International Law, LL.M.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
  • English (book IELTS)
University rank #601 (WUR) ,
The LLM (International Law) is one of the named routes through our LLM programme and allows you to specialise and develop expertise in international legal issues. The programme has been designed by a team of highly motivated academic staff at Teesside University who have particular research interests that have informed its content.


The programme gives you flexibility and autonomy to allow you to develop you own areas of interest within the area of international law, and at the same time distinguish you in the eyes of employers in ways that show that you have specialised in a substantive and applied area of contemporary legal study relevant to international policy and practice.

How you learn

The link between legal theory and practice is the central theme of the programme and is incorporated into the teaching through a blend of directed and student-centred learning to develop an understanding of methodology, practice and presentation. This is achieved through a combination of lectures, seminars, group work, debates, audio-visual presentations, guided reading and research exercises.

We want you to become an effective autonomous learner. The research and academic writing skills you develop in taught sessions will enable you to prepare and contribute to seminars and group discussions, and to produce the required assessed work appropriate to postgraduate study. You are also encouraged to attend and participate in relevant research seminars offered by the research institutes of the University, particularly the Social Futures Institute (SoFI) in the School of Social Sciences & Law.

How you are assessed

Our assessments help you develop essential skills to work successfully at postgraduate level, as well as for continuing professional roles and lifelong learning. Your work is assessed in a variety of ways, including:

• individual presentations
• peer review and assessment
• research proposal
• reflective practice
• written assignments
• dissertation

Career opportunities

By completing the course you will develop and have recognised knowledge and understanding of the theory and application of international law. You will also develop cognitive, intellectual, practical, professional and generic key skills and qualities, which have a directly beneficial effect on future employability, whether in the legal profession, or in your subject-related discipline, including academia. You will be equipped to contribute to and inform policy-making decisions in your chosen sphere.
A number of our previous students have published work in academic journals.

Programme Structure

Core modules
  • Contemporary Legal Issues
  • Dissertation
  • International Law
  • Legal Theory in Context
and one optional module
  • Business Law
  • Comparative Law and Criminal Justice
  • Criminal Law
  • European Responses to Crime
  • Medical Law

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 12 months
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Part-time variant
    • Duration description

      Tuesdays in term 1, Tuesday or Thursday in term 2 depending on module options; 2 years; Enrolment date: September

  • Credits
    180 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Lower Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Lower Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

Entry requirements
  • Minimum 2.2 honours degree in a legal or related discipline or equivalent qualification or equivalent experience.
  • IELTS 6.5

Please note that this named route and option choices are available subject to student numbers and other resource constraints. Every effort is made to ensure that you can study your preferred choices but this can’t be guaranteed.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    10950 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 10950 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    4590 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4590 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

Living costs for Middlesbrough

  • 600 - 1000 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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