This master's in international law is one of four taught Master of Laws (LLM) we offer. It's suitable for graduates of any background. It's ideal if you’re interested in gaining a better understanding of how the law shapes and influences international affairs.
Our LLM International Law and Global Challenges gives you the knowledge, insights and practical skills to enhance your career in practice, the public, private or diplomatic sectors or academia. If you're pursuing another career path, it will enhance your understanding of how the law shapes and influences international affairs.
You can create your own specialised programme of study that matches your legal interests and career aspirations with this flexible master's in international law. 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
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.
You can also join the University's society for students with an interest in Law.
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What you'll learn
Throughout this master's in international law you'll study contemporary issues in public international law.
You'll develop your knowledge and expertise in:
- international dispute settlement
- international organisations
- the role of individuals in the international legal system
You'll also learn a variety of legal-specific research skills through our Legal Research Skills and Methods module.
You can also choose from a range of our other master's modules, with the permission of the Degree Programme Director.
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.
Module information is intended to provide an example of what you will study.
Our teaching is informed by research. Course content changes periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.
Full details of the modules on offer will be published through the Programme Regulations and Specifications ahead of each academic year. This usually happens in May.
Optional modules availability
Some course have optional modules. Student demand for optional modules may affect availability.
To find out more please see our terms and conditions.
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How you'll learn
Modules will be taught by our expert academic staff over the first and second semester. We'll use a blend of interactive in-person and online teaching sessions including:
- Q&A sessions
- assessment feed forward and feedback sessions
You'll also have access to comprehensive lecture materials via CANVAS.
Your induction programme will include an introduction to each module by the respective module leader. This will help to make sure you are fully informed about content before teaching starts.
Full details about module selection will be included in your Induction Programme.
You'll be assessed through a combination of:
- Oral presentation
- Research proposal
- Research paper
- Written examination
- Written exercise
We're committed to pursuing academic excellence. We foster 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.
Your teaching and learning is also supported by Canvas. Canvas is a Virtual Learning Environment. You'll use Canvas to submit your assignments and access your:
Throughout your studies, you’ll have access to support from:
- our University Student Services Team
You'll also be assigned an academic member of staff. They will be your personal tutor throughout your time with us. They can help with academic and personal issues.
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Quality and ranking
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From 1 January 2020 there is an update to the way professional qualifications are recognised by countries outside of the UK
The Law School has an extensive library situated within the School. To ensure everyone’s safety all items will be available via a click and collect service at the start of the 2020/21 academic year. Students also have access to an extensive range of online sources via databases such as Westlaw and Lexis/Nexis.
- dedicated study spaces for LLM students
- a student common room
- a purpose-built Mooting Room
Access to these facilities will be reduced at the start of 2020/21 but we hope to make them accessible during the year as conditions allow.
Fees and funding
Tuition fees for 2021 entry (per year)
If your studies last longer than one year, your tuition fee may increase in line with inflation.
For courses commencing from September 2021 and beyond, EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals will no longer be eligible for home fees or Student Finance England support.
If you are from the EU you will pay international tuition fees.
What you're paying for
Tuition fees include the costs of:
- tuition (or supervision)
- library access
Some of our degrees involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees.
Find out more about:
- additional costs
- living costs
- tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts
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The entrance requirements below apply to 2021 entry.
Qualifications from outside the UK
English Language requirements
How to apply
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Applications for 2022/23
You'll be able to apply for 2022/23 entry from September 2021
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