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The concept of security lies at the heart of many of the current international legal regimes. At the same time security interests prompt nation states to define their national interest in different ways. This interdisciplinary degree provides an in depth understanding of both International Law and International Relations pertaining to modern security issues, such as responses to terrorism, responses to the use of force generally and responses to threats to environmental security.

The LLM is taught by an expert, multi-disciplinary team of international lawyers and political scientists. The programme allows you to study contemporary issues, both from a legal and international relations perspective. With more than 20 modules to choose from, it also allows you to focus your studies along your interests and future career plans.

In addition to small group teaching, Dundee is renowned for its vibrant learning environment where students and lecturers interact, both inside and outside the classroom. For anyone interested in international law and international relations, Dundee offers ample opportunity for learning. Dundee University is dedicated to the multi- and inter-disciplinary study of security and justice. There is also the student-led Dundee International Law Society, which organises regular seminars, colloquia, debates, roundtables and presentations on a wide range of themes. It allows LLM students to arrange conferences and other events and to interact with leading experts, as well as other students.

Who should study this course?

Are you thinking of a career in international law or international relations, as a legal practitioner, an adviser to government, within the military or police forces, or working with or for intergovernmental organisations such as the United Nations, or NGOs such as the Red Cross/Red Crescent? Then this degree (or its MLitt equivalent) is aimed at you.

Dundee Law School

Dundee Law School is widely recognised as an excellent place to study. Both the Guardian and Times league tables placed Dundee as the top Law School in Scotland and in the top 10 in the UK, building on particularly strong results in the National Student Survey, which has repeatedly ranked Dundee as first in Scotland. Over the last two national reviews of research, Dundee is the only institution in the UK to have had all of its submissions rated as “internationally excellent” or “world-leading”. 

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

The University of Dundee has been given a Gold award – the highest possible rating – in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

Read more about the Teaching Excellence Framework

Teaching & Assessment

How you will be taught

You will be taught through a mix of lectures, seminar discussions and tutorials, with an emphasis on seminars that build on reading done on the basis of the specific reading lists provided.

What you will study

You will take three modules in each semester, plus Legal Research Skills (taught in two blocks at the start of each semester) and will present a Dissertation (written over the summer).

How you will be assessed

You will be assessed through a combination of exams and essays. The courses taught the autumn semester are assessed by exam and those in the second semester by essays.

This ensures that you will gain experience of different styles of assessment, testing both breadth and depth of knowledge and developing writing skills in advance of tackling the Dissertation. The Dissertation is assessed wholly on the basis of the final text that is submitted and Legal Research Skills by a combination of a short essay and a presentation.

Compulsory modules

Optional modules (as approved by Adviser of Studies)

You must take any two of the following modules:

Politics modules

You must also take any two of the following Politics modules:

Optional modules


Dundee Law graduates have reached the highest levels of success in the profession as senior partners, Queen's Counsel, judges and as front bench politicians. In addition, the focus of the programme on global issues and affairs provide a strong basis for pursuing a career in international law and international political contexts, such as the European Union or the United Nations.

Alternatively, the programme can be a stepping stone for work in civil society, such as charities, environmental organisations or other international non-profit organisations.

Graduates can also put their communication, research and analytical skills to work in a range of careers in the public or private sectors, including education, finance or the media.

Your Application

You apply for this course via the UCAS Postgraduate website which is free of charge. You can check the progress of your application online and you can also make multiple applications.

You'll need to upload relevant documents as part of your application. Please read the how to apply page before you apply to find out about what you'll need.

Visit the LLM International Law & Security page on the University of Dundee website for more details!





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