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LLB Law with International Relations

Learn about the opportunities within international relations while you gain the initial qualification to pursue qualified solicitor or barrister status in England and Wales

LLB Law with International Relations

September 2024
3 years full-time
5 years part-time
£9,250 (UK)*
£16,600 (INT)*
Course leader
Dr Mariette Jones

Why choose Law with International Relations at Middlesex?

Our London location attracts students from all across the world, with international students making up 46% of the law school's intake. This builds global understanding and opportunities.

Middlesex University is ranked sixth in the UK (12th globally) as the most International University according to Times Higher Education World University Ranking 2022.

Our Law school is ranked second for law in the UK and in the top 100 globally (The Times Higher Education Young Universities Ranking 2022). We also have a well-established network of legal practices for gaining work placement opportunities across London.

What you will gain

While this degree is best suited for those interested in international relations and the law, we will also help you gain the skills and qualifications needed to pursue a career as a qualified solicitor or barrister in England and Wales. You will be well-equipped to apply this LLB to any legal framework with English law as a foundation.

This degree is ideal for those looking to broaden their skill set. You will graduate with skills and practical knowledge of professional practice, which is highly desired in legal and non-legal workplaces.

Career opportunities exist in diplomatic services and the voluntary sector, where international NGOs often seek those with campaigning, policy and influencing skills.

We have over 145 years of experience delivering professional, creative and technical education that prepares students – like you – for success in global careers, so find out more today.

What you will learn

We have an outstanding international reputation. Our LLB Law with International Relations course will help you develop your core legal skills and gain a highly respected degree.

You will study legal concepts, values and rules as you gain expert knowledge of the core principles of the law in England and Wales.

UK law is the foundation for many legal systems around the world. As you develop your knowledge of international relations you'll learn the commonalities and, more importantly, the differences.

Our expert tutors include solicitors, barristers and academics with extensive global legal experience. They bring unique insights from real-life cases to shape your studies and develop your expertise.

For this law and international relations degree you will learn by:

  • Enhancing your awareness of the contexts in which the law operates
  • Being at the heart of legal innovation, with plenty of support from tutors who are nationally and internationally-recognised experts in their chosen fields
  • Taking part in mooting (mock trial) and mediation competitions
  • Experiencing the atmosphere and excitement of the courtroom in our specialist chambers at Hendon Town Hall
  • Taking on work placements or putting your skills into action as part of the School of Law’s Clinical Legal Education Programme.

3 great reasons to pick this course

  • Global student body
    We are ranked 6th in the UK as the most International University – Times Higher Education World University Ranking 2022
  • Internationally-recognised course
    Middlesex Law School is ranked second for law in the UK and in the Top 100 globally –Times Higher Education Young Universities Ranking 2022
  • Specialist legal facilities
    Access to our Legal Advice Centre

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Here is an overview of the core subjects you will study over three years.

Year 1

You will study the English legal system, legal method, public law and contract law.

Year 2

You will explore criminal law, tort, and theories of international relations. In addition, you then choose two modules from a combination of law and international relations options.  If you want to become a barrister, one option must be EU Law.

Year 3

You will focus on land law, equity and trusts, plus two optional modules (if part-time, these modules will be studied over 4 or 6 years).


  • Year 1 - Compulsory

    • English Legal System (30 credits)

      This module aims to enable you to develop an understanding of the English legal system and how it works in order to provide a foundation for the further study of law. You will examine the nature and function of legal institutions and the role of the legal profession within the English legal system and explore the provision of legal services and methods of alternative dispute resolution. You will become familiar with, and be able to use, legal skills and knowledge in respect of issues and problems involving the English legal system.

    • Public Law (30 credits)

      This module aims to examine general principles relating to the UK Constitution and the organisation and powers of the State. You will gain an awareness of the law and practice relating to the control of the Administration of the UK State and will consider the law relating to Human Rights and aspects of Civil Liberties in the UK. This is a core module and is a requirement of the professional bodies.

    • Contract Law (30 credits)

      This module aims to provide you with a sound knowledge and understanding of the law of contract, focusing on the main principles, cases and statutory provisions relevant to contract law. This will act as a firm foundation for subsequent law modules as well as for postgraduate and professional study after the programme. The module also aims to develop your competence in the analysis and solution of legal problems, develop your legal research skills and recognise the relationship between the law of contract and other areas of English and European law. This is a core module and is a requirement of the professional bodies.

    • Legal Method (30 credits)

      This module aims to broaden and expand your understanding of the common law system, legal reasoning, case analysis, the judicial hierarchy, handling precedents and statutory interpretation. After studying this module, you will comprehend the basic principles and debates underpinning the position of the courts in the UK constitution, appreciate how to read a case, and be able to pick out its material facts and ratio, as well as distinguish this from obiter dicta and develop an understanding of the different rules and approaches that courts use to interpret statutes. The module will also provide you with a grounding in legal ethics so as to instil a basic understanding of a lawyer's duties toward their clients and the court.

