LLM Public International Law
Year of entry: 2020
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- Take the opportunity to explore a large number of options covering the practice and theory of international law.
- Develop legal all-rounder knowledge and acquire an advanced understanding in the main areas of international law.
- Have the potential to take your international law experience down a wide range of career paths.
The University holds regular open days, where you will have the opportunity to tour the campus and find out more about our facilities and courses.
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For entry in the academic year beginning September 2020, the tuition fees are as follows:
UK/EU students (per annum): £9,500
International students (per annum): £19,500
UK/EU students (per annum): £4,750
International students (per annum): £9,750
The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.
All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of courses lasting more than a year for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for International students, for the course duration at the year of entry). For general fees information please visit: postgraduate fees . Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your qualification award and method of attendance.
Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1,000 towards their tuition fees before a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) is issued. This deposit will only be refunded if immigration permission is refused. We will notify you about how and when to make this payment.
Policy on additional costs
All students should normally be able to complete their programme of study without incurring additional study costs over and above the tuition fee for that programme. Any unavoidable additional compulsory costs totalling more than 1% of the annual home undergraduate fee per annum, regardless of whether the programme in question is undergraduate or postgraduate taught, will be made clear to you at the point of application. Further information can be found in the University's Policy on additional costs incurred by students on undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes (PDF document, 91KB).
Courses in related subject areas
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Academic entry qualification overview
A minimum Upper Second class honours degree, or the equivalent, in law.
- IELTS - overall score of 7, including 7 in writing with no further component score below 6.5;
- TOEFL IBT 103 with 28 in writing and no further score below 25 in each section. TOEFL code for Manchester is 0757.
- Pearson - overall 73 with 73 in writing and no further score below 66
Scores are valid for 2 years.
Please note that CAS statements are issued only when all conditions of the offer have been satisfied, PDF copy of passport received and the offer accepted.
Applicants from certain countries may be exempt from having to provide an IELTS or TOEFL score. For further advice please email email@example.com .
Pre-Sessional English Courses
If you are eligible to do a pre-sessional English course (either 6 weeks or 10 weeks, depending on your English score), you will need to successfully complete the course at the required level before you are permitted to register on your academic course.
English language test validity
Other international entry requirements
Application and selection
How to apply
Advice to applicants
We require the following documents before we can consider your application:
- Transcripts of your studies to date, officially translated into English
- Degree certificate (if you have already graduated).
- If you are not from or did not graduate from a majority English speaking country as defined by the UKVI we will also require proof of your English language ability. If you have already taken an English language qualification, please include your certificate with your application. We may be willing to consider your application without this document, but if we choose to make you an offer, the conditions will include IELTS (or equivalent qualification).
- NOTE: You are not required to submit references as part of your application. However, you must put the names and contact details of two academic referees on your application form and if we require the references we will contact the referees directly.
The deadline for applications is 15 June for International applicants, and 15 August for Home/EU applicants.
The LLM in Public International Law allows you to develop recognised expertise in the main areas of international law.
This course draws on Manchester's established reputation in international legal research to offer you a wide range of optional subjects, as well as the opportunity to customise your curriculum according to your career ambitions, needs and your areas of interest.
The LLM in Public International Law is designed for students who seek a recognised expertise in the main areas of international law and become generalist international lawyers.
Upon successful completion of the course, you will be all-rounders and have knowledge and understanding of the rules, systems, techniques, practices, dynamics and discourses by virtue of which international law is created, conceived and applied.
The course will also provide you with the necessary research skills to autonomously continue to expand, sharpen and update your knowledge of international law.
This course endeavours to offer the strongest students the opportunity of an internship with a renowned law firm or international organisation.
Teaching and learning
The course is based on small-group, seminar-style teaching by our research-active teaching staff as well as invited external experts. This master's degree is offered part-time to allow those with a professional occupation to follow the course.
Coursework and assessment
All course units are assessed by either one unseen written examination, or one coursework essay, or a combination of these two methods of assessment.
The course will be 180 credits in total and has a compulsory research component. 120 credits will be taught units and the remaining 60 credits in the form of a 14,000-15,000 word dissertation.
Your dissertation must be within the area of one unit you have chosen. The research element of the course is supported by weekly research methodology lectures delivered throughout semesters one and two, designed to improve your legal writing and research skills. For specialised streams, the dissertation topic must be within those streams.
Course unit details
You will be doing 180 credits in total, 120 of which will be taught course units and the remaining 60 credits in the form of a 14,000-15,000 word dissertation.
The LLM course will typically offer around 30 different course units in any one year, and will always reflect a wide range of subjects across the legal spectrum.
There will usually be course units offered on diverse topics, such as:
- international trade and corporate law;
- financial services regulation;
- European law;
- international economic law;
- intellectual property law;
- human rights law;
- corporate governance; and
- law and finance in emerging markets.
Course units are worth 15 or 30 credits each. You will be required to select course units to a total of 120 credits, and so must choose a minimum of four course units or a maximum of eight course units.
Your dissertation must be within the area of one unit you have chosen. The research element of the course is supported by weekly research methodology lectures delivered throughout semesters one and two designed to improve your legal writing and research skills. For specialised streams, your dissertation topic must be within those streams.
Course unit list
The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.
|Subjects and Actors of International Law||LAWS70021||15||Mandatory|
|Sources of International Law||LAWS70431||15||Mandatory|
|International Institutional Law and the Use of Force||LAWS70451||15||Mandatory|
|Academic Skills for Legal Studies||LAWS50000||0||Optional|
|PG International Courts and Tribunals||LAWS61082||15||Optional|
|International Commercial Arbitration and Mediation Law||LAWS65082||30||Optional|
|Cyber-Security and International Law||LAWS70462||15||Optional|
|International Criminal Law and Justice||LAWS70472||30||Optional|
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Scholarships and bursaries
The School is offering a number of awards for students applying for master's study. To find out more please visit our master's funding opportunity search page .
At The University of Manchester Law School, you are supported by the first-class resources you would expect of a top law school.
In addition to the networked study spaces at the Williamson Building, you can access a specialist moot courtroom, enabling future legal minds to hone your debating skills in a realistic court setting, as well as The University of Manchester Library , which houses a substantial collection of law books and periodicals, as well as texts to support all the degrees we offer.
Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
This LLM course is a specialised master's offering you training for a range of legal careers. These include:
- civil servant;
- legal advisor;
- academia and research;
- official in an international organisation, applicable to international organisations; or
- those with strong international links.