International Law and International Relations, LLM

International Law and International Relations, LLM

Introduction

International Law and International Relations at Aberdeen provides an advanced understanding of both disciplines and how their interaction impacts upon international politics.

Study Information

Study Options

Learning Mode
On Campus Learning
Degree Qualification
LLM
Duration
12 months or 24 months
Study Mode
Full Time or Part Time
Start Month
January or September
Location of Study
Aberdeen

This innovative programme combines courses in the theory and practice of International Law and International Relations. You will gain a unique interdisciplinary perspective on a range of contemporary issues related to the transformed nature of global governance. Throughout this programme, you will have the opportunity to study courses such as International Law: A Time of Challenges, The Use of Force in International Law and Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism.

This programme was designed by experts who work specifically in the fields of International Law and International Relations. With their combined input, you will gain unique insights into both subjects and will advance your understanding of their relationship. The programme offers a range of courses that are aligned with the interdisciplinary competencies required for today’s international job market. In Aberdeen, you will benefit from the wide community of international staff and students which provides a stimulating learning environment. You will have the opportunity to develop a professional network, some students being already engaged in an international career.

The University of Aberdeen has a reputation for attracting world-class teaching staff with unrivalled experience and knowledge in their specialist subjects. Being taught in small classes, you will have easy access to first rate teaching from globally respected staff, such as Programme Director Dr Irène Couzigou, who before coming to Aberdeen, researched and taught in the field of Public International Law at the University of Paris 2 in France as well as at the University of Heidelberg and at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Germany. Her publications deal with Peace and Security Law, the Law of International Organisations, and International Human Rights Law.

Available Programmes of Study

We will endeavour to make all course options available; however, these may be subject to timetabling and other constraints. Please see our InfoHub pages for further information.

Fee Information

Additional Fee Information

  • Fees for individual programmes can be viewed in the Programmes section above.
  • In exceptional circumstances there may be additional fees associated with specialist courses, for example field trips. Any additional fees for a course can be found in our Catalogue of Courses.
  • For more information about tuition fees for this programme, including payment plans and our refund policy, please visit our InfoHub Tuition Fees page.

Funding Opportunities

The SFC Postgraduate tuition fee scholarship may be available for those classified as Home/EU fee status students for this programme. Visit the scholarship page for more information.

The James Carnegie maintenance scholarship for postgraduate students is available with this degree.

Scholarships

Eligible self-funded international Masters students will receive the Aberdeen Global Scholarship. Visit our Funding Database to find out more and see our full range of scholarships.

How You'll Study

As well as attending lectures and seminars by our teaching staff, you will also benefit from hearing from guest speakers from the world of international law and international relations. You will have the opportunity to study a research skills course at the start of your studies.

Learning Methods

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Workshops

Assessment Methods

Assessment: By course work, by written examination, or by a combination of these, as prescribed for each course. The degree of LLM shall not be awarded to a candidate who fails to achieve a CGS grade of D3 or above in the specified dissertation course, irrespective of their performance in other courses: such candidates may, at the discretion of the Examiners, be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate.

Why Study International Law and International Relations?

Law was a founding discipline of the University of Aberdeen in 1495. Today, our Law School is considered one of the UK’s elite training grounds for lawyers - and there’s no substitute for experience.

  • The School of Law is ranked Top 100 in the World (The Times Higher Education World University Subject Ranking 2022).
  • Our Law School is ranked 5th in the UK for Overall Student Satisfaction (National Student Survey 2022).
  • There are over 40 nationalities within the School of Law postgraduate community, so you will benefit from the experiences of international students from all over the world.

