International Legal Studies

Duration: 1 year
Attendance mode: Full-time
Award: LLM
Suitable for international students
Start date: September
Faculty of Management & Law
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The LLM in International Legal Studies offers graduates the opportunity to deepen their understanding of law in a global context and improve their skills generally.

If you have not previously studied law, you will be required to complete and pass a two-week Introduction to Law course before the start of the LLM modules to ensure that you are familiar with the basic legal institutions and sources, and are able to participate in the LLM programme from the start.

We therefore welcome graduates from non-law backgrounds who want to gain an understanding of legal issues in their global context, as well as law graduates who want to deepen that understanding and develop their knowledge further.


"I have been offered a job working as a trainee in Banking and International Trade Law in a Commercial Firm in Pakistan - evidence that the International Legal Studies programme at the University of Bradford is worth it! 

My hard work has paid off and I am ready to step into the Legal World."

LLM International Legal Studies, 2016

Why Bradford?

University of Bradford School of Law is highly experienced in the teaching of law in an international and global context.

We bring our own international experience and research expertise into the classroom to share the latest thoughts on topics as varied as International Criminal Law, Global Trade or Human Rights in a global context.

You will be taught in small groups in an environment focused on you and your development.

Entry requirements

  • 2:2 or above in a relevant subject (a relevant subject would include all social science, humanities and business and management programmes).
  • Non-law graduates will be required to successfully complete a two-week Introduction to Law course before the start of Semester 1.

English language requirements:

IELTS at 6.5 or equivalent.

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details.


Core Modules

  • Global Questions in Legal Theory
  • Human Rights Law in Global Contexts
  • Advanced International Law
  • Advanced Legal Research
  • Dissertation

Option Modules

Choose two modules from a range of related subject options:

  • International Trade Law
  • International Competition Law
  • International Intellectual Property Law
  • Global Health Law
  • European Union Social Law and Policy
  • The Internal Market of the European Union
  • Global Finance Law
  • Module from another Faculty (Elective)

Career support and prospects

Career support

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

Career prospects

This course will enable you to develop your critical thinking, research, analytical and communication skills which will help you succeed in your chosen field. Graduates are likely to go on to pursue a variety of paths including careers in business, legal practice, teaching and academia.

Fees, Finance and Scholarships

Tuition fees


  • Home/EU: £6,500
  • International: £14,900

Tuition fees are subject to review for students starting their course in subsequent years. See our Fees and Financial Support website for more details.

Financial support

You may be eligible to apply for the government's new Postgraduate Loan of up to £10,000 to put towards your fees and living costs. Find out more on our Fees and Financial Support website.

How do I find out more?

Steps to Postgraduate Study

Find out more about studying at a postgraduate level on the official, independent website Steps to Postgraduate Study (link opens in new window).

How to apply

The easiest way to apply is online.

This will help us process your application more quickly and allow you to submit your supporting documents electronically.

If you are unable to apply online, please email to request a paper application form.

We will also need the following supporting documents, along with any other information specified on the course page:

  • Degree certificates/transcripts
  • Research proposal (if required)
  • Two references (including one academic reference)
  • Evidence of English language level (if required)
  • A copy of your passport

Once you have applied you will have access to the University's Applicant Portal, where you can track the status of your application.

You should also start thinking about how you plan to fund your postgraduate study — you may need to apply for loans or grants at this stage.

International students

If you applying from outside the UK and require additional support you may apply through your country representative.

They can help you at every stage and communicate with the University on your behalf. They often provide additional services to ensure your smooth arrival to the UK such as visa application support and assistance with your travel arrangements.

Further information is available on our International Office website.

This is the current course information. Modules and course details may change, subject to the University's programme approval, monitoring and review procedures. The University reserves the right to alter or withdraw courses, services and facilities as described on our website without notice and to amend Ordinances, Regulations, fees and charges at any time. Students should enquire as to the up-to-date position when applying for their course of study.