Master of Laws LLM in International Law

Duration Full time 1 year
Part time 2 years
Discipline
  • Law
LocationExeter (Streatham)
Start date September

Overview

  • Specialised Master of Laws programme with the focus on international law
  • Gain a comprehensive understanding of public international law and pressing legal challenges in our globalised world
  • Choose from a range of cutting-edge subjects, including global security, cyber operations, modern forms of warfare, and transnational regulatory governance
  • Personal tutor support and close contact with world-class scholarship of our team of experts and their extensive experience of working with governments, international organisations and the armed forces
  • Develop your personal and professional skills through our simulation and other activities to prepare yourself for an international career
  • Small seminar and teaching groups enabling you to fulfil your potential
  • Join our community of students and scholars at one of the research centres and participate in our research seminars and other academic events

Studying a Master of Laws in International Law offers a rewarding learning experience with opportunities to deepen your understanding of international law, and to improve skills necessary at all levels of professional engagement with contemporary and future challenges of international law.

The Exeter LLM is a rigorous programme of postgraduate study designed for the most ambitious and capable students. Delivered by some of the eminent scholars in international law, our LLM in International Law allows you to create a bespoke programme of learning addressing your specific academic and professional needs, readying you to fulfil your career ambitions or for doctoral study.

In order to enhance students’ research and learning experiences and to create a vibrant community of postgraduate students enrolled in this programme, students will be affiliated with one of the research centres for the duration of their programme. This will provide a forum where students can present their dissertation outline, promoting discussions and receiving constructive feedback from fellow students and members of academic staff.

Programme structure

The LLM is available to study over 12 months full-time or 24 months part-time. Taught components of the degree are delivered over the first and second terms leaving the third term and most of the summer to research, write and submit your dissertation.

During the programme you will be required to study taught modules and write a dissertation which together will total 180 master level credits. The dissertation, of c.15,000 words, is worth 60 credits and can be written on a topic of your choice, under the supervision of an expert in your chosen field. Students following a specialist pathway must complete their dissertation on a subject relevant to that pathway. Remaining credits are obtained from a combination of taught modules, the majority of which comprise 30 credits and are taught across the first two terms.

Modules

We offer a wide array of modules covering general and specialist legal topics, giving you the widest possible choice of study areas.

Compulsory modules

CodeModuleCredits
LAWM640Dissertation 60

Optional modules

You will choose a number of either 30 or 15 credit optional modules, to a total of 120 credits, from a regularly updated selection.

Recent modules are shown below.

CodeModuleCreditsTerm
LAWM670 European Convention On Human Rights 30 2
LAWM094 Human Dignity and Human Rights in the EU 30 2
LAWM084 International Arbitration 30 1
LAWM683 International Criminal Law 30 1
LAWM128 International Tax Law 30 2
LAWM116 International Law of Cyber Operations 30 2
LAWM117 The Law of International Organisations 30 1
LAWM127 Law of the Sea 30 2
LAWM671 International Human Rights Law 30 2
LAWM715 International Migration and the Law 30 2
LAWM114 Post Conflict Governance, Rule of Law and Justice 30 2 and 3
LAWM103 World Trade Law 30 1

More detailed module information can be found on the Exeter Law School site.

The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.

Learning and teaching

Formal teaching is delivered via weekly three-hour lectures or seminars, depending on group size. Course materials are delivered directly by academic staff, and you are encouraged to actively engage in discussions and debates. You will be in control of your own learning, appropriately supported by peers and staff including a personal tutor.

Assessment

As well as the dissertation, assessment is comprised almost entirely of extended coursework essays, with written examinations in some modules where appropriate.

Research

In addition to your studies, you’ll have the opportunity to benefit from a stimulating programme of research seminars designed to enable staff and postgraduate students to experience cutting edge research by members of the academic and legal community both within and outside of Exeter.

Extra-curricular activities

Formal learning is enhanced by opportunities to participate in a range of exciting extra-curricular activities including pro bono projects, internships, mooting and networking events. 

We have close and active links with Exeter Law School alumni and honorary doctorates, many of whom occupy powerful and prestigious roles in the legal community throughout the world. Where possible, we invite individuals from this community and the broader legal profession to engage with our postgraduate students, whether through research seminars or more informal events, providing you with valuable networking opportunities.

