International Law LLM

2018-19 (also available for 2017-18, 2019-20)

This course studies the core principles of international law; helping to prepare you for a career in a variety of national or international organisations.

Start date

17 September 2018


1 year full-time
2 years part-time

Places available (subject to change)


Phone contact: +44 (0)1484 472956

About the course

In a competitive job market, a Master’s Degree can help you stand out from the crowd. Studying for the International Law LLM will enable you to engage in deeper study and engage in critical discourse in the legal subject area. This course is ideal for those who want to work for international organisations, NGOs and governments.

The course includes modules on Public and Private International Law, Legal Research Methods, and a dissertation module. There are also several optional modules, such as Global Intellectual Property Rights, International Criminal Law, and the Law and Practice of International Trade.

You will receive a structured induction programme preparing you for the demands of the course. Methods of teaching, learning and assessment are designed to enable you to acquire the knowledge, skills and competencies required by the course. This reflects both the varying nature of the material studied and your different learning styles and strengths. You will be required to complete a dissertation on a subject of your choice and are assigned a dissertation supervisor.

Graduates include lawyers and civil servants in countries such as the Gambia, Nigeria, Vietnam, Thailand, Kazakhstan and the UAE. Examples of dissertations submitted by students in this area include; ‘A critical appraisal of the international legal framework for nuclear disarmament’, ‘The principles of sovereignty and national self-determination in international law’, ‘The doctrine of self-defence under the UN Charter and under customary international law’, as well as topics relating to international criminal law.

The course also provides an ideal foundation for those intending to pursue PhDs.

One thing this course does is to help develop students’ ability to think critically. This skill is really valuable in careers that require highly developed problem solving skills, in areas such as commerce, finance, international relations and international business.

Tina Hart, Tina Hart, Principal Lecturer for International Law LLM

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for this course are normally:

  • A good Honours degree in Law, a related degree or equivalent.
  • If your first degree is not in Law you will be required to take the Introduction to Law module.
  • If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.5, with a minimum of 5.5 in each component is required. Students with a score of 5.5 may enrol after successful completion of the University’s pre-sessional course.

What our students have to say

You are encouraged to discuss your ideas with your supervisors, lecturers and other staff, who are very knowledgeable, approachable and enthusiastic. I have also learnt lots of new skills; for example, through group work, my problem-solving skills and interpersonal skills have been developed significantly

Thuy Le Tran
Student, International Law LLM

Course Detail

Core modules:

Introduction to Law

This module is a compulsory module for those students who have not previously studied law. Students on the module will study the English Legal System and will also be introduced to the basic principles in the Law of Tort Criminal Law and Contract Law. This should provide a sound basis for studying the other modules on the course.

Legal Research Methods

This module aims to develop students’ research skills, gives guidance on referencing using the Oxford system, and provides a foundation in research methods which can be used when preparing to write the dissertation.

Private International Law

The module is designed to provide students with an understanding of the structure and content of the principles of private international law. The module will examines the various sources and the subjects of private international law, the role of private international law in the resolution of private disputes with an international dimension or procedural issues relating to the conflict of laws.

Public International Law

Public International Law is designed to provide you with an understanding of the structure and content of the principles of Public International Law, the relationship between Public International law and Private International Law and the interaction between Public International Law and national law. The module also examines the various sources and subjects of Public International Law, the question of state jurisdiction and sovereign immunity and developments in the area of state responsibility. Relevant aspects of the law of treaties, the law of the sea and the settlement of international disputes between states will also be studied.


The aim of the dissertation module is to provide you with the opportunity to manage and extend an academic research task and to demonstrate in writing a critical understanding of issues raised in a self-selected area of law. That area should reflect some of the themes from modules already studied. It requires the successful completion of a dissertation on a topic of your choice (subject to supervisory expertise being available) plus a record of research.

Option modules:

Global Intellectual Property Rights

Intellectual property includes copyright, trademarks and patents. The module is designed to provide students with a critical understanding of the ways in which the owners of such rights can protect them on a global basis. The class and interactive sessions are designed to engage students into a critical and analytical discussion of whether the protection afforded is satisfactory in the global economy. The module is partly assessed by an interactive activity such as a wiki / discussion board and an individual assignment.

The Law and Practice of International Trade

This module examines the various sources of international trade law. It then sets out to identify the various problems associated with international trade law and practice, before moving on to critically explore the different types of international trade transactions, methods of financing international trade, and the ways in which international trade transactions come into being, and how they are performed.

