International Law - LLM

Attendance:
Full Time, Blended Learning
Starting:
September 2017, January 2018
Campus:
Fees:
£6,900 per year for UK/EU Full Time 2017 entry (view all fees)

The LLM International Law analyses the how international law operates within the key areas of international human rights and international business law.

The end of the Second World War has witnessed not only the creation of numerous international organisations, but also an increased level of global interconnection and the creation of common standards in many areas. International Law has become an important area of study because of the role it plays in regulating the relationships between states and how different states shapes their laws and legal systems.

Therefore the knowledge and understanding of the legal aspects of international law and how international law operates in the areas of international business and international human rights law is an important attribute that is highly regarded by prospective employers such as academic institutions, non-governmental organisations and charities, policy and research organisations, and international organisations.

What's covered in the course?

Our LLM International Law brings together different areas of international law and enables you to critically examine how international law operates within the fields of human rights and business law. The programme examines international law with the underlying philosophy of providing a structured programme characterised by sound theory and application to produce students capable of engaging with international institutions through their understanding of how law operates at the international level.

Additionally, our LLM provides an opportunity to acquire, or build upon existing skills gained from your undergraduate course - enhancing employment opportunities in the legal profession and providing a basis for progression to doctoral studies.

You will analyse and critically evaluate principle features of international law, including fundamental concepts, values, principles and rules, and the main institutions and procedures. You’ll also learn to evaluate complex legal issues, communicate complex and abstract ideas, and employ strategic transferable skills.

Why Choose Us?

  • You will learn from a dedicated and passionate teaching team, who have experience with the international human rights institutions and who have track record of research in the field of international business Law.

  • This course is a conversion LLM – you don’t need a degree in Law to be eligible to study it. You will be given support through an Introduction to Law programme at the start of your studies.

  • The course covers transnational jurisdictions, so it is international in scope.
  • The course has flexible delivery methods to suit your location and when you are able to study. You can enroll as either an on-campus student, flexible/blended learning student or as a distance learning student.

  • You can commence studies either in September or in January.

  • Studying of the LLM International Law will provide you with an opportunity to engage with the work of the Law School’s Centre for Human Rights.

  • You will have an opportunity to enhance your employability skills by completing a placement.

  • Birmingham City University has just launched the UK's first Centre for Brexit Studies, researching all aspects of the UK's vote to leave the EU, including the impact it has on domestic law and legislation.

  • You will be able to benefit from the newly-introduced postgraduate loans. For more information, visit UCAS. 

This course is open to International students

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Entry Requirements

UK students
Essential

Minimum 2:2 class UK degree or international equivalent in any subject area.

EU / International students
English language requirements 2017/18
IELTS 6.5 overall with 6.0 minimum in all bands
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UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
LLM Sep 2017 FT 1 Year £6,900 per year
BL 1 Year £6,900 per year
Jan 2018 FT 15 Months £6,900
BL 18 Months £6,900

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form instead.

International Students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
LLM Sep 2017 FT 1 Year £12,000 per year
BL 1 Year £12,000 per year
Jan 2018 FT 15 Months £12,000
BL 18 Months £12,000

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form instead.

The University reserves the right to increase fees in line with inflation based on the Retail Prices Index or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.

Personal statement

UK / EU students are required to submit a personal statement as part of their application for this course.*

Your postgraduate personal statement is going to shine a light on your personal experience, academic success, personal skills and any other factors that will support your application for further study.

Here are the key areas you’ll need to address:

Your passion and motivations

Studying a postgraduate course usually means you want to specialise in something. So what’s driving you?

Why this course?

Show that you’ve researched the course offering. What is it about this particular course that appeals to you? Is it the lecturers? The modules? Etc.

What makes you a good postgraduate candidate?

Tutors want to know that you can handle postgraduate study, so show them how your undergraduate experiences or work life has equipped you for a more advanced level of study. Key areas to address are research and group work but this can vary depending on your chosen course.

Relevant academic or work experience

Add anything relevant that relates back to your chosen course and shows how your skills will contribute towards your learning. What extra-curricular activities have you taken part in? What awards have you won? What employment or voluntary experience do you have that has helped you develop transferable skills? How do these specifically relate to the course you are applying for?

You should also mention your future plans and how a postgraduate qualification fits in. Try to look beyond your postgraduate study – do you plan to jump straight into a specific career or follow your studies with a research degree? Lastly, use plain, professional English and, where possible, utilise the language of your chosen industry.

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*Non-EU students are not required to submit a personal statement when applying for this course.

Additional costs

While there are no additional costs associated with purchasing text books, there may be other costs to you. If you are joining the course which has a professional body accreditation you may be required to pay membership or examination costs. For details of these costs, please click on the link below.

Based on the past experience of our students, you might find it helpful to set aside about £50 for each year of your studies for your personal stationery and study materials. All our students are provided with 100 free pages of printing each year to a maximum total value of £15.

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This course is available part-time

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Financial Support

We offer further information on possible postgraduate financial support. This includes the type of loans, grants and scholarships available both from the government and from Birmingham City University.

Did you know that you will soon be able to apply for a postgraduate loan of up to £10,000 for some courses and options?

