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Global and international master's courses – University of Reading

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Global and international master's courses

At the Reading School of Law, all of our LLM courses are associated with research clusters led by expert academics. The modules on offer enable you to take advantage of the School's research strengths in the fields of EU law, international law and human rights.

These courses are suited to applicants planning to take professional exams and continue on to practise law, either in the UK or overseas. Law graduates are in high demand across many other areas, with potential destinations including European and international governmental and non-governmental organisations, the media, and the public sector.

llm international law

This is a specialised course concentrating on the in-depth study of international legal doctrine. It offers a combination of compulsory and optional modules, enabling you to further your own interests and ambitions. As well as specific knowledge of international law, this course will develop your ability to think both critically and analytically and to produce reasoned arguments encompassing policy, existing practice and knowledge at an advanced level.

You can choose to follow a specific pathway alongside your LLM, focusing on an area of law that interests you. Our pathways are:

"The LLM undoubtedly makes me more employable. The academic experience within the Law School is second to none, and the modular nature of the course allowed flexibility of learning. I would thoroughly recommend this course to anyone seeking to develop skills and knowledge in international law to an advanced level.”

Nicholas Hilton

LLM graduate

llm human rights

This dedicated course concentrates on the study of human rights law and its policy in social, political and philosophical contexts. Modules cover a broad range of different human rights subjects and include both traditional and emerging areas of concern. For example, international human rights law and international refugee law, as well as allied subjects such as international humanitarian law.

llm global crisis, conflict and disaster management

Aimed primarily at recent graduates and early- to mid-career professionals, this innovative multidisciplinary programme examines the role of global law, policy, and practice relating to conflicts and peacetime disasters (such as earthquakes, wild fires, and pandemics). It further considers significant crises not escalating to the scale of conflict or disaster, as well as complex emergencies.

It reflects current and changing global initiatives and priorities including: the role law plays in responding to crises, conflicts or disasters; humanitarianism; sustainability; resilience; and disaster risk reduction and management.

You are also able to take a certain number of credits from commercial law subjects as part of your Global Law LLM, as some commercial law modules are also relevant to international law.

interested in a master's in global or international law?

Come to an Open Day for more information about any of our master's courses or what it's like to study at the School of Law. 

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