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University of Sunderland

100% online LLM International Law

Develop the specialist skills and expertise to excel in international law with an online LLM from a University recognised for teaching and research excellence in law

LLM International Law
Apply By 20 August 2024
To Start 3 September 2024
  • 180 credits
  • Complete within 12 months
  • £8,034 total fees

Why Sunderland?

  1. 100% online LLM within 12 months
  2. 5 star rating for teaching, inclusiveness, employability and facilities*
  3. 7th in the UK for social inclusion**
  4. £8,034 total fees, option to pay £670 per module
*QS World University Rankings 2023
**The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide, 2023

An online LLM in international law for professionals from a wide range of backgrounds

The 100% online LLM International Law from the University of Sunderland is ideally suited to professionals wanting to specialise in public international law and provides you with a firm foundation in the fundamentals of the international legal frameworks and system, and international relations. Open to both lawyers and non-lawyers, this online law degree develops a comprehensive understanding of international law that will prepare you for, or further your career in a wide range of sectors and professional contexts, in both national and international organisations, including government, trade, law firms, businesses, industry associations and non-governmental organisations.

A University recognised on the national stage for research and teaching

Our research-active academics at the University of Sunderland are at the forefront of important research in their fields. Research at the University was described as ‘internationally excellent’ in the latest Research Excellence Framework.

We have been ranked internationally as a leading university, receiving five stars for teaching, inclusiveness, employability and facilities in the QS World University Rankings 2023, the highest rating that can be awarded to a university. A special recognition of our practical focus on developing the skills that enable career progression for our students all over the world.

What will you study?

The LLM programme provides you with the opportunity to acquire a more sophisticated understanding of core areas of international law, including the international legal system, international law-making processes and the diverse functions of international law in contemporary society. A variety of active and innovative teaching methods combine to equip you with the vital skills of negotiation, persuasion, debating, presentation, teamwork and leadership.

Key knowledge and skills taught on this course:

  • International law
  • International human rights law
  • Business law
  • Contract law
  • Land law
  • Employment law
  • Dispute resolution
  • Public law
  • Tort law
  • Legal research skills

A cutting-edge online learning experience that enables flexible study globally

Work and family commitments can often be immensely challenging or even impossible to balance with studying for a postgraduate degree. However, the University of Sunderland’s online LLM International Law is very different to other degree programmes. The design of the course is flexible and the academic content can be accessed on demand, enabling you to study at times that suit you. This flexibility makes it eminently achievable to complete your master’s without having to make difficult sacrifices.

You can choose to either study this LLM part-time and complete your degree within 24 months, or full-time and complete your degree within 12 months. With six start dates a year, you’re not restricted to the traditional academic year and can begin postgraduate study within weeks.

The interactive and collaborative online learning environment has been designed to enable peer-to peer learning, with discussion boards, forums and group activities key parts of the learning experience. You will connect with tutors and fellow postgraduate students from a wide range of backgrounds and from countries across the world, representing a unique and valuable opportunity to enhance your global professional network.

The academic support you will receive is underpinned by the allocation of a dedicated Student Success Coordinator, who will actively support you throughout your studies, from enrolment right through to graduation.

A University with a global ambitions and a fast-growing global presence

There is a high percentage of international students at University of Sunderland, and we have students studying by distance learning around the world. Sunderland is also one of the UK’s leading widening participation Universities and 7th in the UK for social inclusion (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024).

As with the online LLM International Law master’s degree, the focus of the University of Sunderland is very much on the international, as well as the national stage. We are a truly global university, with campuses in Hong Kong, Sunderland and London, and many global partnerships including in the Caribbean, Greece, Kenya, Malaysia, Lanka, Oman, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Tashkent and Vietnam. Fundamental to our approach is encouraging and fostering diverse learner cohorts so that the students within them can interact with and learn from fellow students and professionals from different cultures and academic, professional and social backgrounds, engendering a far richer and more meaningful learning experience.

Admission requirements

Applicants must be of age 19 and above and should have or be about to complete:
  • At least a UK 2.2 undergraduate degree
  • A UK master’s degree (or international equivalent)
  • Third-class or ordinary undergraduate degree (without honours) or UK equivalent professional qualification with a minimum of two years’ appropriate work experience
  • Applicants who do not hold a recognised degree will be asked to provide evidence which demonstrates a minimum of three years’ relevant organisational experience

    The work experience must be at a graduate level, in either a managerial or professional capacity which may include voluntary work, placements, internships, or project management


Total course fees
Per 15-credit module fee

If you are based in the UK, you may be eligible for a government-backed postgraduate loan to cover the full costs of the course.

In addition, if you have successfully completed an undergraduate degree at the University of Sunderland, you are eligible for a 10% tuition fees reduction on our postgraduate programmes.

You pay tuition fees for each module taken, either module-by-module or in full at the start of your course.

If you pay module-by-module, you will pay in instalments of £670.