Find a Degree Postgraduate Taught Programmes International Law (LLM)

Programme Details

12 months full-time, 24 or 36 months part-time

September or January


The School has a long tradition of research excellence in International Law. In today’s global context, lawyers are increasingly confronted with cross-border family and commercial interactions and transactions. Indeed, most lawyers have an international aspect to their practice which requires specialist expertise in private international law. There is also a clear demand in national governments, international organisations, non-governmental organisations and relevant research institutes for staff with a clear appreciation of the complex international legal framework which has evolved in modern times in an attempt to manage inter-state relationships.

The LLM in International Law offers a range of courses covering both public and private international law. It enables students to undertake advanced legal research and writing in this field and educates students in the analysis of international treaties and case law with an international law dimension.

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Graduate Programmes Coordinator
School of Law


All candidates must take the following courses:


  • LS501T      Critical Legal Thinking and Scholarship (for September starts)


  • LS551T      Critical Legal Thinking and Scholarship (for January starts)


  • LS5904     LLM Dissertation (60 credit points)

In addition to the above, candidates must take at least three of the courses listed below. A fourth course may be chosen from a different LLM programme

  • LS501C International Energy and Environmental Law (1)
  • LS501D  Oil and minerals for Good (1)
  • LS501F  Energy, Innovation and Law (1)
  • LS5068  The Politics of Human Rights (1)
  • LS501U  International Law: A Time of Challenges (1)
  • LS5083 International Commercial Arbitration (1) OR LS5085 International Commercial Arbitration in Asia Pacific (1)
  • LS5089 Private International Law of Business Transactions: Jurisdiction (1)
  • LS5093 Private International Law: Concepts and Institutions (1)
  • LS5095 Comparative and International Insolvency Law (1)
  • LS5098 World Trade Organisation: GATT (1)
  • LS55UU  Cultural Property Issues: Law, Art and Property (2)
  • LS551B Choice of Law for Business (2)
  • LS551F The Law of International Organisations (2)
  • LS551G International Humanitarian Law (2)
  • LS5588  International Trade and Finance Law (2)
  • LS5589  Private International Law of Family Law (2)
  • LS5590  International Human Rights Law (2)
  • LS5592  Carriage of Goods by Sea (2)
  • LS5597 International Criminal Law (2)

Students should note, however, that course options are dependent on staff availability, sabbatical arrangements and sufficient enrolment. The number in brackets indicates the semester in which the course is taught.

 For outlines of the above modules, see the Postgraduate Catalogue of Courses.


Assessment is based on a combination of written examination at the end of the relevant semester and one or more course essays. In addition, students must complete a course in research skills and a dissertation on a topic within the specialism. The dissertation is planned and written between March and August each year. Guidance on the writing of a dissertation will be given.


Teaching is organised on a modular basis. There are two 12-week semesters, the first beginning in the second week of September, the second at the end of January. Students can join either in September or January. Examinations are held at the end of each semester, in January and May. The dissertation is submitted at the end of August each year, regardless of start date. Courses are offered subject to the availability of staff, sufficient enrolment and sabbatical arrangements.

Normally a 2(i) Honours degree in Law, or another related discipline, or equivalent.

The English Language Requirement for all College of Arts and Social Sciences Masters programmes is an IELTS of 6.5 with 6.0 in the writing and reading (or equivalent TOEFL iBT or PTE).  For more information see


Full details of tuition fees is available here


A limited amount of funding is available through the University and the College of Arts and Social Sciences. See the Law School's webpages on funding for further information.


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