Postgraduate taught 

International Law of Global Security, Peace & Development LLM

The Erasmus Mundus Master in International Law of Global Security, Peace and Development offers you the unique opportunity to study across six partners over two years and gain a joint, double or a multiple Master degree, depending on the combination of three degree-awarding partners. This is an innovative and multidisciplinary programme that equips the next generation of lawyers and policy-makers with the ability to engage with the political context of international law and the holistic approaches that are needed for global security, peace and development. International mobility periods are a key part of the programme.

  • LLM: 24 months full-time

Why this programme

  • This programme is at the forefront of cutting-edge teaching with its multidisciplinary and comprehensive approach to the international law of global security, peace and development.
  • You will be offered mobility opportunities at leading European universities as part of an innovative, multidisciplinary, and integrated team-delivered programme.
  • It offers a uniquely comprehensive degree, bringing together all international legal regimes relevant to global security, peace and development, by incorporating specialisms in human rights, migration, peace and security, and sustainable development.
  • You will undertake a multifaceted programme of summer schools, guest lectures, legal clinics, work placements, interaction with practitioners, moot courts and language training.
  • This degree spearheads an innovative approach to legal education that is urgently needed for our increasingly volatile, interconnected and complex global future, and trains graduates of excellence with leadership potential in international law and global affairs.

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 students spend:

Semester 1: University of Glasgow
Semester 2: Institut Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionals
Semester 3: Radboud University (LLB is an entry requirement), University of Tartu, Leuphana University of Luneburg or Université libre de Bruxelles (LLB and passive knowledge of French are entry requirements).
Semester 4: dissertation - any of the partners.

As such, all students will spend one semester each at the University of Glasgow (to study international law of global security, peace & development) and Institut Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionals (to study international relations of global security, peace and development).

Semester 3 (year 2), students 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 students 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.

Core Courses

University of Glasgow

Semester 1 (September - December) 

  • International Law of Global Security, Peace and Development

Institut Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionals (IBEI)

Semester 2 (January - June) International Relations and Politics

  • International Relations of Global Security, Peace and Development

Summer School (July - August)

  • Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich
  • University of Tartu Martens Summer School
  • York University (Toronto, Canada)

University of Tartu

Semester 3  (September - December, some exams in January)

Study track choice: International Law and Human Rights

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

Leuphana University Lüneburg

Semester 3 (October - January)

Study track choice: International economics, sustainability and governance

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

Radboud University

Semester 3 (September – January)

Study track choice one: International and European Law Advanced

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

Study track choice two:
Human Rights and Migration

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

Université libre de Bruxelles 

Semester 3 (September - December)

Study track choice: Peace and security, security and conflict

  • International adjudication and pleadings
  • Case studies in public international law
  • Methodology of public international law
  • Theories of public international law

Semester 4 (January - August)

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

Optional courses

University of Glasgow

  • 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 optional courses offered vary from year to year and modules are subject to cancellation.

Institut Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionals

At IBEI, students must complete three out of five of the prerequisite optional courses identified for each semester 3 study track, in addition to a methodology course.

IBEI methodology courses

  • Data analysis for international relations
  • Data visualisation
  • Methods of qualitative analysis
  • Survey and questionnaire design
  • Text and content analysis
  • Text as data

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

  • Complex governance of global challenges
  • Governance indicators
  • International relations in humanitarian action
  • Politics of international organisations
  • War and genocide

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

  • Development, environment and natural resources
  • Global trade governance
  • Growth, inequality and poverty
  • International business and economic institutions
  • International environmental politics

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

  • Comparative regionalism
  • Immigration integration policies
  • Minority politics in the Middle East
  • Mediterranean and Arab World Studies
  • Transnational politics in Europe

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

  • Gender, security and development
  • International security and weapons of mass destruction
  • Peace processes and conflict resolution
  • Strategy
  • War and genocide

University of Tartu (semester 3 electives)

  • Cyberspace, technology and international law
  • Human rights law practice
  • International criminal law
  • Russian approaches to international law and human rights

Leuphana University Lüneburg (semester 3 electives)

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

Université libre de Bruxelles (semester 3 electives)

  • Law of international organisations and collective security
  • Methodology of public international law (French)
  • Peace and conflict studies
  • Terrorism and international law

Programme alteration or discontinuation
The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme. For more information, please see: Student contract.

Career prospects

Our Master programme will be a springboard for you to a future career in the fields of law, policy and international relations, having been equipped with unique multidisciplinary and transferable skills, as well as professional experience through internships and work placements. This includes the traditional international legal avenues such as working in legal departments of international organisations such as the United Nations, or in foreign ministries of states, as well as careers in policy and practice both at the international and domestic level.

