- Explore the legal issues regarding cyber security and cyber warfare.
- Pursue careers at government agencies, in the armed forces, international organisations, NGOs, law firms and multinational corporations.
- Develop the critical skills required to analyse legal issues surrounding armed conflicts, terrorism, modern warfare, security of international investments and transactions, and security of intellectual property.
Master of Laws (LLM)
How long it takes:
1 year (full-time); 2 years (part-time)
Distance learning/ Campus
Find out more about
Newcastle Law School
Course unit details
The LLM course will typically offer around 30 different course units in any one year, and will always reflect a wide range of subjects across the legal spectrum. There will usually be course units offered on diverse topics, such as:
- international trade and corporate law;
- financial services regulation;
- European law;
- international economic law;
- intellectual property law;
- human rights law;
- corporate governance; and
- law and finance in emerging markets.
You will be taking 180 credits in total, 120 of which will be taught course units and the remaining 60 credits in the form of a 14,000-15,000 word dissertation.
Course units are worth 15 or 30 credits each. You will be required to select course units to a total of 120 credits, and so must choose a minimum of four course units or a maximum of eight course units.
Your dissertation must be within the area of one unit you have chosen. The research element of the course is supported by weekly research methodology lectures delivered throughout semesters one and two, designed to improve your legal writing and research skills. For specialised streams, the dissertation topic must be within those streams.
Course unit list
The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.
|Subjects and Actors of International Law||LAWS70021||15||Mandatory|
|Sources of International Law||LAWS70431||15||Mandatory|
|International Institutional Law and the Use of Force||LAWS70451||15||Mandatory|
|Academic Skills for Legal Studies||LAWS50000||0||Optional|
|PG International Courts and Tribunals||LAWS61082||15||Optional|
|Cyber-Security and International Law||LAWS70462||15||Optional|
|International Criminal Law and Justice||LAWS70472||30||Optional|
|Law of Armed Conflicts||LAWS70482||15||Optional|
Academic entry qualification overview
A minimum Upper Second class honours degree, or the equivalent, in law.
This programme is a specialised course and not all Law degrees will provide the appropriate background. Potential applicants are advised that transcripts will be checked to ensure appropriate material has been covered.
- IELTS – overall score of 7, including 7 in writing with no further component score below 6.5;
- TOEFL IBT 103 with 28 in writing and no further score below 25 in each section. TOEFL code for Newcastle is 0757.
- Pearson – overall 73 with 73 in writing and no further score below 66
Scores are valid for 2 years.
Please note that CAS statements are issued only when all conditions of the offer have been satisfied, PDF copy of passport received and the offer accepted.
UK/EU students (per annum): £9,500
International students (per annum): £19,500
You’ll show your progress through a combination of written essays, problem-solving assignments and presentations.
All students take our core modules, but please note that the availability of optional modules is subject to demand.
This specialised LLM offers unparalleled expertise on legal issues of international security. This will appeal to government agencies, international organisations, non-governmental organisations, law firms, multinational corporations, and the army.