Postgraduate loans

Modules

Core Modules

Public International Law
20 credits
Advanced Research Methods
20 credits
Dissertation, Project or Placement
60 credits

Optional Modules

You will choose 4 options but at least one of your option must be from the modules marked with *

The optional modules you select depend on timetabling. You will be given with the LLM timetable prior to enrolment to ensure to assist you in your selection of modules. You will also have a named pathway leader who will provide guidance and advice on your selection of modules.

The number of optional modules available each year also depend on both staff availability and student numbers. Optional modules with low student numbers will not run but you can still engage in research of that area of law on the Dissertation/Live Project/Placement module, and you will receive appropriate supervision.

Women and Children’s Rights
20 credits
Human Rights in International Law
20 credits
Global Health Law
20 credits
International Criminal Law
20 credits
Human Rights and the Environment
20 credits
Refugees and the Free Movement of People
20 credits
International Corporate Law*
20 credits
Transnational Commercial Law*
20 credits
Corporate Criminality and Tax Evasion*
20 credits
Global Comparative Competition Law*
20 credits
International Intellectual Property Law*
20 credits
Conflict Resolution in Business*
20 credits
Legal Aspects of International Business Relations*
20 credits

Our LLM is taught by an outstanding team of professionals. You must complete 6 six taught modules and either a dissertation, project or placement.

The programme may be studied on-campus, or on a flexible/blended learning basis or by distance learning, allowing you to access it irrespective of your location. All three modes offer a coherent, staged and progressive learning structure in which you will benefit from teaching which is informed by the research expertise of our academic team. Our approach is experiential and practice-led and will give you opportunities to apply your learning and to develop skills to enhance your employability and career.

This programme will support you in becoming an independent learner during the teaching, learning and assessment process. During induction we will support you in developing key study skills. Throughout the programme you will have the chance to complete activities which will enable you to practice legal skills including legal research, problem-solving, advocacy and drafting in order to develop and practice.

These activities also enable you to practice transferable skills including structuring and presenting arguments, working independently or in teams to complete tasks, oral and written communication, and time management. These skills will be valuable whatever your final choice of future career.

During the September and January terms you will study three 20-credit modules, thereafter you will study one 60-credit module: the LLM dissertation/placement/project module. The 20-credit Advanced Legal Research Methods module (studied in the January term) is delivered online via the Virtual Learning Environment, providing maximum flexibility.

For on-campus students there is an opportunity to study abroad and this offers a unique and exciting opportunity for you to experience the teaching environment from a different perspective, in another country, helping you to become a true globalized citizen. For all students further opportunities are also available to undertake a placement and obtain practical experience of how International Law operates.

If you choose to study on-campus in the September and January termsyou will benefit from a block of intensive face-to-face teaching near the start of each term, especially designed to get you off to a really strong start to each module.

Throughout the two terms there will then be regular facilitated workshops which are interactive sessions designed to develop your knowledge, understanding and critical evaluation of directed pre-reading, with an emphasis on peer-led learning to develop your skills in legal analysis and evaluation. We expect you to attend all teaching sessions as well as to read and prepare before these sessions.

Good preparation will enable you to get the most from your contact time and will help you become an autonomous learner. Advance preparation is also a critical skill which you must develop if you wish to succeed in business or professional practice. When you progress to the dissertation/placement/project there will be a shorter block of intensive face-to-face teaching near the start followed by regular one-to-one sessions with your supervisor.

If you choose to study as a flexible/blended learning student you will attend sessions delivered in block of intensive face-to-face teaching near the start of each term, especially designed to get you off to a really strong start to each module. The intensive face-to-face sessions are delivered over one week in the September term and one week in the January term.

Throughout the rest of the term you will be provided with learning materials and learn through online activities, including participating in online discussion forums, webinars, and contact with your tutors through the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), Moodle. You will be expected to contribute to all online activities. This will include logging in and participating in webinars and discussion forums and completing other tasks assigned by your tutor.

For the LLM dissertation/placement/project there will be a shorter block of intensive face-to-face teaching near the start followed a one-to-one session with your supervisor. Subsequent supervisory sessions will be delivered using appropriate available means such as via telephone, the VLE or Skype.

If you choose to study by distance learning you will be able to benefit from the expertise of our academic team without being restricted by the need to attend on-campus. You will be provided with learning materials and learn through online activities, including participating in online discussion forums, webinars, and contact with your tutors through the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), Moodle.

You will be expected to contribute to all online activities. This will include logging in and participating in webinars and discussion forums and completing other tasks assigned by your tutor. In the LLM dissertation/placement/project module the supervisory sessions will be delivered using appropriate available means such as via telephone, the VLE or Skype.

International Opportunities

There is the opportunity to undertake a placement abroad as an alternative to a dissertation.

Further Studies

The LLM enables students to progress onto doctoral studies. A number of LLM studies have successfully obtained funding from the Midland 3Cities Doctoral Training Programme.

You will have the opportunity to undertake a placement as an alternative to a dissertation. In addition we have active, student-led Legal, Mooting and Debate Societies.

