The MA Security and International Law offers the benefits of a specialised master's without the requirement of an undergraduate law degree.
You will gain advanced knowledge in the main areas of international security and the UN system, and the tools necessary to understand the issues surrounding armed conflicts, terrorism, modern warfare, and the security of international transactions and intellectual property. 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 advance your knowledge of contemporary securities in international law and apply them to a range of professional careers.
The MA in Security and International Law is designed for students who seek to acquire a recognised expertise in the main areas of security and international law and become generalist in international security and the UN system. 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 security discourse develops. The course will also endow students with the necessary research skills to autonomously continue to expand, sharpen and update the knowledge of international organisation and the UN system 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 LL.M degree (one research paper submitted in April, and one submitted in September).
This is a specialised master's offering you training for a range of legal careers in government agencies, the armed forces, international organisations, NGOs, law firms and multinational corporations.