This globally unique programme in disaster law is accessible to law and non-law graduates, especially professionals engaged in conflict, humanitarian aid and disaster response management.
You will examine law, policy and practice, with multidisciplinary perspectives. and develop key professional and personal skills. Benefit from embedded mentoring, employability and practical training delivered by practitioners.
A series of non-assessed, employability-orientated practical training events, held inside and outside the classroom, will take place throughout the programme. Such training opportunities are aimed at consolidating and applying substantive knowledge learnt as well as developing transferable professional and personal skills. This will include the opportunity for you to undertake a fantastic and unique practical ‘fragile/hostile environment training’ package delivered by external professional trainers.
There is flexibility for you to transfer between degree entry points (e.g. LLM, PGDip, PGCert); also to take individual modules with Certificates of Credit which are transferable to the a degree programme.
IELTS: 6.5 overall with no element less than 5.5 (or equivalent).
You are normally required to have a good undergraduate honours degree (or equivalent from a university outside the UK). If you have other qualifications and a number of years' relevant work experience then you may also be eligible to apply.
Standard requirement is a 2:1 or higher in an undergraduate degree. However, our participants come with a variety of relevant legal and non-legal experience and all applicants are considered on individual merit.
What will you study?
Global architecture of crisis, conflict and disaster management
Human rights law, policy and practice
Hazard, risk, vulnerability and resilience
Research project or professional placement
Optional modules include:
International refugee law
International law and the regulation of armed conflict
Climate change disasters
Technologies and weaponry
Selection of non-law modules (development, economics, politics)
Please note that all modules are subject to change. Please see our modules disclaimer for more information.
How much will it cost?
How much will it cost?
New UK/EU students: £7,760* per year
New international students: £16,050* per year
The fees listed are for full-time study, unless otherwise stated, and relate to courses starting in the 2018/19 academic year. Fee information will be confirmed in offer letters sent out to successful applicants. You can find further information on fees and funding, including for part-time study, through our dedicated fees and funding page.
These course fees cover the cost of your tuition. Some courses will require additional payments for field trips and extra resources. You will also need to budget for your accommodation and living costs. See our information on living costs for more details.
Financial support for your studies
You may be eligible for a scholarship or bursary to help pay for your study. Students from the UK and other EU countries may also be eligible for a student loan to help cover these costs. See our fees and funding information for more information on what's available.
*10% fees discount for qualifying NGOs. Fees include £400 extra costs for practical training. An additional fee of approximately £1,600 is payable for optional external fragile/hostile environment training. Contact the School of Law for further details.
What career can you have?
What career can you have?
The programme is expected to appeal especially to law and non-law graduates who are early to mid-career professionals working in roles dealing with different types of crises, conflicts and/or disasters, particularly governmental, intergovernmental, private/corporate, civil society/non-governmental who wish to broaden and deeper their existing areas of expertise. It will be suitable too for recent graduates, those on career breaks, and career changers.
The future employability of programme graduates is expected to be excellent, with graduates uniquely positioned and clearly distinguishable to prospective employers. Not only will they have knowledge in key principles and topics associated with traditional Public International Law and Human Rights related LLM programmes, but graduates will also acquire unique understanding of cutting edge law and policy (e.g. international disaster/disaster risk reduction law), become more multidisciplinary conversant, and acquire professional, personal and practical transferable skills.
The overarching aim is to equip students with many of the substantive, professional, practical, and personal transferable skills and knowledge necessary to operate effectively in inherently multidisciplinary crisis, conflict and/or disaster environment(s).