LLM International Law

Degree awarded by the University of Plymouth


February and October

Study options

1 year



Tuition fees


*This programme is not available for our February 2019 intake. All courses and modes are subject to minimum numbers to run.

International Law is an increasingly relevant qualification as both public and private relationships extend with the growth of globalisation, and as governments, organisations and economies are more interdependent.

Whether you work in the legal profession or related fields, or you're pursuing an academic career, the LLM International Law at GSM London enables you to take advantage of the opportunities that this growth offers and provides you with transferable knowledge that is applicable to a range of roles and careers.

Why study our LLM International Law degree?

This Master’s programme offers a critical and insightful introduction to the fascinating world of public and private international law and human rights practice at both domestic and international level.

Suitable for law graduates looking to further develop their existing skills as well as those without an undergraduate law degree, the LLM extends your qualifications, develops your expertise, and expands your knowledge of public and private international law.

It prepares students for a wide variety of professional roles and careers. These could include work in intergovernmental organisations (such as the UN, the WHO, NATO, and the African Union), national governments, the International Court of Justice, NGOs such as Amnesty International, and of course law firms and international businesses.

It also offers a unique opportunity to engage in research in a work-based learning context as an alternative to a traditional dissertation. This is particularly well suited to those already on a career path.

For students planning to embark on an academic career, the programme can also assist you in choosing your doctoral research topic by exposing you to the different facets of international law.

Real-world application and expertise
The LLM is delivered by a diverse teaching faculty comprising experienced legal practitioners, subject specialists and active members of the research community. Your learning is complemented by guest lecturers, off-site visits, and participation in external competitions. Contemporary topics, including a unique module on International Dispute Resolution, ensure the LLM reflects current affairs.

Awarded by the University of Plymouth
Your LLM is awarded by the University of Plymouth, ranked 2nd in Times Higher Education's Young University Rankings 2018 (THE's list of the UK's best universities aged under 50). An established educational institution with business enterprise at its heart, it is a fitting validating partner for your LLM.

Study in London, the financial capital of the world
Our London location in Greenwich places you in the heart of one of the largest and most diverse commercial capitals of the world, a renowned city for events and entertainment. Studying in London will open up extensive opportunities to connect with senior stakeholders and business leaders across many global markets and industries.

How is the course structured?

The LLM programme can be broken down into the following stages:


Postgraduate Certificate in International Law

  • Legal Research Methods
  • International Dispute Resolution Law
  • Foundations in International Law


Postgraduate Diploma in International Law

  • International Environmental Law
  • International Human Rights Law
  • International Commercial Arbitration


Master’s Degree (LLM) in International Law

Elective Group 1 (Choose one):

  • Dissertation (LLM)
  • Consultancy Project

 Elective Group 2, subject to demand (choose one):

  • International Humanitarian Law
  • Comparative Constitutional Law
  • International Criminal Law

To find out more about course modules, see full module descriptions.

Alternatively, see the programme specification for further details on this programme. Note that the specification represents the latest programme structure and may be subject to change.

For more details on the coure module please review the course Module Specifications.

LLM International Law Module Specifications

Entry requirements

To start on Level 7, applicants require a recognised Bachelor Honours Degree with minimum 2:2 classification, (an equivalent qualification from a recognised UK or overseas institution may be accepted).

If you are not a UK passport holder, or a UK passport holder born outside of the UK and not born in a country that appears on the published list, you may need to complete an English language test, such as the in-house GSM London English Language Proficiency Test or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test, to demonstrate you have the language skills needed to complete your postgraduate degree. All of our programmes are taught in English. Once you submit your application to GSM London the Admissions team will assess it. Should your application be successful and if an English Language Test is required it will appear as a condition of offer.

You will need an IELTS score of 6.5, or equivalent qualification.

Applicants to postgraduate programmes who hold a first degree (bachelor's degree) studied and awarded in the UK, or in a country that UKVI recognise as a majority English speaking country will be accepted in lieu of IELTS etc. but only if the degree was awarded 2 years ago or less.

Further details on English Language requirements are provided here.

To commence this programme, the applicant will need to have a recognised Bachelor Honours Degree with minimum classification 2:2, (an equivalent qualification from a recognised UK or overseas institution may be accepted). In addition to the above all applicants must have a minimum of three years’ work experience.

Applicants will be required to provide supporting evidence in the form of a satisfactory work reference which covers the period in question.


Non-standard entry:
Applicants who lack the normal programme entry requirements are positively encouraged to apply. In such cases, the Admissions Team must be satisfied that the applicant has the necessary potential, knowledge or experience and motivation to follow the programme successfully.

Applicants will be interviewed to identify their aptitude for study at postgraduate level through relevant life or career experience, and other factors relating to professional qualifications. Applicants will be required to provide supporting evidence of such achievements.

Accreditation of prior learning:
Partial exemptions from a postgraduate programme may be obtained in accordance with the Academic Regulations dependent on the compatibility of previous study. Each case is considered on its own merit and will be subject to approval by University of Plymouth.

Further information can be found in the Recognition of Prior Learnings Regulations within the Consolidated Policies and Regulations Document.

We will not normally consider APCL’s older than 3 years unless the applicant has a recent experiential learning that is directly related to the APCL/APEL.


Tuition fees





Discounts offered for alumni. Please contact us for details.

How to apply

Applications to GSM London for a postgraduate programme can be made direct to us using the application form here or made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) here.  All available programmes from GSM London are listed on the UCAS website.  There is no cost to you for applying directly to GSM London or through UCAS for a postgraduate programme.

Please note the application deadlines if applying through UCAS which can be found here along with further guidance.

If at any point you require any information, advice or guidance please do get in contact with our Course Advisory team by clicking here.

Registration and Enrolment

Once we receive your application form and supporting documents, we will assess your application and if successful, we will issue you an acceptance letter and a fee statement detailing your enrolment date, course cost and duration. 

You should arrive for enrolment on the date specified in your acceptance letter, at your chosen GSM London campus. Please note that international students will be asked to pay a percentage of tuition fees on or before enrolment.

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