LLM Public International Law

University of Nottingham - Faculty of Social Sciences

Program Description

LLM Public International Law

University of Nottingham - Faculty of Social Sciences


Providing you with a general public international law qualification, this course can be tailored towards a particular specialist interest such as environmental protection, international trade or human rights.

You will develop a solid grounding in the techniques of arguing and interpreting international law, and expertise in how these elements are put to the test in very different contexts, from protecting the environment, to regulating world trade and humanitarian protection. With over 25 qualifying options, you can choose to specialize in various areas of public international law.

The wide range of modules is delivered by an impressive and diverse array of talented academics. Members of the public international law team at Nottingham have published prize-winning works. Many also actively participate in policymaking and implementation of human rights norms at state and international levels.

We host a regular series of seminars through the International Law Association, which are delivered by distinguished visitors from across the world. Recent seminars have covered developments in refugee law, international environmental law, and counter-terrorism.

Key facts

  • Consistently ranked among the world's top law schools, placing in the worldwide top 100 in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017
  • 81% of our research considered world-leading or internationally excellent in the latest Research Excellence Framework
  • 96.6% of law postgraduates in work or further study within six months of graduation
  • Dedicated resources including legal skills advice through workshops and one-to-one sessions, computer room, and law reading room in the Hallward Library
  • Links to leading firms in London and the regions, private industry and consultancies, and governmental institutions and non-governmental organizations across the UK and wider world

Course details

You will complete a minimum of 90 credits of specialist optional modules. The remaining 30 credits can be chosen from the full selection of optional modules available on the LLM programme. You will also undertake a 60-credit dissertation.

Guidance and support on choosing a public international law dissertation topic and designing your project will be provided through bespoke workshops and one-to-one support.


We teach in small-group seminars where possible, allowing for an integrated, interactive learning experience. You are encouraged and expected to prepare for, and participate in, seminars so that you get the maximum benefit from them.


You will be assessed by examination or essay, or a combination of both. All assessments take place at the end of the spring term.

Practice assignments, guidance on exam techniques, time management workshops, and one-to-one legal skills advice sessions are offered throughout the academic year to prepare you for these assessments.


Qualifying module options

  • An Uncensored History of International Law
  • Biodiversity and International Law
  • Business and Human Rights
  • Critical Issues in International Criminal Justice
  • Detention and Imprisonment in the International Criminal Justice System
  • Economic and Social Rights
  • The European Convention on Human Rights
  • General Themes and Principles of International Environmental Law
  • Governance of the EU
  • Imprisonment and Human Rights
  • International and Comparative Penal Law and Human Rights
  • International Criminal Evidence
  • International Criminal Law
  • International Human Rights Law
  • International Humanitarian Law
  • International Investment Law
  • International Law on the Use of Force
  • International Law of the Sea
  • International Law of Transboundary Pollution
  • International Law of Treaties
  • Law, Development and the International Community
  • Mental Disability and International Human Rights
  • Minorities and International Human Rights
  • Principles of Public International Law
  • The Protection of Refugees and Displaced Persons in International Law
  • Public Procurement in EU and International Trade Law
  • Regional Human Rights Law
  • Religion and International Human Rights
  • The Rights of the Child
  • United Nations Law
  • The World Trading System

The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. This list is an example of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.


Our graduates move into a wide range of careers. Many go into the legal profession or return to their previous legal careers with specialist knowledge and enhanced prospects. Others successfully seek employment with international organizations as well as international and local NGOs.

Some graduates further their academic career by progressing onto our PhD programme. These students often choose to stay at the University of Nottingham beyond their doctorate, with a number of academics becoming members of staff after completing their LLM/masters and PhD with us.

With an advanced law degree from the University of Nottingham, you will be well-placed to pursue your career ambitions and realize your goals.

Employability and average starting salary

96.6% of postgraduates from the School of Law were available for employment secured work or further study within six months of graduation. £23,214 was the average starting salary, with the highest being £32,000.*

* Known destinations of full-time home postgraduates 2015/16. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.

Career and professional development

Whether you are looking to enhance your career prospects or develop your knowledge, a postgraduate degree from the University of Nottingham can help take you where you want to be.

Our award-winning Careers and Employability Service offers specialist support and guidance while you study and for life after you graduate. They will help you explore and plan your next career move, through regular events, employer-led skills sessions, placement opportunities, and one-to-one discussions.

Entry requirements

2:1 (or international equivalent) in law, humanities or social sciences

English language requirements

IELTS: 7.0 (no less than 7.0 in reading and writing, and 6.5 in speaking and listening)

Academic English preparation and support

Accredited by the British Council for the teaching of English in the UK, the University's Centre for English Language Education provides high-quality preparation and support.

Our pre-sessional courses take your English language and academic skills to the level you need to progress to postgraduate study without taking IELTS again. A specialist 10-week law course is also available.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated January 19, 2018
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1 - 2 years
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7,290 GBP
United Kingdom - Nottingham, England
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£7,290 (UK/EU) - £16,965 (international)