Fees & funding

Tuition fees for 2022-23

LLM

Fees for the 2 year programme:

UK/EU

  • Full time fee: £8100 per annum or €9320 per annum

International

  • Full time fee: £15967 per annum or €18372 per annum

The fees charged to students reflect the fee and funding regime established by the European Commission in respect of Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters Degree programmes.  This means that, for this programme, fees paid by Programme Country students (EU, EEA [Iceland, Norway, Lichtenstein] and ERASMUS associated countries [Turkey, FYR Macedonia, Serbia]) are the same as those paid by UK students.

The fees listed here cover tuition only. The University of Glasgow can only collect fees in Pound Sterling at the published GBP values and subject to exchange rates at the time of payment.

The programme contains various mobility periods. Scholarship students will receive travel costs (intended to help with airfares) as part of their scholarship. Self-funded students will need to cover their own airfares between each partner university. Scholarship-funded students may use their travel payments to meet some of these costs.

Deposits

Applicants who are self-funding their study will be required to pay a £1,000 deposit.

Deposits terms & conditions

The University requires a deposit to be paid by applicants in receipt of an offer to this programme and who require a Certificate of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) from the University in order that they can apply for a student visa. This is required where the programme is competitive and the deposit is required in order to demonstrate your commitment to attend the programme should you meet all the conditions of your offer.

If you are made an offer for this programme the University will write to you and request a deposit with information on how to pay your deposit and the deadline for making the deposit payment. Please note that if you are unable to pay a deposit because you are planning to fund your studies through an official financial sponsor then you should upload a copy of your scholarship application or award letter to your application by the deadline date.

The following guidelines will apply in determining whether or not a deposit will be refunded. Where the deposit is refunded, a 10% handling fee will be deducted.

Deposits WILL be refunded to applicants under the following circumstances:

  1. Where the University is unable to offer you a place.
  2. Where the applicant has personal circumstances such as illness, bereavement or other family situations that has prevented them coming to the UK. Medical or other proof may be requested.
  3. Applicant can prove that they have applied for a visa to attend the University of Glasgow, but the VISA has been refused. The applicant must have shown ‘real intent' to study at the University of Glasgow but has been unable to obtain their visa.
  4. Applicant does not meet his / her conditions of offer: this may be academic or language test requirements. Satisfactory evidence must be uploaded to the student’s online application to prove that they have not met the conditions of their offer (note that applicants who do not meet the language condition of their offer must show reasonable attempt to meet this, i.e. they must provide a language test which was taken after the date that the deposit was paid).

Deposits WILL NOT be refunded to applicants under the following circumstances:

  1. Applicant decides to go to another institution.
  2. Applicant cannot be released from work to study at the University of Glasgow.
  3. Applicant does not send completed documentation as requested in the condition of the offer: this may be required in order to prove that the offer has not been met for academic or language test conditions - failure to respond to requests for this information will result in no refund.
  4. Applicant has not secured funding to attend the University of Glasgow: this may be as a result of not being successful in applications for scholarships, OR simply not having sufficient funds in bank at time of visa application. This condition will apply unless it can be proven that there are clear mitigating circumstances which have significantly changed the applicant’s position since the time of application.
  5. Applicant has requested a deferral – in this situation, if a deferral is granted, the University will retain the deposit and credit it against the applicant’s account for securing their place for the following year of entry. Please note that some highly competitive programmes do not allow applicants to defer. 

Refund requests must be made within 60 days of the programme start date stated on your offer letter: requests made after this date will be subject to discretion.


Additional fees

  • Fee for re-assessment of a dissertation (PGT programme): £370
  • Submission of thesis after deadline lapsed: £350
  • Registration/exam only fee: £170

Funding opportunities

ILGSPD (Erasmus Mundus International Master) scholarship

Prestigious Erasmus Mundus scholarships are available for well qualified applicants to the International Law of Global Security, Peace & Development. The University of Glasgow is the leading partner in the consortium of universities that have developed this programme. Other degree awarding partners include Université libre de Bruxelles (Belgium), Radboud University (Netherlands), Institut Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionals (Spain), University of Tartu (Estonia), Leuphana University of Luneburg (Germany).

Sustainability Scholarship

Finduddannelse.dk is a Danish platform for lifelong learning. 

The scholarship is open to all students from around the world, who are planning on or have started a Master’s that can help them make the world more sustainable.

Please see Finduddannelse.dk Sustainability Scholarship for more details.

