SOAS University of London

School of Law

MA in International Law

duration:
One calendar year (full-time); Two or three years (part-time, daytime only)

Fees 2017/18

UK/EU fees:
£13,890
Overseas fees:
£19,475

Fees for 2017/18 entrants. This is a Band 5 fee. The fees are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. Further details can be found in the Fees and Funding tab on this page or in the Registry Postgraduate Tuition Fees page

2018 Entry requirements

  • Upper second class honours preferably in a related discipline

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Overview

Start of programme: September intake only

Mode of Attendance: Full Time or Part Time

The MA in International Law allows students to study international law and its application in a broad range of legal areas, including commerce, criminal law, humanitarian law, environmental law, and human rights. All SOAS modules are designed not only to introduce students to the general fields of law, but also to provide an understanding of how generic legal structures and processes may operate in non-Western social and cultural settings. All teachers on modules offered at SOAS are experts in their designated field. Many have years of experience advising governments, international organisations or non-governmental organisation, and many also have been or continue to be legal practitioners.

Convenors

Structure

To facilitate the study of law, all MA students are required to attend a two-week Preliminary Law, Legal Reasoning and Legal Methods in the September before beginning the MA programme.

Students must take modules to a total value of 180, consisting of a dissertation (60 credits) and 120 credits of taught modules.  Taught modules are worth either 15 or 30 credits.

Students who wish to graduate with a specialised MA are required to take at least 60 credits associated with his or her specialised MA, a further 30 credits within the School of Law (General Law Postgraduate Taught Module List), and a final 30 unit which can either be taken within the School of Law or from the Language Open Options or Non-Language Open Options pages with the MA Programme Convenor’s permission. The dissertation topic will be undertaken within the MA specialisation.

Please note: Not all modules listed will be available every year. Please see the individual module page for information.

In 2017-18 Dr. Catriona Drew will act as programme convenor in Term 1, and Professor Matthew Craven in Terms 2 & 3.

Specialism Module List (at least 60 credits to be taken)
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Anatomy of a Human Rights Emergency: Case Study of Darfur 15PLAH060 15 Term 2
Climate Change and Energy Law and Policy 15PLAC154 30 Full Year
Colonialism, Empire and International Law 15PLAH025 15 Term 2
Foundations of Comparative Law 15PLAH031 15 Term 1
Foundations of International Law 15PLAH021 15 Term 1
Gender, Sexuality and Law: Selected Topics 15PLAH061 15 Term 2
Gender, Sexuality and Law: Theories and Methodologies 15PLAH062 15 Term 1
Gender, Armed Conflict and International Law 15PGNH005 15 Term 1
Human Rights of Women 15PLAH065 15 Term 2
Law, Environmental and Sustainable Development in a Global Context 15PLAC118 30 Full Year
Justice, Reconciliation and Reconstruction in Post-Conflict Societies 15PLAH040 15 Term 2
International Criminal Law 15PLAH055 15 Term 2
International Investment Law and Arbitration 15PLAH063 15 Term 2
International Protection of Human Rights 15PLAC119 30 Full Year
International Refugee and Migration Law 15PLAH057 15 Term 1
Law and Policy of International Courts and Tribunals 15PLAH026 15 Term 2
Law and Society in Southeast Asia 15PLAH049 15 Term 1
Law, Human Rights and Peace Building: The Israeli-Palestinian Case 15PLAC133 30 Full Year
Law and Natural Resources 15PLAC126 30 Full Year
Law and Postcolonial Theory 15PLAH050 15 Term 1
Law, Rights & Social Change 15PLAH064 15 Term 2
Law, Rights and Society in Taiwan 15PLAH058 15 Term 2
Multinational Enterprises and The Law 15PLAC140 30 Full Year
The Law of Armed Conflict 15PLAH022 15 Term 1
General Law Postgraduate Module List

An additional 30 credits must be taken from the School of Law General Postgraduate Taught Module List or the Specialism Module List above.

Postgraduate Open Option Modules

A final 30 credits must be taken from the SOAS Open Option Module list, or from the General Law Postgraduate Module List above or from the Specialism Module List.

Dissertation

Dissertation (12,000 words), on a topic related to the specialism of the degree

Module Code Credits Term Availability
MA Dissertation in Law 15PLAC999 60 Full Year

 

This is the structure for 2017/18 applicants

If you are a current student you can find structure information on Moodle or through your Faculty.

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Teaching and Learning

Teaching & Learning

Knowledge & Understanding

- Students will acquire specialist knowledge of international law.

- This includes, but is not necessarily limited to, knowledge and understanding of the following:

a.  the theoretical and practical underpinnings of international law;

b.  the context in which law is made, interpreted, adjudicated, and amended;

c.  the role played by law, particularly international law in different areas;

d.  the role and function of legal institutions in managing international law

e.  the weight and significance of different sources and methodologies.

- Students will develop knowledge of how to locate relevant materials and assess their relevance and/or importance.


Intellectual (thinking) Skills

- Students should develop rigor in analysis and assessment of legal arguments.
- Students should develop the ability to understand, summarise and critically assess differing perspectives on theoretical debates.
- Students should develop independence of thought and the confidence to challenge the accepted wisdom.
- Students should learn to identify issues and formulate questions for further research through independent work.

Students will be encouraged to bring to bear their own previous experience and knowledge in addressing legal issues in an interdisciplinary manner.


Subject-based Practical Skills

The programme will help students develop the ability to:

- Communicate effectively in writing.
- Research in a variety of specialized research libraries and institutes and online, and retrieve, sift and select information from a variety of sources.
- Present seminar papers and defend the arguments therein.
- Discuss ideas introduced during seminars.
- Develop essay and dissertation research questions.
- Read legal source materials rapidly and critically.
- Present legal arguments in moots and debates.


Transferable Skills

The programme will enable students to:

- Write clear research essays and dissertations.
- Structure and communicate ideas and arguments effectively both orally and in writing.
- Read and comprehend significant quantities of reading rapidly and effectively and develop critical faculties.
- Find and use a variety of written and digital materials, especially legal materials, in libraries and research institutes.
- Present (non – assessed) material orally.
- Develop teamwork skills.

Fees and funding

Tuition Fees

Full details of postgraduate tuition fees can be found on the Registry's Postgraduate Tuition Fees page.

This is a Band 5 tuition fee.

Fees for 2017/18 entrants. The fees below are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. 

Full-time Part-time 2 YearsPart-time 3 YearsLLM only 4 Years                     
UK/EU StudentsOverseas StudentsUK/EU StudentsOverseas StudentsUK/EU StudentsOverseas StudentsUK/EU StudentsOverseas Students
£13,890 £19,475 £6,945 £9,738 £4,630 £6,492 £3,473 £4,869
Scholarships
Felix Non- Indian Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2017-01-31 17:00

Felix Scholarships

Application Deadline: 2017-01-31 17:00

John Loiello AFSOAS FISH Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2017-02-22 17:00

Sasakawa Postgraduate Studentship

Application Deadline: 2017-02-22 17:00

The Prospect Burma Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2017-02-22 17:00

For further details and information on external scholarships visit the Scholarships section

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