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LLM - Master of Laws

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Course Summary

The LLM programme is a single subject law programme that may be taken over a period of one year (full-time), or part-time over a period of two, three or four years. Every student will be required to take modules equivalent to four full units. The assessment of one of the chosen full units (which must be from your chosen specialism) will be by means of a 15,000 word dissertation. The dissertation must be linked to a module offered at SOAS itself, and attendance on the module will be treated as being part of the process of supervision. With permission of the LLM tutor, students will be entitled to select one complementary subject or the equivalent from comparable Master’s module at SOAS including appropriate language module.

In this course a complementary subject may be chosen in substitution for either a full or a half-subject. It is expected that all students will graduate with an LLM in law. It is possible, however, for students wishing to graduate with a ‘specialist’ degree, to do so by way of opting to take three or more modules from the relevant subject groupings below. In each case, the student must undertake a dissertation in that subject grouping.

Different course options

Full time | School of Oriental and African Studies | 1 year | SEP

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Full time


1 year

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At the end of the module the students should be able to identify and describe the foundational concepts in Public International Law (for example, international sources, the role of sovereignty, the impact of international institutions, jurisdiction, state responsibility) with special reference to issues relevant to Asia and Africa; compare and appraise the role of different theoretical approaches in understandings of Public International Law; discuss recent developments in Public International Law and demonstrate an understanding of their broader impact on the topic as a whole; explain the relationship between theoretical perspectives on international law, the behaviour of states and the development of international legal norms, as well as the role of international institutions.

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


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Entry requirements

Students need minimum upper second class honours degree (or equivalent) in Law.

University information

SOAS University of London is home to a large postgraduate community, with 45% of students studying towards a taught or research degree. The university specialises in the languages, culture and societies of Asia, Africa and the Near and Middle East. Research and teaching covers: democracy, development, human rights, migration, identity, economic, financial and legal systems, poverty, religion, and social change, amongst other...more

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