LLM/Postgraduate Diploma/Postgraduate Certificate

International Law

This course is open for applications.

About this course

Entry year:
2016/17
Course code:
M30G12
Applications:
University
Level:
Postgraduate
Department:
Bristol Law School
Campus:
Frenchay
Duration:
One year full-time; Two or three years part-time
Delivery:
Full-time, part-time both start September or January
Programme leader:
Lachmi Singh
Key fact:
The modules available on the LLMs cover a wide range of legal disciplines, to cater for the diverse learning needs of students from the UK, Europe and around the world.

Page last updated 1 August 2016

Introduction

Part of our comprehensive range of LLM programmes, the LLM in International Law offers you an opportunity to study the fundamentals of international law at an advanced level, linking theory to practice.

You will examine the key legal principles and rules underpinning the international legal system, and develop a contextual and critical understanding of key issues in contemporary international law. The depth and breadth of study will equip you well for working either in international law or international organisations.

Diverse choice of modules

Pursuing an LLM allows you to focus in on a particular area of law by delving deep into the subject and undertaking independent research and learning. The modules available cover a diverse range of legal topics, making it possible to tailor the course towards the specific areas of law you wish to explore further.

Teaching backed by the latest research

The School has a thriving research culture and most tutors on our LLMs are active researchers, publishing in leading journals. At the same time, the quality of teaching at Bristol Law School has been recognised by the Quality Assurance Agency as 'excellent'. You can therefore expect to participate in carefully-planned, lively and highly informative sessions designed to give you a deep and thorough grounding in your chosen area of law.

Flexible study options

There are two intakes to the LLMs, one in September and one in January, and you can study with us full or part time.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience

Structure

Content

The LLM in International Law consists of nine modules in total, including a dissertation of up to 15,000 words.  

To gain the Postgraduate Certificate, you will study three compulsory modules (Research Methods, International Law and Institutions) and two optional modules.

To gain the Postgraduate Diploma, you will complete the necessary modules to gain the Certificate (as above) and another four optional modules.

To achieve the LLM, you will complete the necessary modules to gain the Diploma (as above) and also write a dissertation.

Compulsory modules

  • Research Methods - We will develop your approach to legal research by introducing you to key skills and concepts.
  • International Law and Institutions - This covers the principles and scope of international law and its main institutions. You will explore the dynamics of the international community and the increasing role played by non-governmental actors.

You will choose two modules from the following options:*

  • Globalisation and the Law - This introduces you to what globalisation means in economic, political, cultural and social terms, and the legal consequences that derive there from. You will assess whether international law is equipped with instruments and institutions to regulate the consequences of globalisation.
  • International Environmental Law -This module covers international legal principles and concepts relating to environmental protection in the context of wider political, ecological and economic issues.
  • International Human Rights Law - Here, we examine the development of human rights protection in international law. We consider the philosophical origins, as well as the international and regional legal instruments and institutions that provide support for human rights.

If you are continuing onto the Diploma or LLM, you will choose another four modules from the following options:*

  • Corporate Governance and Corporate Social Responsibility - This module focuses on the difference between the concepts of corporate governance and corporate social responsibility, enabling you to assess the effectiveness of corporate governance and self-regulatory schemes.
  • Natural Resources Law - This examines the legal regulation related to natural resources, looking at the sources and legal concepts applicable to natural resource activities, with a particular focus on the oil, gas, water and forestry sectors.
  • International Humanitarian Law - This covers the international legal principles regulating armed conflict, in order to understand the principal institutional structures for implementing international humanitarian law.
  • International Employment Law - This centres on employment law in an international context. The module relates to many of the themes explored in the materials of the International Labour Office (ILO), in particular globalisation, flexicurity (flexibility v security), human rights and sustainability.
  • World Trade Organisation Law - We examine the laws, law-making and adjudicative institutions of the World Trade Organisation. Particular attention is given to the procedures for dispute resolution and other 'covered agreements' relating to international economic law.

Or one option*, not listed above, offered on any of the other LLM courses.

Dissertation

Finally, if you are undertaking the full LLM, you will need to write a 15,000 word dissertation. This needs to be an original piece of work. You can satisfy this requirement by:

  • carrying out empirical work that has not been done before
  • synthesising issues not put together before
  • looking at topics that have not been looked at before by people in the discipline
  • examining existing knowledge in an original way, or
  • bringing new evidence to bear on an old issue.

You don't need to meet all of these criteria. Your dissertation topic must broadly relate to your LLM award.

* Optional modules are dependent on numbers, so may not all run every year.

Please also note this structure is for the full-time course delivery only. For part-time delivery, the same modules will be studied. However, the structure will differ.

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved, we will inform you.

Learning and Teaching

The flexible nature of the course allows you to study with us full or part time. The course involves both extensive independent research and discussion in the context of workshops, designed to encourage the development of your critical, analytical and reflective skills. You will be expected to prepare for each workshop and to participate actively in discussion with your tutors and peers.

You will also have access to course and module information through our online Blackboard system.

For more details see our glossary of teaching and learning terms.

Study time

Full-time attendance

The full-time course takes one year, with approximately six to nine contact hours a week. However, as independent study is fundamental to the course, the total study time should be around 36 hours a week.

