LLM Law and International Security

Lancashire Law School



The LLM in Law and International Security can offer you a unique overview of how different types of law - including international law - define and regulate a range of different security issues ranging from terrorism and war crimes through to maritime security. The mix of academic and professional study of contemporary security issues, challenges and problems can provide you with a deep and comprehensive insight into the field of law and international security. The programme is taught by academics who are specialists in their field who contribute to current legal and policy debates. 

You will study the substantive doctrine, values, and policies of international criminal law by approaching different academic perspectives on international criminal law and national, regional, and institutional security. The nature, sources and rationale for international criminal law will be explored with consideration given to institutions such as the United Nations, the International Court of Justice, the International Criminal Court, and more. Core offences under international criminal law such as genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, crime of aggression and torture will be examined alongside defences to international criminal law charges. 

Transnational police and security cooperation such as Interpol, Europol, and Eurojust will be considered as well as transnational legal dimensions of “national security” including the context of the European and international human rights laws and policy. Terrorism as a challenge to international peace and security will be explored from a legal perspective, with our LLM programme exploring incidents of international terrorism and the obligations states have to protect themselves from acts and threats of terrorism. Transnational legal responses to terrorism will be considered together with an assessment of the rights of individuals suspected of terrorism in the pursuit of protecting human security. You will also develop an understanding of how international law functions in the maintenance of maritime security and peaceful uses of the oceans, including an examination of piracy, maritime terrorism, and freedom of the seas and navigational rights. 

The topics covered in our LLM in Law and International Security can provide you with the expertise, analytical thinking and reflective skills needed to apply specialist law knowledge in an impactful way. Gaining these skills and knowledge can enhance your career prospects, allowing you to build on undergraduate awareness or professional experiences with a recognised postgraduate qualification. 

Course Information:

This programme is available for study on a full-time or part-time basis through Mixed Mode study (a combination of online study via distance learning and attended sessions) or entirely through attended sessions at the UCLan Preston campus – home of Lancashire Law School.

Students take six modules and a dissertation on a topic of their choice. The programme consists of four compulsory modules: Advanced Legal Systems, International Criminal and Security Law, Law Relating to Security at Sea, and Transnational Regulation of Terrorism, and the dissertation. A choice of two option modules is also taken from a comprehensive list including: EU Single Market Law, Transnational Regulation of Human Trafficking, International Human Rights, WTO Law and Policy, International Corporate Governance, International Intellectual Property Law, Independent Research Project, International Commercial Mediation, and EU Trade Law and Policy.


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A bachelor degree with Honours at lower second class or above or a professional qualification deemed to be degree equivalent

Other qualifications or specific training and/or experience may also be considered if the applicant is able to demonstrate his/her suitability for the course and to provide evidence as appropriate.

Where English is not the applicants first language then a score of 6.5 on IELTS (with no individual component below 6.0) or equivalent.

The programme offers excellent career prospects for those wishing to pursue careers with international organisations such as the United Nations, the Council of Europe, the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO), the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), the Organisation of American States, the African Union and the Arab League.   


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