 Students choose to study International Law and International Relations at Aberdeen because of our reputation for academic excellence and unrivalled student experience. At Aberdeen, you will:

  • Develop key critical thinking and analysis skills that will help you gain a deeper understanding of contemporary legal and political issues.
  • Benefit from the twin strengths of our School of Law and School of Social Science, which will help you to quickly develop your knowledge and understanding of global issues.
  • Have the opportunity to attend the research seminars organised by the Law School and the School of Social Science.
  • Be able to participate in events organised by Lawyers without Border and the Model United Nations Society, which will provide you with valuable insights into both subjects.
  • Have the opportunity to study at a University with a reputation for academic rigour and excellent small-class teaching, while adopting a modern attitude towards critical analysis.
  • Study in a unique environment that encourages you to challenge thinking in order to gain and retain greater knowledge.
  • Be part of a wide community of international staff and students, located in a cosmopolitan and friendly Scottish city.

You will be part of a vibrant, close-knit community of students that provides a personal and friendly atmosphere where staff have the opportunity to know students by name and can closely monitor progress.

What Our Students Say

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The range of the topics covered in the LLM International Law and International Relations enabled me to develop complementary cross-disciplinary skills and become an expert in understanding international issues and challenges.

Entry Requirements

Qualifications

The information below is provided as a guide only and does not guarantee entry to the University of Aberdeen.

Normally, a 2.1 honours degree (or equivalent) in Law will be required to be accepted onto this programme. Relevant practical experience in a related field will also be beneficial.

Due to the nature and structure of this programme, spaces are limited and only a September start is offered. Prospective students interested in this programme should submit their completed application by the end of May each year. All applications will be reviewed by the programme admissions panel. Decisions will be notified by the end of July. Unsuccessful applicants may, at the discretion of the admissions panel, be offered a place on the LLM International Commercial Law with Dissertation instead.

Please enter your country to view country-specific entry requirements.

English Language Requirements

To study for a Postgraduate Taught degree at the University of Aberdeen it is essential that you can speak, understand, read, and write English fluently. The minimum requirements for this degree are as follows:

IELTS Academic:

OVERALL - 6.5 with: Listening - 5.5; Reading - 6.0; Speaking - 5.5; Writing - 6.0

TOEFL iBT:

OVERALL - 90 with: Listening - 17; Reading - 21; Speaking - 20; Writing - 21

PTE Academic:

OVERALL - 62 with: Listening - 59; Reading - 59; Speaking - 59; Writing - 59

Cambridge English B2 First, C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency:

OVERALL - 176 with: Listening - 162; Reading - 169; Speaking - 162; Writing - 169

Read more about specific English Language requirements here.

Document Requirements

You will be required to supply the following documentation with your application as proof you meet the entry requirements of this degree programme. If you have not yet completed your current programme of study, then you can still apply and you can provide your Degree Certificate at a later date.

Degree Certificate
a degree certificate showing your qualifications
Degree Transcript
a full transcript showing all the subjects you studied and the marks you have achieved in your degree(s) (original & official English translation)
Personal Statement
a detailed personal statement explaining your motivation for this particular programme
Reference x 2
two reference letters, one of which should be from your university discussing your academic ability. If you have been out of education for a long time you may wish to use your current or most recent employers, or other professional individuals

Careers

By studying International Law and International Relations at Aberdeen, you will have the opportunity to pursue a range of careers in the legal profession. The skills that you gain will give you a competitive advantage in careers in government departments, international organisations, international non-governmental organisations or as international consultant.

Study Two Inseparable Subjects

Jointly coordinated through the School of Law and the School of Social Sciences.

We are Top 100 in the World for Law

Our Law School is ranked in the Top 100 globally, according to the Times Higher Education World University Subject Rankings 2022.

5th in the UK for Law

Our Law School is ranked 5th in the UK of 105 providers for Overall Student Satisfaction (National Student Survey 2022).

Our Experts

Dr Irène Couzigou researches in the field of Public International Law. Her current publications deal with Peace and Security Law, including the emerging International Cybersecurity Law, the Law of International Organisations, and International Human Rights Law.

Information About Staff Changes

You will be taught by a range of experts including professors, lecturers, teaching fellows and postgraduate tutors. Staff changes will occur from time to time; please see our InfoHub pages for further information.

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