International Law with Professional Skills, LLM

International Law with Professional Skills, LLM


The LLM International Law with Professional Skills offers students a comprehensive understanding of international law, incorporating discussions on recent trends and ongoing developments in the field. Tailored for individuals aspiring to become versatile international lawyers, this programme caters to various special interests such as international human rights law, environmental protection, and negotiation of trade agreements.

Study Information

Study Options

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

The LLM International Law with Professional Skills delves into a spectrum of courses tackling pressing global issues. From the pivotal role of International Law in combating international terrorism to the enforcement of international human rights and navigating the complexities of climate change legal regulations or trade negotiation, our programme offers a comprehensive range of courses.

The Professional Skills route for this degree programme means immersing yourself in an intensive course on international trade agreements designed to teach you negotiation skills. Completing this module not only gives you practical expertise but also eliminates the requirement to submit a dissertation.

The Dissertation study route delves into a deeper theoretical and academic exploration, ideal for those pursuing further education or aspiring to careers in academia. Please visit this page for more information about the LLM International Law programme option.

Equipping students with an advanced understanding of International Law, the LLM International Law with Professional Skills serves as a springboard for diverse career paths. Whether aspiring to governmental institutions, international organisations, non-governmental entities, legal firms with an international focus, or consulting roles in international law, our programme prepares students for a wide array of professional opportunities.

Available Programmes of Study


International Law with Professional Skills

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

Programme Fees

Fee information
Fee category Cost
EU / International students £27,000
Tuition Fees for 2024/25 Academic Year
UK £13,200
Tuition Fees for 2024/25 Academic Year

We will endeavour to make all course options available. However, these may be subject to change - see our Student Terms and Conditions page.

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 Tuition Fees page.


Self-funded international students enrolling on postgraduate taught (PGT) programmes will receive one of our Aberdeen Global Scholarships, ranging from £3,000 to £8,000, depending on your domicile country. Learn more about the Aberdeen Global Scholarships here.

To see our full range of scholarships, visit our Funding Database.

How You'll Study

Learning Methods

  • Group Projects
  • Individual Projects
  • Lectures
  • Research
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Workshops

Assessment Methods

Assessment is based on a combination of continuous assessment and written examination at the end of the relevant semester. The variety of assessments in the programme - through essays, presentations, group projects, and final exams ensures that students apply theory to practise. A high majority of assessments are individual and not based on group projects.

Why Study International Law with Professional Skills?

A foundation discipline of the University 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.

  • Founded in 1495, our Law School has been a cornerstone discipline of the University for centuries.
  • Regarded as one of the foremost institutions for legal education in the UK.
  • Achieved a Top 10 ranking among UK Law Schools in the Times & Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024.
  • Proudly hosts a diverse community of staff and students with representation from over 40 nationalities.
  • Provides exceptional opportunities for cross-cultural learning, enhancing your educational journey.
  • Known for its commitment to academic excellence and unparalleled student support.
  • Equips students with an advanced understanding of international law within a global context, paving the way for international career prospects.
  • Gives students the practical skills necessary to successfully negotiate international trade agreements.
  • Led by distinguished faculty members renowned for their expertise and contributions to major international negotiations.
  • Delivers a comprehensive curriculum encompassing various facets of international law.
  • Nestled in Aberdeen, Europe's energy capital, offering a vibrant cosmopolitan atmosphere with global connections in energy, healthcare, and tourism sectors.

Entry Requirements


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

General Entry Requirements

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 - 5.5; Speaking - 5.5; Writing - 6.0


OVERALL - 90 with: Listening - 17; Reading - 18; Speaking - 20; Writing - 21

PTE Academic:

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

Cambridge English B2 First, C1 Advanced, C2 Proficiency:

OVERALL - 176 with: Listening - 162; Reading - 162; 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 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

Aberdeen Global Scholarship

Eligible self-funded post graduate taught (PGT) students will receive the Aberdeen Global Scholarship. Explore our Global Scholarships, including eligibility details, on our dedicated page.

Aberdeen Global Scholarships


Essential Skills
The significance of International Law on a global scale cannot be overstated. Choosing to study this discipline at Aberdeen ensures that you will acquire the essential skills and expertise required for a successful career in the international legal arena. By immersing yourself in our programme, you will cultivate an advanced comprehension of International Law, providing you with a distinct edge in today's competitive job market.

Professional Connections
Our Professional Skills route offers invaluable connections with trade negotiators and provides you with practical skills and techniques required to become a successful negotiator, thus enriching your learning experience and expanding your professional network.

Career Path
Upon graduation, you will find yourself well-equipped for prestigious career paths, including opportunities with esteemed organisations such as the UN, NATO, the World Bank, various NGOs, or leading global law firms.

Top 10 Law School

We’re delighted to be ranked a Top 10 UK Law School by the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024.

Proud of our heritage

University of Aberdeen, one of the four “ancient” universities of Scotland has taught law since 1495 when the university was founded.

Specialty courses to improve your employability

Our broad range of niche courses focus on specific areas of industry and use current examples that will prepare you for your career. 

Our Experts

Programme Coordinator
Prof Irène Couzigou

Information About Staff Changes

You will be taught by a range of experts including professors, lecturers, teaching fellows and postgraduate tutors. However, these may be subject to change - see our Student Terms and Conditions page.

Get in Touch

Contact Details

School of Law
University of Aberdeen
Taylor Building
AB24 3UB