LLM in International Law and International Relations University of Bristol Law School
At a critical time in history, our LLM in International Law and International Relations provides you with an opportunity to engage in an exciting area of law that is complex and constantly evolving – and graduate to meet the increasing demand for expert lawyers that can embrace the challenges and opportunities of an increasingly interdependent and turbulent world.
Our LLM programmes, including the LLM in International Law and International Relations, are well-respected by leading law firms*, international businesses, international and non-governmental organisations. This programme is a specialist course that will enable you to combine units provided by both the Law School and the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies to create an exceptional programme of study.
Choosing the LLM in International Law and International Relations will see you challenged and inspired by world-leading academics from the Centre for International Law on an LLM that encourages an integrated theoretical and interdisciplinary approach to issues of international security and governance.
The intellectually demanding, the research-rich curriculum they deliver makes our graduates stand out - able to demonstrate excellent legal, analytical and research skills and empowered to pursue top-flight careers in a variety of sectors. You will build a deep understanding of how one discipline informs the other and graduate with expert knowledge in fields integral to international law and international relations.
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Ranked #3 in the UK for legal research excellence (REF 2021)
*Ranked #4 in the UK for most graduate trainees recruited by top law firms (Chambers Student Guide 2019)
An upper second-class honours degree in law (or international equivalent).
Exceptionally, we will also consider applicants who have:
- an upper second-class honours degree that included content relevant to the applicant's proposed field of study; or
- an upper second-class honours degree in any subject, along with relevant experience in a discipline closely related to the focus of this programme.
Applicants in either of these two exceptional cases must make a case explaining why their qualifications or experience fall into category (1) or (2) in their personal statement.
Recognised Prior Learning is currently not accepted. Previous or professional experience is not required.
See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.
We have a large and vibrant international community and University of Bristol LLM students benefit from small class sizes. Our exciting range of optional units reflects the expertise of our globally renowned academics and an opportunity to further specialise your degree.
You will choose two 30-credit Law School units from a list of options, along with three 20-credit units from the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies (120 credit points in total). You will also complete a 10,000 to 15,000 word, 60-credit dissertation. In consultation with the programme director and based on your proposed area of specialisation, you have the choice to take the dissertation in either school, with a supervisory decision being made in December.
Visit our programme catalogue for full details of the structure and unit content for our LLM in International Law and International Relations.
Scholarships and Funding
Funding for 2023/24
University of Bristol students and graduates can benefit from a 25% reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate study.
Funding for 2023/24
Information about funding and scholarships can be found on the University of Bristol Law School funding web page, including information about the Law School’s Think Big about Global Justice Scholarships, open to international postgraduate students.
Graduating from a world-leading law school* will open doors for careers in a variety of sectors. The content and approach to teaching in this programme will develop and deepen your understanding of international law and international relations, whilst building many transferable skills.
This LLM can provide a springboard into a diverse range of careers - or boost the prospects for those already working in related fields. This LLM will also be of interest to recent graduates in law, policy, politics, sociology and other cognate fields, or as a first, solid step towards a research career.
Please visit our Careers and Employability web page for more information about the support and opportunities we provide during your studies.
*A top 50 Law School (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2021)
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