Staff

The staff who teach on our LLM programme include some of the most respected international names in the field.

The following academics have taught on the programme but may be subject to change.  

Careers

The LLM Master of Laws in International Law is an ideal preparation for a career in a number of fields and will provide you with a comprehensive understanding of international law and pressing legal challenges in our globalised world.

The modules offered include topics you must have knowledge of in order to succeed in senior positions, whether in private practice, corporate or public employment – including international trading companies and law firms, chartering, trade, and marine insurance, the European Commission, the European Court of Justice, or the Governments of EU Member States.

The programme gives you invaluable experience in finding out the law from the original sources; in preparing and producing extended legal writing; and in presenting a legal proposition briefly and succinctly to an audience.

When it comes to securing a graduate level position, we enjoy extremely good relations with members of the legal profession regionally, nationally and internationally. You will be supported by the College's Employability Officer, the wide range of services offered by Career Zone and have the opportunity to meet potential employers face-to-face through our annual Law Fair, workshops and careers sessions.

Graduate destinations

A degree in Law can lead to a number of exciting careers. We've included below examples of initial jobs undertaken by our Law postgraduates.

Please note that due to data protection, the job titles and organisations are listed independently and do not necessarily correspond.

Job titleOrganisation
Attorney Areza
Risk Analyst Benjamin Law Firm
Graduate Teaching Assistant Cleary Gottlieb Steen and Hamilton
Information Assistant Euler Hermes
Intern in Tax Law Goldbergs
Legal Advisor Higher Land Court
Lawyer Keoths Solicitors
Lecturer in Law Michelin
Government Lawyer Paul Hastings
  Perfetti Van Melle
  Salans and Associates LLP
  Strategy Capital
   

Entry requirements

A good second class honours degree in Law (or a degree with a substantial legal component) is normally required. If you hold a good lower second honours degree or equivalent and practical and/or other relevant experience you may also be admitted in appropriate circumstances.

Applicants without a Law degree. 
We welcome applications from students with other qualifications or degrees in an area appropriate to the LLM programme. These may include International Relations, Political Science, Social Sciences, Humanities, Accountancy or Business Studies. Please note this list is not exhaustive and every application will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

If you are an international student, please visit our international equivalency pages to enable you to see if your existing academic qualifications meet our entry requirements. 

Requirements for international students

If you are an international student, please visit our international equivalency pages to enable you to see if your existing academic qualifications meet our entry requirements.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

Overall score 6.5. No less than 6.0 in any section.

TOEFL IBT*

Overall score 90 with minimum scores of 21 for writing, 21 for listening, 22 for reading and 23 for speaking.

Pearson Test of English (Academic)

58 with no less than 55 in all communicative skills.

Other accepted tests

Information about other acceptable tests of linguistic ability can be found on our English language requirements page.

Pre-sessional English

Applicants with lower English language test scores may be able to take pre-sessional English at INTO University of Exeter prior to commencing their programme. See our English language requirements page for more information.

Fees and funding

University funding

The funding section has information on all available Scholarships, Bursaries and Studentships funding open to prospective students of taught Masters programmes. You can also use the searchable database of all Scholarships and Bursaries to find funding for which you are eligible.

Tuition fees per year 2019/20

  • UK/EU: £8,850 full-time; £4,425 part-time
  • International: £17,700 full-time

Fee information

Fees can normally be paid by two termly instalments and may be paid online. You will also be required to pay a tuition fee deposit to secure your offer of a place, unless you qualify for exemption. For further information about paying fees see our Student Fees pages.

UK government postgraduate loan scheme

Postgraduate loans of up to £10,609 are now available for Masters degrees. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.

Global Excellence Scholarship

We are delighted to offer Global Excellence Scholarships for students of outstanding academic quality applying to postgraduate Taught programmes starting in autumn 2019.

Contact us

Postal address:

Law School
University of Exeter
Amory Building
Rennes Drive
Exeter
EX4 4RJ
UK

Current students

Email:  info.amory@exeter.ac.uk
Phone: 01392 723301 

Applicants and offer holders

WebEnquire online
Phone: +44 (0)1392 723192

Please contact us if you would like more information about this programme, or if you would like to arrange to come and see us.