  • Year 2 - Compulsory

    • Criminal Law (30 credits)

      This module aims to enable you to acquire a sound knowledge and understanding of criminal law, including a detailed knowledge of the key principles, cases and statutory provisions relevant to criminal law. You will develop skills in the analysis and solution of legal problems and in researching case law and statute law in relation to criminal law, while recognising the relations between criminal law and other areas of law. This is a core module and is a requirement of the professional bodies.

    • Theories of International Relations (30 credits)

      This module aims to introduce the main theories, concepts and themes of international relations. The rival paradigms of the discipline are initially explored and then applied to the understanding of key topics of relations between states and also non-state global actors.

    • Tort (30 credits)

      The module aims to provide a general knowledge and understanding of tort law and lay a sound foundation upon which to develop knowledge, skills and competencies needed for the Vocational Stage of legal education and training, and subsequent careers in legal practice or higher qualifications in law. The study of case law will develop skills in extracting and communicating the meaning of written reports. Students will be challenged to achieve a higher level of understanding and application of the law in practice and attention will be given to the ethical issues that can arise. This is a core module and is a requirement of the professional bodies.

  • Year 2 - Optional

    • EU Law (30 credits)

      This module aims to provide a thorough understanding of the legal system of the European Union (EU) and of the rules and principles governing the free movement of goods, persons, services and capital within the EU’s internal market. You will apply knowledge of EU law to the analysis of legal issues and develop your skills of information retrieval from a range of sources. The module includes the study of the history and development of the EU, the EU’s institutional framework, sources of EU law and law-making procedures, the main substantive principles underlying EU Law and the relationship between EU law and national law. An exhaustive overview of the jurisdiction of the EU courts will also be offered. This is a core module and is a requirement of professional bodies.

      Please note that you must select EU Law as an optional module if you want to study the Barristers Training Course after graduating because EU Law is currently a requirement of the academic component of Bar training to become a barrister.

    • English and International Commercial Law (30 credits)

      This module will provide the knowledge and understanding of employment law and aims to deepens your appreciation of how legal principles encountered in other law modules can be applied to these areas. A critical appreciation of employment law will be encouraged and you will be enabled to place the subject in the context of both your working and non-working lives. Upon successful completion of this module, you will have an understanding of the role of law in regulating the employment relationship and stopping discrimination.

    • UK and European Human Rights Law (30 credits)

      This module aims to explore human rights in an international, historical and comparative perspective. You will be introduced to the rationale for this body of law and to major themes in international human rights jurisprudence. Special attention will be paid to the European Convention of Human Rights and its impact in the United Kingdom, in particular issues arising from the incorporation of the European regime through the Human Rights Act. In addition, the seminars and lectures will address specific human rights to provide you with in depth analysis of the application of human rights to factual scenarios. The course is designed to maximise your career potential, providing an insight into the extent to which universally protected values, articulated as legal claims impact domestic jurisdictions. The course also seeks to critically evaluate those values, their universal validity, and their implementation at regional level with the view of broadening your knowledge of law and to become sensitive to other values and normative regimes.

  • Year 3 - Compulsory

    • Land Law (30 credits)

      This module aims to provide a critical understanding of the law in the context of dealings in land. The module will build upon your knowledge of legal principles by bringing these together with rules of land law. Your ability to evaluate issues, including ethical issues, and to solve land law problems at a high level of understanding is enhanced, together with your personal and professional development and employability skills. This is a core module and is a requirement of the professional bodies.

    • Equity and Trusts (30 credits)

      This module aims to build upon your knowledge of legal principles by bringing these together with rules of trust law and principles of equity, including the ethical principles which govern the role of a trustee as fiduciary and principles relevant to the quantification of damages and availability of assets for their recovery. You will develop your critical understanding of the law of trusts and equitable principles, and your ability to present and argue positions in relation to issues of equity and trust law. You will analyse practical problems accurately and debate issues at a high level of understanding. This is a core module and is a requirement of the professional bodies.

  • Year 3 optional modules - choose two modules from the following:

    • Public International Law (30 credits)

      This module aims to give you the knowledge and understanding on the principles of public international law. You will be extend your ability to evaluate and analyse legal issues in the international context, often dealing with topical concerns. This might include debates over the legality of the use of armed force, the protection of the environment, or the extent of individual responsibility for war crimes.

    • Global Trade Law (30 credits)

      This module will examine the international legal framework for international trade provided by the World Trade Organization (WTO) and its predecessor the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT). The importance of the WTO/GATT has dramatically increased since the 1940s, shaping the global trade regimes and regulatory governance.

    • Project (30 credits)

      This module aims to provide undergraduate law students with the skills necessary to undertake research into a specialised area of legal study selected by you, building on the skills of legal research introduced in the first two years of the programme.

      *Your project must be relevant to your selected pathway title.

