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

In the context of world social, political and economic relations, the study of international law ranges from traditional topics such as the use of force and state sovereignty, to contemporary challenges posed by environmental degradation, globalisation, international terrorism, armed conflict, and human migration.

This course provides you with a strong basis in the foundations of international law (such as subjects of international law, the nature of international law and state responsibility) and allows you to engage with specialist areas such as the use of force, international humanitarian law, international criminal law,
environmental law, human rights law. The course has a contemporary and critical outlook and you engage with theory in order to understand and contextualise different areas of international law.

Sussex Law School has a large number of staff whose primary interest area is international law. Many have worked closely with NGOs and international organisations, and have advised on international cases, so you will learn from expert tutors with both in-depth current knowledge and real-life practical experience.

You will consider, critique and challenge substantive and theoretical questions relating to traditional discourses of rights and responsibilities in the international arena; critically engage with current areas of contention and interest in the field, many of which feature in public debate; and have the opportunity to join us for our annual trip to the Hague.


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 list.

Autumn term: Advanced Research for LLM Students • Approaches to International Law • International Law: Rights and Responsibilities.

Spring term: you take two options from a list that may include Climate Change Law and Policy • Culture and Identity Rights • International and Transnational Offending • International Crimes • International Environmental Law • Law of Armed Conflict • Law of International Business Transactions • Law, Security and the Global Public Good • Women and Human Rights. The range of options available in any one year may vary.

Summer term: 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-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: Masters Scholarships

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment50

Course contact details

Student Recruitment Services
+44 (0)1273 678655