Part of our comprehensive range of LLM programmes, the LLM in International Law offers you an opportunity to study the fundamentals of international law at an advanced level, linking theory to practice.
Pursuing an LLM allows you to focus in on a particular area of law by delving deep into the subject and undertaking independent research and learning. The modules available cover a diverse range of legal topics, making it possible to tailor the course towards the specific areas of law you wish to explore further.
You will examine the key legal principles and rules underpinning the international legal system, and develop a contextual and critical understanding of key issues in contemporary international law. The depth and breadth of study will equip you well for working either in international law or international organisations.
The LLM in International Law consists of nine modules in total, including a dissertation of up to 15,000 words.
To gain the Postgraduate Certificate, you will study three compulsory modules (Research Methods, International Law and Institutions) and two optional modules.
To gain the Postgraduate Diploma, you will complete the necessary modules to gain the Certificate (as above) and another four optional modules.
To achieve the LLM, you will complete the necessary modules to gain the Diploma (as above) and also write a dissertation.
Compulsory modules: • Research Methods • International Law and Institutions
You will choose two modules from the following options:* • Globalisation and the Law • International Environmental Law • International Human Rights Law
If you are continuing onto the Diploma or LLM, you will choose another four modules from the following options:* • Corporate Governance and Corporate Social Responsibility • Natural Resources Law • International Humanitarian Law • International Employment Law • World Trade Organisation Law
Or one option*, not listed above, offered on any of the other LLM courses.
Finally, if you are undertaking the full LLM, you will need to write a 15,000 word dissertation.
The flexible nature of the course allows you to study with us full or part time. The course involves both extensive independent research and discussion in the context of workshops, designed to encourage the development of your critical, analytical and reflective skills. You will be expected to prepare for each workshop and to participate actively in discussion with your tutors and peers.
Taught modules on the LLM International Law course are assessed through a combination of written coursework assignments and oral presentations. The culmination of the course is a dissertation of up to 15,000 words, which constitutes an original contribution to the corpus of legal knowledge within an area of international law.
Careers / Further study
Studying for an LLM provides an ideal opportunity to develop specialist skills that will be favoured by employers, both in the legal world and beyond. It opens up a range of career opportunities and gives our students the edge over other graduates.
The in-depth knowledge you will acquire in a particular area of law will give you a thorough grounding in the subject area and raise your employability prospects, enabling you to become a specialist within your organisation. It is for this reason that many of our LLM graduates choose to go on to complete a PhD or go into teaching and research.
- New Postgraduate Master's loans for 2016/17 academic year –
The government are introducing a master’s loan scheme, whereby master’s students under 60 can access a loan of up to £10,000 as a contribution towards the cost of their study. This is part of the government’s long-term commitment to enhance support for postgraduate study.
Scholarships and other sources of funding are also available.