Intellectual Property and the Digital Economy

Study mode:On campus Study type:Part-time Languages: English
Local:$ 6.56 k / Year(s) Foreign:$ 18.3 k / Year(s)  
92 place StudyQA ranking:12353 Duration:12 months

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The Masters in International Law & Security is an innovative programme that focuses on the role and relevance of international law in a rapidly changing global security environment. It reflects the breadth of contemporary international security issues, addressing issues as diverse as terrorism, armed conflicts, transnational organized crime, drones and autonomous weapons systems, espionage and surveillance in cyberspace, weapons of mass destruction, failed states, resource and energy security, poverty, climate change, pandemics and natural catastrophes.

  • If you want to increase your horizons to an international platform, look beyond domestic legal orders and learn about global security issues, this LLM is ideal for you.
  • You will be taught by an excellent team that truly understands international issues, with staff drawn from Canada, Germany, Scotland, Greece and Uzbekistan.
  • You will be equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills to work as security consultant or practitioner with governments, international organizations and NGOs.
  • We offer excellent facilities including our dedicated School of Law library; our main University library also contains our extensive collection of legal materials and official publications and is a European Documentation Centre.
  • The programme is based on small-group, seminar-style teaching by experts in the field. The programme is complemented by guest speaker events and research workshops, allowing students to get involved with leading academics from outside Glasgow.

Career prospects

There is a high demand for law professionals with expertise in international law and security. You will be well placed for roles in international institutions, government departments (ministries of foreign affairs, defence, justice, home affairs, and development), non-governmental organisations and law firms.

The courses are delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars and project work. You are required to study two core courses and two or three courses from a list of options and to submit a dissertation approved as falling within the area.

Core course

  • International law and international security.

Optional courses

  • The laws of armed conflict (subject to approval)
  • International criminal law
  • Globalisation and governance
  • United Nations law
  • International and European human rights law
  • International security and international relations
  • The settlement of international disputes
  • Foundations of international law
  • International economic law.

Optional excursion

  • Students have the option of going on an excursion to Geneva to visit relevant international institutions and NGOs such as the United Nations, the International Committee of the Red Cross, UNHCR, UNOHCHR, the World Health Organization and Geneva Call.
A good first degree in law (2.1 upwards or equivalent) or a first degree (2.1 upwards or equivalent) with at least 50% of the credits in law. We also consider applications from politics, international relations, European studies or war studies graduates.International students with academic qualifications below those required should contact our partner institution, Glasgow International College, who offer a range of pre-Masters courses.Further information regarding academic entry language requirementsFor applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training):overall score 6.5no sub-test less than 6.5or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification (see below)Common equivalent English language qualifications:ibTOEFL: 92; no sub-test less than 22, Speaking not less than23CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): B minimumCPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): C minimumPTE Academic (Person Test of English, Academic test): 68; minimum 60 in writingPre-sessional coursesThe University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the Language Centre Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:Language Centre, University of GlasgowBALEAP guide to accredited courses English Language Requirements IELTS band: 6.5 TOEFL iBT® test: 92 IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

As a commitment to supporting students and rewarding academic excellence, the University of Glasgow offers a wide range of financial support.

The University of Glasgow also offers funding opportunities to its current students wanting to carry out a project or a piece of research away from the University.


The University of Glasgow Adam Smith Business School has accreditations by the following professional bodies:

  • Accredited by Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
  • Accredited by the Association of MBAs (for the MBA programme)
  • Accreditation by professional accountancy bodies
  • Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland
  • Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales
  • Association of Chartered Certified Accountants
  • Chartered Institute of Management Accountants
  • Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy

We are also members of the Association of Business Schools and of theEuropean Foundation for Management Development.

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