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Security and International Law - LLM

Course Description

The LLM Security and International Law allows you to develop advanced knowledge on the regulatory frameworks necessary to secure international relations and transactions between States, non-state entities, multinational companies as well as individuals.

The course is premised on the idea regulating security at an international level requires not only the regulation of the use of force and methods of warfare but also that of international investments, international financial transactions and intellectual property. This offers a unique opportunity for you to gain expertise which are relevant and applicable in today's changing global landscape.

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 LLM in Security and International Law gives the students the tools to understand, apprehend and analyse legal issues arising in connection with traditional as well as transnational armed conflicts, terrorism, modern warfare, security of international investments and transactions, and security of intellectual property.

Special features

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 LL.M degree (one research paper submitted in April, and one submitted in September).

Career opportunities

This specialised LLM offers unparalleled expertise on legal issues of international security. This will appeal to government agencies, international organisations, nongovernmental organisations law firms, multinational corporations as well as the army.

Visit the Security and International Law - LLM page on the University of Manchester website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A minimum upper second class honours degree, or the equivalent, in law.

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