LL.M. International Legal Studies

Newcastle University | Newcastle upon Tyne , United Kingdom
This LL.M in International Legal Studies programme is aimed at students with a specific interest in State affairs and the interaction of states with other actors such as international organisations and individuals.



This programme is aimed at students with a specific interest in State affairs and the interaction of states with other actors such as international organisations and individuals.

In particular, this programme aims to provide advanced knowledge and understanding of:

  • nature, structure and function of the international legal system
  • the systemís influence on strategic national and international policies
  • principles on which inter-State relations are based
  • role of foreign affairs in the protection of human rights, use of nuclear weapons and resolution of international disputes
  • international rights and obligations of individuals in view of war crimes and genocide

At Newcastle, you will benefit from Newcastle Law Schoolís one million pound refurbishment. This includes an improved lecture theatre with state-of-the-artaudio systems, student communal area and law library.

This programme will be relevant to students interested in pursuing an international career in organisations such as the United Nations and the European Union. Other sectors include:non-governmental organisations, the public and diplomatic sector as legal advisors and law firms.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline International applicants: July 11
Tuition fee Not specified
Start date
Duration full-time 12 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Part-time, Full-time
Intensity Flexible
Duration part-time 24 months

Course Content

In addition to the programme overview, the information below details the modules you can expect to study as part of this postgraduate degree. Please be aware that programme modules do change and therefore may differ for your year of entry.

Compulsory modules

  • LAW8559 Contemporary Problems of International Law and International Dispute Settlement
  • LAW8146 Foundations of Public International Law
  • LAW8558 International Criminal Law
  • LAW8561 Legal Simulation
  • LAW8090 Legal Research Skills and Methods
  • LAW8099 Dissertation

Optional modules

You will take a further 60 credits from the following:

  • LAW8136 International Sale of Goods
  • LAW8562 Law of the WTO
  • LAW8554 International Commercial Arbitration
  • LAW8556 International Credit and Security
  • LAW8150 The Movement of Persons in a Global World
  • LAW8557 Public Procurement: International Law and Standards
  • LAW8053 International Environmental Law
  • LAW8138 Science, Climate Change and Environmental Justice

English Language Requirements


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An upper-second-class Honours degree, or international equivalent, in law. We will also consider applicants on an individual basis with lower-second-class Honours degrees on their merit, those with degrees in other areas and those with professional law experience.

Applicants whose first language is not English require IELTS 6.5 (with at least 6.5 in writing), or equivalent.

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

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