Date of entry

January 2025


We offer an induction programme in legal research skills at the start of each semester. This ensures that you understand the UK and European legal systems, and can find and use the resources that you will need. You will also learn what is required of you in a study environment where you may be learning more independently than previously.

Most of your teaching will be in student-led seminars where you will read extensively in advance, and discussion will be facilitated by the lecturer. Sometimes there will be a lecture component, e.g. at the start of the class to structure the discussion.

All our modules are delivered by experts in their field. Guest lecturers may also visit, either within modules or as a separate event. We offer a wide variety of external activities including a residential study trip for all students.

You will devise, research, and write a dissertation in the summer, which will consider a question relevant to private international law. This will let you demonstrate your research skills, and there will be classes to help you prepare for this.


You will be assessed mainly through a combination of exams and essays, reports or other written coursework. Some of our modules have exams and some have essays, but whatever form of assessment is used, there will be a formative ‘practice’ assessment early in the semester to gauge your progress and identify ways to improve.

Your dissertation is assessed wholly on the basis of the final text that is submitted.

Our Legal Research Skills module, which runs in two blocks at the start of each semester, is assessed by a short essay (in your first block) and a group article and presentation (in your second block).

At Toulouse, assessment is typically in the form of a combination of coursework and exams and culminates with the ‘Grand Oral’, an oral examination testing transversal knowledge.

Core Modules

These modules are an essential part of your course.

Module code: LW50107 Credits: 50 Semester: Both Semester 1 and 2

This module will help you conduct work on a master’s dissertation. This covers choosing a topic, defining a title, and using research assistance tools. It will conclude in writing the dissertation.

Optional Modules

You need to choose one or more of these modules as part of your course.

Module code: LW11014 Credits: 20 Semester: Semester 1

Designed for students whose first language is not English, this module focuses on the level of academic writing needed to successfully complete a law degree.

Key concepts include the planning, structuring, and writing of legal academic assignments. As a skills-based course, classes involve extensive writing practice and feedback time.

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