LLM (Dissertation) Magister Legum (180 Credits)

The degree is awarded on the strength of a dissertation of approximately 40 000 words.  It is examined by and internal and external examiner.  The topic must fall within the focus of Law justice and sustainability.  There must be sufficient expertise available in the faculty to provide effective study supervision.

Admission requirements:

Students must have obtained an LLB degree at this or any other South African University, or a similar degree awarded the same status by senate.

As a guideline an average of at least 60% in the final year of the LLB degree must have been obtained as well as an average of 60% for the LLB dissertation.

Further requirements:

The student must submit a research proposal within 6 months of registration to the Research Unit and Post Graduate Programs committee for approval.  After approval an oral examination must be passed to ensure that the student has enough knowledge to continue writing his/her dissertation.

The research methodology lectures during middle February are compulsory and the assignments and presentation must be passed.

More information: Postgraduate Studies at the Potchefstroom Campus of the North-West University

 Yearbook Financial information
Applications and submissons Bursaries and Loans

There are a limited number of International bursaries available for foreign students who want to pursue postgraduate studies at the NWU. The bursaries are awarded on academic merit. Students who wish to apply for an LLM bursary must have obtained a sub minimum of 60% in the final year of his/her undergraduate studies including his/her dissertation. Students who wish to apply for an LLD bursary must have obtained a sub minimum of 65% for their LLM, including the dissertation in the case of an LLM through course work. The amount of the bursaries will assist students but will not be sufficient to cover all their expenses. The application must be done electronically. Queries can be directed to mrs Vorster at clarina.vorster@nwu.ac.za

Application for the NWU bursary must be done seperately.
International students - An evaluation certificate as issued by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) must be submitted if a previous qualification was obtained in a foreign country. For futher informatlion go to

The closing date for applications is 31 October of each year.

Applicants in their final year of study may apply before their results are known and must do so before 31 October.  Late applications with proper motivation why they are late, will be considered until 30 November of each year.

Please apply as soon as possible.

Librarian Information for Law Studies:

Christine Bronkhorst


+27(0)18 299 2804

More information

Director Postgraduate Programme
Prof Stephen de la Harpe


+27(0)18 299 1941

Administrative enquiries
Mrs Clarina Vorster


+27(0)18 299 1952