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International Relations, Security and Law

The course introduces and familiarises students with contemporary issues relating to the course topics, examining them through legal and political viewpoints. It reflects contemporary policies by taking a broad view of 'security', rather than simply focusing on traditional areas of concern.

Entry requirements

First or upper second-class Honours degree, or international equivalent, in social sciences/law subjects or substantial professional experience.

English language requirements

You're required to have a suitable minimum level of competency in the English language if your first language is not English or if you have not been educated wholly or mainly in the medium of English.

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 Vis and Immigration (UKVI), please check our English requirements before making your application.

Course modules

Compulsory modules: contemporary security challenges and response; principles of research design or legal research methods and skills; legal research skills; dissertation. Electives: Contemporary international relations; comparative public policy; climate change and international law; European human rights law; international human rights law; quantitative methods 1; terrorism and the law; human rights law in comparative perspective; human rights protection in the UK; privacy, crime and security; qualitative methods; contesting global governance; international institutions and regimes.

Assessment methods

Assessment is conducted with a mixture of presentations, written assignments and exams that vary module by module.


Please contact the Law School for part-time study fees.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
LLM Full-time September 2017 GBP 6,500 (Year 1) Home/EU 12 Months
MSc Full-time September 2017 GBP 13,500 (Year 1) International 12 Months
MSc Full-time September 2017 GBP 6,500 (Year 1) Home/EU 12 Months
LLM Part-time September 2017 24 Months
MSc Part-time September 2017 24 Months
LLM Full-time September 2017 GBP 13,500 (Year 1) International 12 Months

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