Find a Degree Postgraduate Taught Programmes Private International Law (LLM)

Programme Details

Programme Length - LLM

  • 12 months (full-time)
  • 24 or 36 months (part-time)

Start Date: September or January


As a result of globalisation, and, in Europe, of its recent communitarisation, Private International Law has undergone profound changes and has become a subject of both increasing prominence and complexity.

The LLM Programme in Private International Law reflects established areas of research strength in the School of Law, and offers options which meet the demand for studying contemporary conflict of laws issues in at an advanced level.

Private International Law Theory and Institutions is a compulsory course designed to provide the core elements on which students can build up their knowledge. Other courses in the Programme introduce students to topical issues of practical relevance. Most of these course focus on aspects pertinent to civil and commercial operations. One of the courses is offered in the field of international family law.

The intention is that by the end of the programme students will have developed a methodology, which will enable them to analyse confidently any problems arising in international transactions and private issues with an international element. Students are also expected to gain expertise on Private International Law in the European Union with an understanding of global harmonisation processes through the Hague Conference on Private International Law.

Contact Information

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)


  • LS5093  Private International Law: Concepts and Institutions (1)

In addition to the above, candidates must take at least two of the courses listed below. A third course may be chosen from any other LLM programme.

  • LS5089 Private International Law of Business Transactions: Jurisdiction (1)
  • LS5095  Comparative and International insolvency Law (1)
  • LS551B  Choice of Law in Business Transactions (2)
  • LS5589  Private International Law of Family 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 methods 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 is 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(1) 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



For details of funding opportunities please visit the Law School's webpages on funding.


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