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Law and Globalisation LLM

Course Description

The University of Bristol LLM offers a variety of possibilities to study law at an advanced level and the opportunity to specialise in particular areas. There are a number of specialist programmes enabling you to study a set of related units that, together, provide a more in-depth knowledge and understanding of those themes. Alternatively, you can opt for a broader and more general set of unit choices. In all cases, you are encouraged to explore at a deeper level your chosen areas of law and to see how those legal fields operate in different contexts, considering the relevant issues theoretically and practically and from a range of perspectives.

We offer an exciting and stimulating set of degree programmes, each of which prepares you for many different possible careers. If you have an interest in studying law at a level beyond your undergraduate degree and are seeking to enhance your analytical, research and legal writing skills, you will find Bristol’s LLM to be a challenging and rewarding experience.

We have a large and vibrant international community and University of Bristol LLM students benefit from small class sizes taught by world-leading experts.

The Law and Globalisation LLM programme offers a range of units for those wishing to examine these issues from a broad perspective, both economic and socio-political. The units cover the international legal framework, trade, employment and human rights, from both a practical and a theoretical perspective.

Programme structure

Part one - You may study four units from the following list, or three units from the list with a further unit chosen from any of the other LLM programmes.
-European Human Rights Law
-Environmental Law
-General Principles of International Law
-Global Perspectives on Corporate Governance
-International Commercial Litigation
-International Commercial Arbitration
-International Corporate Finance
-International Criminal Law
-International Law and Human Rights
-International Law and the Use of Force
-International Law of Labour and Welfare Rights
-International Law of the Sea
-International Law of Trade and Aid
-International Public Contract Law
-Legal Perspectives on Sustainability
-Maritime Security
-Migration and Work
-Migration Law and Policy - International, European and Human Rights Dimensions
-World Trade Law

Assessment is by examination and/or essay. Please view our programme catalogue for further information on the course structure and units available. Please note that unit choices are subject to change depending on staff availability.

Part two - In the spring term, you will choose a dissertation within the field of law and globalisation for approval by the Law School. After passing part one, you start work on your dissertation for submission by September. You must pass both parts to obtain an LLM and may not proceed to part two until you have passed part one.


This programme opens doors to a wide variety of future careers in law, finance and global governance. Students go on to work in law firms specialising in human rights or business law, international NGOs and governance organisations.

Visit the Law and Globalisation LLM page on the University of Bristol website for more details!

Entry Requirements

An upper second-class honours degree in law or a degree with an adequate law component. International students with equivalent qualifications should supply a transcript of their examination results (an official English translation if the original is in a language other than English). Recognised Prior Learning is not currently accepted. Previous or professional experience is not required.

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