Taught course

International Law and Security

University of Dundee · School of Social Sciences

Entry requirements

Applicants must have, or expect to receive in the anticipated year of entry, a good honours degree in Law, International Relations or a related discipline; applicants with alternative qualifications and/or relevant experience may be considered.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

The concept of security lies at the heart of many of the current international legal regimes. At the same time security interests prompt nation states to define their national interest in different ways. This interdisciplinary degree provides an in depth understanding of both International Law and International Relations pertaining to modern security issues, such as responses to terrorism, responses to the use of force generally and responses to threats to environmental security.

Security and the maintenance and promotion of security are key issues in international law and international relations. There are many career opportunities in these areas ranging from employment with an intergovernmental organisation such as the United Nations, to employment in an international court or tribunal, to advising government and securing a role in the military. If you intend to pursue such a career, then you will need a good understanding of why and how the international community and individual states are to respond to threats to international security. For this, you will need to understand the context in which decisions are made. International law and international relations provide that context.

Our LLM in International Law & Security provides an overview of concepts and themes relating to the study of international security in the contemporary world, from a legal as well as an international relations point of view. It introduces both traditional and 'new' approaches to defining and conceptualising security and considers the impact of International Relations theories upon the subject. It also examines key issues such as war, the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, terrorism, the privatisation of warfare, energy security and environmental degradation.

The University of Dundee runs two parallel masters degree in International Law & Security:

  1. MLitt International Law & Security for graduates in International Relations or similar subjects, and
  2. LLM International Law & Security for Law graduates (ie this one)

Internship opportunity

The opportunity to undertake an approved internship as a part the programme of studies is an exciting innovation in this area of study which will enable students to gain a unique insight into the application of the materials addressed in taught modules and to gain valuable experience to add to their CV.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Mr Stephen Dnes
+44 (0)1382 386796