For MCL students half of their overall course load consists of four one-term electives, referred to as 'modules', chosen from a selection on offer. Each module provides MCL students with the opportunity to investigate in depth and in a small group setting important, intellectually challenging corporate topics. Law Faculty members involved with the MCL co-ordinate and examine each module but various modules will be tailored to involve academics from other Cambridge University departments, distinguished legal practitioners and eminent visitors from universities in continental Europe, North America and elsewhere.

Each module encompasses 16 hours of formal instruction, occurring in a single term, either first term (Michaelmas) or second term (Lent). Assessment of each module occurs at the end of the term in which it is taught. Students normally take two modules per term in each of Michaelmas and Lent Terms but, depending on the modules they choose, they may have three modules in one term and one in the other.

The modules on offer in 2019-20 are:

Each year at the start of the MCL programme, each course convenor gives a short presentation discussing the content of the syllabus and nature of the course. The links above provide access to these recordings as a source of information for potential applicants.

Most of the modules offered in 2019-2020 will run in 2020-2021, but occasionally modules change due to teaching availability.


Slaughter and May kindly host two MCL events in February at their London office. Read more

Herbert Smith Freehills Bursaries 2020-21

Herbert Smith Freehills to offer two MCL bursaries for 2020-21. Read more

Postgraduate Open Day MCL presentation

Professor Brian Cheffins, Director of the MCL, gives an overview of the MCL programme. Read more

Travers Smith MCL Bursary Awarded to Maria Markou

The Faculty of Law is pleased to announce that the 2019-20 MCL Travers Smith Bursary has been awarded to Maria Markou. Read more

MCL Student Profiles

Read about some of the MCL graduates and their experiences of studying at Cambridge. Read more

New additions to MCL teaching team

The MCL Director is delighted to announce the recent appointments to the Faculty of Bobby Reddy and Ann Sofie Cloots. Read more