The LLM Public International Law allows you to develop recognised expertise in the main areas of international law.
You will gain the knowledge and tools necessary to understand and critically apprehend the rules, systems, techniques, practices, dynamics and discourses by virtue of which international law is created and applied.
This master's course draws on Manchester's established reputation in international legal research to offer you a wide range of optional subjects, and the opportunity to customise your curriculum according to your career ambitions, needs and areas of interest.
The course will also afford you the research skills to continue to expand your knowledge of international law and apply them to a range of professional careers.
The LLM in Public International Law is designed for students who seek to acquire a recognised expertise in the main areas of international law and become generalist international lawyers. Upon successful completion of the course, students will be all-rounders and have knowledge and understanding of the rules, systems, techniques, practices, dynamics and discourses by virtue of which international law is created, thought and applied. The course will also endow students with the necessary research skills to autonomously continue to expand, sharpen and update the knowledge of international law after the completion of the course.
This course offers the strongest students the opportunity of an internship with a renowned law firm or international organisation.
Teaching and learning
The course is based on small-group, seminar-style teaching by our research-active teaching staff as well as invited external experts. This master's degree is offered part time to allow those with a professional occupation to follow the course.
Coursework and assessment
Most course units are assessed by standard methods - either one unseen written examination, or one coursework essay, or a combination of these two methods of assessment. The assessment method of each individual course unit is listed in the course unit description on The School of Law website.
Students must also submit two research papers for the LLM degree (one research paper submitted in April, and one submitted in September).
This LLM is a specialised master's offering you training for a range of legal careers. These include advocacy, civil servant, legal advisor, academia and research, applicable to international organisations or those with strong international links.