International Law and Global Governance LLM

Year of entry

Masters Study and Funding online event

Watch on demand to receive expert advice on how to fund your Masters and invest in your future. Book your place

Start date
September 2023
Delivery type
On campus
12 months full time
Entry requirements
A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in law or a relevant social science.
Full entry requirements
English language requirements
IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in all components
UK fees
£11,500 (total)
International fees
£24,000 (total)

Course overview

Students outside the Liberty Building

Please note: Due to an exceptionally high number of applications and the competition for places, this course is now closed to further applications for 2023 entry. Applications for 2024 entry will open in October 2023.

International Law and Global Governance provides the opportunity to engage with a dynamic and responsive approach to contemporary global challenges through law and legal institutions. It examines topics such as the use of force, climate change, global migration, international justice, and the right to development, which raise urgent questions about the effectiveness of current governance and regulatory regimes worldwide.

International law is increasingly a concern for a wide range of stakeholders, whether public or private bodies, international or national organisations and institutions. Given contemporary and future global challenges – for example, protecting human rights and security, and conserving natural resources – the significance of global governance, as well as its contestation, is growing in a multipolar world.

Together with international scholars and students, we will critically examine and apply the policies, theories, principles, and provisions of international law to novel problems, and real-world, and hypothetical scenarios. We will consider the impact of legal and political institutions such as the UN Security Council and the International Court of Justice, and we will investigate the dynamics of power relations among states and between states and non-state actors.

This Programme will enhance your understanding and challenge preconceptions of the complex legal and political nature of international law-making and governance. It aims to explore the often-competing concepts that infuse the subject of International Law providing you with a clear and specialised knowledge of the most pressing and challenging aspects of this area of law.

Research and professional insight

You will benefit from the expertise of leading academics in a stimulating research environment. Our research groups include:

Course details

This Programme includes Global Governance Through Law as a compulsory module and offers many optional modules in specialised areas of International Law. You will critically engage with a rich collection of contemporary themes set against the background of the international community's concerns and activities of states and non-state actors.

You will also examine contested areas of international law including how international laws are created and implemented, the structure of relevant institutions such as the UN, how human rights laws are developed, the role of states and their responsibility for upholding international legal provisions.

The programme will give you the opportunity to:

  • explore the legal nature of international law on a global, regional and local level
  • examine the impact of international law on contemporary problems
  • critically assess whether and how international law has failed to address certain issues and may be harnessed to tackle future problems
  • investigate principles relating to sovereignty, universality, jurisdiction, territory, self-determination and human rights
  • hone your legal research and writing skills, which you will demonstrate in your dissertation.

You will also benefit from our Support in Academic and Personal Development programme. This runs alongside your taught academic programme in semester one and is specifically designed to complement the School’s induction activities and ongoing academic skills support for both UK and international students.

The wide-ranging list of optional modules means you can explore a mixture of related subjects.

Course structure

The list shown below represents typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our terms and conditions.

For more information and a full list of typical modules available on this course, please read International Law and Global Governance LLM in the course catalogue

Year 1 compulsory modules

Module Name Credits
Postgraduate Legal Research Skills 15
Dissertation 60
Global Governance through Law 30

Year 1 optional modules (selection of typical options shown below)

You will choose 75 credits from the below:

Module Name Credits
International Criminal Law 15
Security, Conflict and Justice 30
Alternative Dispute Resolution 15
Environmental Law 15
Comparative Human Rights Law 15
Globalisation and Crime 15
Inequalities, Law and Justice 30
Theories of Social Justice 15
International Banking Law: The Regulatory Framework 15
International Tax Law and Policy 30
The International Law of Foreign Investment 15
World Trade Organisation Law 15
International Economic Law 15
International Human Rights 30
Human Rights and Disabled People 1 15
Counterterrorism 15

Learning and teaching

We use a variety of teaching and learning methods to help you make the most of your studies. These will include a range of seminars and lectures in which a high level of student engagement and discussion is expected plus online learning.

Independent study is integral to this programme – not just to prepare for classes but to develop research and other critical skills. You’ll be expected to carry out advanced levels of legal research and participate fully in seminars.

On this course you’ll be taught by our expert academics, from lecturers through to professors. You may also be taught by industry professionals with years of experience, as well as trained postgraduate researchers, connecting you to some of the brightest minds on campus.


Most modules are assessed by essays. This is usually the most effective method for you to showcase advanced legal research.


Entry requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in law or a relevant social science.

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in all components. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

Improve your English

International students who do not meet the English language requirements for this programme may be able to study our postgraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.

This pre-sessional course is designed with a progression route to your degree programme and you’ll learn academic English in the context of your subject area. To find out more, read  Language for Law (6 weeks) and Language for Social Sciences and Arts: Law (10 weeks).

We also offer online pre-sessionals alongside our on-campus pre-sessionals. Find out more about our six week online pre-sessional.

You can also study pre-sessionals for longer periods – read about our postgraduate pre-sessional English courses.

How to apply

Due to an exceptionally high number of applications and the competition for places, this course is now closed to further applications for 2023 entry.

Applications for 2024 entry will open in October 2023.

Admissions policy

University of Leeds Admissions Policy 2025

This course is taught by

School of Law

Contact us

School of Law Postgraduate Admissions Office



UK: £11,500 (total)

International: £24,000 (total)

Read more about paying fees and charges.

For fees information for international taught postgraduate students, read Masters fees.

Additional cost information

There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more on our living costs and budgeting page.

Scholarships and financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There may be help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government.  Find out more at Masters funding overview.

The School of Law usually offers a number of scholarships each year.

Find out more on the School’s scholarships page.

Career opportunities

Students who have graduated with this degree often choose careers that centre on or involve understanding and applying international law and developing policies at an organisational level. Further training is required but many also go on to practise as lawyers or legal advisors.

Recent graduates have gone on to work in a range of sectors and professions including law firms, the government, higher education institutions and beyond. Many also pursue further study by commencing PhD research.

Our other alumni are working at the European Commission, United Nations, non-governmental organisations and in the government sector.

Careers support

The School of Law offers career and personal development support through the School’s dedicated Employability Officers. You can book one-to-one appointments with our Employability Officers throughout the year to discuss your career aspirations and get advice on how to make the most of your time with us.

The School also arranges a number of community engagement (pro bono) and work experience opportunities, career development workshops, guest speaker events and careers fairs throughout the year. These opportunities will allow you to develop new skills, enhance your career prospects and network with prospective employers.

Find out more about how we support your career development.

In addition to the School-specific careers support, you will also have access to the University’s award-winning Careers Centre. The Careers Centre offers one-to-one appointments, advice on starting your own business, careers events, mentoring schemes and support with your CV, applications and interviews.

Find out more about the Careers Centre