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    Full time & Part time available

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  • Course Duration

    Full-time 12 months or part-time 24 months

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  • Last Updated

    17 July 2018

Course Content

Course content

International law is a dynamic subject which has to respond to real world problems. It directly affects states but is increasingly a matter of concern for public and private international and national organisations and individuals. Given contemporary and future global problems – for example, protecting human rights and security and the conservation of resources – the significance of international law is growing in a multipolar world.

This programme will enhance your understanding and challenge preconceptions of the complex legal and political nature of international law-making and governance and explore the often competing concepts that infuse the subject of international law.

You’ll investigate and apply the theories, principles and rules of international law to novel problems, real-world and hypothetical scenarios, and examine the rules, legal and political bodies such as the Security Council and the International Court of Justice and underlying policies governing international law.

You’ll benefit from the expertise of leading academics in a stimulating research environment. Our research groups include:

Course content

This programme includes Global Governance Through Law and International Human Rights Law as compulsory modules, and offers many optional modules in specialised subjects in international law. You’ll critically engage with a rich collection of contemporary themes set against the background of the concerns and activities of states and non-state actors in the international community.

You’ll also examine controversial areas of international law including how human rights laws are developed, how international laws are made and to what extent they are applied, the structure of relevant institutions such as the UN, the development of legal norms and the monitoring of states.

The programme will give you the opportunity to:

  • explore the legal nature of international law on a global, regional and local level
  • examine the impact of international law on contemporary problems
  • consider how international law has failed to address certain issues and may be harnessed to tackle future problems
  • investigate principles relating to sovereignty, universality, jurisdiction, territory, self-determination and human rights
  • hone your legal research and writing skills, which you’ll demonstrate in your dissertation.

If you study with us, you’ll also benefit from our academic skills programme. This 10-week programme runs alongside your taught academic programme, and is specifically designed to meet the needs of home and international students in the School of Law. It allows you to refine and develop the academic and transferable skills to excel during your taught postgraduate programme, as well as prepare for professional roles after graduation.

The wide-ranging list of optional modules means that you can explore a mixture of related subjects of interest to you.

If you're a part-time student, you’ll take three compulsory modules in your first year and two optional modules. In your second year, you’ll carry out your dissertation and study one or two optional modules.

Course structure

Compulsory modules

  • Postgraduate Legal Research Skills 15 credits
  • Dissertation 60 credits
  • Global Governance through Law 30 credits

Optional modules

  • International Human Rights and Disabled People 15 credits
  • European Human Rights 15 credits
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution 15 credits
  • International Corporate Rescue 15 credits
  • World Trade Organisation Law 15 credits
  • International Economic Law 15 credits

For more information on typical modules, read International Law LLM Full Time in the course catalogue

For more information on typical modules, read International Law LLM Part Time in the course catalogue

Learning and teaching

Teaching is through seminars and lectures in which a high level of student engagement and discussion is expected. You are encouraged to carry out significant advanced levels of independent legal research.


Most modules are assessed by essays. This is usually the most effective method for you to showcase advanced legal research.

Career opportunities

Students who have graduated from this degree often choose careers that centre on or involve understanding and applying international law and developing policies at organisational level. Further training is required but many also go on to practise as lawyers or legal advisors.

Our alumni include people working at the EU Commission, at the United Nations, non-governmental organisations and in the government sector.

Careers support

We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website

Visit the International Law LLM page on the University of Leeds website for more details!





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