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LLM in International Law
LLM or PGDip or PGCert
Our LLM in International Law gives you advanced knowledge of the legal aspects of the global economic system, essential for today's legal or business professional.
The course provides the opportunity to study the relations between:
- international organisations
- and other non-state actors.
A wide variety of modules allows you to tailor the course to your particular career aim and plans. You will study a range of issues relating to:
- the creation of legal obligations
- recognition of states
- the role of international organisations
- liability for international crimes and dispute settlement
- the use of force
- environmental protection
- human rights
- regulation of international trade and investment.
Our graduates have gone on to careers in international legal practice, international and national trade bodies. As well as in government and academic posts.
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Fees quoted are for the first year only. If you are studying a course that lasts longer than one year your fees will increase each year.
Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course, if any, are detailed below.
Financial support and scholarships
There are International Student Scholarships available for 2020 and other scholarships and funding options for postgraduate international students.
Learning and assessment
In Semester 1 you will take two compulsory modules and two elective modules.
In Semester 2 you will take one compulsory module and two elective modules.
You will complete your studies by completing your LLM dissertation. This is an extended and supervised piece on work on a particular aspect of international law, chosen in consultation with your course tutors. It is an opportunity for you to:
- gain knowledge through systematic academic enquiry
- demonstrate your ability to explore and present legal arguments.
The style of research may range from empirical investigation to textual analysis. You will develop transferable skills in research and information and project management.
Our academics are at the forefront of a wide range of internationally recognised and world-leading research and projects.
Our LLM course team consists of researchers working within the following research groups:
- international law
- critical approaches to law
- fundamental rights and equality
You can attend the programme of research seminars and other events that underpin the research culture of the School of Law. You will have the opportunity to become involved in research through specialist modules in which teaching staff have expertise. They also supervise dissertations in their specialist subjects.
After you graduate
Graduates from the LLM succeed across an impressive range of careers from policy makers and human rights activists through to diplomats and commercial lawyers. LLM staff can advise you and direct you to possible careers and employers depending on your particular needs and ambitions.
"In the future I hope to further develop my legal research skills and gain enhanced knowledge of International Law in order to pursue a career in legal research. I think that overall an LLM is a unique opportunity to develop skills that could be applied in other related areas."
LLM Alumna, Olga Chetverikova
Pursuing an academic career in law
Research is fundamental to the Law School and is one of the reasons we performed so well in the last REF. Your own interests will be reflected in the modules you choose and many students feel moved to continue their academic studies and become specialists themselves. Several former LLM students have chosen to become researchers, publishing and lecturing on their work and graduating to do a PhD.
"The grounding that I now have in international law has allowed me to take on work that I would not previously have been qualified for. For example, I am currently developing a programme of litigation on the issue of counter-terrorism and human rights for an international organisation. I have lectured at Harvard Law School and been invited to contribute to an edited volume produced by Harvard."
LLM Alumnus Richard Carver, Associate Lecturer and Human Rights Consultant
Alfred Amadu Veenod Fullah
"The focus of my professional life to date has been promoting social equity, fairness and human rights through working with diverse sectors of the community in a wide range of contexts. I am undertaking this LLM course because I hope to enhance my skills within my current work by increasing my understanding of how International Law applies globally and nationally, particularly to support vulnerable members of society"Read more about Alfred Amadu
Programme Changes: On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published on the website.
For more information, please visit our Changes to programmes page.