individual corporations. ALBA's mission is to educate visionary leaders of tomorrow who will act as agents of change and help shape the future business world by pushing forward the frontiers of knowledge related to the management of business organizations, while making that knowledge relevant to practitioners. At ALBA, you will study at a leading European graduate business school that is respected and recognised by both the international Business School community and the corporate world.
For this Double Masters programme, students must complete the first part of their degree at ALBA University before joining the University of Reading.

Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Universitas Gadjah Mada

Universitas Gadjah Mada is an Indonesian public ivy-league research university located in Yogyakarta. Founded on December 19 1949, UGM is the oldest and largest institution of higher learning in Indonesia. Universitas Gadjah Mada has been considered to be one of the most prestigious universities in Indonesia.
UGM is located in the Special Region of Yogyakarta, this is one of the smallest provinces in Indonesia and is widely known as a centre of Javanese cultures as a centre for learning.
The Faculty of Law at UGM has become a competitive research-based faculty that reaches an international standard.

Moscow, Russia

Higher School of Economics

The Law Faculty of the HSE is one of the leading legal educational centres in Russia. It was one of the first faculties created in the Higher School of Economics. In a relatively short period of 12 years the Law Faculty has managed not only to create a classical system of legal education, but take a leading position in preparing corporate lawyers. Economic and legal disciplines, new innovative courses, fundamental law disciplines and narrowly specialized courses are all equally important for the Faculty of Law. The Faculty's strength is the curriculum's focus on the practical, which prepares its graduates to successfully meet the demands of the labour market.
For this Double Masters programme, students must complete their first year at HSE in Moscow.

MGIMO University

MGIMO is Russia's most prestigious educational institution for young people with international interests. For international students, MGIMO is that and more: a modern, welcoming, and intellectually stimulating place to study in Russia's greatest city. The International Law School, one of the most prestigious schools of MGIMO, was founded in 1949. The School trains diversified specialists in international law for the diplomatic service and government bodies, as well as for legal departments of large corporations and small companies. Since inception the Law School has developed a focus on the comparative study of legal systems of foreign states, especially in the field of international political and economic relations.

Moscow State University

Moscow State University was established in 1755. Every year the university enrols about 4,000 international students and postgraduates from all over the world. Today the Faculty of Law is the leading school of legal education and research in Russia. Law Faculty graduates are employed by state and administrative bodies, courts, public defender's and prosecution offices, state enterprises, commercial organizations, educational institutions and other organizations.

Seoul, South Korea

Hanyang University

Founded in 1939, Hanyang University is now ranked the 3rd best private University in Korea by The Times World University Review. The main purpose of Hanyang University is to nurture competent individuals furnished with the knowledge and skills with which they are able to realize their own ideals, ultimately making a leading contribution to the prosperity of the community, both nationally and internationally. Hanyang has succeeded in developing into a top ranking university in the nation, continuing to make important contributions to the growth and development of Korea. Hanyang has also broadened its goals to include the advancement of Asia and the world.

Taipei, Taiwan

Chung Yuan Christian University

Established in 1991 with approval from the Ministry of Education, the department is the first financial and economic law department in the country. The aims of the department are focused on financial and economic laws and technology laws in particular.

National Taipei University

Founded in 1952, NTPU College of Law is one of the oldest and premier law schools of Taiwan. The NTPU College of Law faculty has a range and depth of expertise in all fields of legal scholarship and practice. The master Programme can be divided into the following specialised groups, Jurisprudence, Public Law, Civil and Commercial Law, Criminal Law and Financial and Economics Law.

 

Future Partnerships

We also have links with the following univeristies and are hoping to offer a Double Masters Degree programme with these institutions in the near future.

Beijing, China

China University of Political Science and Law

The China University of Political Science and Law (CUPL) is a "Project 211" university-a government honour bestowed upon China's finest institutions of higher education. CUPL has assumed a leadership role in China in the development and innovation of legal thought and has played a key role in representing the country in international academic exchanges.

