This course comprises a broadly-based programme designed to meet the needs of recent graduates wishing to obtain a higher qualification in this area, and those of people already in employment or practice wishing to further their own qualifications and career development. With exceptional locations in London, the University is a natural choice for those seeking an advanced qualification to develop relevant professional skills and understanding. Given the likely diversity of background and experience of students, the course offers core modules taken by all students, but also a range of option modules from which you make your own choices. The course develops an understanding of the key principles of public international law, explores the impact of post-war social, political and legal developments in the fields of human rights, humanitarian law and international crime on the public international law framework, and develops an understanding of the processes of globalisation and their significance for international law. The course is designed for both law and non-law graduates and for both legal and non-legal practitioners. For those with a legal background it represents an opportunity for continuing academic and professional development. It has also been designed to meet the needs of students and practitioners working within a range of social science disciplines including international security, diplomacy, international aid and development, European integration, international relations, and others for whom international law forms an essential element of their academic and practical working environment.
A 2.2 Honours degree, or equivalent from a non-UK institution, (with an average of 55% or above) in law, social science, international relations or related discipline/subject from a recognised institution but consideration will be given to applicants who lack standard qualifications but have significant professional experience in the relevant field or related professional qualifications. Each case will be considered on its own merits. You will need fluent written and spoken English to study at postgraduate level. If your first language is not English, an attainment of at least IELTS 6.5 or equivalent must be demonstrated. The University offers pre-sessional summer programmes if you need to improve your English before starting your course.
LLM International Law
The Public International Law module is designed to create a common framework of learning focused on generating a critical approach to the so-called fundamental principles of this area of enquiry. The Research Methods and Practice module introduces you to the techniques and methods of research in this area, and explores the theoretical perspectives that underpin them. The Dissertation is a major piece of self-managed work conducted under the supervision of a member of the course team with appropriate expertise.
-Dissertation (triple module)
-Public International Law
-Research Theory and Practice
-International Approaches to Sexuality and the Politics of Rights
-International Criminal Law
-International Environmental Law
-International Law of the Sea
-The Right to Reparation under International Law
-United Nations Law
-Women and Human Rights
Teaching and Assessment
Assessment is designed to be realistic and constructive by genuinely testing and enabling you to demonstrate acquired knowledge and skills through written exams and assessed coursework.
On completion of the International Law course, specialisation in a wide range of careers or academia can be sought. Previous students have worked for organisations such as Amnesty International, the United Nations or in legal departments within multinational organisations. Opportunities for further research or teaching are also available.