Our Student Mooting Society is one of the most successful in England, with our students reaching five finals in the past six years, regularly beating teams from some of the country’s most prestigious universities.

We also have a staff and student led Pro-Bono Unit that provides legal advice to the public.

OpportUNIty

OpportUNIty Student Ambassador

OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.

It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.

Birmingham City University is a vibrant and multicultural university in the heart of a modern and diverse city. We welcome many international students every year – there are currently students from more than 80 countries among our student community.

The University is conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and first-rate transport connections to London and the rest of the UK.

Our international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:

Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC)

International students who have a serious interest in studying with us but who perhaps cannot meet the direct entry requirements, academic or English, or who have been out of education for some time, can enter Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC) and begin their degree studies.

BCUIC

BCUIC is part of the global Navitas Group, an internationally recognised education provider, and the partnership allows students to access the University’s facilities and services and move seamlessly through to achieving a Bachelor’s degree from Birmingham City University.

Learn more about BCUIC

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Curzon facilities student hub

Our Facilities

We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities.

The Curzon Building

This course is based at the City Centre Campus – and specifically The Curzon Building, alongside other Law, Business, Social Sciences and English courses

The £63m building offers students a unique social learning space, including a dedicated student hub incorporating student support services, in the heart of Birmingham’s Eastside development.

The facilities at the Curzon building include two bespoke Law Courtrooms, replicating a Crown court and a Magistrates court. These rooms will play a key part in your learning experience, allowing you to try your hand in mock court cases, whilst also being the venue for our Mooting and Debating Societies.

On top of this, the Curzon building houses an extensive Law library, with books covering every aspect of Law history.

The Curzon Building also features:

  • An impressive new library with access to over 65 million full text items and stunning views of Eastside City Park
  • Your Students’ Union which is located in a beautifully restored 19th century pub, The Eagle and Ball
  • A modern 300-seat food court with space to study and socialise
  • Brand new, accessible IT facilities with full Office365 for all students for free
  • Shared facilities with the wider campus including the Parkside Building and Millennium Point

Jon Yorke

Professor Jon Yorke

Professor of Human Rights and Director of the Centre for Human Rights

Jon Yorke is the Professor of Human Rights in the School of Law and is the Director of the Centre for Human Rights. His qualifications include LL.B. (Hons) (BCU), LL.M. and Ph.D. (Warwick). He currently teaches LL.B. International Human Rights and LL.M. Human Rights in the Wider World.

Dr Haydn Davies

Head of the School of Law

Dr Haydn Davies has taught and researched environmental protection (both technology and law) since the 1990s. He is currently the assistant vice chair of the UK Environmental Law Association, and co-convenor of the Welsh Working Party.

Chipo Mwale

Chipo Mwale

LLM Programme Director (International Human Rights and International Business Law); Senior Lecturer

Chipo Mwale is Programme Director for LLM International Human Rights and also a Senior Lecturer in the School of Law. She currently teaches the following courses: LL.B.; LL.M. Corporate and Business Law; LLM International Human Rights; BA Joint Honours Programme (Business Law Pathway).

Mark Eccleston-Turner

Mark Eccleston-Turner

Lecturer

Mark Eccleston-Turner is a Lecturer in Law. His main research interests are in global health law, medical law and public law. Mark lectures in Public Law and English legal System and Practice.

Safina Din

Senior Lecturer and Link Tutor for HND Legal Studies

Safina Din is a Senior Lecturer in Law who teaches Skills, Criminal Law, Human Rights Law and Asylum and Immigration on the LLB programme. She also teaches Legal Processes with Criminal Law on the BA Criminal Investigations Programme and Refugees and the Law on the LLM IHR programme.

Dr Olia Arustamyan

Lecturer

Dr Olia Arustamyan is a Lecturer in Law. Her main research interests are in philosophy of law and moral philosophy more generally. Olia lectures in criminal law and criminal evidence at undergraduate level, and human rights law in the LLM.

Stephen Swann

Dr Stephen Swann

Senior Lecturer

Dr Stephen Swann lectured at Oxford Brookes University, the University of Leicester and the University of Dundee before becoming a teaching and research fellow at the University of Osnabrueck, Germany. He has been a Research Assistant within the Property and Trust Law Team at the Law Commission.

Dr Ozlem Ulgen

Senior Lecturer in Law, Deputy Director of Research

Ozlem Ulgen is Deputy Director of Research and a Senior Lecturer in Law. She has conducted legal consultancy work for the South African State Attorney’s Department, the British Council in Chile and the Quebec provincial government.

Suresh Bridi Profile Picture August 2016

Suresh Birdi

Lecturer and Tutor LLB Year 2

Suresh Birdi currently teaches European Union Law, Law and Institutions of the European Union, International Trade and Dispute Resolution, Business & Human Rights, and Advanced Legal Research Methods for the School of Law.  

Dr Ewan Kirk

Senior Lecturer and Tutor LLB Year 3

Ewan Kirk is currently the Senior Personal Tutor on the LLB Programme within the Law School. Ewan currently teaches EU Law and Intellectual Property Law at undergraduate and postgraduate level. His areas of research interest include intellectual property law and internet law.

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