Public International Law LLM
The Specialist LLM in Public International Law concentrates on the development of a thorough and critical understanding of Public International Law.
The last decade or so has seen tremendous challenges for international law. This masters programme gives you the opportunity to trace and evaluate some of these developments and shifts in the law.
A well-qualified and competent international law specialist is always highly regarded by international law practices, international organisations and public bodies.
The City LLM in Public International Law takes a contemporary approach to the study of international law; you may choose from an extensive list of electives including the law of treaties, human rights, economic law, law of the sea and others.
All electives adopt a curriculum that is cutting edge in its theoretical approach and a skill based methodology to enable you to develop your knowledge and skills in the subject in the best manner possible.
Why the City LLM in Public International Law?
- Be taught by serious thinkers in the field of international law
- Learn in small classes
- Benefit from lecturers that have written respected texts and research papers in the areas you are studying
- Study in London, an international melting pot, at a School with a pedigree for high quality legal education
You can also explore the Master of Laws that allows you to combine public international law-related modules with any other modules of your choice.
Applicants should normally hold a good first degree in law, or an equivalent qualification in a related discipline, and must be fluent in written and spoken English.
We expect applicants who are not nationals of English-speaking countries OR have not successfully completed an academic qualification equivalent to a UK undergraduate degree taught in English to have an overall IELTS score of at least 7.0.
Applicants with a first degree in a subject other than law will be considered, but it should be noted that this may restrict the choice of modules where content is dependent on a prior knowledge of law.
How do we make our decision?
In reaching our selection decisions we will take account of:
- Academic performance
- Reasons for choice of courses / career
- Evidence of intellectual ability
- Relevant work experience / activity
Postgraduate Preparatory Courses for International Students
If you do not qualify for direct entry, our partner INTO City University London, offers an academic preparation programme - the Graduate Diploma. The course offers a route to City University London through an excellent teaching and learning experience, located in purpose built study facilities. Successful completion of the Graduate Diploma at INTO City University London to the standard required provides guaranteed progression to this Masters degree.
Applicants whose first language is not English, the following qualification is also required:
- IELTS: 7 with a minimum of 6 in each area.
Please note that due to changes in the UKVI 's list of SELT s we are no longer able to accept TOEFL as evidence of English language for students who require a CAS as of April 2014.
If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner, INTO City University London offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree. Please click the links below for more information.
If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study.
The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course; there are different rules for:
- Students on courses of more than 6 months
- Students on courses of less than 6 months
- Students on a pre-sessional English Language course
Please note: If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake any City University London courses on a part-time basis.
For more information see our main Visa page.
- Start Date:
- September 2016
1 year full-time
2 years part-time
To qualify for this specialist Master in Public International Law, you must complete a total of 180 credits.
You must complete at least 90 credits of taught modules in the specialist pathway as well as a dissertation (of either 30 or 60 credits) in the same area of specialisation.
Below are the specific modules for Public International Law:
- Air and Space Law (30 credits)
- Comparative Constitutional Law (30 credits)
- International Law of the Sea (30 credits)
- Public International Law (30 credits)
- Law of Treaties (30 credits)
- International Human Rights in Law and Practice (30 credits)
- International Investment Law
- Minorities and Indigenous Peoples in International Law (30 credits)
- International Dispute Settlement (30 credits)
- International Responsibility of States and International Organisations (30 credits)
- Law of International Organisations (30 credits)
- International Law and the Global Economy (30 credits)
- International Criminal Law: the Practitioner Perspective (30 credits)
- International Criminal Law: Crimes and Institutions (30 credits)
- Law and War (30 credits)
- World Trade Law (30 credits)
The remainder of the credits may be completed by selecting any other LLM modules of your choice.
Dissertation (incorporating research methods training)
- 10,000 word Supervised Dissertation (30 credits) or
- 20,000 word Supervised Dissertation (60 credits)
Please note: Modules are offered subject to minimum numbers; where it is not possible to offer a module because of low student demand, you will be given the opportunity to write a dissertation around that subject area.
Please note that those students who start the course in January will take two (or three) taught modules in the spring term (January-April), write their dissertation over the summer, before completing the remaining taught modules in the autumn term (September – December). Please be reassured that this structure does not disadvantage January entry students in any way; the dissertation is a separate piece of individual work, it does not directly build on the teaching and assessment which takes place on the taught modules. All students are allocated dissertation supervisors who assist students topic selection and in research methodology.
Teaching and Assessment
Assessment will draw on a range of approaches which include written coursework, presentations, skills work, in-class tests, projects and a dissertation. The purpose of this is to assess a range of different skills and knowledge, as well as exposing you to different approaches.
The majority of modules will be assessed on the basis of written coursework of 5,000-5,500 words.
The 30 credit dissertation module will involve the submission of a dissertation of 10,000 words on a subject agreed with your supervisor/Programme Director. If you decide to offer the 60 credit dissertation instead, you are required to submit a dissertation of 20,000 words on a subject agreed with your supervisor/Programme Director.
Most modules have a single summative assessment with 100% weighting but there are some where there is more than one assessment and the weighting for each will be 50%.
You have the option of completing formative coursework in each module. The formative assessment will give you an opportunity to understand and appreciate the academic attainment levels expected. At different stages of the programme, it provides you with the opportunity to develop and demonstrate legal research, quantitative, cognitive and other skills in addition to your knowledge and understanding of the subjects.
The dissertation provides you with an opportunity to display competence in legal research. It allows some autonomy and enables you to show that you can manage information as well as developing complex arguments and innovative ways to solve problems.
Each assessment tests whether you:
- have grasped the relevant principles;
- are able to analyse and interpret those principles critically;
- are able to apply them to complex factual problems; and
- can present the relevant points in concise, clear and grammatical terms
- Full-time EU: £11,000
- Part-time EU: £5,500 per year
- Full-time Non EU: £16,000
- Part-time Non EU: £8,000 per year
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Graduates from this specialist LLM in Public International Law are well placed to pursue careers in the professional legal practice, government, international or EU organisations, non-governmental organisations, media and press, academia and research.
Students who complete the LLM may wish to continue their academic studies by enrolling in a PhD or MPhil offered by The City Law School.
Master and research students are encouraged to play an active role in our activities, which include a series of seminars organised by the International Law and Affairs Group at the City Law School.
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Apply for the Specialist LLM in Public International Law
Applications are now open for 2016 entry and can be made through the links below. Late applicants run the risk that the course may be full after the initial round of offers has been made.
- Home/EU students: 12 September 2016
- International students: 24 August 2016
We encourage online applications, however you are also able to apply by completing the below application and reference forms and sending them to the following address:
The City Law School Admissions
City University London
4 Gray's Inn Place