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 | Te Kure Ture 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.
Normally the minimum requirement is a three-year bachelor’s degree from an Aotearoa 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 UC's English language requirements.
Specific entry 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.
Students with English as a second language must also provide evidence of their English language competency.
For the full entry requirements see the Regulations for the Master of Laws (International Law and Politics) or use the admission requirements checker.
How to apply
You can apply online at MyUC. Find out more about how to apply for graduate and postgraduate qualifications.
The LLM(IntLaw&Pols) is made up of four courses and a dissertation.
The following courses are compulsory:
- ILAP 613 Advanced Principles of Public International Law
- ILAP 614 Principles and Practice of International Relations and Diplomacy
- ILAP 640 Dissertation
The remaining two courses (30 points) must be selected from Group B of the Schedule.
Students can start their studies in either February or July, although starting in February is recommended. The degree takes 1–2 years of consecutive full-time study or, with the approval of the Dean of Law, 2–4 years of consecutive part-time study.
Students can go onto a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Law, or Political Science and International Relations.
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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For full requirements see the Regulations for the Master of Laws (International Law and Politics).
For study planning help contact the School of Law | Te Kure Ture 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
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