Our LLM in International Law focuses on the issues facing today's international lawyers. You will study the complex and dynamic nature of the international legal system and its role in foreign affairs.
This course is one of four taught law courses (LLM) we offer and is suitable for graduates of any background. It is ideal if you’re interested in gaining a better understanding of how the law shapes and influences international affairs.
It will give you the knowledge, insights and practical skills to enhance your career in practice, the public, private or diplomatic sectors or academia. If you are pursuing another career path, it will enhance your understanding of how the law shapes and influences international affairs.
You will study contemporary issues in public international law. You will develop your knowledge and expertise in:
- international dispute settlement
- international organisations
- the role of individuals in the international legal system
You will develop both your practical and research legal skills. Through our Legal Simulation module you will work in small teams and be presented with a realistic scenario. You will be introduced to a variety of practically-focused legal skills, including:
- analysis of complex legal problems
- devising legal strategies
- working with the law in real-life contexts
You will also learn a variety of legal-specific research skills through our Legal Research Skills and Methods module.
You can create your own specialised programme of study that matches your legal interests and career aspirations. You can choose from a wide range of optional modules to complement your core studies, including:
- the role of law in international affairs
- diplomacy and dispute settlement
- human rights law
- international crime
- the protection of foreign investment
You can also choose from a range of our other master's modules, with the permission of the Degree Programme Director.
Dedicated one-to-one support is also given to help you research and write a dissertation on an area of law you feel passionate about.
There is a field trip to international criminal courts and tribunals in The Hague as part of the optional module, International Criminal Law. This is an optional trip and is not covered by tuition fees.
There are opportunities to become an editor of The North East Law Review. This is Newcastle’s student-edited law journal which showcases outstanding student work for open-access publication. You can also join the Eldon Society, the University’s society for students with an interest in law.
Modules are taught by our expert academic staff over the first and second semesters through a combination of:
- interactive lectures
All of our workshops and seminars are taught in small groups, where we encourage lively discussion and debate.
During your first two weeks we encourage you to sit in on lectures across our optional law modules. This will help you to choose which areas best suit your needs and interests.
Our Degree Programme Director will also be available to offer support and guidance to help you make these choices.
Assessment is through a variety of methods, including:
- written exams
We are committed to pursuing academic excellence and fostering an intellectually challenging and supportive environment in which our students can excel.
We regularly host conferences and seminars with internationally renowned guest speakers. We encourage you to attend these events as they cover a wide range of important legal, political, economic and social issues.
Our facilities include:
- a dedicated Law Library
- a LLM study space with computer suite
- a student common room
- a large lecture theatre
- a purpose-built mooting room
- wi-fi connectivity throughout the school
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You will study modules on this course. A module is a unit of a course with its own approved aims and outcomes and assessment methods.
Modules for 2018 entry
Compulsory modulesCompulsory modules
Optional modulesOptional modules
You will take modules of at least 50 credits and up to 90 credits from the following:
- LAW8053 International Environmental Law
- LAW8130 International Security Law
- LAW8135 Law of Armed Conflict
- LAW8139 International Human Rights Law
- LAW8144 International Intellectual Property Law
- LAW8554 International Commercial Arbitration
- LAW8558 International Criminal Law
- LAW8559 Contemporary Problems of International Law and International Dispute Settlement
- LAW8562 Law of the WTO
- LAW8565 Globalisation, Brands and Business Organisation
You may take further modules up to 50 credits from the following:
- LAW8138 Science, Climate Change and Environmental Justice
- LAW8143 Corporate Governance and Corporate Finance
- LAW8244 Islamic Finance and Islamic Economics
- LAW8149 Advanced International Intellectual Property Law
- LAW8555 Environmental Impact Assessment Law and Practice
- NBS8219 Legal and Regulatory Aspects of Money Laundering and Financial Crime
Modules change annually to take account of:
- changing staff expertise
- developments in the discipline
- the requirements of external bodies and partners
- student feedback.
Most module information for 2019 entry will be available from mid-May 2019.
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Fees & Funding
The fees displayed here are per year.
Full time: £7,200
Part time: £3,600
Full time: £7,200
Part time: £3,600
Full time: £16,200
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EU students starting at Newcastle in 2018 and 2019 will pay the UK (Home) tuition fee for the full duration of their course.
A 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, in law or any other subject.
We will also consider applications on an individual basis if you have lower or non-standard qualifications or experience in professional legal practice.
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- 6 week Pre-sessional entry: IELTS 6.0 overall (with 6.5 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in all other sub-skills)
- 10 week Pre-sessional entry: IELTS 6.0 overall (with 6.0 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in all other sub-skills)
You can study our Pre-sessional English course at the INTO Newcastle Centre.
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How to Apply
You apply online, track your application and contact the admissions team via our applicant portal. Our step by step guide can help you on your way.
As part of your online application, you are required to submit a personal statement.
The course starts in September. There is no application closing date for this course.
We suggest international students apply at least two months before the course starts. This is so that you have enough time to make the necessary arrangements.
If you live outside the UK/EU you must:
- pay a deposit of £1,500
- or submit an official letter of sponsorship
The deposit is payable after you receive an offer to study at Newcastle University. The deposit is non-refundable, but is deducted from your tuition fees when you register.