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International Law and Sustainable Development

In a world facing unique economic, environmental and social challenges of a scale not seen before, promoting sustainable development has become a pressing priority. The course will give you a solid grounding in the structures, rules and principles of aspects of public international law that impact on sustainable development. This programme is designed specifically for graduates who want to work in the international development sector in management, planning or policy-related areas. The course has a flexible structure. You'll have the opportunity to pursue your own interests and tailor your degree to your chosen career path. You can select elective classes from other Masters Programmes in Law as well as related programmes across the University. It is not necessary that you hold a law degree before embarking on this course of study however law content in your previous course may be useful.

Entry requirements

Normally a first class or second-class honours degree, or equivalent, in a related discipline (some law content recommended). Entry may be possible with other qualifications, especially where your work experience is relevant to the course.

English language requirements

For postgraduate studies, the University of Strathclyde requires a minimum overall score of IELTS 6.5 (no individual test score below 6.0) or equivalent. Tests are valid for two years.

Pre-sessional courses in English are available.

If you’re a national of an English speaking country recognised by UK Visa and Immigrations (please check most up-to-date list on the Home Office website) or you have successfully completed an academic qualification (at least equivalent to a UK bachelor's degree) in any of these countries, then you do not need to present any additional evidence.

If you are from a country not recognised as an English speaking country by the United Kingdom Visa and Immigration (UKVI), please check our English requirements before making your application.

Course modules

Core modules: Research Methods; The World Trading System: Law and Policy; International Environmental Law. Elective modules. Choices may include: Comparative Law of Obligations; Business and Human Rights; Comparative Company Law and Regulation; Competition Law and Policy in the EU; Global Environmental Law: Issues of Sustainability & Equity; International Climate Change Law; Legal Process and the Law of Contract and Other Obligations (For non-lawyers); UK and EU Environmental Law; Intellectual Property; Global Water Policy; International Trade Theory, Policy and Institutions; Fundamentals of Environmental Forensics; Energy Resources and Policy. Please note that the classes offered may change from year to year.

Assessment methods

A variety of assessment methods and weightings are used on Law School Masters programmes. The classes developed specifically for this programme generally follow this format: two x 4,000-word essays or one final examination together with a 4,000-word essay. Each component of assessment is generally worth 50 per cent of the final mark of a module. To pass each module, students need an average overall score of 50 per cent across all assessments as well as a minimum score of 40 per cent in each individual component of assessment.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
LLM Part-time September 2017 GBP 3,250 (Year 1) Home/EU 24 Months
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Full-time September 2017 GBP 13,500 (Year 1) International 9 Months
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Full-time September 2017 GBP 6,500 (Year 1) Home/EU 9 Months
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Part-time September 2017 GBP 3,250 (Year 1) Home/EU 18 Months
LLM Full-time September 2017 GBP 13,500 (Year 1) International 12 Months
LLM Full-time September 2017 GBP 6,500 (Year 1) Home/EU 12 Months
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Part-time September 2017 GBP 3,250 (Year 1) Home/EU 8 Months

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