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City, University of London

Public International Law

This course will be of interest to individuals who seek a deeper understanding of the many dimensions of public international law from both a theoretical and practical perspective. As this course has an international dimension it will appeal to students from around the world and at all stages of their legal education and professional experience.

The Specialist LLM in Public International Law concentrates on the development of a thorough and critical understanding of Public International Law, the law governing the interaction of states. The last decade or so has seen tremendous challenges for International Law including matters relating to armed conflict, commercial relations and human rights. This course gives you the opportunity to trace and evaluate some of these practical and theoretical developments guided by leading academics and expert practitioners.

Entry requirements

LLM: 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.

Course modules

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. Choose from the 30-credit modules:
Air and Space Law;
Comparative Constitutional Law;
International Law of the Sea;
Public International Law;
Law of Treaties;
International Human Rights in Law and Practice;
International Investment Law;
Minorities and Indigenous Peoples in International Law;
International Dispute Settlement;
International Responsibility of States and International Organisations;
Law of International Organisations;
International Law and the Global Economy;
International Criminal Law: the Practitioner Perspective;
International Criminal Law: Crimes and Institutions;
Law and War;
World Trade Law.

Dissertation (incorporating research methods training):
10,000 word Supervised Dissertation (30 credits) or
20,000 word Supervised Dissertation (60 credits)

Assessment methods

All modules are structured as 10 weekly two-hour seminars which comprise both lectures as well as interactive tutorials. All modules are supported by our online learning platform - Moodle. Assessment is by way of coursework which comprises 100% of the final mark in each module. Each module carries the same weight in terms of the overall qualification.

Sponsorship information

Future Finance offers students loans of between £2,500 and £40,000 to help cover tuition fees and living expenses. All students and courses are considered. All loans are subject to credit checks and approval for further details please visit the City Finance website.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
LLM Full-time £ 1,200 (Academic year) Home/EU 1 Years
LLM Part-time £ 6,000 (Academic year) Home/EU 2 Years
LLM Full-time £ 17,000 (Academic year) International 1 Years
LLM Part-time £ 8,500 (Academic year) International 2 Years
LLM Full-time September 2018 12,500 (Year 1) Scotland 1 1 Years
LLM Full-time September 2018 12,500 (Year 1) Wales 1 1 Years
LLM Part-time September 2018 6,250 (Year 1) England 2 2 Years
LLM Part-time September 2018 8,750 (Year 1) International 2 2 Years
LLM Part-time September 2018 6,250 (Year 1) Northern Ireland 2 2 Years
LLM Part-time September 2018 6,250 (Year 1) Scotland 2 2 Years
LLM Part-time September 2018 6,250 (Year 1) Wales 2 2 Years
LLM Full-time September 2018 12,500 (Year 1) England 1 1 Years
LLM Full-time September 2018 17,500 (Year 1) International 1 1 Years
LLM Full-time September 2018 12,500 (Year 1) Northern Ireland 1 1 Years

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