LLM in Governance and Devolution

The Senedd

The past decade has seen massive structural changes to the constitutional arrangements of the United Kingdom, the most obvious being the creation of devolved legislative and executive bodies in Scotland and Wales.

The LLM in Governance and Devolution provides an opportunity to explore how these innovations have created new opportunities to repair the democratic deficit for which the singlestate governed from London was widely criticised, as well as new tensions between the devolved jurisdictions. It explores issues such as accountability, democratic engagement and what constitutes ‘good governance’ and aims to develop an understanding of the broader relationships between the ‘regions’ and tiers of government / governance at the state and EU levels. As well as modules taught in the Law School, a module in Politics offered by the Department of Politics and international Relations is available to students on this programme.

Key features:

  • closely allied with the Wales Governance Centre
  • taught by leading devolution experts
  • strong links with the Welsh Government and National Assembly for Wales
  • ideal capital city location
  • relevant for busy professionals working in the public and voluntary sectors


  • Constitutionalism and Governance
  • The Law of Devolution in Wales

Please note that modules are likely to change from time to time.

Study mode

Full-time: over one year or Part-time: over two years


Stage 1: You will study four modules, two of which must be those listed above. The others may be chosen from our wide range of available modules. A module in Contemporary Welsh Politics offered by the School of European Languages, Translation and Politics is also available to students on this route. You will also take a course on postgraduate research skills. Stage 2: You complete a 15,000 word dissertation with staff supervision and submit it in September in the full-time mode, December in the second year of study in the part-time mode).


Most modules are assessed by an essay of 5,000 words, or other approved methods.

Entry requirements

Usually equivalent to a second class degree in law, and an English langage qualification for non-native English speakers (6.5 in IELTS or 90 in TOEFL internet-based test).


2013/14: Home/EU: £5,670 International: £13,000, payable in three instalments for full-time students and six installments for part-time students.

Start date

Usually late September


Early application is strongly advised, normally well before the end of July. Please see our how to apply pages. To find out more please see LLM Programme