Programme structure

The programme is taught over 24 months and includes at least three mobility periods.

The degree-awarding partners are the University of Glasgow, Institut Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionals, the University of Tartu, Radboud University, Leuphana University of Luneburg and the Université libre de Bruxelles.

The programme is structured around mobility periods where you spend:

Semester 1: University of Glasgow
Semester 2: Institut Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionals
Semester 3: Radboud University, University of Tartu, Leuphana University of Luneburg or Université libre de Bruxelles.
Semester 4: dissertation - your semester 3 location.


In year 1 you will spend one semester at the University of Glasgow (to study international law of global security, peace & development) and one at Institut Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionals (to study international relations and politics).

Semester 3 (year 2): you will select one of the semester 3 partners, which offer thematic study track options:

  • Radboud University has 2 study tracks: i. International and European law advanced; ii. Human rights and migration
  • University of Tartu: International law and human rights
  • Leuphana University of Luneburg: International economics, sustainability and governance
  • Université libre de Bruxelles: Peace and security, security and conflict

Semester 4: you will remain at your semester 3 location to write your dissertation. Supervisor allocation will be based on staff subject background and research interests.

The pedagogical design of this programme will expose you to a broad range of teaching, learning and assessment formats including lectures, discussion-oriented seminars, work placements, project-based teamwork, law clinics, moot court exercises, e-learning, dissertation, written assignments and exams and oral presentations.

Please note that courses offered vary from year to year and modules are subject to cancellation.

Year 1 - semester 1 - University of Glasgow

University of Glasgow

Semester 1 (September - December) 

Core Courses:

  • International Law and Global Security, Peace and Development

Optional courses:

  • Advanced introduction to international criminal law
  • Advanced introduction to the law of the United Nations
  • Clinic: Human rights and humanitarian law in practice
  • Foundations of international law
  • International and European human rights law
  • International courts and tribunals
  • Law and development
  • Researcher development workshops
  • The laws of armed conflict

Please note that courses offered vary from year to year and modules are subject to cancellation.

Year 1 - semester 2 - Institut Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionals (IBEI)

Institut Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionals (IBEI)

Semester 2 (January - June) International Relations and Politics

Core Course:

  • Theories of International Security
  • Research Methods

Optional Courses:

At IBEI, you must complete three out of five of the prerequisite optional courses identified for each semester 3 study track. 

Electives at IBEI (semester 2) for Study Tracks at Tartu (Human Rights) or Radboud (Human rights and Migration) in semester 3

  • War and Genocide
  • The Politics of international humanitarianism
  • Immigration Integration Policies
  • Gender, Security and Development
  • Minority Politics in the Middle East

Electives at IBEI (semester 2) for Study track at Leuphana (International economics, sustainability and governance) in semester 3

  • Natural Resources and Armed Conflict
  • Growth, Inequality and Poverty
  • Development, Environment and Natural resources
  • Complex Governanace of Global Challenges
  • Geopolitics of Energy

Electives at IBEI (semester 2) for Study Track at Radboud (International and European Law) in semester 3

  • Complex Governance of Global Challenges
  • Transnational politics in Europe
  • The Politics of International Sanctions
  • Foreign Policy Analysis
  • Immigration Integration Policies

Electives at IBEI (semester 2) for Study Track at Brussels (Peace and Security, Security and Conflict) in semester 3

  • Peace Processes and Conflict Resolution
  • Transitional Justice and Peace
  • Strategy
  • International Security and Weapons of Mass Destruction
  • Gender, Security and Development


Year 2 - Semester 3 - University of Tartu- Pathway 1

University of Tartu; Semester 3  (September - December, some exams in January)

Study track choice: International Law and Human Rights

Core modules:

  • History and theory of international law
  • Human rights law
  • Law of international institutions
  • Law and practice of the United Nations

Elective modules:

  • Cyberspace, technology and international law
  • Human rights education
  • International criminal law
  • Russian approaches to international law and human rights
  • European Human Rights Law


Year 2 - Semester 3 - Leuphana University Lüneburg- Pathway 2

Leuphana University Lüneburg; Semester 3 (October - January)

Study track choice: International economics, sustainability and governance

Core modules:

  • International economic law
  • Sustainability science
  • Sustainability, governance and law

Elective modules:

  • Earth systems and climate change
  • Macroeconomics
  • Public economics
  • Sustainability through law

Year 2 - Semester 3 -Radboud University- Pathway 3

Radboud University; Semester 3 (September – January)

Study track choice one: International and European Law Advanced

Core modules:

  • EU external relations law
  • Public international law advanced
  • International arbitration
  • Law and society
  • Research project

Year 2 - Semester 3 - Radboud University- Pathway 4

Radboud University; Semester 3 (September – January)

Study track choice two: Human Rights and Migration

Core modules:

  • EU external relations law
  • European immigration law
  • Law and society
  • Protection of human rights in international law
  • Research project


Year 2 - Semester 3 -Université libre de Bruxelles - Pathway 5

Université libre de Bruxelles; Semester 3 (September - December)

Study track choice: Peace and security, security and conflict

Core modules:

  • International litigation and pleading exercises
  • Public international law exercises
  • Methodology of international law

Electives modules

  • Law of international organisations and collective security
  • Security practices and political violence
  • International and european criminal law
  • International law and climate change
  • Terrorism and international law

Year 2 - semester 4 - Dissertation with any of the partners (January - August)

Dissertation (20-25,000 words or 80-90 pages)

You will write your dissertations at a partner university from where you spent semester 3.

