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Master of Laws LLM in International Law

Please note: The below is for 2025 entries. Click here for 2024 entries.
UCAS code 1234
Duration 1 year full time
2 years part time
Entry year September 2024
Campus Streatham Campus
Discipline Law


Typical offer

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2:2 Honours degree

Contextual offers


  • Gain a global perspective on the challenges within international law and learn how to find ways to overcome them by examining various legal systems and looking beyond the law
  • A flexible programme with the opportunity to specialise in either private or public international law or a mix of both
  • Join a dynamic and vibrant academic environment that attracts students from all over the world creating a truly international learning community
  • Learn from renowned academics, all highly driven and passionate experts in their fields
  • Develop your research skills by joining one of our research centres and become an active member of our vibrant research community

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Top 200 for Law in the QS World University Rankings 2024

Top 20 in the UK for our world-leading Law research

Based on research impact rated 4* + 3* in REF 2021

Personal tutor support and close contact with academic staff who are leaders in their field

Top 20 in the UK for Law

16th in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024

Entry requirements

We will consider applicants with a high 2:2 Honours degree with at least 57% or above (or equivalent) in Law (or a degree with a substantial legal component). While we normally only consider applicants who meet this criteria, if you are coming from a different academic background which is equivalent to degree level, or have relevant work experience in legal professions, we would welcome your application.

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 Social Sciences (eg Politics, International Relations, International Studies), Humanities, Accountancy or Business Studies. Please note this list is not exhaustive and every application will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Please note: If we feel your application is better suited to one of our LLM Master of Laws and Business programmes we may automatically consider you for one of these.

Entry requirements for international students

Please visit our entry requirements section for equivalencies from your country and further information on English language requirements.

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Entry requirements for international students

English language requirements

International students need to show they have the required level of English language to study this course. The required test scores for this course fall under Profile B2. Please visit our English language requirements page to view the required test scores and equivalencies from your country.

Course content

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 faced by international law.

You will take part in interactive seminars, thought-provoking discussions and critical debates with your peers and academics from across the world giving you unique insight and global perspectives into contemporary law.

Alongside the compulsory dissertation, you’ll choose from an array of optional modules which are all cutting-edge subjects dealing with contemporary and key international issues, such as international human rights law; human rights and digital technology; the right to dignity; the international law of armed conflict; the international law of cyber operations; the use of force; the International Criminal Court; and migration.

Depending on your choice of modules (see list below), you may choose to specialise in:

  • International Law;
  • International Law: Human Rights;
  • or International Law: Conflict, Peace and Justice.

In order to enhance your research and learning experiences and to create a vibrant community of postgraduate students enrolled in this course, you will be affiliated with one of our research centres for the duration of your studies.

In order to obtain an LLM Master of Laws in International Law, you must successfully complete a total of 180 credits:

  • eight 15-credit modules  (chosen from the list below)
  • compulsory LLM dissertation (60 credits)

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.


2024/25 entry

UK fees per year:

£12,000 full-time; £6,000 part-time

International fees per year:

£24,300 full-time; £12,150 part-time


We invest heavily in scholarships for talented prospective Masters students. This includes over £5 million in scholarships for international students, such as our Global Excellence Scholarships*.

For more information on scholarships, please visit our scholarships and bursaries page.

*Selected programmes only. Please see the Terms and Conditions for each scheme for further details.

Teaching and research

Learning and teaching

Formal teaching is delivered via weekly 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.


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


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.


The Lasok Law Library, located in the Forum holds in excess of 40,000 volumes and is open 24 hours a day. You can choose from diverse study spaces to suit your specific learning needs, whether dedicated quiet study, group work, or social learning over a coffee.

Our custom-built Moot Court offers students invaluable opportunities to take part in mooting activities and is equipped with the latest technology, including high-spec video conferencing.

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Employer-valued skills this course develops

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.

You will gain 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.

Graduate destinations

LLM graduates either continue on the academic path and pursue their studies with a PhD; others go into private practice, corporate or public employment – including international trading companies and law firms, chartering, trade, and marine insurance, the European Commission, the Governments of EU Member States as well as international and regional courts and/or organisations or NGOs.

Careers support

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 an 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.

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