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The LLM in Public International Law will offer you a unique opportunity to study a wide range of courses on the role and place of law in international affairs. Questions of international Law are increasingly an important part of domestic litigation in almost all jurisdictions. The modules are designed to equip you for a career in private legal practice, diplomatic service, or work with non-governmental organisations. All courses are taught by top class academics with extensive experience in the study and application of international law.

Why study your LLM in Public International Law at Queen Mary?

The School of Law has consistently been ranked in the top 10 law schools in the UK for the quality of our research and teaching, and many of our internationally recognised staff act as advisers to governments, industry and NGOs, both nationally and internationally.

The Postgraduate Law Centre is based in Lincoln’s Inn Fields, Holborn, the legal district of London, close to law firms, chambers and the Royal Courts of Justice.

  • There is a very high rate of employment of our students within six months of graduation.
  • We have dedicated law careers advisers who organise events and internship opportunities with top UK and international law firms.
  • Many of our internationally recognised staff act as advisers to governments, industry, regulatory authorities and NGOs, both nationally and internationally.
  • We offer a Critical Thinking and Writing in Law programme designed to improve your writing and research in law skills. 
  • You will be able to take part in networking and social events run by the Queen Mary Postgraduate Law Society and upon graduating join our extensive alumni network.


The LLM is available to study full-time for one year or part-time for two years.

For this specialism you will take 150 credits worth of taught modules which may be assessed by essays or examinations (see module overviews for full assessment details and dates) and thereafter you work on a 10,000 word dissertation worth 30 credits (submitted mid August). You are required to balance your taught modules across the two teaching semesters – a full explanation of this process will be available during induction and before module selection.

The range of modules that you are required to choose from differs from programme to programme. If you wish to take an unrestricted range of modules and any approved dissertation topic you should apply for the Master of Laws.

Induction and choosing your modules

We run a comprehensive two-week induction period that includes an overview of the programme and advice on module selection as well as a range of other vital information sessions. You do not have to select your modules until you have had the opportunity to listen and learn about them in greater detail during induction. More detail of the induction programme will be made available online by early September each year.


Note: Not all of the modules listed will be available in any one year and semesters listed can be subject to change. Any modules not available in the forthcoming academic session will be marked as soon as this information is confirmed by teaching academics.Certain combinations of modules may be restricted or required. These are also subject to change but will be confirmed prior to module selection.

  • SOLM047 Investment Treaty Arbitration: Foundations, Jurisdiction and Procedure (Sem 1)
  • SOLM048 Investment Treaty Arbitration: Agreements and Substantive Protection (Sem 2)
  • SOLM065 International and Comparative Social Rights (Sem 1)
  • SOLM066 Social Rights (Sem 2)
  • SOLM067 International Law on the Rights of the Child (Sem 1)
  • SOLM068 International Rights of the Child (Sem 2)
  • SOLM069 International Human Rights Law: History, Theory and Politics (Sem 2)
  • SOLM070 International Human Rights Law: Law, Practice and Institutions (Sem 2)
  • SOLM071 Terrorism & Human Rights: Constitutional Perspectives (Sem 1)
  • SOLM072 International Law and Indigenous People (Sem 1)
  • SOLM074 Secession and Self-Determination in International Law (Sem 1)
  • SOLM088 Law of Geographical Indications (Sem 2)
  • SOLM112 Use of Force in International Law (Sem 1)
  • SOLM113 Conduct of Hostilities in International Law (Sem 2)
  • SOLM120 International Tax Law in Practice (Sem 2)
  • SOLM131 International Law of the Sea (Sem 1)
  • SOLM132 Concepts in Natural Resources Law: Climate, Energy and Water (Sem 1)
  • SOLM133 Concepts in Natural Resources Law: Biodiversity, Human Rights and Trade (Sem 2)
  • SOLM134 International Environmental Law (Sem 1)
  • SOLM136 Climate Change Law (Sem 2)
  • SOLM137 Water Law (Sem 2)
  • SOLM146 International Regulation of Shipping (Sem 1)
  • SOLM149 Law of the Sea: Navigational Freedoms and Practice (Sem 2)
  • SOLM151 Public International & European Air Transport Law (Sem 1)
  • SOLM152 Private International & European Air Transport Law (Sem 2)
  • SOLM157 International Energy Law and Ethics (Sem 1)
  • SOLM208 Cybercrime: Forensic Investigations (Sem 2)
  • SOLM211 Cyberspace: Jurisdiction and Dispute Resolution (Sem 1)

Learning and teaching

As a student at Queen Mary, you will play an active part in your acquisition of skills and knowledge. Teaching is by a mixture of formal lectures and small group seminars. The seminars are designed to generate informed discussion around set topics, and may involve student presentations and group exercises as well as open discussion. We take pride in the close and friendly working relationship we have with our students. You will have a team of advisers to support you, including the LLM and Research Directors, your dissertation supervisor and tutors and your module convenors.


You will be assessed by a mixture of formal examinations and coursework in the six taught modules, followed by more self-directed work on your 15,000-word dissertation.on.


You will also complete a dissertation of 15,000-words.


Tuition fees for Home and EU students

2019/20 Academic Year

Full time £15,100

Part time £7,550

Tuition fees for International students

2019/20 Academic Year

Full time £22,150

Part time £11,075

Visit the LLM Public International Law page on the Queen Mary University of London website for more details!




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