International Law LLM

International Law

The programme reflects the breadth of contemporary international law, addressing issues as diverse as world trade disputes, United Nations peacekeeping, international human rights litigation, State responsibility and criminal trials before international courts.

Key facts

Why this programme

  • If you want to increase your horizons to an international platform and look beyond domestic legal orders, this LLM is ideal for you.
  • You will be taught by a team that truly understands international issues, with staff drawn from Canada, Germany, Scotland, Greece and Uzbekistan.
  • We offer excellent facilities including our dedicated School of Law library; our main University library also contains our extensive collection of legal materials and official publications and is a European Documentation Centre.
  • Guest speaker presentations and other extra-curricular events round off the academic programme, and allow you to engage with current debates.

Programme structure

You are required to take at least three courses from the following list (plus one other) and to submit a dissertation (15,000 words) approved as falling within the area. Courses are delivered through a blend of lectures and seminar style teaching.


  • Advanced international competition law
  • Advanced introduction to international criminal law
  • Advanced introduction to the law of the United Nations law
  • Foundations of international law (normally compulsory)
  • International and European human rights law 
  • International courts and tribunals
  • International trade law 
  • International investment law
  • International law and international economic governance
  • International tax law. 

Background and aims

‌The LLM in International Law is designed for students looking beyond the horizons of their respective domestic legal orders. It reflects the breadth of contemporary international law, addressing issues as diverse as world trade disputes, United Nations peacekeeping, international human rights litigation, investment protection and criminal trials before international courts. It is based on the conviction that the international system requires a functioning legal framework, and that rules of international law are of practical relevance, both at the international and increasingly also the national level. It responds to the increasing demand for lawyers with a background in international law, whether in the public sector, civil society, academia or in legal practice. The leading teaching team is made up of experts from Germany, Scotland, Canada and Uzbekistan.

As part of the Taught Masters Programme, there is a compulsory one-week induction programme, tailored specifically for the LLM. This offers students information and guidance on learning methods, research skills, and on non-academic aspects of life and study in Glasgow

What our students say

Anni Pues, Germany (2011-12)

Anni PuesWhy did you decide to study at the University of Glasgow?
It was a decision informed by various factors. Partly personal reasons (moving to Scotland in general) but also the University's good reputation and its interesting LLM Programme on International Law.

Why did you choose your Programme of Study?
The LLM was offering a broad enough choice of courses to cover my interests. The International and European Human Rights and International Criminal Law courses were offering me the possibility to build on some of my previous practical experiences while at the same time offering a more in depth analysis of the areas. At the same time other courses like International Law and International Security broadened my horizon, while the Foundations of International Law course provided me with the necessary update on current developments in that area of law.

More generally I decided to return to University because I wanted more in depth knowledge of those areas of law I am very interested in; also I was looking for a possibility for some kind of career change after having worked as a German lawyer for more than eleven years.

What can you tell us about your experience studying at the School of Law?
It was generally a very good experience. The staff were very approachable, this made a big difference to my previous experiences in German academia.


What did you like the most?
Probably the possibility of taking part in a range of different guest lectures, seminars and conferences at the University of Glasgow; they were very inspiring.

How was your academic experience?
Very very good, before the start of the Programme I did not think that I would be suitable for and keen on doing a PhD, which I will be starting in September.

What support/facilities did you find most useful?
The good online resources (even more e-books would have been good) and brilliant opening hours of the library.

What do you think of Glasgow, the city? How is it like to live here as a (international) student?
Well, I probably did not lead the typical student life as a young mother. However, I felt that Glasgow as a city can be very welcoming and very pretty. It certainly is a very vibrant city and – whenever I get the chance – I do enjoy it. But the best are probably the people in Glasgow, I found some people are extraordinary friendly, especially when you seem to be a stranger or when looking slightly lost.

How do you feel your Programme helped you with your career plans?
The experience gave me a lot of motivation and some confidence in pursuing an academic career. Before the start of the Programme I only vaguely knew that I was keen on some changes. Having done the LLM in Glasgow was also very well perceived by those academics I approached about possibilities of doing a PhD with them; it certainly was a decisive factor in receiving scholarship offers from Durham University and the University of Glasgow.

What would you recommend to a potential student thinking of coming to the School of Law?
Bring a good raincoat and get in touch with those members of staff, who cover your areas of interest or convene the Programme of interest. I found it very helpful to be able to get some ideas about the programme in advance when I approached Christian Tams first in September 2010 (a year before the programme started).

Hong Man, China (2015-16)

'The LLM helped me to broaden my overview of international law, especially on international trade and international investment. The lecture style encourages students not only in critical thinking but also in practicing English. Studying an LLM in Glasgow is a wonderful journey which can teach you a lot and you will make international friends, you will not regret it when you come here!'

Zeljana Opacak, Croatia (2015-16)

'Studying at the University of Glasgow, as well as living in the amazing West End of Glasgow has been a great and enriching experience and you should take the opportunity and convince yourself. The university’s beautiful architectural setting and the small classes enabling interesting discussions with classmates from all-over the world provide the perfect environment for an LLM programme. The teachers are highly qualified, encourage critical thinking and discussions and are always approachable.

But also Glasgow itself has lots to offer! Especially the West End which is rich in bars, restaurants, shops and events. Finally, it is also the peoples’ friendly and cordial mentality and the Scottish openness that made this year in Glasgow a unique experience of which I have enjoyed every moment.'

older testimonials

Arailym Azhikhanova, Kazakhstan (2014-15)

'I am lucky to study in such a great place, especially in the University of Glasgow (which is the 4th oldest university in the English-speaking world). The programme (LLM in International Law) is very well organised, teachers are very professional and friendly and always happy to help and answer any questions. The classes are combined well and I am proud to study in such a diverse class with interesting and smart people from all over the world. The library is a very good place with all the necessary materials for study, also the library is a good place for meeting with class mates and preparing for seminars together. The very special thing about the University of Glasgow is the amazing building, which transfers you to the times of beautiful ladies and brave knights. Studying in such a place inspires you a lot as you imagine that famous, brilliant scientists worked and researched in the same place where you are now. Living in Glasgow, I also received only good emotions (except capricious weather, but in a very short time you start to get used to it, even the rainy weather is quite refreshing and helps you concentrate on studying more). I live in university accommodation and enjoy it very much, it is really close to university and located in a good place with everything you need (shops, cafes, hairdressing salons etc.). The road to the university crosses Kelvingrove Park, which is a good place for resting after study in sunny weather. The prices for transportation and different kind of goods are acceptable and even cheaper in comparison with other regions of the UK. I very much like the people in Glasgow, they are always friendly and open and ready to help you if you are lost or need some advice on the route etc. Overall I can say I am very happy with my study and life in Glasgow.'

Alexandre Belle, Belgium (2014-15)

'Doing an LLM in International Law at the University of Glasgow allowed me to meet a great and passionate academic team allowing me to progress a lot while participating in the seminars. They also encouraged us to encounter great academics and practitioners during a broad range of conferences. The subjects offered by the university are at the same time varied and in-depth and focus as well on the most recent developments of the subject area. What also struck me is the warmth and availability, not only of the academic and administrative staff but also of everybody I have met in the city. Finally studying in the University of Glasgow has also been feeling everyday privileged to work within such a beautiful architectural setting.'

Jeanne Gillet, Belgium (2014-15)

'Studying at the University of Glasgow has been an incredible experience. Coming from a "European continental" background, I really wanted to discover another way of studying and learning. My expectations have been completely met. The university is very welcoming, the teachers are super qualified but still approachable. The classes are small to favour participation and the content is very interesting. Plenty of conferences are organised which create a dynamic academic environment; that made me want to continue my academic path.

Glasgow is one of the best cities I have ever lived in (the proof is that I am staying for three more years). There is so much to do! The West End (the area of the university) is full of great bars, little restaurants and nice shops – for all tastes from around the world! The city is packed of free museums, parks and great clubs where everyone can find their place (from metal lovers, jazz fans to pop dancers). Scotland is an amazing country to discover, with breathtaking views just outside the city.

If you are still hesitating, do not!'

Mugure Gituto, Kenya (2014-15)

'The University of Glasgow International Law LLM programme presents students with an exciting, rich, priceless academic experience that combines the study of the black letter law with a critical appreciation of its practical application. There is unrestricted interaction with highly skilled professors who provide judicious academic guidance, encourage dialogue, independent critical thinking and constructive engagement with international law disciplines. The University of Glasgow admits students from around the world creating an opportunity for rich cultural interaction and appreciation of divergent views. Studying in Glasgow equally offers an opportunity for one to enjoy numerous attractions and an array of vibrant social activities in the city and an appreciation of the spectacular views in the countryside. The decision to study International Law at the University of Glasgow will allow you to live through an exciting and fulfilling student experience. Enjoy every moment of it.'

Zequn Yang, China (2014-15)

'I would like to say that I am one who always has thoughts for everything in life yet knowing they may not be true since I was living in a small place and had not seen much of the world. However, since I came to Glasgow, I have been sharing my thoughts with friends from all around the world and found out we are not much different in thoughts after all. Such knowing gives me the unlimited confidence and courage to face the big world.'

David Hamburger, Germany (2013-14)

'The University of Glasgow's International Law programme offers the unique opportunity to approach the beauty of public international law in an academically and socially stimulating environment. The mixture of highly skilled, motivated and approachable Professors with students of a diverse academic and cultural background, is the foundation for an unforgettable, enriching experience. The vibrant and charming nature of Glasgow combined with the breathtaking landscape of Scotland harmoniously complement this entirely positive perception.'

Ragnhild Kleven, Norway (2013-14)

'Studying at the impressive campus of the University of Glasgow has been a pleasant experience. With highly qualified Professors and students from around the world the learning environment is truly exciting. With English being my second language the very intensive programme has helped me improve both my written and oral English skills. Make sure you travel up north to see the beautiful landscape of Scotland during the first semester, as the second semester is more demanding. Practically speaking, it is best to arrive in Glasgow early if your housing is not already settled.'

Seonaid Stevenson, United Kingdom (2013-14)

'Studying for the International Law LLM has been an invaluable experience for me. The subject matter is interesting, topical and challenging and the staff are experts in their fields, always willing to continue discussions outside of the classroom. Studying in this vibrant, diverse city and making friends from all over the world has been the highlight of my year and I can thoroughly recommend the course.'

Onur Uraz, Turkey (2013-14)

'Coming to the University of Glasgow is a decision that I will never regret. After starting your programme, you better understand why the University of Glasgow has its remarkable reputation all over the world. The most impressive aspect of the LLM programme is you are not only being taught but encouraged to develop your own ideas regarding the theoretical and practical issues. On the other hand, having professors and students come from around the world creates diversity and different viewpoints. Finally, it is needless to say that Glasgow is one of the greatest cities in the world to be a student, especially if you like partying and scotch. In addition, you will have no Kirsty in any other place which is essential to being happy in your LLM programme.'

Benedicte Martin, Canada (2012-13)

'One of my favourite aspects of the University of Glasgow’s LLM in International Law programme was its diverse learning environment. Students and Professors come from around the world as well as from the UK, which ensures exposure to a variety of new perspectives during class discussions. This greatly enriches the way we learn and allows us to forge connections with scores of interesting people. The highlight of my year, though, has definitely been becoming acquainted with Scotland's bonnie banks, lochs and glens as well as with the friendly nature of the Scottish people.'

Mina Pindsle, Norway (2012-13)

'Student life in Glasgow is a joy! The Professors are helpful and approachable and the quality of the teaching is outstanding. Welcoming students from all over the world, the University of Glasgow is an inspiring and exciting place to study. The city itself is dynamic and charming, and dangerously easy to fall in love with!'

Merle Templin, Germany (2012-13)

'I really enjoy studying in the University of Glasgow. The courses are very interesting and led by highly experienced and approachable Professors. I met students from numerous countries and backgrounds, which not only makes for interesting classes, but also enriches the social life around the studies. Glasgow is a vibrant and friendly city full of contrasts. The city caters to all tastes and never gets boring.'

Academic staff

‌The LLM in International Law is taught by a team who combine academic excellence with first-hand knowledge of the practical workings of international law.

Practical Experience

  • advised litigants in proceedings before the International Court of Justice, the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, the European Court of Human Rights, ICSID tribunals and domestic courts.
  • worked at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia and the UN International Law Commission.
  • been involved in the work of the UN peacekeeping missions, have drafted government reports on compliance with human rights obligations, have worked for NGOs on human rights and refugee issues, and have contributed to OSCE studies in the field of minority rights.

Academic Excellence

  • hold degrees from Harvard, Oxford, NYU, the LSE and Cambridge, as well as from the Universities of Uzbekistan, Greece, Germany, Canada and the United States
  • have published widely in leading publications, on questions of UN law, international investment law, international criminal law, international legal theory, human rights, dispute settlement, statehood and the use of force
  • have contributed to leading research projects such as the Encyclopaedia of Public International Law, the Oxford Commentaries on International Law and International Law in Domestic Courts

Staff Outreach

  • participate in the work of important legal associations such as the International Law Association and the European Society of International Law
  • are regularly invited to present papers in the UK and abroad and frequently organise guest lectures or workshops in Glasgow
  • judge on international mooting competitions


Guest speakers and events

International Law as a Profession

Career paths in international law are different from those in other areas of law. This can be a source of confusion and uncertainty: there is often no obvious 'next step' towards a career in international law. Nevertheless, international law is being practised, and careers in it can be rewarding (in more than one sense).

During 2016-17, the School Of Law will host a series of seminars on the topic of 'International Law as a Profession'. These seminars will give you an opportunity to hear from practitioners working in different fields of international law, to learn about potential careers in the field, and to meet with individuals and organisations that could be relevant to such careers. Speakers in 2016-17 will include: Angeline Welsh (Barrister, Matrix Chambers), Joanna Dingwall (former Solicitor in a leading international law firm), Joanna Keating (International Development Team, Scottish Government) and Paul McKell and Neil McDonald (Legal advisors, Foreign & Commonwealth Office, London).

The speakers will talk about their career path, the necessary skills and experiences needed, their current roles and what relevance international law has in their day to day work. The event is followed by a more informal reception giving the students chance to talk to the experts on a 1 to 1 basis.

Career prospects

There is a high demand for law professionals with expertise in international law. The days in which international law was treated as an 'extra' are long gone. Lawyers pursuing ambitious careers will now inevitably have to deal with rules of international provenance, in fields as diverse as human rights or investment protection. With an LLM in international law from Glasgow, you will be well placed for roles in law firms, international institutions, government departments and non-governmental organisations.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for International Law are a good first degree in law (2:1 upwards or equivalent) or a first degree (2:1 upwards or equivalent) with at least 50% of the credits in law.

International students with academic qualifications below those required should contact our partner institution, Glasgow International College, who offer a range of pre-Masters courses.

English language requirements

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training):

  • overall score 6.5
  • no sub-test less than 6.5
  • or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification:

Common equivalent English language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:

  • ibTOEFL: 92; no sub-test less than:
    • Reading: 23
    • Listening:23
    • Speaking: 23
    • Writing: 24
  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 176
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 176
  • PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English, Academic test): 64 overall;  no sub-test less than 62
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII at Distinction with Distinction in all sub-tests

For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use these tests to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level programmes. The University is also able to accept an IELTS test (Academic module) from any of the 1000 IELTS test centres from around the world and we do not require a specific UKVI IELTS test for degree level programmes. We therefore still accept any of the English tests listed for admission to this programme.

Pre-sessional courses

The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the English for Academic Study Unit Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:


What do I do if...

my language qualifications are below the requirements?

The University's English for Academic Study Unit offers a range of Pre-Sessional Courses to bring you up to entry level. The course is accredited by BALEAP, the UK professional association for academic English teaching; see Links.

my language qualifications are not listed here?

Please contact the Recruitment and International Office:


For further information about English language requirements, please contact the Recruitment and International Office:

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2017-18


Home and EU
Full time fee£7700
Part time 20 credits£856
Full time fee£17250

Fees are subject to change and for guidance only

Additional fees

  • Fee for submission by a research student: £460
  • Fee for re-assessment of a dissertation (PGT programme): £300
  • Submission for a higher degree by published work: £1,000
  • Submission of thesis after deadline lapsed: £200
  • Submission by staff in receipt of staff scholarship: £680
  • Research students registered as non-supervised Thesis Pending students (50% refund will be granted if the student completes thesis within the first six months of the period): £260
  • Registration/exam only fee: £110
  • General Council fee: £50

Alumni discount

A 10% discount is available to University of Glasgow alumni applying to the LLM. This includes graduates and those who have completed a Junior Year Abroad, Exchange programme or International Summer School at the University of Glasgow. The discount is applied at registration for students who are not in receipt of another discount or scholarship funded by the University. No additional application is required.

Funding opportunities

How to apply

We ask that you apply online for a postgraduate taught degree. Our system allows you to fill out the standard application form online and submit this to the University within 42 days of starting your application.

You need to read the guide to applying online before starting your application. It will ensure you are ready to proceed, as well as answer many common questions about the process.

Guide to applying online

Do I have to apply online for a postgraduate taught degree?

Yes. To apply for a postgraduate taught degree you must apply online. We are unable to accept your application by any other means than online.

Do I need to complete and submit the application in a single session?

No. You have 42 days to submit your application once you begin the process. You may save and return to your application as many times as you wish to update information, complete sections or upload additional documents such as your final transcript or your language test.

What documents do I need to provide to make an application?

As well as completing your online application fully, it is essential that you submit the following documents:

  • A copy (or copies) of your official degree certificate(s) (if you have already completed your degree)
  • A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing full details of subjects studied and grades/marks obtained
  • Official English translations of the certificate(s) and transcript(s)
  • Two supporting reference letters on headed paper
  • Evidence of your English Language ability (if your first language is not English)
  • Any additional documents required for this programme (see Entry requirements for this programme)
  • A copy of the photo page of your passport (Non-EU students only)

If you do not have all of these documents at the time of submitting your application then it is still possible to make an application and provide any further documents at a later date, as long as you include a full current transcript (and an English translation if required) with your application. See the ‘Your References, Transcripts and English Qualification’ sections of our Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

Do my supporting documents need to be submitted online?

Yes, where possible, please upload the supporting documents with your application.

How do I provide my references?

You must either upload the required references to your online application or ask your referees to send the references to the University as we do not contact referees directly. There is two main ways that you can provide references: you can either upload references on headed paper when you are making an application using the Online Application (or through Applicant Self-Service after you have submitted your application) or you can ask your referee to email the reference directly to See the 'Your References, Transcripts and English Qualifications' section of the Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

What if I am unable to submit all of my supporting documents online?

If you cannot upload an electronic copy of a document and need to send it in by post, please attach a cover sheet to it that includes your name, the programme you are applying for, and your application reference number.

You may send them to:

Postgraduate Admissions
Marketing, Recruitment & International Office
71 Southpark Avenue
G12 8QQ
Fax: +44 141 330 4045

Can I email my supporting documents?

No. We cannot accept email submissions of your supporting documents.

What entry requirements should I have met before applying? Where can I find them?

You should check that you have met (or are likely to have met prior to the start of the programme) the individual entry requirements for the degree programme you are applying for. This information can be found on the ‘entry requirements’ tab on each individual programme page, such as the one you are viewing now.

What English Language requirements should I have met before applying? Where can I find them?

If you are an international student, you should also check that you have met the English Language requirements specific to the programme you are applying for. These can also be found on the ‘entry requirements’ tab for each specific programme.

Further Information

Please see the Frequently Asked Questions for more information on applying to a postgraduate taught programme.

Guidance notes for using the online application

These notes are intended to help you complete the online application form accurately, they are also available within the help section of the online application form. If you experience any difficulties accessing the online application then you should visit the Application Troubleshooting/FAQs page.

  • Name and Date of birth: must appear exactly as they do on your passport. Please take time to check the spelling and lay-out.
  • Contact Details: Correspondence address. All contact relevant to your application will be sent to this address including the offer letter(s). If your address changes, please contact us as soon as possible.
  • Choice of course: Please select carefully the course you want to study. As your application will be sent to the admissions committee for each course you select it is important to consider at this stage why you are interested in the course and that it is reflected in your application.
  • Proposed date of entry: Please state your preferred start date including the month and the year. Taught masters degrees tend to begin in September. Research degrees may start in any month.
  • Education and Qualifications: Please complete this section as fully as possible indicating any relevant Higher Education qualifications starting with the most recent. Complete the name of the Institution (s) as it appears on the degree certificate or transcript.
  • English Language Proficiency: Please state the date of any English language test taken (or to be taken) and the award date (or expected award date if known).
  • Employment and Experience: Please complete this section as fully as possible with all employments relevant to your course. Additional details may be attached in your personal statement/proposal where appropriate.
  • References: Please provide the names and contact details of two academic references. Where applicable one of these references may be from your current employer. References should be completed on letter headed paper and uploaded on to your application.

Standard application deadlines

  • International applications (non-EU): 21 July 2017 
  • UK and EU applications: 25 August 2017

Classes start September 2017 and you may be expected to attend induction sessions the week before.

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