Entry requirements

A first- or upper second-class undergraduate honours degree in law or a relevant subject (such as international relations, political science, history, criminology, criminal justice or sociology) but applicants from other backgrounds may be considered

Months of entry


Course content

This LLM aims to introduce you to the institutions and politics of the international legal framework, emphasising both the political and legal dynamics that are shaping tribunals such as the International Criminal Court.

You can choose whether to focus your attention and research on the more theoretical/political aspects of violence, rights, war, and justice, or work on the elements and definitions of crimes, although most people will find a balance between these perspectives. The field of international criminal law is extremely dynamic, controversial, and fast-moving, and the LLM is characterised by its emphasis on building upon the textbook and mainstream approach to international criminal law by constantly bringing contemporaneous commentary, case-studies, and jurisprudence into seminar discussions and debate. During the course you have the opportunity to experience the work of the international courts at The Hague first hand on our annual study visit.


Modules are assessed by a combination of coursework, unseen examinations, 4,000-5,000-word essays, and a 15,000-word dissertation.

Course Structure

We continue to develop and update our modules for 2017 entry to ensure you have the best student experience. In addition to the course structure below, you may find it helpful to refer to the Modules tab.

Autumn term: Advanced Research for LLM Students • Approaches to International Criminal Law • The Nature and Institutions of International Criminal Law.

Spring term: you take two options from Comparative Criminal Justice Systems • Human Rights and Migration • International Corporate Governance • International Crimes • International Environmental Law • International and Transnational Offending • Law of Armed Conflict • Law, Security and the Global Public Good • Transitional Justice • Women and Human Rights. The range of options available in any one year may vary.

Summer term: supervised work on the LLM dissertation.

Information for international students

Please visit: International qualifications for Masters courses or Fees and Scholarships.

Fees and funding

UK students
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International students
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Please visit our website for latest fees information: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/masters/2017/law-politics-and-sociology/international-criminal-law-llm

The University of Sussex aims to attract the most talented students to postgraduate study and offers one of the most generous scholarship programmes of any UK university. For full details of our scholarships please visit: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/masters/fees-and-scholarships/scholarships

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations33
Written coursework / continuous assessment33
Dissertation34 (15000 words)

Course contact details

Student Recruitment Services
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