Taught course

International Law, Ethics and Politics

University of Birmingham · Birmingham Law School

Entry requirements

2:1 in a relevant field or discipline such as politics, law, philosophy or cognate social sciences. Appropriate work experience will also be taken into consideration.

Months of entry


Course content

This programme introduces students to the issues at the intersection of International law, particularly International Law and European law; ethics; and international politics. The course covers the application of these areas to problems such as poverty reduction; international trade; war and terrorism; climate change; and democracy.
The programme is ideal for candidates from the NGO world who wish to improve their academic credentials, and students from the humanities and social sciences who want to take Law courses. The course should also be of interested to graduates in public or European law who want to deepen their understanding of issues that they have previously encountered only within a legal framework.
You will study the following compulsory modules:
  • Legal Foundations and Research Skills (for students without a Law degree) or Philosophical Foundations and Research Skills (for students holding a Law degree)
  • Dissertation or practice-based dissertation
  • At least one module from each of the Law, Politics and Philosophy departments
Students will also be required to take two further modules from any of the three departments. Examples of the modules on offer (split by department) include:
  • EU Constitutional Law
  • European Criminal Law and Justice
  • European Human Rights Law
  • Global Crime Problems
  • International and Comparative Oil and Gas Law (upstream)
  • International Human Rights Law
  • International Trade Law and Policy - Foundations
  • International Trade Law and Policy - Advanced Issues
  • Law of Foreign Relations
  • Law of International Organisations
  • Public International Law
  • Global Ethics 1
  • The Value of Life
  • Health and Happiness
  • God, Freedom and the Meaning of Life
  • Global Bioethics
  • Civil War, Conflict Management And Peacekeeping
  • Contemporary Debates in International Relations Theory
  • Democracy, Power and Citizenship
  • Ethical Dimensions of Terrorism, Political Violence and War
  • Gender and Global Governance
  • Globalisation and Governance
  • Global Ethics 2
  • Multiculturalism and Religious Conflict
  • Post-Conflict Peace building and International Order
  • Revolution And Enlightenment
  • Security Studies
  • Sex, Death, Gender and (In) Security
  • Terrorism and Political Violence
  • The Politics of the Arab-Israeli Conflict
  • Theory and Ethics of Terrorism and Political Violence
  • Totalitarianism And The State
  • US Foreign and Defence Policy

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Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

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