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International Law, Ethics and Politics - MA

University of Birmingham    Birmingham Law School

Full time & Part time September MA 1 year full time, 2 years part time

About the course

The MA in International Law, Ethics and Politics is a course that covers the application of international law, European law, ethics and politics to global problems. The programme is ideal for candidates who wish to improve their academic credentials or deepen their understanding of issues they have previously encountered only within a legal framework. The course should also be of interest to students from humanities and social sciences backgrounds who want to take Law courses.

Are you interested in learning about the issues at the intersections of International Law, European Law, ethics and international politics and how they are all interrelated?

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Entry Requirements

You need an upper second-class Honours degree, or equivalent, in Law, Philosophy, Politics or another relevant subject. Appropriate work experience will also be taken into consideration.

If your undergraduate degree is in another subject you can still apply. You may be required to submit a writing sample which should provide strong evidence of your potential for the type of discursive, analytical, writing that is required in these disciplines at postgraduate level.

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Where will I study?

Where is University of Birmingham


Student Profile(s)

Jolanda Muller

Why did you choose the LLM at the University of Birmingham?

“The LLM at the University of Birmingham convinced me because of its wide range in modules offered. I liked how one can choose a specialised pathway or simply enrol in any module one likes.

What has been the highlight of your programme?

“The highlight of my LLM programme has been the whole second semester. I loved all my modules, and, in a way, they all were connected to each other! Studying subjects that were all very close to my chosen pathway, International Commercial Law, I always noticed similar issues coming up and case law that was relevant for several areas of law.”

What have you learnt from your programme?

“The LLM programme has taught me to think critically about law. Policy discussions make up a large part of the seminars – the substantive law is usually expected to be learnt from the reading materials over the week.”

What is life like as a student at the University of Birmingham?

“As a student at the University of Birmingham, you study on a large and pretty campus that provides everything a student needs: Lecture halls and seminar rooms (obviously!), a fancy new library, food for any time of day, coffee, and a really well equipped sports centre with many cool sports club offers.”

Marsha Shaanika

Why did you choose the LLM at the University of Birmingham?

“I chose to study the LLM at Birmingham because I was attracted to the flexibility the programme offered. I had the option to choose from various pathways, a great selection of modules, and even the ability to take a module from the Political Science department.”

What has been the highlight of your programme?

“The highlight of my programme has been the opportunities I’ve been given outside of study. Through the Law School newsletter, I have been alerted to volunteer research opportunities, and Pro Bono work. I have also been able to engage in part-time work and attend a few conferences. This year the law school held it’s first-ever Annual Research Conference, and I felt like a proper scholar!”

What have you learnt from your programme?

“Thanks to my programme, I am a confident academic researcher with a deeper understanding of Public International Law. This programme has also contributed to my personal development and has also increased my confidence in my non-academic affairs. The ability to operate autonomously, the specialist knowledge, and the confidence I have gained will be sure to aid me as I make the transition into the job market.”

What is life like as a student at the University of Birmingham?

“Being a postgraduate student at the University of Birmingham means being a part of a diverse and well-represented student body. Postgraduate life may be a lot quieter but I have still been able to have an active social life with my peers.”


The College of Arts and Law is pleased to offer a number of Home fees-only scholarships for candidates wishing to study full- and part-time masters-level courses from September 2022.

Applications are welcome from UK, EU and Overseas students wishing to study any discipline within the College's five schools:

English, Drama, American and Creative Studies
History and Cultures
Languages, Cultures, Art History and Music
Philosophy, Theology and Religion

These awards cover one year's tuition fees at UK/EU rates for full-time applicants, or two years part-time.

Value of Scholarship(s)



These awards are open to UK, EU and Overseas students, studying full-time or part-time campus-based masters-level programmes in the College of Arts and Law.

They are available to students who commence their study at the start of the 2022 academic year. These awards are not available to current Masters students.

International students are eligible to apply, and will receive a reduction in tuition fees equivalent to the Home rate if successful.

Applications for funding can only be considered alongside an application to study.

Application Procedure

In order to apply, you must have completed an application to study. You will then need to complete our online application form. Your application must also be supported by two references.

For detailed advice and to complete the online application form, please visit our College of Arts and Law scholarships how to apply page: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/schools/calgs/scholarships/cal-masters-scholarships-howtoapply.aspx

The deadline for applying is Monday 21 March 2022 at 4pm.

By applying, you will be automatically considered for relevant College of Arts and Law scholarships. Only complete applications submitted before the deadline will be considered.

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