On this course you will usually be taught by a range of staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This will include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners, demonstrators, technicians and research students. You will also benefit from regular guest lectures from industry.
Principles of International Law, International Organisations & the World Trade Organisation: This unit has two aims: to give you a sound grounding in the principles underpinning international law and, building on this knowledge, to examine the World Trade Organisation as a prime example of an international organisation.
International Dispute Resolution: Cross-border and inter-state relations raise complex issues involving the law of more than one country. Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) offers an alternative way of resolving disputes other than litigation. You'll be introduced to key concepts, forms and procedures of ADR and discuss its development and merits compared to litigation. This relates to international commercial and public international law disputes.
International Cyber Law & Governance: Understanding the principles of internet law (including human rights, criminal, international and copyright laws) has become indispensable for professionals aiming for a career in the digital economy. Here' you'll gain a thorough grounding and critical appreciation of online policy, regulatory scope for online activities and strategic impact on business decisions.
International Law of the Environment: Examine sectors of environmental policy that are the subject of international legal regulation and obligations. This involves an appraisal of how international legal regulation has developed in these areas, considering legal and political challenges that have been influential in shaping their respective evolutions.
International Criminal Law & International Criminal Justice: Develop a critical understanding of international criminal law and justice, a subject that has evolved rapidly throughout the past 20 years. You'll be encouraged to review the law in light of these developments at international criminal justice institutions, most notably the International Criminal Court, but also within the wider framework of international human rights and humanitarian laws.
International Human Rights Law: International human rights law has evolved rapidly since 1945. You'll gain an understanding of the content of international human rights law, and appreciate the relationship between international and regional human rights law with particular reference to the protection of human rights by the Council of Europe’s mechanisms.
Dissertation: An opportunity to conduct research on an area of law associated with the knowledge and skills you've gained. You'll develop critical thinking skills, evaluate new and existing research and strengthen your conceptual understanding of law. This unit promotes self-managed learning by asking you to complete a significant piece of work.
Programme specifications provide definitive records of the University's taught degrees in line with Quality Assurance Agency requirements. Every taught course leading to a BU Award has a programme specification which describes its aims, structure, content and learning outcomes, plus the teaching, learning and assessment methods used.
Download the programme specification for LLM Public International Law.
Whilst every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the programme specification, the information is liable to change to take advantage of exciting new approaches to teaching and learning as well as developments in industry. If you have been unable to locate the programme specification for the course you are interested in, it will be available as soon as the latest version is ready. Alternatively please contact us for assistance.
Background and experience
For Public International Law we are looking for applicants who:
- Have a legal background or demonstrate true passion for law
- Are enthusiastic about issues surrounding international commerce and international legal provisions
- Can evaluate legal situations, develop arguments and contribute to group discussions and debates
- Are prepared to work hard to meet strict deadlines and rise to the challenge of postgraduate study.
We encourage applications from individuals with excellent research, analytical skills and enthusiasm for debates. We are looking for self-managed learners who are happy to work hard to meet the demands of this rewarding course. Furthermore, we seek individuals with a keen interest in developing new skills and who will draw upon their existing experiences to enhance their legal expertise and careers prospects.
We’ll be selecting the candidates for this course by looking at their applications - there are no interviews or additional selection activities. For that reason, make sure your application really stands out, and leave us in no doubt as to why you should be joining BU. For more information, take a look at our post graduate how to apply pages.
Full entry requirements
The normal requirements for embarking upon a postgraduate taught degree are:
- A good Bachelors Honours degree at 2:2 or above or equivalent
- For post-experience and professional qualifications, there may be additional entry requirements set by the association or institute that ultimately administers the qualification in question. The qualification description on the course information pages should tell you what these are but please get in touch with the AskBU Enquiry Service if you are in doubt.
If you lack the formal academic qualifications needed to enter a postgraduate or post-experience degree, there are several alternative routes to follow. Some of these are based on experience. Contact the AskBU Enquiry Service for more information.
International entry requirements
If English is not your first language, you will need to provide evidence that you can understand English to a satisfactory level. English language requirements for this course are normally:
- IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with minimum 5.5 in each component or equivalent.
View further information about our English language requirements.
A number of pre-sessional English and preparatory programmes are offered through our partner institution, Bournemouth University International College, and will get you ready for study at BU at the appropriate level.
You can also find further details of the international qualifications we accept, and what level of study they apply to, on our postgraduate entry requirements page.
Your career prospects will be enhanced and future career paths include working in the legal profession, for government agencies, in banking and finance, in accounting and professional services, or in academia.
Some of our Law graduates are now undertaking roles such as*:
- Associate director
- Judges assistant
- Patent associate
- Senior lawyer.
Some of the companies that our Law graduates are now working for are*:
- Axis Associates International Co. Ltd
- Court of Justice
- Spoor & Fisher
Industries worked in
- Local government.
If you want to continue your studies after achieving your Master's, you can look into our range of doctoral programmes.
*All information shown has been taken from Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) or BU institutional data unless otherwise stated.