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    Full time & Part time available

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  • Course Duration

    1 year full-time; 2 years part-time.

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  • Last Updated

    13 November 2018

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Studying an LLM Master of Laws offers unrivalled academic stimulation, the opportunity to deepen your understanding of the law and specialise your knowledge in a particular area, and improved career prospects at the highest level whether that be in practice or academia.

The Exeter LLM is a substantive, rigorous, and genuinely flexible programme of postgraduate study designed for the most ambitious and capable students. Delivered by some of the biggest names in legal research, our LLM allows you to create a bespoke programme of learning addressing your specific academic and professional needs, readying you to fulfil your career ambitions or for doctoral study.

Our faculty is able to teach and supervise an extensive range of international subjects, with particular specialities inspired by our renowned research in the areas of Commercial Law, Public Law, Human Rights Law, and Family Law.

International Law, Conflict and Security Pathway

This LLM provides you with a unique opportunity to study the legal aspects of international conflict and security from an operational perspective.

Designed with the needs of practitioners in mind, the programme will equip you with a comprehensive understanding of international conflict and security law, including the rules relating to the conduct of hostilities, peacetime military deployments, cyber operations and post-conflict governance. Consistent with its hands-on approach, the LLM will develop your professional and personal skills, including through a simulated command post exercise that will test your knowledge and aptitude in a practical setting.

You will be taught by a team of experts who are leading authorities in their field and whose work is at the forefront of international debates. Our team has extensive experience of working with government agencies, international organisations and non-governmental bodies. Throughout the programme, you will also benefit from a broad range of events relevant to your studies, including guest lectures and seminars, and be part of an exclusive scholarly community.

The programme will be of particular interest to students wishing to pursue a career with government departments, the armed forces, international organisations or NGOs as well as to professionals seeking to deepen their understanding of the law.

A unique perspective

The use of military force is one of the enduring features of international relations. Force is a source of international conflict as much as it is an essential constituent of security.

Against this background, the LLM in International Law, Conflict and Security is designed to offer students a comprehensive understanding of international conflict and security law from an operational perspective.

Adopting an operational perspective has two benefits. First, it enables you to focus on subjects that are relevant and necessary for a career in this field. The conduct of military operations engages a wide variety of legal regimes. A lawyer working in this area should be familiar with all relevant aspects of the law. Our LLM is therefore designed to enable you to engage with key subjects in depth and also acquire a comprehensive understanding of cross-cutting legal issues.

Second, an operational perspective allows you to adopt a practical approach to the subject. Building on the extensive first-hand experience of our team of experts, the LLM accords priority to the study of the challenges that arise from the application of the law in the real world. Our approach is exemplified by the two-day exercise that you will undertake as part of your studies at the end of the teaching year. 


You will study four taught modules, each worth 30 credits, and complete a dissertation, worth 60 credits. To qualify for the LLM in International Law, Conflict and Security, you must complete at least three modules from the list of specialist modules that make up this specialised LLM and write your dissertation on a subject in the subject area. The list of specialised modules is set out on the programme website.

Please note that the modules available in a particular year may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.

Visit the LLM Master of Laws: International Law, Conflict and Security page on the University of Exeter website for more details!





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