This course will provide you with an opportunity to explore and analyse global relationships between criminal laws and national security (ICLAS). With the rise in the threat to national and global security at unprecedented levels, this is a very interesting time to study International Criminal Law and Security. In particular, you will consider how effectively human rights standards are protected both from an EU and global perspective and the response to the threat of terror and international crime in different jurisdictions.
If you are looking to work for international bodies such as the United Nations or the International Criminal Court, then this course will be the ideal next move to help further develop your career.
Case study: Studying Law at the University of Northampton gave Toby Cadman the passion needed to set up his own Chambers.
Since graduating from the University of Northampton in 2009 after studying his Master of Laws (LLM), Toby Cadman has gone on to become an internationally recognised law specialist in the area of war crimes, extradition and human rights law. Following on from his success in this field, in November 2016, Toby set up his own Chambers, “Guernica 37”, which specialises in international justice.
To find out more about Toby’s experience of studying with us, please visit our Case Studies page.
“The University of Northampton has helped me particularly with my research, developing legal writing, speaking with confidence and analytical skills in the area of International Law”
Lizzy Ringisai, International Student
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Studying the LLM International Criminal Law and Security will give you the opportunity to investigate an area of particular interest in detail when you produce your dissertation. You will be supported by experienced lecturers who use a range of innovative teaching methods, which will enhance your overall studies.
To be eligible for the award of LLM International Criminal Law and Security, you must successfully gain 180 credits from the below compulsory modules. If you successfully gain 120 credits from the modules below excluding the Dissertation then you will be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma. If you successfully gain 60 credits from the modules below, excluding the Dissertation module, then you will be awarded the Postgraduate Certificate.
Course modules (17/18)
European Crime and Security (20 credits)
- Module code: LAWM024
- Core module Y
International Organised Crime (20 credits)
- Module code: LAWM019
- Core module Y
European and International Human Rights (20 credits)
- Module code: LAWM016
- Core module Y
National Security, Terrorism and the Rule of Law (20 credits)
- Module code: LAWM017
- Core module Y
Dissertation (60 credits)
- Module code: LAWM020
- Core module Y
Diversity, Migration and the Law (20 credits)
- Module code: LAWM035
- Core module Y
Module information is quoted for 17/18 entry. Please note that modules run subject to student numbers and staff availability, any changes will be communicated to applicants accordingly.
Methods of Learning
The LLM is offered for full-time study over 12 months. The course is also available part-time and via distance learning.
As a full-time student, you will study three modules in each semester. This is followed by the dissertation period of 18 weeks.
Where appropriate, lecture slides will be available online at the same time as the lecture podcast. The readings will be in the form of links to online documents, case reports, book extracts or similar and will be available through online systems. Formative assessment is carried out regularly so that you can ensure on a regular basis that you are at the right place in the course. You will be allocated a personal tutor and will be able to arrange live one-to-one tutorial sessions using Skype or Google Hangouts as necessary.
Formal course assessment is centred on module essays and the submission of a dissertation, although the precise method of assessment may vary across modules. In addition, you may be informally assessed in a number of different ways, including through individual presentations.
Facilities and Special Features
- strong staff expertise, with substantial teaching experience on both undergraduate and postgraduate courses.
- an enthusiastic teaching team providing a supportive atmosphere for research
You will be provided with the skills and knowledge to work in, or continue your studies in modern warfare, security and terrorism. You could also expand your academic knowledge through PhD studies in your chosen field as a progression from this course.
How to apply
For application information please see our how to apply page.
Applicants should have the minimum of a 2:1 in a single honours degree. Applicants who do not meet the standard entry requirements but have relevant professional and personal experience and the potential to achieve the academic standard are also encouraged to apply.
If you have successfully completed a Legal Practice Course, Bar Professional Training Course, or you are admitted as an advocate in a jurisdiction approved at the time by the Solicitors Regulation Authority for Registered Foreign Lawyers (RFL) Status, you may be eligible to apply for the LLM in Legal Practice.
For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.
Fees and funding
Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 17/18 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.
|Part Time:||£720 per 20 credit module|
|Distance Learning:||£2,360 Year 1 (80 Credits) £2,950 Year 2 (100 Credits)|
If you are starting a postgraduate Master’s course in 2017/18 either full-time or part-time* you may be able to apply for a postgraduate loan of up to £10,280 through Student Finance England.
*Please note that the maximum period of study allowed for part-time courses is two years.
This course is available to international students.
Full-time international tuition fees
For information on our international tuition fees, please see our Tuition fees for international students page.
Please note that tuition fees for EU students will remain the same as UK fees for 2018/19. For more information, please visit the Gov UK website.
How to apply as an international student
For information on how to apply to study with us, please see our How to apply page.
Scholarships available to international students
For information on the scholarships available to you as an international student, please see our International scholarships page.