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International Law, Ethics and Politics MA

Course Description

This programme introduces students to the issues at the intersection of International law, particularly International Law and European law; ethics; and international politics. The course covers the application of these areas to problems such as poverty reduction; international trade; war and terrorism; climate change; and democracy.

It is ideal for candidates from the NGO world who wish to improve their academic credentials, and students from the humanities and social sciences who want to take Law courses. The course should also be of interested to graduates in public or European law who want to deepen their understanding of issues that they have previously encountered only within a legal framework.

The programme contains a broad range of optional modules from the Law, Politics and Philosophy departments.

Course content

You will study the following core modules

- Legal Foundations and Research Skills (for students without a Law degree) or Philosophical Foundations and Research Skills (for students holding a Law degree)
- At least one module from each of the Law, Politics and Philosophy departments
- Dissertation or practice-based dissertation

You will also take two further modules from any of the three departments.

Dissertations (15,000 words) may be supervised by any of the three departments involved in the MA, or joint-supervision may occur for interdisciplinary dissertations. Practice-based dissertations consist of shorter projects for NGOs, think-tanks, media, or other institutions, and are assessed by a 4,000 word rationale and a 6,000 word reflexive essay.


The University of Birmingham has been ranked 8th in the UK and 60th in the world for post-qualification employability in the latest global survey of universities commissioned by the International Herald Tribune.

Your degree will provide excellent preparation for employment and this will be further enhanced by the employability skills training offered through the College of Arts and Law Graduate School.

Our Philosophy graduates develop a range of skills including, good articulation, precise analytical thought, and the ability to analyse and construct sounds arguments, which can be used in a variety of occupations. A snapshot of graduate destinations over a five-year period has identified a variety of career paths, from the civil service to finance. Historically, over 96% of our Philosophy students have been in employment or further study within six months of graduating.

Graduates from Politics have gone on to work in a range of careers, with recent graduates working with organisations such as the United Nations, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, local authorities in the UK and overseas and the Department for International Development.

Explore postgraduate study at Birmingham at our on-campus open day (Friday 4 March 2016). Register to attend at: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/pgopendays

If you can’t make it to one of our on-campus open days, our virtual open days run regularly throughout the year. For more information, please visit: http://www.pg.bham.ac.uk

Visit the International Law, Ethics and Politics MA page on the University of Birmingham website for more details!

Entry Requirements

2:1 Honours degree in a relevant subject, although appropriate work experience will also be considered

Course Fees

£6,570 FT, £3,285 PT (UK/EU); £14,850 FT only (overseas)

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