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Security and International Law LLM

Course Description

Course description
As a result of the technological revolution, the intensification of terrorist activities, the rise of powerful non-state actors, the world financial turmoil, the past few decades have witnessed an enormous interest on questions of international security by governments, governmental agencies, international organisations, non-governmental agencies, law firms and multinational corporations. The LLM in International Law and Security is a high level postgraduate course designed for students seeking to acquire advanced knowledge on the regulatory frameworks necessary to secure international relations and transactions between States, non-state entities, multinational companies as well as individuals. Upon completion of the course, students will have unparalleled expertise on legal issues of international security that will appeal to government agencies, international organisations, nongovernmental organisations law firms, multinational corporations as well as the army.
The LLM in International Law and Security (the so-called SIL Track) is premised on the idea that international security is not a mono-dimensional concept. Regulating security at the international level requires not only the regulation of the use of force (collective security) and methods of warfare but also that of international investments, international financial transactions and intellectual property. This holistic approach of the concept of security at the heart of this course makes it a very unique post-graduate master in Europe and in the world.
The course is structured around a set of 4 compulsory subjects and a wide variety of optional courses. After taking courses on the core and foundational subjects of international law, you will be able to choose between many optional courses in the second semester. Optional courses comprise classical subjects (e.g. international courts and tribunals, human rights, law of armed conflicts, international criminal law, WTO Law) as well as unique subjects such as security of international investments and transactions, security aspects of international intellectual property law, law and ethics in war and warfare. You will be allowed to customise the curriculum according to your career ambitions, needs and areas of interest.
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).

English language
Students whose first language is not English are required to hold one of the following English language qualifications:
- IELTS: minimum overall score of 7.0, with 7.0 in Writing and 6.5 in all other sub categories;
- TOEFL (Internet-Based Test): minimum overall score of 100, with 25 in Writing and 22 in all other sub categories;
- Cambridge Proficiency: minimum grade of C;
- Pearson English: minimum overall score of 66, with 66 in Writing and 59 in all other sub categories.

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.

Course Fees

LLM (full-time) UK/EU students (per annum): £6,500 International students (per annum): £14,500 LLM (part-time) UK/EU students (per annum): £3,250

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