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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 28 December 2021
To Start 11 January 2022
  • 180 credits
  • 2 years part-time
  • £7,800 total fees
  • Internationally Excellent Research in Law

Why Sunderland?

  1. 100% online LLM within 24 months
  2. 'Internationally excellent' research in law*
  3. Law courses ranked 2nd in UK for teaching quality and 3rd for student experience**
  4. 5 star teaching rating (QS 2019)
  5. Top 10 in UK for student support** - as voted for by students
  6. Ranked 9th in UK for international**
  7. £7,800 total fees, option to pay £650 per module
*Most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF)
**Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020
***WhatUni Student Choice Awards 2019

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 system and international relations. Open to both lawyers and non-lawyers, this online Law Masters 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, both nationally and internationally, including government, trade, law firms, businesses, industry associations and non-governmental organisations.

A University recognised on the national stage for research and teaching of law

The University of Sunderland is immensely proud of its leading credentials in the teaching and research of law. Our Department of Law recently received national recognition for its teaching in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020, when its law courses were ranked 2nd in the UK for teaching quality and 3rd for student experience. Its research was described as ‘internationally excellent’ in the latest Research Excellence Framework and our law academics are pre-eminent in important research in their fields. At an institutional level, the teaching at the University of Sunderland was rated 5-star by QS in 2019, the highest rating that can be achieved by a university.

What will you study?

The LLM International Law master’s degree provides you with the opportunity to acquire a more sophisticated understanding of 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 master’s degree. However, the University of Sunderland’s online LLM International Law is very different to other master’s 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.

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 professionals 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

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.

There are close to 6,000 international students at the University of Sunderland, with 1,500 students studying across the globe by distance learning. We are proud to have been voted 9th in the UK for international (WhatUni Student Choice Awards 2019) by our students.

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 to five years’ relevant professional 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.

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 £650.