Postgraduate taught 

International Law of Global Security, Peace & Development LLM

This is a uniquely 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, students will write their dissertations at a partner university from where they spent semester 1, 2 or 3. 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 and International Security

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

Students can use this degree as a springboard 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 2020-21

LLM

Home / EU: £7,333 per annum

International: £14,613 per annum

Fee information is subject to change and is for guidance only

Additional fees

  • Fee for re-assessment of a dissertation (PGT programme): £360
  • Submission of thesis after deadline lapsed: £340
  • Registration/exam only fee: £160

Funding opportunities

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 2020/21. 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 other University scholarships.

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 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.

Entry requirements of partner universities:

In order to select Université libre de Bruxelles in semester 3, you have to:
1. Hold a Master’s degree or equivalent, representing 315 ECTS credits (or 5 distinct years of studies in law)
2. Have a background in public international law (acquired either during the undergraduate studies or otherwise).

In order to select Radboud University in semester 3, you have to:
1. Have an undergraduate degree in law with 150 ECTS in legal courses

English language requirements

Important information for entry in Autumn 2020 and January 2021

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 6.0
  • 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: 90; no sub-test less than:
    • Reading: 20
    • Listening: 19
    • Speaking: 19
    • Writing: 23
  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English):  176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59
  • 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.

FAQs

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 using our enquiry form


 

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

To apply for a postgraduate taught degree you must apply online. We cannot accept applications any other way.

Please check you meet the Entry requirements for this programme before you begin your application.

Documents

As part of your online application, you also need to submit the following supporting 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)
  • One reference letter 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)

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 supporting documents such as your final transcript or your language test.

For more information about submitting documents or other topics related to applying to a postgraduate taught programme, check Frequently Asked Questions

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.

Reference: Please provide one reference. This should typically be an academic reference but in cases where this is not possible then a reference from a current employer may be accepted instead. Certain programmes, such as the MBA programme, may also accept an employer reference. If you already have a copy of a reference on letter headed paper then please upload this to your application. If you do not already have a reference to upload then please enter your referee’s name and contact details on the online application and we will contact your referee directly.

Application deadlines

This programme will not be running in 2020-21. It will resume again in September 2021.

Applications will re-open on 1st October 2020.