MA in International Law, Ethics and Politics

A 15-credit module will mean around 150 hours of learning, including taught sessions and independent study or group work. This is spread out over the whole period of that module and includes the time you spend on any assessments, including in examinations, preparing and writing assessments or engaged in practical work as well as any study support sessions to help you in your learning. This final-year half module offers students the opportunity to obtain an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the British parliament and its place in British democracy. It will help you to evaluate the work and role of Parliament and parliamentarians, appreciate ongoing debates about contemporary legislative practice, and engage critically with previous academic scholarship in this area.

These mock trials lead students to draw conclusions about the differences and similarities between common law and civil law institutions. This course opens you up to a range of careers both within and adjacent to Law and your chosen joint subject. You’ll also develop key transferable skills that’ll be valuable for other career routes. Focus on extending your legal understanding to include subjects such as contract law and EU law.

The second block examines the socio-political issues and challenges the country is facing in its ongoing development. In recent times, ‘alternative’ forms of dispute resolution have been widely recognised as possessing the potential to limit some of the damage caused by civil disputes. Therefore, a lawyer’s skill-set ideally should include a well-developed ability to analyse, manage and resolve disputes both within and outside the usual setting of the courtroom. Thus, the module’s primary aim is to introduce students to the legal and regulatory issues surrounding methods of dispute resolution aside from litigation.

EU/EEA/Swiss nationals will be classified as ‘International’ for fee purposes, more information can be found on our fees page. Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year. These include coursework, examinations, reports, case notes, statutory interpretation, critiques of articles, and research projects such as the dissertation. The department may also offer placements with an academic research emphasis, for example as part of work undertaken in the Britain in Europe thinktank and Knowing Our Rights research project that it hosts.

Criminal Law: Theory and Practice

Contextualise your learning and develop your professional identity and employability skills. Mooting is competitive legal argument about issues arising from a hypothetical legal case that takes place between two teams of lawyers in front of a mock court. Mooting develops the participants’ capacity in legal research, argument, writing and oral advocacy.

  • This module equips students with a sound understanding of, and the ability to critically analyse and apply, the theories underpinning the law of Tort.
  • Weekly interactive seminars offer students an unrivalled opportunity to meet and engage with some of the leading figures in the field.
  • You will look at the distinctive political dynamics characterising the contemporary non-West and consider the thoughts of prominent non-Western political thinkers.
  • The module is designed to challenge the somewhat dull image of this area of law and to encourage a critical and imaginative understanding of the subject.
  • Legal, professional and technological developments, and the increasing role of the law in health care issues, have expanded the subject matter of this area and medical law is now regarded as a subject worthy of study in its own right.
  • Our focus is on providing the best possible in-person experience for you and your peers whilst maintaining the most successful aspects of online delivery that we know will benefit your learning.

Students from Germany who have completed the five year Erstes Staatsexamen qualification with a grade point average of 6.5 would be considered for entry onto LLM programmes. Government-backed Masters loans are available to help UK and EU students to finance their studies. For those starting courses after 1 August 2020, loans are available of up to £11,222 for Masters students in all subject areas. Criteria, eligibility, repayment and application information are available on the UK government website. Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of professional bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback.

Please note that you may submit applications for a maximum of two graduate programmes in any application cycle. For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website. Past students on the programme have been awarded prestigious scholarships such as AHRC and UCL graduate studentships.


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Anyone wanting to work in a political environment needs an understanding of how elections work and the significance of any changes. It was, for example, a system change in the Labour Party, as part of the Collins Review in 2014, that made it possible for Jeremy Corbyn to be elected. The module analyses the importance of each system and focuses on the many pressures for change in terms of who votes and when. The countries will be chosen in a way which provides a good range of systems and makes use of current events. It examines the operation of judicial review and the ways in which judicial review attempts to realise and comply with the principles of the rule of law and separation of powers. The module also examines the rights protected by the European Convention on Human Rights and how these rights are given effect in the UK via the Human Rights Act 1998.