Part-time attendance

The flexible part-time route takes two to three years. You will usually have around three hours of contact with your tutors a week, depending on the route you are following, and you should spend between 12 and 18 hours a week studying independently.

Dedicated support

You will receive a high level of support both during your studies and after you have graduated. You will be allocated an LLM academic tutor to support you throughout the course. We also organise events to help you plan your career after the LLM.

Assessment

Taught modules on the LLM International Law course are assessed through a combination of written coursework assignments and oral presentations. The culmination of the course is a dissertation of up to 15,000 words, which constitutes an original contribution to the corpus of legal knowledge within an area of international law.

For more details see our full glossary of assessment terms.

Features

Fieldwork

Pro Bono Unit

The UWE Bristol Law Court Clinic has developed a comprehensive programme to provide opportunities for you to undertake legal pro bono work in and around the Bristol area. The unit (which includes its free Community Legal Advice and Representation Service (CLARS)) has received national recognition through the various awards it has achieved.

Study facilities

Bristol Law School has excellent, state-of-the-art facilities, including a dedicated LLM study room and mock law courtrooms, where you can put your learning into practice.

The Frenchay library offers students 24-hour access with computer room facilities, as well as a wide range of legal resources, including Hein Online, LexisNexis, Westlaw and iLaw. The library is well stocked with electronic and print books, newspapers, journals, government publications, statistics, encyclopaedias, dictionaries, company information, market reports and DVDs.

A £50m project is also underway to build the new Faculty of Business and Law building, which will provide innovative teaching and learning spaces, including two showcase law courts.

Find out more about the facilities and resources UWE has to offer.

International Law and Human Rights Unit (ILHRU)

The ILHRU is a dynamic research unit within the Centre for Legal Research in Bristol Law School. The unit provides an energetic forum for research activity, embracing an invigorating combination of research emphases, with a special focus on the relationship between the environment and human rights. 

UWE-Münster Referral Scheme

Students admitted under this scheme are exempted three modules by virtue of their prior studies and are offered a flexible pathway studying for a part or the whole of an academic year in Bristol.

Most students choose to study in Bristol in semester one, taking four modules and returning to Münster for semester two. Or students may wish to study in Bristol for the whole academic year, taking five modules spread over two semesters. Alternatively, the Research Methods compulsory module may be studied by distance learning before joining the taught modules in Bristol in semester two.

Student representation

We have a student representation system, supported by UWE Students' Union. LLM student representatives are elected by LLM students to represent them, which means you will have the opportunity to raise any issues and help to shape the course by sharing your views.

Careers

Careers / Further study

Studying for an LLM provides an ideal opportunity to develop specialist skills that will be favoured by employers, both in the legal world and beyond. It opens up a range of career opportunities and gives our students the edge over other graduates.

The in-depth knowledge you will acquire in a particular area of law will give you a thorough grounding in the subject area and raise your employability prospects, enabling you to become a specialist within your organisation. It is for this reason that many of our LLM graduates choose to go on to complete a PhD or go into teaching and research.

Given the increasingly transnational nature of law, this course is designed to provide you with knowledge and skills which will be attractive to employers both in the UK and beyond. Recent graduates from Bristol Law School have gained positions in local government, solicitors firms, the Ministry of Defence and other organisations including Marks and Spencer plc, Direct Line and Lloyds TSB.

Our award-winning careers service helps you develop your employment potential through career coaching, a vacancy service for internships, placements, jobs, global opportunities, volunteering and community activity plus support for entrepreneurial activity, and access to employer events.

Fees

Full Time (September start)

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Full Time-Award Fee5350
Home/EU-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)446
International - Full Time - Module Fee (15 Credit)979
International-Full Time-Award Fee11750

Part Time (September start)

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Part Time - Module Fee (15 Credit)446

Part Time (January start)

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Part Time - Module Fee (15 Credit)446

Full Time (January start)

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Full Time-Award Fee5350
Home/EU-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)446
International - Full Time - Module Fee (15 Credit)979
International-Full Time-Award Fee11750

Supplementary fee information

More information on fees can be found on our tuition fees pages.

For funding options, please see our funding and scholarships information.

Entry

Students starting this course in September 2016 should follow this link to view their joining instructions.

We automatically send a message via your Welcome website plus an email to notify you once your joining instructions are available. It is important that you regularly check your Welcome website for new messages about your Registration and Enrolment. If you have not received the email please contact our Applicant Experience Team by email at admissions@uwe.ac.uk so we may check that we have the correct address.

For more information about joining the University, please see our New Students pages.

Entry requirements

  • You should hold a law honours degree (minimum 2:2) from a recognised Higher Education institution or equivalent from a recognised overseas institution.
  • Candidates who have successfully completed the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) or the Common Professional Examination (CPE) will also be considered for admission onto the course.
  • Non law graduates will be considered for admission if they have relevant experience or if they have a degree in a related area of study such as business, politics or international relations.
  • If English is not your first language, you will also need to demonstrate your English Language proficiency.

You should have:

  • IELTS 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in all components

See further details of our English Language requirements.

UWE Bristol's International College
International students who do not meet the academic or English language requirements to study this course can qualify by completing preparatory study at our International College.

How to apply

Please apply online. Applications for the LLM course may be submitted at any time of year and the deadline for applications is 1 September for study commencing in September that same academic year, or by 1 January for study commencing in January that same academic year.

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