Faculty of Business, Law and Politics

LLM in International Law (Conflict, Security and Human Rights)

Postgraduate - Taught LLM

Open for admission in 2018/19

Start in September

Full time
LLM 1 year

About the course

The University of Hull’s Master of Laws in International Law (Conflict, Security and Human Rights) (LLM) degree programme presents a total study of International Law as an academic and vocational discipline. This LLM allows you not only to understand the public (political), private (economic) and moral (human rights) theoretical and practical interactions of International Law but also to specialise in the legal study of conflict, security and human rights.

This LLM is designed for students with a background in law, politics, international relations, social sciences, history and human geography. However, applicants are welcomed from all academic disciplines, including professional lawyers, public officials, human rights activists, diplomats, journalists and others who are interested in understanding public international law its role in responding to conflict, security and human rights challenges.

Where you'll study

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Fees and funding

  • Home/EU: £7,275

A new system of postgraduate loans for Masters degrees in the UK are now available. They provide up to £10,609 for full-time and part-time taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. For more information, visit our Postgraduate Loans page.

  • International: £13,500

What you'll study

This LLM specifically provides the opportunity for in-depth study of the international legal response to some of the most serious perils facing humankind today.  The core focus is upon problems of increasing warfare and armed conflict and their implications for human rights. Since these problems, in turn, are often fuelled by ‘natural’ problems, the focus is expanded to include these where appropriate.

This LLM examines the legal response to, amongst other topics, the global refugee crisis, the spread of terrorism, the proliferation of mass violence and internal armed conflict, piracy, and human trafficking, as well as natural disasters, health pandemics and economic crises. Even in societies relatively free from conflict, a preoccupation with security and the politics of fear are leading to an erosion of human rights protection and indeed to challenges to the very idea of human rights. Accordingly, this LLM explores legal responses to the challenge of preserving human rights in a world increasingly dominated by security concerns.

Taught by experts at the forefront of international law scholarship, this LLM provides students with a thorough knowledge and understanding of the legal regimes that have been developed to protect human rights (including Islamic and African Human Rights protection); international humanitarian law; the law regulating armed conflict both between and within sovereign states and involving state and non-state actors; legal regimes developed to create maritime security; international criminal justice; and the role of law in uncovering truth and promoting reconciliation in the aftermath of violent conflict.

Core modules

  • Public International Law

  • Human Rights: The United Nations System

  • Force, Security and International Law

  • International Criminal Justice

  • International Trade Law: World Trade Organization v Preferential Trade Agreements

  • Dissertation

Optional modules

  • Armed Conflict and International Law

  • Human Rights: Regional Systems

Law has been taught at Hull since 1927 and our staff are at the forefront of research, scholarship and teaching.

Staff are at the forefront of research, scholarship and teaching and the LLM programme offers options informed, developed and taught by experts in their respective fields.

Our research is used by many non-academic bodies and helps shape public policy, professional practice and public understanding of legal issues.

Entry requirements

You should have an undergraduate Honours degree with an overall grade of 2:2 or equivalent.

For those who do not possess an undergraduate qualification at this level, those who can demonstrate equivalent professional or practical experience may be considered.

International students

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires academic IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

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Future prospects

LLM in International Law (Conflict, Security and Human Rights) will prepare you for a career as a professional lawyer, public official, human right activists, diplomat, or journalist.

Careers support is available from the Student and Graduate Centre for Professional Success.