MA Security and International Law / Course details

Year of entry: 2024

Course description

The MA in Security and International Law course offers the benefits of a specialist master's without the requirement of an undergraduate law degree.

You will gain advanced knowledge in the main areas of international security and the UN system, and the tools necessary to understand the issues surrounding armed conflicts, terrorism, modern warfare, and the security of international transactions and intellectual property.


The MA in Security and International Law course is designed for those who seek to acquire a recognised expertise in the main areas of security and international law and become generalist in international security and the UN system.

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 security discourse develops.

The course gives you the necessary research skills to autonomously continue to expand, sharpen and update their knowledge of international organisation and the UN system after the completion of the course.

Special features

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

Most course units are assessed by standard methods, either one written exam, or one coursework essay, or a combination of these two methods of assessment.

The assessment method of each individual course unit is listed in the course unit description on the website. You must also submit two research papers for the MA degree (one research paper submitted in April, and one submitted in September).

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 two research papers (30 credits each).

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.

The course has a compulsory research component, in which you must submit two research papers of 7,000-8,000 words each (each worth 30 credits). The taught element of the degree course will total 120 credits and the research element will total 60 credits, therefore 180 credits for the MA. The first research paper must be within the area of a semester one course unit that you have chosen, and the second research paper within the area of a semester one or semester two course unit you have taken.

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.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
International Institutions LAWS70021 30 Mandatory
MA Research Paper One LAWS70901 30 Mandatory
MA Research Paper Two LAWS70902 30 Mandatory
International Courts and Human Rights LAWS61082 30 Optional
Global Law-Making LAWS70431 30 Optional
International Law, Technology and Security LAWS70462 30 Optional
International Investment Law LAWS72042 30 Optional
International Commercial Arbitration and Mediation Law LAWS77082 30 Optional

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 .

What our students say

Meet some of our postgraduate students studying for a master's in International Law, Healthcare Ethics and Law and Financial Law in Student Spotlights .


At The University of Manchester Law School, you are supported by the first-class resources you would expect of a top law school.  

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Disability support

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