LLM International Law and International Relations
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 an increasing demand for expert lawyers that can embrace the challenges and opportunities of an increasingly interdependent and turbulent world.
Our LLM programmes are well-respected by leading law firms*, international businesses, international and non-governmental organisations. This is a specialist programme 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, 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 #4 in UK for most graduate trainees recruited by top law firms (Chambers Student Guide 2019).
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 reflect 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.
An upper second-class honours degree in law. Applicants who do not have a law degree but have obtained a 2:1 in at least three modules/units related to law/international commerce can be considered. Previous or professional experience is not required.
See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.
Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.
If English is not your first language, you will need to reach the requirements outlined in our profile level B.
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.
Fees and funding
- UK: full-time
- £12,200 per year
- UK: part-time (two years)
- £6,100 per year
- Overseas: full-time
- £24,700 per year
Fees are subject to an annual review. For programmes that last longer than one year, please budget for up to an 8% increase in fees each year.
More about tuition fees, living costs and financial support.
University of Bristol students and graduates can benefit from a 25% reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate study. Check your eligibility for an alumni discount.
Funding for 2023/24
Information about funding and scholarships can be found on the University of Bristol Law School fees and funding webpages. This includes information about the Law School's Think Big about Global Justice Scholarships, open to international postgraduate students.
Further information on funding for prospective UK and international postgraduate students.
Graduating from a world-leading law school* will open doors for careers in a variety of sectors. Suitable for those with a law degree, or a degree with related modules, this LLM will help:
- develop and deepen understanding of international law,
- build transferable skills,
- provide a springboard into a diverse range of careers,
- boost prospects for those already working in related fields,
- deliver a solid first step towards a research career.
Please visit our Careers and Employability webpage for more information about the support we provide.
*A top 50 Law School (Times Higher Education World University Rankings by subject 2022).
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