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LLM in Legal and Political Aspects of International Affairs

In recent years, key global issues have raised the profile of international
affairs substantially. Lawyers are increasingly required to understand both
the law and political issues which influence how States and other
international actors behave.

Our LLM (Legal and Political Aspects of International Affairs) will help you
build the necessary level of expertise to succeed in the fast-growing world
of international affairs, in a stimulating and challenging environment.

The LLM in Legal and Political Aspects of International Affairs is a participating Masters course for The Commonwealth Shared Scholarships scheme.

Key features:

Compulsory modules:

Human Rights and Global Justice and International Affairs: Legal and Political Aspects; or either Human Rights and Global Justice or International Affairs: Legal and Political Aspects and one of either International Humanitarian Law or International Law and the Use of Force.

Optional Modules:

Two from the compulsory list or any of the following:

Or any of the modules listed in any other LLM programme or from a combination of LLM programmes or from the Department of Politics and International Relations, subject to availability.

Please note that modules are likely to change from time to time.

Study mode

Full-time: over one year or Part-time: over two years


Stage 1: You will study four modules, two of which are complusory (see above). The others may be chosen from our wide range of available modules or from those available in the School of European Languages, Translation and Politics. You will also take a course on postgraduate research skills. Stage 2: You complete a 15,000 word dissertation with staff supervision and submit it in September in the full-time mode, December in the second year of study in the part-time mode).


Most modules are assessed by an essay of 5,000 words, or other approved methods.

For information regarding Entry Requirements and Tuition Fees please see the University Course Finder page.

Start date

Usually late September


Early application is strongly advised, normally well before the end of July. Please see our how to apply pages.

To find out more please see LLM Programme

Further details



  Postgraduate Office
  Cardiff Law School
  CF10 3AX
  Wales, UK

  +44 (0)29 2087 6102 / 4588 / 5406

Route convenor:
Urfan Khaliq



“Having a non-Law background made unfamiliar territory a little daunting at first but thanks to the course structure, the approachability of the staff and administration it has been a wonderful experience and Cardiff as a Village-City is an ideal place to consider studying.

I decided to study The Legal and Political Aspects of International Law in order to compliment my prior experience whilst simultaneously expanding my portfolio.  It has been the perfect choice. I would recommend this course to both local and international students who are seeking to understand the relationship between legal theory, politics and globalization. It can open a real can of worms!

Anyone who is thinking about this route should have an open attitude to life and be ready to challenge their own presuppositions.”

Paul Haegeman