Taught course

LLM in International Law

Keele University · School of Law

Entry requirements

The LLM in International Law is open to graduates with a first or second class honours degree (or foreign equivalent) in Law or a related discipline. Applications are welcome from current legal practitioners or any other person with appropriate professional qualifications and/or experience. Applicants for whom English is not a first language must provide evidence of a qualification in English language. The minimum score for entry to the LLM is academic IELTS 6.5 (or TOEFL 91). Students who have taken one of the English language qualifications but did not achieve the required grade may be admitted to the programme provided that they study on a pre-sessional English Language course before they start their degree studies.

Months of entry


Course content

International law is an increasingly important field of study and practice. Never before has international law taken such a central position in public debates. The regulation of financial markets, environmental protection, the management of migrations or the prosecution of war criminals are all areas in which international law plays a major role. International law does not only affect the behaviour of states and intergovernmental institutions. Neither is it simply a discipline of diplomats, academics and philosophers. International law today dominates the activity of transnational corporations, NGOs and individuals, from footballers to victims of human rights violations. As a result, governments, international institutions, NGOs, businesses and law firms are increasingly looking for individuals capable of dealing with complex issues of transnational law.

Why Study International Law at Keele

The Keele Law School has a long tradition of academic expertise in the field of international law. International law has been taught at Keele by world-renowned experts such as Michael Akehurst and Patrick Thornberry. In recent years, the Keele Law School has invested heavily in the area of international law. Students will be taught be dynamic academic staff with a wide range of expertise and research interests.

The Keele LLM in International Law differs from most existing LLMs in several important respects:

  • Flexibility: the programme is based upon a ‘pathway’ structure, where students tailor their degree according to their needs and preferences. Depending on their choice of electives, students can graduate with any one of the following degrees: LLM in International Law; LLM in International Law and Politics; LLM in International Law and Human Rights; LLM in International Law and the environment; LLM in International Law and Business.

  • Interdisciplinarity: students can choose from a wide range of electives offered not only within the Law School, but also within the School of Politics, International Relations and Philosophy (SPIRE) and the Keele Management School (KMS).

  • Skills: students can study modern languages – including key UN languages – as part of their degree, increasing their range of professional skills. Keele currently offers courses in: Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Russian and Spanish.

  • Professional opportunities: students interested in more hand-on practical experience have the possibility to do work placements as part of their degree, with any one of our partner institutions (UN agencies, international tribunals, non-governmental organisations, law firms, etc. – places are limited).

Keele is located on a beautiful and safe campus – the largest of its kind in the country – and has been ranked in the top 5 universities in the UK for student satisfaction.

Fees and funding

UK students
£4,800 full-time / £2,600 part-time
International students

Funding opportunities:

Keele Graduate Bursaries:
Keele graduates are eligible for a Keele Graduate Bursary. This Alumni discount is worth £1,000 and is open to all UK/EU and international students who have graduated from a first degree programme at Keele. You do not have to apply for this bursary. The £1,000 will be automatically deducted from your tuition fees. For more information, please click here.

Keele International Student Scholarship (KISS):
Keele is offering its prestigious Scholarships to full-time international Postgraduate students. The Scholarships are £3,000 towards the cost of annual tuition fees. They are awarded to students who can demonstrate excellence in at least two of the following areas: academic qualifications; English Language ability; Understanding of the course and motivation to study at Keele; Extra-curricular or work experience. For more information, please click here.

Access to Learning Fund (ALF):
The Access to Learning Fund (ALF) is a fund allocated to all universities by the Government. It’s purpose is to enable us to allocate payments (which don’t have to be repaid) to students experiencing severe financial hardship. In order to be eligible to apply to the fund, you have to: be a UK student; be eligible to receive financial support from the UK government (i.e. grants, loans etc.); be in receipt of your full entitlement of statutory and discretionary student funding including the maximum student loan you can take out; show evidence of hardship. For more information, please click here.

Funding for North American students:
American and Canadian students are eligible for a 10% bursary towards the overseas rate for the course for which they are applying. In addition, students graduating from one of our 30 North American partners will be eligible for a further 15% bursary. Previous exchange students from partner universities who decide to come back to Keele for graduate study are eligible for a 50% bursary. North American students are also able to compete for the NAFKU Scholarships (North American Foundation Keele University) which provides US$4,000 towards living costs at Keele. For more information, please click here.

Questions about fees and funding
Contact Student Finance and Funding at studentmoney@keele.ac.uk
More information online at: http://www.keele.ac.uk/studentfunding/

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Dr Mario Prost