The LLM International Law programme enables students to develop an in-depth understanding of the law in relation to key international subjects. Students are encouraged to consider the role of the law in international affairs and to develop a critical understanding of how the law affects all aspects of international activity, from trade and prosecuting crimes to the use of force in international relations, human rights, and protecting the environment.
Students can examine the role and relationships of international organisations and institutions such as the United Nations, the International Court of Justice, and the European Union. The programme is informed by the latest debates and developments in international law and aims to engage students in real-world case studies and dilemmas.
The programme allows students to undertake a substantial dissertation, which is designed to enhance research skills through a detailed investigation in an area of their own choice.
How You Study
Students will study a total of eight taught 15 credit modules. Teaching will be arranged in ten-week blocks for the Certificate stage and Diploma stage respectively, with four modules studied at each stage.
Students will take two core modules and select six of the available optional modules.
Owing to the nature of postgraduate programmes, a significant proportion of your time will be spent in independent study and research. Research students will have meetings with their academic supervisors, however, the regularity of these will vary depending on individual requirements, subject area, staff availability, and the stage of the programme. For taught programmes, weekly contact hours may vary depending on the individual module options chosen and the stage of the study.
Methods of Assessment
The way you will be assessed on your course will vary depending on the subject and the type of postgraduate programme you select. A taught programme could include a written dissertation, exams, presentations, and projects. A research programme could include a thesis, oral examination, and presentation to a group of research academics. You may be expected to demonstrate how your research findings have contributed to knowledge or developed existing theory or understanding. Please see the individual course pages to find out more.
Dissertation (International Law) (Core)
International Human Rights (Core)
LLM International Law and World Order (Core)
EU Internal Market Law (Option)†
International Business Law (Option)†
International Corporate Governance (Option)†
International Criminal Justice (Option)†
International Dispute Resolution (Option)†
International Economic and Investment Law (Option)†
International Environmental Law (Option)†
LLM Corporate Social Responsibility (Option)†
LLM Law of Armed Conflict (Option)†
LLM The Law of Forced Migration (Option)†
LLM Use of Force and International Law (Option)†
The EU as a Global Actor: EU External Relations Law (Option)†
How You Are Assessed
Modules are mainly assessed by written assignments, however, with some courses, modules may be assessed with student presentation. Students will also be expected to write a substantial dissertation. There are no written examinations.
The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to students promptly – usually within 15 working days of the submission date.
There are more ways than ever before to fund your postgraduate study, whether you want to do a taught or research course. For those wishing to undertake a Master's course, you can apply for a loan as a contribution towards the course and living costs. Loans are also available to those who wish to undertake doctoral study. The University offers a number of scholarships and funded studentships for those interested in postgraduate study.
Course-Specific Additional Costs
For each course, there may additional costs. These may be with regard to the specific clothing, materials, or equipment required. Some courses provide opportunities for students to undertake fieldwork or field trips. Where these are compulsory, the cost for travel and accommodation will be covered by the University. Where these are optional, students will normally be required to cover their own transport, accommodation, and general living costs.
With regards to textbooks, the University provides students who enrol with a comprehensive reading list and our extensive library holds either material or virtual versions of the core texts. However, students may prefer to purchase some of these for themselves and will be responsible for this cost.
Entry Requirements 2021-22
First or second class honours degree in a relevant subject.
If you have studied outside of the UK, and are unsure whether your qualification meets the above requirements, please visit our country pages for information on equivalent qualifications.
Overseas students will be required to demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 7.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in each element. This qualification must have been obtained prior to submitting your application.
For information regarding other English language qualifications we accept, please visit the English Requirements page.
If you do not meet the above IELTS requirements, you may be able to take part in one of our Pre-session English and Academic Study Skills courses. These specialist courses are designed to help students meet the English language requirements for their intended programme of study.
Teaching and Learning During Covid-19
At Lincoln, Covid-19 has encouraged us to review our practices and, as a result, to take the opportunity to find new ways to enhance the student experience. We have made changes to our teaching and learning approach and to our campus, to ensure that students and staff can enjoy a safe and positive learning experience. We will continue to follow Government guidance and work closely with the local Public Health experts as the situation progresses, and adapt our teaching and learning accordingly to keep our campus as safe as possible.
Career and Personal Development
The LLM courses at Lincoln Law School are designed to provide students with the opportunity to develop a solid bedrock of knowledge and skills to pursue or further develop their careers, whether they be in legal practice, working in business or industry, working for governmental or international organisations, for non-governmental organisations, or in academia.
For those pursuing legal careers, there has been an increasing demand for lawyers with the necessary knowledge of international law and international business law to provide services to clients both in terms of transactional and litigation work. This is particularly true in the case of commercial law firms undertaking work for multinational corporations and those businesses involved in multi-jurisdictional transactions or disputes.
Similarly, our LLM programmes aim to equip students with the necessary knowledge and skills required to conduct transnational work within business and industry. An understanding of the legal issues at stake in terms of international economic law, international trade law, and international investment law provide a grounding for those pursuing careers in firms that either invest or operate in a number of different jurisdictions, or which have strong commercial relationships with investors or customers in other countries.
Many governmental and international organisations such as the United Nations require the expertise of those with backgrounds in international law and international business law. The Law School at Lincoln has a strong group of lawyers with a range of expertise in different aspects of international law and aims to provide a training ground in which lawyers seeking these types of careers can develop.