Taught course

Public International Law

Queen Mary, University of London · School of Law

Entry requirements


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.


A first class (1:1) honours degree (preferred) or very high 2:1 honours degree in law.

In addition to the other mandatory supporting application documents, applicants must submit the following documentation:

  • two letters of reference, at least one of which must be from an academic reference, from a staff member who taught you on your most recent course of study (normally your undergraduate degree in Law or a Law-related subject
  • a research proposal of between 2,000 to 3,000-words. It should identify the question that you will attempt to answer through your research (simply identifying general topic areas or subjects is not sufficient). You should also set out your research methodology (empirical, qualitative, library based etc,) and provide a bibliography of the works that you consulted in formulating your research question.

Non-native English speaking applicants will be required to demonstrate a proficiency in the English language (minimum IELTS 7.5 or above equivalent).

International applicants

Students from outside of the UK help form a global community here at Queen Mary. For detailed country specific entry requirements please visit the International section of our website. If your first language is not English, you must provide evidence of your English language proficiency. Find details of the English language entry requirements for postgraduate law programmes.

If you do not meet language or scholarly requirements it might be possible for you to undertake foundation or pre-sessional programmes that will prepare you for the masters programme. For more information you require, please contact the Admissions Office.

Months of entry


Course content

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 MRes Public International Law is a pre-doctoral training programme designed to provide a critical, research led approach to the study of aspects of public international law together with training in the key research skills appropriate for Doctoral level study. Alongside a suite of substantive modules offered in conjunction with the School’s LLM, the programme includes core modules in research design and qualitative and quantitative methods taken jointly with social science students from a range of disciplines across QMUL, Kings College London and Imperial College as part of the training offered by the ESRC funded London Interdisciplinary Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership.

The MRes Public International Law is an approved pathway for ESRC funding, enabling students to apply for ESRC 1+3 funding to cover both the MRes and a PhD, and successful MRes graduates to apply subsequently for ESRC +3 funding. The MRes Public International Law also caters more generally for those seeking to develop their ability to apply knowledge and understanding of the area of study and is an ideal preparation for those wishing to pursue more advanced research.

Information for international students

For more information, please see here.

Fees and funding

UK students
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International students
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Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


full time
12 months

Course contact details

School of Law
LLM: +44 (0)20 7882 8093, MRes: