International Law & Security LLM

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This is an innovative programme that focuses on the role and relevance of international law in a rapidly changing global security environment. It reflects the breadth of contemporary international security issues, addressing issues as diverse as terrorism, armed conflicts and transnational organised crime.

Key facts

Why this programme

  • If you want to increase your horizons to an international platform, look beyond domestic legal orders and learn about global security issues, this LLM is ideal for you.
  • You will be taught by an excellent team that truly understands international issues, with staff drawn from Canada, Germany, Scotland, Greece and Uzbekistan.
  • You will be equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills to work as security consultant or practitioner with governments, international organizations and NGOs. 
  • The programme includes optional participation in a student trip to Geneva.
  • 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.
  • The programme is based on small-group, seminar-style teaching by experts in the field. The programme is complemented by guest speaker events and research workshops, allowing students to get involved with leading academics from outside Glasgow.

Programme structure

You are required to take at least three courses from the following list (plus one other) and to submit a dissertation as falling within the area. Courses are delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars and project work.

Core course

  • International law and international security.

Optional courses

  • Advanced introduction to international criminal law
  • Advanced introduction to the law of the United Nations 
  • International and European human rights law 
  • International courts and tribunals
  • International law and international economic governance
  • International security and international relations
  • The laws of armed conflict.

What our students say

Charlotte Divin, France (2011-12)

Charlotte DivinWhy did you decide to study at the University of Glasgow?

I came to study at the University of Glasgow because it had a partnership with my French University. I had several choices in the UK but I chose the University of Glasgow specifically because its School of Law is one of the best in the country. Also coming from a French university system I was always curious as to how the UK system differed - I was not disappointed!

Why did you choose your programme of study?
I chose to study an LLM in International Law and Security because I was very interested in both legal and political issues, the LLM allowed me to further and broaden my knowledge in those areas. I particularly wanted to focus on International Public Law courses, such as International and European Human Rights Law or International Criminal Law.

What can you tell us about your experience studying at the School of Law?
I believe that I gained a lot of autonomy and confidence by studying at the School of Law. Something that I thought lacked from the French University system. I really enjoyed having access to the library until 2am, which allows for certain flexibility in studying and is great for late workers like me!


What did you like the most?
What I like the most in studying at Glasgow University was the constant feedback on any work that is handed in, it really helped me identify my weaknesses and improve my grades. I also really appreciated the availability of the lecturers and staff that were always very happy to answer all my questions.

How was your academic experience?
Academically, I think that my experience was very useful; working in little groups allows each and everyone to express themselves and to receive the full attention of the Professor. I particularly felt that I was listened to and in smaller groups it’s easier to create bonds within a class.

What support/facilities did you find most useful?
I definitely found the library really useful and its coffee machine even more! The gym is also a great place to relax after a hard day of studying or a night of partying!

What do you think of Glasgow, the city? How is it like to live here as a (international) student?
I had a wonderful time partying in Glasgow, in the West End particularly. As an international student I really enjoyed Glasgow's friendliness, it's very easy to meet new faces on a daily basis.

How do you feel your programme helped you with your career plans?
I think that graduating from an LLM in Glasgow has already been an asset for me; it increases the chances of employment as it demonstrates both good knowledge of English and the capability to adapt to a different environment.

What would you recommend to a potential student thinking of coming to the School of Law?
The University of Glasgow is a very good university that gives its students all the support it needs, the facilities are great and very accessible. I would recommend coming to the School of Law to anyone.

Amy Blessing, United Kingdom (2015-16)

'Studying at the University of Glasgow has given me the necessary direction and knowledge to start a career in the field of international law. The involvement of the professors has been invaluable as they continuously share their passion and knowledge with us. As well as being renowned academics, they have a wide range of practical experience which also helps put the programme into context. This programme has also been a fantastic opportunity to meet students from around the world with similar interests. Glasgow is also a fantastic city for students, with a wide range of activities outside the university. The School of Law has been excellent in hosting social events, allowing all the master students to socialise and properly integrate into student life.'

Yerzhan Dossymzhanov, Kazakhstan (2015-16)

'I am infinitely grateful for studying the LLM in International Law and Security at one of the top universities in the UK. I would like to highlight the main reasons why people must come here to study and my personal experience gained during my studies. First of all, it is unicity of the course which comprises many different subjects such as International Law and International Security, the Laws of Armed Conflict, International Criminal Law and others. I truly believe that this acquired knowledge of contemporary legal issues could help alumni to deal perfectly with posed tasks in building their future career. Secondly, it is worth mentioning the professionalism and high experience of the academic and postgraduate taught staff of the University of Glasgow, who are ready to address every inquiry which you might have. Lastly, the atmosphere of the university itself is incredible, where you can feel that long history of the university which reflects in every single aspect of university life, either while spending free time with your friends at the university events or while studying in seminars or at the library.'

Miruna Terciu, Romania (2015-16)

'There is nothing I do not love about the University of Glasgow. The LLM programme was the bridge from the unsure fresh graduate towards the confident job applicant. It not only improved my knowledge of law, but it opened new horizons and added a beautiful twist in my career choices. Moreover, the city has a taste of magic. I would proudly recommend it to anyone.'

Vongmonasekar Vuthy, Cambodia (2015-16)

'After my undergraduate studies in Australia, I decided to embark on a new journey on the other corner of the world. It did not take me long to realise that choosing the LLM programme at the University of Glasgow is one of my best life choices. Not only have I met many brilliant and supportive people, I also believe that my academic potential has been stretched and steered towards a better career path. Besides, Glasgow is only a few hours drive away from paradise on earth, the Scottish highlands. I will always be fond of my time here at the university and the memories it has left me with.'


Academic staff

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

Practical experience

  • worked at the International Committee of the Red Cross, the United Nations, the Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia and the UN International Law Commission.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • published widely in leading publications, on questions of international security, international humanitarian law, human rights, the use of force, international criminal law, international legal theory, UN law, dispute settlement and  statehood force
  • contributed to leading research projects such as the Encyclopedia 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

Career prospects

There is a high demand for law professionals with expertise in international law and security. You will be well placed for roles in international institutions, government departments (ministries of foreign affairs, defence, justice, home affairs, and development), non-governmental organisations and law firms.

Entry requirements

A 2.1 Honours degree or non-UK equivalent (e.g. a GPA of 3.0 or above) in law or other subject with at least 50% of the credits in law. We also consider applications from politics, international relations, European studies or war studies graduates.

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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