What will I learn?

The LLM International Law analyses how international law operates within the key areas of international human rights and international business law.

The end of the Second World War has witnessed not only the creation of numerous international organisations, but also an increased level of global interconnection and the creation of common standards in many areas. International Law has become an important area of study because of the role it plays in regulating the relationships between states and how different states shapes their laws and legal systems.

Therefore, the knowledge and understanding of the legal aspects of international law and how international law operates in the areas of international business and international human rights law is an important attribute that is highly regarded by prospective employers such as academic institutions, non-governmental organisations and charities, policy and research organisations, and international organisations.

What's covered in the course?

Our LLM International Law brings together different areas of international law and enables you to critically examine how international law operates within the fields of human rights and business law. The course examines international law with the underlying philosophy of providing a structured course characterised by sound theory and application to produce students capable of engaging with international institutions through their understanding of how law operates at the international level.

Additionally, our LLM provides an opportunity to acquire, or build upon existing skills gained from your undergraduate course - enhancing employment opportunities in the legal profession and providing a basis for progression to doctoral studies.

You will analyse and critically evaluate principle features of international law, including fundamental concepts, values, principles and rules, and the main institutions and procedures. You’ll also learn to evaluate complex legal issues, communicate complex and abstract ideas, and employ strategic transferable skills.

Professional Placement option

For our International Law LLM degrees, you will have the opportunity to take the Professional Placement version of the course, which is offered as an alternative to the standard version of the course.

This will allow you to complete a credit bearing, 20 week Professional Placement as an integral part of your Master’s Degree. The purpose of the Professional Placement is to improve your employability and transferable skills. The placement experience will allow you to evidence your professional skills, attitudes and behaviours at the point of entry to the postgraduate job market.

Which department am I in?

School of Law

Study options

Full Time (15 months)

Tuition fees
£13,200.00 (US$ 17,891) per year
This is a fixed fee

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected January 2022

Venue

City Centre Campuses

1 Curzon Street,

Birmingham,

B4 7XG, England

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
£13,200.00 (US$ 17,891) per year
This is a fixed fee

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected September 2022

Venue

City Centre Campuses

1 Curzon Street,

Birmingham,

B4 7XG, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students need to hold a Bachelor Degree with minimum GPA 2.7. Some postgraduate courses may require a subject specific undergraduate degree to qualify for entry. Some postgraduate courses also require a portfolio, others require a proposal of studies while some courses require both a portfolio and a proposal of studies. Students need to have an IELTS of 6.0 overall (with no band below 5.5).

For international students

Applicants need to have a minimum 2:2 class UK degree or international equivalent in any subject area. Applicants need to have an IELTS score of 6.5 overall with 6.0 minimum in all bands and TOEFL: 88 overall with no less than 18 in Reading, 17 Listening, 20 Speaking and 17 in Writing.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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