Master of Laws (International Law and Politics)


The specialist Master of Laws (International Law and Politics) is a degree designed for students who have a basic knowledge of Law and wish to develop their specialist knowledge in international law and politics.

Students take courses in international law and international politics plus a dissertation. Courses are delivered through UC's School of Law and the School of Language, Social and Political Sciences.

The degree prepares students for careers in the diplomatic service, specialised legal practice, government, international organisations, non-governmental organisations and the military.

Entry requirements

Normally the minimum requirement is a bachelor’s degree from a New Zealand university, or a qualification or combination of qualifications considered to be equivalent. If you gained your qualifications overseas, these will need to be assessed to make sure they are of an equivalent standard. 

You are also required to meet the UC’s English language requirements.

Qualification specific requirements

Candidates must have qualified for the degree of Bachelor of Laws (or equivalent) with a minimum B grade average, or be admitted ad eundem statum. Relevance and standard of undergraduate studies will be criteria for approval.

For the full entry requirements see the Regulations for the Master of Laws (International Law and Politics) or use the admission requirements checker.

Qualification structure and duration

The LLM(IntLaw&Pols) is made up of four courses and a dissertation (ILAP 640 Dissertation, 60 points).

Of the four courses, two are compulsory:

The remaining two courses (30 points) must be selected from Group B of the schedule.


One to two years of consecutive full-time study or, with the approval of the Dean of Law, two to four years of consecutive part-time study.

Students can start their studies in either February or July, although starting in February is recommended.

How to apply

Find out how to apply for graduate and postgraduate qualifications

Career opportunities

Postgraduate study can bring many career benefits eg, specialist skills and enhanced knowledge, entry into specific occupations, higher starting salary/progression rates, research capability/achievement and evidence of high academic attainment/self-discipline. 

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More information

For full requirements see the Regulations for the Master of Laws (International Law and Politics).

For study planning help contact the School of Law or the College of Business and Law:

College of Business and Law | Te Rāngai Umanga me te Ture
University of Canterbury | Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha 
Private Bag 4800
Christchurch 8140
New Zealand

Phone +64 3 369 3888
Email law-enquiries@canterbury.ac.nz

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