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LLM in International Law

LLM in International Law

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1 year full time 2 years part time
Full time Part time
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This degree aims to enable students to specialise in subjects related to international law, equipping them with comprehensive knowledge of the foundational principles of public international law and advanced conceptual insights into theories underpinning the legal status of international organisations and their role in the settlement of international disputes.

You will deepen and broaden your knowledge of law as an academic subject, acquiring a systematic understanding of legal processes, methods and concepts, of the social and political context in which legal processes take place and of appropriate theoretical conceptions of law.

Ultimately, by maximising your academic potential and refining your problem-solving skills in a transnational context you will enhance your professional development and horizons.

The research and writing skills you gain will be transferable to a variety of professional sectors, including the legal profession, policymaking, corporate sector, governmental bodies or academia.

Course highlights

  • Developed and taught by leading experts in international law worldwide who represent different disciplines and legal traditions, this specialism opens the professional horizons of students to legal careers in any jurisdiction.
  • Gain a specialised and comprehensive knowledge in subjects related to international law, and advanced conceptual insights explaining the impact of international law on international relations and contemporary concerns such as globalisation, the use of armed force, transnational trade, terrorism, governance and the regulation of ownership over territory

Course Fees : Aed 68,250

Course Structure

 Full-time LLM (1 year, 180 credits)

  • Four core plus two optional modules are completed over terms one and two, with a Dissertation period in term three.

Part-time LLM (2 years, 180 credits)

  • Four core plus two optional modules are completed over four taught terms, plus a Dissertation period
  • Two modules in term one, two modules in term two, and two modules in the first term of the following academic year.


Students must complete the following modules: Foundations and Principles of International Law, Law and Policy of the World Trade Organization, International Organisations and International Dispute Resolution and two other optional modules of their choice. One of those optional modules may be a non-LEX module from one of the MA programmes delivered by the Department of Law and Politics.

Each module is typically worth 20 credits, except the Dissertation and Work Integrated Learning modules which are worth 60 credits each. The Work Integrated Learning may be chosen to replace the Dissertation with prior agreement.

List of modules:

Term 1

Legal Research Skills (compulsory)

Foundations and Principles of International Law (Compulsory)

English Commercial Law (optional)

Law of the International Sale of Goods (optional)

Sustainable Development and Human Rights (optional)

Individual Employment Law (optional)

Term 2

Law and Policy of the World Trade Organization (Compulsory)

International Organisations and International Dispute Resolution (compulsory)

International Commercial Litigation and Arbitration (optional)

Comparative Corporate Governance (optional)

International Human Rights Law (optional)

International Maritime Law (optional)

Politics of Globalisation (optional)

Migration Politics and Policies (optional)

In addition to the Law modules listed above, students can study one of the following modules if available.

Sustainable Development and Human Rights (20 credit) Optional ;

Politics of Globalisation (20 credit) Optional ;

Migration Politics and Policies (20 credit) Optional 

Term 3/Summer


Work Integrated Learning

*Undersubscribed modules (under 5 students) following the formal registration of students will not run.

** LLM students must study LEX4165 Dissertation, assessed by a 15,000- 18,000 words dissertation in term three, or –if eligible- the diary and original research paper required to complete SSC4060 Work Integrated Learning module. 

Module and programme information is indicative and may be subject to change.

You will gain knowledge and understanding through a stimulating combination of lectures, seminars, workshops, professional internships and self-directed studies and use a variety of resources, including audio-visual media, library books and e-learning materials.

Lectures, seminars and presentations are used to communicate core information, develop themes and ideas, and seek to encourage student participation through interactive exercises and opportunities for peer and self-assessment. You will also be required to engage in intensive programmes of structured reading and research, and to present your findings orally and in writing.

Skills training, particularly through our Legal Research Skills module, will equip you with the intellectual tools necessary for postgraduate work, including the identification and location of appropriate materials, critical and analytical reading, writing skills and conventions.

Several sessions within each module and a substantial part of the Dissertation are designed to provide guidance on identifying a suitable research question, carrying out research, writing a literature review and planning and writing a dissertation. 

Learning and teaching on all modules is informed by a critical approach that encompasses relevant aspects of the ethical, social, professional, historical and cultural contexts within which the law operates. Ethics are specifically embedded in some modules and students are provided with the opportunity to understand the ethical dimensions of their own research and within which the law operates at each level.

Student's practical skills are assessed by oral presentations, coursework, exams, literature reviews and, where appropriate, dissertation, diary and report writing.


  • The University's standard entry requirement consists of a Law degree at 2:2 or Graduate Diploma in Law/CPE
  • Graduates in related disciplines, with law minors or with relevant professional experience or qualifications may be admitted subject to the programme coordinator's discretion
  • Other non-UK qualifications will be considered in accordance with NARIC guidelines.


English Language Requirements (Postgraduate)

All programmes at Middlesex University Dubai are taught in English and applicants with previous education outside of English-speaking countries (such as the UK, the United States, Canada, England, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand), must demonstrate English language proficiency as follows:

English Language Test

Entry Requirement

IELTS Academic

6.5 (minimum 6.0 in each band)

TOEFL Internet-based

87 (21 in listening & writing, 22 in speaking and 23 in reading)

PearsonPTE Academic


PearsonPTE General

Level 4

For admissions related enquiries, kindly contact our admissions team on 0097143678100 / 0097143751212 alternatively you can email on

This programme is attractive to students seeking to work as academics, practicing solicitors/barristers, policy advisors or other supporting roles in the professional sectors working in relevant areas concerning international law in multiple jurisdictions. This includes national governments, intergovernmental and non-governmental organisations, private firms, armed service or academia in a wide range of areas such as territorial disputes, armed conflict, human rights or maritime and commercial law.

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