Supervisor allocation will be based on staff subject background and research interests.

Summer Schools and Further Opportunities

As a ILGSPD student, you can diversify and strengthen your knowledge and experience by selecting from three non-credit bearing summer school options:

LMU’s Advanced Course in International Law is a highly reputable summer school that offers seminars on advanced issues of international law, focusing on a specific theme each year and allowing students to enhance their specialised expertise.

The Summer Course on Refugees and Forced Migration is an internationally-acclaimed course for researchers, students, practitioners, service providers and policy makers working in the area of forced migration. This is a unique opportunity to study this topical and significant issue in an interdisciplinary context and along with a diverse group of participants.

Martens Summer School on International Law is a distinguished summer school that deals with comparative aspects of international law and human rights, particularly focusing on the issues related to Russia and Eastern Europe. It will allow you to study international law and human rights at an advanced level and within their (geo)political context.

A range of further formative and extra-curricular features are embedded within this programme. These include:

  • Law clinics and moot courts (including the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, Willem C. Vis Moot Court Competition, European Law Moot Court Competition, Telders International Law Moot Court Competition, Charles Rousseau Moot Court Competition, Manfred Lachs Moot Court Competition on Space Law, International Criminal Court Moot Court Competition, and the Jean-Pictet Competition in International Humanitarian Law, as well as Glasgow’s Clinic in Human Rights and Humanitarian Law in Practice and Radboud Rule of Law Clinic and the Future Tech Law Clinics)
  • Study trips to key international organisations and institutions, such as the International Court of Justice, International Criminal Court, UN agencies and offices, and NATO
  • Opportunities to attend conferences in international law and on issues of global security, peace and development
  • Specialist guest lectures and seminars
  • Employability training
  • Research methods training
  • Language learning opportunities

Languages offered

Language Training offered in our partner institutions:

You will have a prospect to undertake formative language learning at each of degree-awarding partner institutions.

Foreign language training is offered as a non-credit bearing option, throughout Semester 1, 2 and 3. Language training from beginner to advanced level is available for Russian, Chinese, Spanish, French and Arabic (for example at Univeristy of Glasgow). These languages are of particular importance to the security, peace and development sectors.

Additional language training at University of Glasgow (Semester 1) is available for German, Czech, Norwegian, Danish, Gaelic, Japanese, Urdu, Hungarian, Portuguese and Italian.

Upon their arrival at IBEI for Semester 2, you will have the opportunity to continue your language training with some of its Associated Partners. The languages include Catalan, Spanish, Germany, French, Italian and Persian.

Semester 3 partners also offer extensive language training opportunities:

  • Radboud University offers a free course of Social Dutch for international students. Furthermore, students can attend language courses in Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish and Turkish.
  • At University of Tartu students are offered more than 20 different languages at the College of Foreign Languages and Cultures. A variety of courses are taught, including Arabic, Chinese, Czech, Estonian, French, German, Italian, Korean, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Swedish. Students can also take courses on academic English offered for students of MA in International Law and Human Rights.
  • Leuphana University Lüneburg runs a 4-week Language and Orientation Programme designed to help new international students settle in Lüneburg, including an intensive German course. In addition, the Language Center offers courses in Chinese, French, Italian, Catalan, Polish, Swedish, Spanish and Hungarian. The Complementary Studies programme of the Center adopts an action and problem-oriented learning approach that will help students improve their language competencies while giving them an opportunity to learn and reflect on a variety of interdisciplinary and cultural topics.
  • Finally, Université libre de Bruxelles offers French (as a foreign language) classes throughout the year for non-French-speaking students. Students also have the opportunity to learn 27 other languages, including German, Arabic, Chinese, Croatian, Spanish, French, Modern Greek, Italian, Japanese, Dutch, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Slovenian, Czech or Turkish.

You will also be able to continuously study a language to advanced levels from S1-S3.

Importantly, because ILGSPD is taught and assessed in English (except for two courses delivered by ULB both in English and French), specialist support for English for Academic Study is essential. All partner institutions offer such training and if your first language is not English, you are entitled to attend classes and support services during S1, extendable to S2 and S3 if required.

Additional English language services are available at University of Glasgow.These services are available to ILGSPD students across all their mobility periods via specialist online and distance support services, reflecting the university’s recognition that such services must be extended to students on mobility beyond Glasgow.