Tsinghua University

The educational philosophy of Tsinghua is to "train students with integrity." Among over 120,000 students who have graduated from Tsinghua since its founding are many outstanding scholars, eminent entrepreneurs and great statesmen remembered and respected by their fellow Chinese citizens. Since its founding in 1920, Tsinghua University's Law School has graduated many prominent legal scholars, judges and lawyers. Backed by the rich history, academic strength, and reputation of Tsinghua University, the Law School has progressed to become a leading institute in legal education and research in China. We are also the first university in China to offer an LL.M in Chinese Law program for international law students that is taught fully in English.
NB: The new 'Schwarzman Scholars' programme will be housed at Tsinghua University and will be available to students studying at the university.

Seoul, South Korea

EWHA University

EWHA is the world's largest women's university. EWHA's history is that of perseverance and creation. EWHA has never lost sight of its vision and insight as a leading institution for women's education and a great force in women's history. The college of Law was founded in 1950 and it was the first women's university to provide educational opportunities in areas dominated by men. In 2012 EWHA Law School turned out its first graduates who are going to work primarily as lawyers, but also in wide fields of law such as academia, education and administration, diplomacy, politics, finance, business, legal aid, the NGO sector for gender issues, and others.

Bangkok, Thailand

Thammasat Univeristy

Thammasat University is Thailand's second oldest university, The University's founder originally named Thammasat the "University of Ethics and Politics", reflecting its primary mission to offer higher education in the disciplines of law and politics. Since its initial inception, Thammasat University has evolved from an open university for law and politics to a prestigious international research university offering all levels of academic degrees and producing cutting edge research across a broad spectrum of academic disciplines. Today, Thammasat University still follows its guiding philosophy to uphold academic excellence, services to society, promotion of arts and culture, social equality and social justice. The Faculty of Law of Thammasat University is located within the old city of Bangkok. As the country's oldest Faculty of Law, it has played a significant role in shaping Thai ideologies, politics, legal education and the judicial system.

Information for incoming students

Admissions process (including deadlines)

Students should apply for Postgraduate study at the University of Reading through our online application service. They can apply for a maximum of three courses per application form.

Application Checklist:

Students must complete all sections of the application form including all of the following:

  • Full transcript of all previous degree programmes (it is normal that some students will not have finished their degree and so do not have complete transcripts when they apply)
  • A copy of their degree certificate (if they have already graduated)
  • English Language certificate, (usually IELTS or TOEFL) if available at the time of application
  • Two references

With regards to additional attachments for the online application, students should submit any extra documents to the international office directly (international@reading.ac.uk). When sending the information the student should provide their name, application ID number and details of what the attachments contain.

For guidance on writing a personal statement to support your application, please refer to this online article.

There is no specific deadline to apply. Most courses and applications will be considered until the course is full. However, to allow time for us to process your application we recommend that students apply by August for admission that same year. Please bear in mind that Admissions can take 6-8 weeks in order to make a decision on an application. All relevant sections of the application have to be finished before you are able to submit, however supporting documentation can be sent later to the address above.

Contact information in the University for partner students

Once students have applied they should contact the Law School for information on their decision at lawpg@reading.ac.uk.

Payment information and any discounts/scholarships for partner students

With regards to tuition fees and cost of accommodation we will send details of these to the students when they receive their decision letter.

Students can check the school funding page to see whether they are eligible for a scholarship. If applying for scholarships, on the online application students should state that at the moment they have no funding (in the first section). In the second section they can list any funding they are thinking of applying for. At this stage there is no need to be any more specific than that. If there are external scholarships that a student has heard of and is planning on applying for they can also list those here, but this is not essential at this stage. If the student is successful in gaining a scholarship, they should inform the university subsequently. Any scholarship directly from the university, automatically goes towards the payment of fees for the course.

Information about tuition fees can be found here.

CAS numbers will be issued in June and July.

Airport pick up

We will arrange airport pick up for students. Please let us know when you are booking your flights and we will send further information on this.

Housing application process/deadline

Below is a link to information on how to apply for University accommodation. Specific information on how to apply is given on page 8. Accommodation is guaranteed for new students as long as applications are received before the deadline. Further information on the types of accommodation is available here.

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