This course is one of three taught law courses (LLM) we offer and is suitable for graduates of any background. It is ideal if you’re interested in gaining a better understanding of how the law shapes and influences international affairs.
It will give you the knowledge, insights and practical skills to enhance your career in practice, the public, private or diplomatic sectors or academia. If you are pursuing another career path, it will enhance your understanding of how the law shapes and influences international affairs.
You will study contemporary issues in public international law. You will develop your knowledge and expertise in:
•international dispute settlement
•the role of individuals in the international legal system
You will develop both your practical and research legal skills. Through our Legal Simulation module you will work in small teams and be presented with a realistic scenario. You will be introduced to a variety of practically-focused legal skills, including:
•analysis of complex legal problems
•devising legal strategies
•working with the law in real-life contexts
You will also learn a variety of legal-specific research skills through our Legal Research Skills and Methods module.
You can create your own specialised programme of study that matches your legal interests and career aspirations. You can choose from a wide range of optional modules to complement your core studies, including:
•the role of law in international affairs
•diplomacy and dispute settlement
•human rights law
•the protection of foreign investment
You can also choose from a range of our other master's modules, with the permission of the Degree Programme Director.
Dedicated one-to-one support is also given to help you research and write a dissertation on an area of law you feel passionate about.
There is a field trip to international criminal courts and tribunals in The Hague as part of the optional module, International Criminal Law. This is an optional trip and is not covered by tuition fees.
There are opportunities to become an editor of The North East Law Review. This is Newcastle’s student-edited law journal which showcases outstanding student work for open-access publication. You can also join the Eldon Society, the University’s society for students with an interest in law.
•LAW8146 Foundations of Public International Law
•LAW8561 Legal Simulation
•LAW8090 Legal Research Skills and Methods
You will take a further 80 credits from the following:
•LAW8559 Contemporary Problems of International Law and International Dispute Settlement
•LAW8558 International Criminal Law
•LAW8136 International Sale of Goods
•LAW8562 Law of the WTO
•LAW8554 International Commercial Arbitration
•LAW8556 International Credit and Security
•LAW8053 International Environmental Law
•LAW8138 Science, Climate Change and Environmental Justice
•LAW8139 International Human Rights Law
•LAW8150 The Movement of Persons
•LAW8564 The Law of E-Commerce
•LAW8565 Globalisation, Brands and Business Organisation
•LAW8566 International Investment Law
Modules might change for your year of entry.
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A 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, in law or any other subject.
We will also consider applications on an individual basis if you have lower or non-standard qualifications or experience in professional legal practice.
International students: To study this course you need to meet our Band 4 English Language requirements: Direct Entry: IELTS 6.5 overall (with 6.5 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in all other sub-skills.
If you have lower English Language scores, you may be accepted onto a pre-sessional English course.
Our typical English Language requirements are listed as IELTS scores but we also accept a wide range of English Language tests.
The equivalent academic qualifications that we accept are listed on our country pages.
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