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International Law and International Relations MA

International Law and International Relations MA

Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

International Relations International Law

Course type


Course Summary

This course examines global politics and international law and the fascinating interplay between the two. Jointly delivered by our prestigious Law School and the highly ranked and regarded Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion (PPR), it enables you to explore the theory and the practice of international relations and international law, and deepen your understanding of the ways that legal principles apply to inter-state relations. Our Law School is home to the Centre for Crime, Law and Justice, the Centre for Law and Society, and the Centre for Child and Family Justice. These influential centres underpin our postgraduate teaching and you will have access to the much sought-after expertise of academics working at the forefront of research into international affairs, legal and socio-legal issues. Our teaching approach is international in scope and comparative by nature, and we actively encourage you to build a beneficial network of academics, peers and alumni during your time with us. All of this will help you to broaden your experience, deepen your understanding, and prepare for your next step. Your postgraduate MA degree opens doors to a huge range of careers and provides high-level training for those pursuing careers in areas such as foreign and international affairs, national and international non-governmental organisations, journalism and international business. The MA is also an ideal stepping stone to PhD study and academia. You will develop: the skills required to critically evaluate cutting-edge research; inter-disciplinary skills; and, analytical and communications skills. All of which are a real boost in any sector and highly prized by employers. The MA is also an ideal stepping stone to PhD study and academia.

Different course options

Full time | Lancaster University | 1 year | SEP-20

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



Diverse and fascinating: the rules, laws and customs that govern inter-state relationships come into sharp focus in this module. It provides you with a base from which you can further your study of specific areas of international law. As we explore the essential elements of international law, and the way that they are used to shape the world in which we live, you will gain an in-depth understanding of both theory and practice. You will be given ?real? examples of international law to critically assess, allowing you to identify its shortcomings and challenges. You will be introduced to fundamental principles and concepts of international law and to some topical issues: the nature and sources of international law; the relationship between international and national law; statehood and self-determination; jurisdiction; immunities; state responsibility; dispute settlement; use of force. Our prestigious Law School is home to some of the most highly-regarded international lawyers and research-active lecturers - you will benefit from their expertise as they teach on areas closely aligned with their own research interests.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need to have 2:1 (Hons) degree (UK or equivalent) in any discipline.