Keele University

Keele University

International Law

The programme is taught principally through semester-long modules, although some optional modules in law, SPIRE and KMS may be delivered in the form of intensive 3-day teaching blocks. During each taught module, students take part in lectures, tutor-led seminars and discussions, small group exercises, and case studies. Each module is accompanied by extensive independent study and throughout the course students are encouraged and required to undertake independent reading to both supplement and consolidate the classes and to broaden individual knowledge and understanding of the subject.

Entry requirements

The course is open to graduates with a 1st or 2nd Cass Honours degree (or foreign equivalent) in law or a related discipline. Applications are welcome from current legal practitioners or any other person with appropriate professional qualifications and/or experience. Applicants for whom English is not a 1st language must provide evidence of a qualification in English language. The minimum score for entry to the LLM is academic IELTS 6.5 (or TOEFL 91). Students who have taken 1 of the English language qualifications but did not achieve the required grade may be admitted to the programme provided that they study on a pre-sessional English language course before they start their degree studies.

Course modules

Core 15-credit modules: foundations of international law; introduction to international economic law; advanced international law; and international law and human rights. 60 credits of elective modules: international legal theory; international environmental law; law of the European Union; diplomatic law. human rights electives: equality, discrimination and minorities; human rights in a global market; human rights and global politics; race and justice: civil rights in the US; understanding terrorism and counter-terrorism; international environmental law; environmental ethics; environmental diplomacy; global environmental change and its political consequences; environmental problems and policies in the US; international legal theory; community outreach and socio-legal advocacy; the changing international agenda; diplomatic theory and practice; comparative European politics; the politics of global security; US foreign policy; global business analysis; international business developments; trading in the European union; commercial law; company law; dissertation module (60 credits). Students will have the option of taking up to 30 credits in Language Studies; Arabic; Mandarin; Chinese; French; German; Japanese.

Assessment methods

The programme is assessed principally, though not exclusively, through written work. Written work may be in the form of research essays, final examinations, blog discussions or reflective portfolios. Through the essays, students demonstrate their understanding of a particular area of international law (or one of the other taught subjects, i.e. human rights/environment/politics/business) as well as their ability for original thinking and high-level written communication skills. Other written assignments such as blogs and reflective portfolios allow students to demonstrate their understanding of the relevance of international law to current international affairs and their ability to respond to alternative arguments or to reflect on their own learning. The final form of assessment is the dissertation, which is an extended (15,000 - 20,000 words) and in-depth piece of writing that brings together all of the skills that students have learned throughout the programme. As part of the dissertation, students are also required to prepare a dissertation proposal and give an oral presentation (as part of the graduate research workshop).

Sponsorship information

Funding opportunities include: Keele Graduate Bursaries: A fee reduction of up to £1,000 and open to all UK/EU and international students who have graduated from a first degree programme at Keele. Keele International Student Scholarship (KISS): Scholarships of £3,000 towards the cost of annual tuition fees are offered to full-time international postgraduate students. The Scholarships are awarded to students who can demonstrate excellence in at least two of the following areas: academic qualifications; English Language ability; understanding of the course and motivation to study at Keele; extra curricular or work experience. Access to Learning Fund: allocated to all universities by Government, it's purpose is to enable us to allocate payments to students experiencing severe financial hardship. In order to be eligible to apply to the fund, you have to: be a UK student; be eligible to receive financial support from the UK government (ie grants, loans etc); be in receipt of your full entitlement of statutory and discretionary student funding including the maximum student loan you can take out; show evidence of hardship. Funding for North American Students: American and Canadian students are eligible for a 10% bursary towards the overseas rate for the course for which they are applying. In addition, students graduate from one of our 30 North American partners will be eligible for a further 15% bursary. Previous exchange students from partner universities who decide to come back to Keele for graduate study are eligible for a 50% bursary. North American students are also able to compete for NAFKU Scholarships (North American Foundation Keele University) which provides US$4,000 towards living costs at Keele.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
LLM Full-time September 2016 GBP 5,865 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
LLM Full-time September 2016 GBP 5,865 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
LLM Full-time September 2016 GBP 5,865 per Year 1 (EU) 1 years
LLM Full-time September 2016 GBP 5,865 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
LLM Full-time September 2016 GBP 14,280 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
LLM Full-time September 2016 GBP 5,865 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
LLM Part-time September 2016 GBP 3,225 per Year 1 (EU) 2 years
LLM Part-time September 2016 GBP 3,225 per Year 1 (England) 2 years
LLM Part-time September 2016 GBP 3,225 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 years
LLM Part-time September 2016 GBP 3,225 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 years
LLM Part-time September 2016 GBP 3,225 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Keele Campus Keele ST5 5BG West Midlands

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