LLM in International Law with International Relations

University of Kent, Brussels Schools of International Studies

Program Description

LLM in International Law with International Relations

University of Kent, Brussels Schools of International Studies

LLM in International Law with International Relations

Traditionally international law and international relations have been taught as discrete subjects, in spite of their close relationship. The LLM in International Law with International Relations aims to provide a level of integration that will allow each discipline to be informed by the other. Such an interdisciplinary approach will be particularly appropriate to the needs of those involved with, or hoping to work for international non-government agencies, foreign affairs departments and international law firms. The course is particularly concerned with international humanitarian law.

This programme enables students both to understand and evaluate public international law and its role and potential (and limitations) in international affairs, and it considers the theoretical bases of international law. The purpose of the programme is to provide an advanced training by way of coursework, in the general methods, scope, and theories of international law with an emphasis upon international humanitarian law and international relations. Consequently, students will be able either to develop their undergraduate specialisation or to receive a programme of training that will allow them to transfer their knowledge of other fields to that of international law, international relations and conflict analysis.

Key facts


  • Standard programme: One year full-time or two years part-time
  • Extended programme: 18 months full-time or three years part-time

Start: September or January.


The aims of the LLM in International Law with International Relations are to:

  • Provide you with a postgraduate qualification of value if you intend to play a leading role in any field of public international law; to provide you with detailed knowledge and high level of understanding of a range of specialised subject areas; and to provide you with more broadly-based communication skills of general value in your search for postgraduate employment.
  • Provide you with a sound knowledge and systematic understanding of the institutional structures, key legal principles and particular contexts of international law and international relations.
  • Provide you with a degree of specialisation in areas of public international law of individual interest from amongst the range of options that are available and which require students to engage with academic work which is at the frontiers of scholarship.
  • Encourage you to develop a critical awareness of the operation of public international law, particularly in contexts which are perceived to be controversial or in a state of evolution.
  • Encourage the production of original and evaluative commentary that meets high standards of scholarship.
  • Encourage you to develop critical, analytical and problems solving skills which can be applied to a wide range of legal and non-legal contexts.
  • Develop the skills of academic legal research, particularly by the written presentation of arguments in a manner that meets relevant academic conventions.
  • Assist those students who are minded to pursue academic research at a higher level in acquiring a sophisticated grounding in the essential techniques involved by following a specialised module in research methods.


The LLM in International Law with International Relations is offered in both the Standard (90 ECTS) and the Extended (120 ECTS) Programme format.

The Extended Programme allows students to broaden their knowledge and experience within the programme by taking more options whilst at the same time affording them a greater opportunity for internships. Students can also benefit by taking parts of the programme in Canterbury as well as in Brussels.

To be awarded a standard LLM in International Law with International Relations, students must take 6 taught modules, the methodology module 'Fundamentals, Dissertation and Research' and then submit a dissertation on a topic in International Law with International Relations. For the extended programme students must take an additional 3 taught modules.


The programme of study has four complementary components.

  • The first provides an appreciation of public international law. One module in this component considers public international law generally, particularly concerning itself with the sources, methods and institutions of international law; the other module considers the practical significance of international law by considering its role and potential in a range of contemporary international problems.
  • The second component focuses upon international humanitarian law. Here, the two relevant modules are one considering the international protection of human rights, and another concerned with in international criminal law. One of these may be substituted by International Economic Law.
  • The third component consists of two modules drawn from other MA programmes at the School. These both contrast with, and are complementary to, the modules in international law.
  • The final component is research and writing. Students take the methodology module which includes legal writing skills. This is in conjunction with the beginning of the writing of the required dissertation with some original research by each student.
This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated August 31, 2015
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