Law graduates The usual qualification for entry to the LLM programme is a degree in law, or a degree with a substantial law content, of at least 2.1 honours (or equivalent). Law graduates with 2.2 honours who also have other legal qualifications and/or substantial professional legal experience may also qualify. Non-law graduates Non-law graduates with a minimum second class honours degree, that have also obtained a Merit (or 60 per cent) in the Common Professional Examination (CPE) or Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) recognised by the UK professional bodies, may also qualify. Non-law graduates may also be considered on the basis of exceptional professional experience (of at least five years) in a legal area or an area directly related to their programme of study. In all cases, a full online application is required in order for a fair assessment and decision to be made. Each application is considered on its merits and on sight of full application documents. A full and detailed CV is required for all applications and is particularly relevant where professional experience needs to be considered.
Months of entry
The LLM in Public International Law will offer you a unique opportunity to study a wide range of courses on the role and place of law in international affairs. Questions of international Law are increasingly an important part of domestic litigation in almost all jurisdictions. The modules are designed to equip you for a career in private legal practice, diplomatic service, or work with non-governmental organisations. All courses are taught by top class academics with extensive experience in the study and application of international law.
The LLM is available to study full-time for one year or part-time for two years.
Each of the LLM programmes follows a common format: you will take 135 credits worth of taught modules (examined in May-June) and thereafter you work on a 15,000-word dissertation worth 45 credits (submitted mid August).
What differs from programme to programme is the range of modules that you are required to choose from. If you wish to take an unrestricted range of modules and any approved dissertation topic you should apply for theMaster of Laws.
To specialise in this area, you must select 90 credits of modules from this list and do your compulsory dissertation in the field of Public International Law (45 credits). The additional 45 credits of taught modules can be in this area or can be unrelated and therefore selected from the full list of LLM modules.
All modules are 22.5 credits unless otherwise stated.
Note: Not all of the modules listed will be available in any one year and semesters listed can be subject to change. Any modules not available in the forthcoming academic session will be marked as soon as this information is confirmed.
The updated module list below represents the result of our ongoing modularisation of the LLM which is intended to offer students greater flexibility and choice of module options.
- QLLM023 Courts in Comparative Perspective (45 credits) (Not running 2016-17)
- QLLM047 International and Comparative Social Justice (45 credits)
- QLLM053 International Criminal Law (45 credits)
- QLLM055 International Environmental Law (45 credits)
- QLLM057 International Law of Armed Conflict and the Use of Force (45 credits)
- QLLM058 International Law of the Sea (45 credits)
- QLLM059 International Law on the Rights of the Child (45 credits)
- QLLM062 International Tax Law (45 credits)
- QLLM068 Law of Economic Crime (45 credits)
- QLLM069 Law of Finance and Foreign Investment in Emerging Economies (45 credits)
- QLLM071 Law of Treaties (45 credits)
- QLLM096 Climate Change Law and Policy (45 credits) (Not running 2016-17)
- QLLM097 International Natural Resources Law (45 credits)
- QLLM127 International Human Rights Law (45 credits)
- QLLM167 Indigenous Rights: Selected Issues in Practice and Theory (Sem 1) (Not running 2016-17)
- QLLM168 International Law and Indigenous Peoples (Sem 2)
- QLLM173 Terrorism and Human Rights: Constitutional Perspectives (Sem 1)
- QLLM174 Migration, Security and Human Rights (Sem 1)
- QLLM176 International Refugee Law (Sem 1)
- QLLM177 International Migration Law (Sem 2) (Not running 2016-17)
- QLLM187 International Investment Law (Sem 1)
- QLLM188 Regulation of International Investment and Public Policy (Sem 2) (Not running 2016-17)
- QLLM314 Transnational Law and Governance (Sem 1)
- QLLM315 Transnational Law and Governance in Practice (Sem 2)
- QLLM323 State Crime (sem 2)
- QLLM347 The Law of Geographical Indications (GIs) (sem 2)
- QLLM351 Cybercrime: Substantive Offences (sem 1)
- QLLM352 Cybercrime: International Co-operation and Digital Investigations (sem 2)
- QLLM358 Cyberspace Law: Internet Jurisdiction and Dispute Resolution (sem 2) (not running 2016-17)
- QLLM365 Legal Aspects of Financing Development (sem 2) (Not running 2016-17)
- QLLM370 WTO Law: Market Access and Non-Discrimination (sem 1)
- QLLM371 WTO Law: Trade Remedies and Regulatory Issues (sem 2)
- QLLM376 International Economic Law (sem 1)
- QLLM377 EU Financial and Monetary Law (sem 1)
- QLLM382 Energy Law and Ethics (sem 1)
- QLLM383 / QLLG008 International Regulation of Shipping (sem 1)
- QLLM384 Law of the Sea, Navigational Freedoms and Practice (sem 2)
- QLLM387 International Trade and Investment Law of the EU (sem 1) (Not running 2016-17)
- QLLM388 Trade, Climate Change and Energy: EU and International Perspectives (Sem 2)
- QLLM397 Investment Treaty Arbitration (sem 1)
- QLLM398 Investment Arbitration: Substantive Protection (sem 2)
- QLLM400 United States Energy Law, Regulation and Policy (sem 1)
Fees and funding
There are a number of sources of funding available for Masters students.
These include a significant package of competitive Queen Mary bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas, as well as external sources of funding.
School of Law scholarships
The School of Law offers a range of scholarships for Law Masters programmes each year. Full details are made available on the law funding page from October – November each year.
Queen Mary bursaries and scholarships
We offer a range of bursaries and scholarships for Masters students including competitive scholarships, bursaries and awards, some of which are for applicants studying specific subjects.
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Susan Sullivan
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