You can also read more about the winner of Sustainability Scholarship 2021 here: Finalists & Winner of the 2021 Sustainability Scholarship

Alumni Discount

In response to the current unprecedented economic climate, the University is offering a 20% discount on all Postgraduate Research and full Postgraduate Taught Masters programmes to its alumni, commencing study in Academic session 2022/23. This includes University of Glasgow graduates and those who have completed a Study Abroad programme or the Erasmus Programme at the University of Glasgow. The discount applies to all full-time, part-time and online programmes. This discount can be awarded alongside most University scholarships.

Clark (Mile-End) Bursary Fund

The Clark (Mile-End) Bursary Fund is a charitable endowment which was established in 1868 by a Victorian philanthropist by the name of John Clark. He was a thread manufacturer and prominent citizen from Paisley. The fund is now governed by Rules laid down in a 1974 Scheme (as varied with the consent of the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator in 2013).

Please see the Clark (Mile-End) Bursary Fund for more information.

Postgraduate Student Loan (NI)

If you are a Northern Irish student looking to study a taught Masters programme* in Glasgow then you can apply for a student loan in exactly the same way as you would for a University in Northern Ireland.

Northern Irish students are able to apply for non-means-tested tuition fee loans of up to £5,500, to help with the costs of funding.

For more information visit www.studentfinanceni.co.uk/types-of-finance/postgraduate .

* does not apply to Erasmus Mundus programmes

The scholarships above are specific to this programme. For more funding opportunities search the scholarships database

Entry requirements

A 2.1 Honours degree or non-UK equivalent in law. 

We will also consider applications from other relevant subjects, such as Politics, International Relations, European Studies or War Studies, if as part of the degree, you have gained a basic understanding of the operation of law in an international context.

Non-law graduates may require a minimum of credits in law depending on their Semester 3 pathway selection. Please see below. 

Entry requirements of partner universities:

In order to select Université libre de Bruxelles in semester 3, you have to:

  • Hold an undergraduate or Master’s degree (or equivalent), representing at least 240 ECTS credits (or 4 years of studies) in law, political science, or other relevant subjects;
  • Have passive knowledge of French; including a degree awarded from a Higher Education Institution in a French-speaking community or hold a minimum of a SCQF level 8 (equivalent to level B2 from the Council of Europe’s Common European Framework of Reference CEFR) in French (all assessments can be undertaken in English).

In order to select Radboud University in semester 3, you have to:

  • Have an undergraduate degree in law with 150 ECTS in legal courses.

In order to select the University of Tartu in semester 3, you have to:

  • Have a minimum of 60 ECTS credits in law or law-related 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)

  • 6.5 with no subtests under 6.5.
  • Tests must have been taken within 4 years 5 months of start date. 

Common equivalent English language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission to this programme:

TOEFL (ibt, my best or athome)

  • 92 with minimum of R 23, L 23, S 23, W 24.
  • Tests must have been taken within 4 years 5 months of start date. 

PTE (Academic or home)

  • 64 with minimum of 62 in all subtests.
  • Tests must have been taken within 4 years 5 months of start date.

Cambridge Proficiency in English (CPE) and Cambridge Advanced English (CAE) 

  • 176 overall, no subtest less than 169
  • Tests must have been taken within 4 years 5 months, combined scores from 2 tests sat within 6 months of each other can be considered.

Glasgow International College English Language (and other foundation providers)

  • 65%.
  • Tests are accepted for academic year following sitting.

University of Glasgow Pre-sessional courses

  • Tests are accepted for 2 years following date of successful completion.

Alternatives to English Language qualification

  • Undergraduate degree from English speaking country (including Canada if taught in English)
  • Undergraduate 2+2 degree from English speaking country
  • Undergraduate 2+2 TNE degree taught in English in non-English speaking country
  • Masters degree from English speaking country
  • Masters degree (equivalent on NARIC to UK masters degree) taught in English in non-English speaking country.

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 UKVI approved Secure English Language Tests (SELT) but we do not require a specific UKVI SELT 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:

 

For further information about English language requirements, please contact the Recruitment and International Office using our enquiry form

International students

We are proud of our diverse University community which attracts students and staff from over 140 different countries.

How to apply

Before applying, you should consult the EMJMD consortium website for further information on the application process, scholarships and accompanying forms.

Scholarship application closing dates

  • Funded: 21 January 2022 (you must include all required documents and proof of English language proficiency by 17:00 on this date)
  • International: 25 July 2022
  • UK self-funding: 31 August 2022

Programme offers will be made on a rolling basis.

Deposit deadline

Applicants who are self-funding their study will be required to pay a £1,000 deposit

  • applications submitted by 8th April that receive an offer have until 6th May to pay the deposit
  • applications submitted from 8th April onwards that receive an offer will have a rolling 4 week deposit deadline
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