University of Bristol


LLM International Law and International Relations


Wills Memorial Building, Queen's Road

Second Floor, Union Building, Queen's Road, Clifton

Bristol, England

United Kingdom

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

LLM International Law and International Relations

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The University of Bristol LLM in International Law and International Relations is an exciting programme for students looking to pursue a career in international non-governmental organisations, government departments and international firms, or as international consultants.

It is a specialist programme that enables 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. The LLM in International Law and International Relations encourages an integrated theoretical and interdisciplinary approach to issues of international regulation and governance, so you can build a deep understanding of how one discipline informs the other. The programme covers the general methods, scope and theories of international law and international relations and allows for further specialisation within these broad fields.

We have a large and vibrant international community and University of Bristol LLM students benefit from small class sizes taught by world-leading experts.

Programme structure

Taught component

Students will choose two 30-credit Law School units from the following list: 

  • General Principles of International Law (compulsory for students with no prior international law training)
  • Migration Law and Policy – International, European and Human Rights Dimensions
  • International Dispute Settlement
  • International Commercial Arbitration
  • International Commercial Litigation
  • International Law VI: International Law and Human Rights
  • International Law of the Sea
  • International Law and the Use of Force
  • World Trade Law

Students will also study three 20-credit units in the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies. These are:

  • Theories of International Relations (mandatory)
  • Either International Security or International Political Economy
  • An open choice from a range of optional units from teaching block two, such as Foreign Policy Analysis; Conflict, Security and Development; or Global Civil Society

Please note that unit choices are subject to change depending on staff availability.

Dissertation component

Students will also complete a 10,000-15,000 word, 60-credit dissertation, supervised either in the Law School or in the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies. In consultation with the programme director and based on their proposed area of specialisation, students have the choice to take the dissertation in either school, with a supervisory decision being made in December.

International Student Requirements:

IELTS English language 7.0 overall, minimum 6.5 in all bands or equivalent

Facts & Figures

Out State Tuition (per year): 16,300 GBP

Classification: Higher Education Institution (Not Carnegie Classified)

Locale: Midsize City

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