International Law LLM, 1-2 years, full- or part-time

Course information

UK/EU fee £8,190

International fee £16,825

Taught by Leicester Law School

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This is for you if... you want a globally recognised qualification in your chosen field while having the freedom and flexibility to explore other areas of law.

Course description

Course description

Due to the ongoing impact of the global pandemic we have had to evaluate all of our courses to ensure that we adhere to Government guidelines to protect the health and wellbeing of our staff and students. This means that as we work through these changes the modules, delivery methods and assessments shown, including those shown for future years, are subject to change.

Please note: if you are starting your course in January 2021, all teaching will be online for your first semester. We will continue to assess the situation in regards to September 2021 onwards.

This course will provide you with an in-depth understanding of both public and private international law and will equip you with the advanced knowledge and skills needed to gain a deeper understanding of the rules and principles that govern the way nations deal with each other. The course is ideal if you want to broaden your knowledge across international boundaries as well as if you are looking to work in legal practice or commercial legal work within corporations, non-governmental organisations or in government. The course combines the study of eight option modules chosen from a broad range of topics. Through these modules, you will gain an excellent insight into the foundations, general principles and current trends of international law, as well as the subject areas of international trade and finance, corporate law, world trade and environmental law.

You will conduct independent legal research throughout the course, culminating in your dissertation.

The International Law LLM stream will allow you to acquire the specialist knowledge and skills to further enhance your professional career. You will also develop your practical transferable skills including advanced verbal and written communication skills, presentation and planning.

When you apply for this course, you will apply for the Master of Laws (LLM). Once you have arrived in Leicester, you will be able to specialise in International Law through your module choices. Your degree certificate will reflect your chosen specialism.

Other available streams are:

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

2:1 degree in law or an equivalent degree in an appropriate discipline.

Relevant professional experience post-graduation is given due credit in considering entry requirements.

English Language Requirements

IELTS 6.5 or equivalent, with 6.0 in writing and nothing less than 5.5. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.

International Qualifications

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Fees and funding

Fees and funding

UK and EU Students

This is the total course fee.

Starting in September 2021

  • LLM: £8,190

Find out more about scholarships and funding.

Did you know you can apply for a Government Postgraduate Loan? Find out if you’re eligible.

International Students

This is the total course fee.

Starting in September 2021

  • LLM: £16,825

You will need to pay a deposit of £2,000 to secure your place. This will be subtracted from your total tuition fee.

Find out more about scholarships and funding.

Careers and employability

Careers and employability

Our Law Fair is held annually and attracts over 40 law firms and other graduate employers.

Two dedicated law careers tutors are on hand to discuss career options, upcoming opportunities and give advice about different firms.

We host a wide range of external speakers every year, representing the whole legal profession.

You get the chance to develop your legal skills during the course:

  • The Legal Advice Clinic allows you to advise non-law students on legal issues (with support from academics and local solicitors)
  • The 'LEGAL WEEK' is an informal student-staff discussion group, which runs every two weeks and contemporary issues with legal implications are discussed. 'LEGAL WEEK' allows interaction, fruitful exchange of ideas and improves current awareness
  • Your professional competencies can be enhanced by getting involved with the debating, client interviewing, negotiating and mooting activities, organised by the Student Law Society

Our Career Development Service is here to support you, with advice on interviews, CVs, work experience, volunteering and more. From Freshers’ Week to Graduation and beyond, they are here to help you reach your professional goals.

Related courses

Related courses

Course structure



Core modules

Option modules

Across both of the following lists, you must choose at least six modules marked *. Modules marked ** are not available if you start your course in January.

Choose four option modules from:

Plus, choose four option modules from:

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.



You will complete your dissertation in the field of International Law. Your dissertation is an extended piece of academic writing on a subject of your choosing. You will be supervised by an academic who specialises in your chosen topic.

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Why Leicester?

Law at Leicester

Elizabeth gets involved with real cases through the University's Pro Bono Society.

Our LLM courses are taught by leading academics in small seminar groups, with a focus on enriching class debate and scholarly thought, and on developing excellence in legal research.

Our LLM students are invited in the meetings of the Research Clusters of Leicester Law School, which enables you to participate in the School’s research activities and familiarise yourself with academic debates.

Our dedicated law reference library is a traditional wood-panelled room with quiet study spaces and additional copies of the main law reports, statutes and journals.

This course offers a wide range of extra-curriculum activities designed to enhance your skills and employability, such as the prestigious VIS Moot competition in Vienna, which is an excellent venue for networking.

Teaching and learning

You will be taught mainly through interactive online seminars where you will test your understanding by engaging in critical discussion of the topics with your fellow students. Before each seminar you will research the answers to a set of questions and come prepared to discuss your ideas and findings. 

Most modules are assessed by a research paper and for many of these you have the opportunity to choose your own research focus. You will also be required to complete a dissertation on a subject of your own choice.

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