International Criminal Law

This module examines the nature and content of international criminal law. In particular we study the elements of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes in addition to their historical and political background. Students are encouraged to carry out independent research and present their findings throughout the course of the module.

Other business related options are also available.

Here at Huddersfield 100% of permanent teaching staff* have professional recognition as Fellows of the Higher Education Academy (HEA). Fellowships are only awarded to academics who can demonstrate their knowledge and ability to teach to a high standard. View our teaching quality and learning support services for students at Huddersfield Business School.

We have links with a number of local, national and international law firms through our ‘Partners in Law’ scheme. You'll have access to a number of guest lectures and networking events throughout your studies, including the Annual Social Justice Lecture, which can offer additional insights to your industry and profession.

*Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching; research degrees applies to those on contracts of more than half-time.

Teaching excellence

  1. Here at Huddersfield, you’ll be taught by some of the best lecturers in the country. We know that for a fact, because all our permanent teaching staff* have been awarded professional recognition by the Higher Education Academy (HEA). Fellowships are only awarded to academics who can demonstrate their knowledge and ability to teach to a high standard.

  2. We’re unique in the fact that all our permanent teaching staff* have, or are completing, doctorates. This expertise, together with our teaching credentials, means that students here learn from knowledgeable and well-qualified teachers and academics who are at the forefront of their subject area.

  3. For the past nine years, we’ve been the UK’s leading university for National Teaching Fellowships too, which rate Britain’s best lecturers. It’s all part of our ongoing drive for teaching excellence, which helps our students to achieve great things too.

*Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching; research degrees applies to those on contracts of more than half-time.

Student support

Learning Development Group: Our Learning Development Group (LDG) provides academic support to all students within Huddersfield Business School. We have a dedicated team of 4 experienced academic skills tutors who have taught at all levels including Master’s who can work closely with you to help you achieve your full potential throughout your time at the University of Huddersfield.

We can help with a wide range of academic skills including referencing, academic writing (such as essays, reports and coursework), research, reading, note-taking, dissertations and presentations as well as all other skills and issues relating to academia. As well as this, we also offer advice on dyslexia and can provide information on accessing disability support.

The LDG also provides support for international students. We recognise that there are many differences between studying here and in your home country. This is why we have dedicated academic skills tutors who can help you with both your study as well as your language skills.

Finally, online help is also available. We have a dedicated YouTube channel which offers several videos on academic skills suitable for all levels and years of study.

International Student Development: We understand that settling into a new country and environment can be very stressful. So, if you are an international student, the International Student Development (ISD) team can help provide support in understanding and adapting to the UK Higher Education environment as well as settling into life in the UK.

In addition, we can also help you develop the essential academic skills needed to ensure you achieve your full potential throughout your time at Huddersfield. We provide help and guidance to students at all levels (both undergraduate and postgraduate) with timetabled academic skills sessions. These sessions are delivered in same-course groups by our experienced tutors. In addition, English language sessions are available at foundation, intermediate or upper intermediate level. The number of weekly sessions and support you receive will vary depending on the level you are currently working at.

Student Support & Guidance: Huddersfield Business School has a Student Support & Guidance service which aims to ensure that you are fully supported whilst studying here with us at The University of Huddersfield. They are able to offer you help, advice, support and guidance on a wide range of matters that may be having an impact on your general well-being or university life and studies.

The team can offer one to one pre-booked appointments or drop-In sessions to discuss or give advice on anything that concerns you which may include; attendance, disabilities, timetable Issues, welfare and any personal issues that may be impacting upon your studies.

Library services and online study support: Students at the University of Huddersfield have access to a wide range of study resources through the library and additional online study support resources. Our modern, professionally organised library provides a wide range of books, cds, dvds and additional online resources such as company reports, market research reports and academic and professional journal archives. At key times in the academic year the library is open 24-7 and our students also borrow laptops, reserve study rooms for group working and access computer software programs.

Our students have access to an extensive online virtual learning portal called Unilearn. This links our students with all the modules they are studying as well as academic support materials, reading lists, electronic documents, social media tools and assignment submission tools to support their studies.

The university has undertaken a large investment in lecture capture technology. Across the university many lectures are recorded and made available for students to watch afterwards. These recordings can help you develop your lecture notes, return to lecture material that you initially found difficult and offer a key revision aid.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.

We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.

Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

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