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Your programme of study

If you want to work internationally in law Public International Law gives you an opportunity to utilise your skills  within nation states and international organisations. It consists of rules and general applications of states and intergovernmental organisations. If you want to work as a public international lawyer you can specialise with the programme at Aberdeen within discipline areas such as human rights law, world trade or international environmental protection. The School of Law is ranked in the top 10 (Complete University Guide 2018) and your lecturers come from across Europe and are published in several languages. You can be involved in the many student run societies and law projects which allow students to gain valuable real world insight.  You can also attend events run by the Centre for Sustainable International Development, the Centre for Security and Governance and you can attend research seminars and guest lecturers to provide you with unique and current insights into legal issues.

The programme provides students with a thorough knowledge of public international law while also discussing recent trends and current developments in this area of law. The school prides itself in producing highly skilled graduates for the legal profession and you benefit from guest speakers from Public International Law. 98% of students felt that their LLM had added value to their career prospectus and 97% would recommend their programme to others. The programme is run by highly skilled lawyers and academics in their own right and you have access to these teaching staff whenever you need their support.

Courses listed for the programme

Semester 1

  • Critical Legal Thinking and Scholarship
  • International Law: A Time of Challenge

Semester 2

  • Critical Legal Thinking and Scholarship


  • International Humanitarian Law
  • The use of Force in International Law
  • International Trade and Finance Law
  • International Human Rights Law
  • International Criminal Law

Semester 3

  • Master of Law Dissertation

Find out more detail by visiting the programme web page

Why study at Aberdeen?

  • The Law School is ranked 10th in the UK (The Complete University Guide 2018)
  • There are over 40 nationalities within the School of Law

Where you study

  • University of Aberdeen
  • Full Time or Part Time
  • 12 Months or 24 Months
  • September or January

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