    • International Human Rights Law (30 credits)

      This module aims to provide an overview of the international human rights law framework and assess its efficacy in dealing with violations. You will examine the regional and international systems, including the Inter-American, European, African and Asian human rights systems, and the United Nations treaty-based and Charter-based mechanisms. You will be encouraged to situate human rights law globally, to reflect on what themes ought to be prioritised by the United Nations, and to consider the best means of effectively implementing the range of international human rights law standards.

    • Advanced Mooting and Advocacy (30 credits)

      This module aims to provide an opportunity to develop practical skills in legal drafting, advocacy and litigation. It includes a taught element with a concentration on the drafting of documents and written submissions. The majority of the course is devoted to guided student participation in moot court exercises and internal/external competition(s) which will involve as appropriate domestic, European, Human Rights or international law. You will be assessed on the basis of written and/or oral submissions and such other assessments. It is limited to 16 students selected by the programme team.

    • Integrated Learning and Work Placement (30 credits)

      Placement learning aims to link academic work with the 'real world' situation in order to conceptualise the meaning of theory in the wider world context. You'll be encouraged to reflect upon your areas of knowledge and how they apply to the placement learning experience as well as developing personal knowledge through a review of your learning. The placement learning experience provides for two types of placement; standard placements and project-based placements. The placement experience gives you the opportunity to enhance your skills of self-expression, communication, self-reliance and co-operation, and embeds your transferable and graduate skills required for future career paths and employment.

      *Subject to Programme Leader’s consent and subject to the placement taking place in an appropriate professional environment.

To find out more about this highly regarded course, please download the LLB Law with International Relations specification (PDF).

  1. Teaching and learning
  2. Assessment and feedback
  1. UK entry
  2. International
  3. How to apply

These are the fees for 2024/2025:

UK students1

Full-time: £9,250

Part-time: £77 per taught credit


Full-time students: £16,600

Part-time students: £138 per taught credit

Additional costs included

The following study tools are included in your fees:

  • Free access to the resources, learning materials and software you need to succeed on your course
  • Free laptop loans for up to 24 hours
  • Free printing for academic paperwork
  • Free online training with LinkedIn Learning.

Scholarships and bursaries

To help make uni affordable, we do everything we can to support you including our:

  • MDX Excellence Scholarship offers grants of up to £2,000 per year for UK students
  • Regional or International Merit Awards which reward International students with up to £2,000 towards course fees
  • Student Starter Kit. Get help with up to £1,000 of goods, including a new laptop or iPad. Find out about our MDX Student Starter Kit.

Find out more about undergraduate funding and all of our scholarships and bursaries.

Fees disclaimers

1. UK fees: The university reserves the right to increase undergraduate tuition fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any government guidance or decisions. The tuition fees for part-time UK study are subject to annual review and we reserve the right to increase the fees each academic year by no more than the level of inflation.

2. International fees: Tuition fees are subject to annual review and we reserve the right to increase the fees each academic year by no more than the level of inflation.

Any annual increase in tuition fees as provided for above will be notified to students at the earliest opportunity in advance of the academic year to which any applicable inflationary rise may apply.

The LLB Law with International Relations is especially suitable if you are interested in pursuing a career within one of the many kinds of multilateral organisations to be found in increasingly globalised societies (e.g. political, diplomatic, regulatory, campaigning, service-providing, health, trade and other agencies, NGOs and charities).

There are many sectors where a law degree is highly desired, including business (human resources, tax and insurance), charity, management, administration, the Civil Service, education and government. You might choose to pursue a career as a solicitor, barrister, legal executive, paralegal, or in a community advisory role.

Many students pursue professional qualifications which for solicitors will be the Solicitors Qualifying Exam and for barristers, the Bar Practice Course/Barrister Training Course. The LLB complies with the Bar Standard Board's requirements for the academic component of Bar training comprising the seven Foundations of Legal Knowledge modules.

The LLB also provides a very good basis for the Solicitors' Qualifying Exam (SQE).

Once you graduate, you may also choose to study for a master’s degree, before pursuing the professional exams.


Our Careers and Employability Service, MDXworks will launch you into the world of work from the beginning of your course, with placements, projects and networking opportunities through our 1000+ links with industry and big-name employers in London and globally.

Our dedicated lifetime career support, like our business start-up support programme and funding for entrepreneurs, has made us a top 10 university for producing CEOs – Novuana, 2023.

Global network

Our location in London helps us connect you with over 1,000 industry partners to develop your future employment prospects.

And we have unique work and study opportunities at our campuses in Dubai and Mauritius. You’ll study with students from 122 countries who’ll hopefully become part of your global network. And after you graduate, we'll still support you through our alumni network to help you progress in your chosen career.


We are a member of the prestigious Middlesex Law Society, which provides us with some excellent links to law-related organisations and local practitioners. You may be able to take part in work experience with these organisations during the summer break.

We also work with a well-established network of legal practices, specialising in all aspects of the law which enables us to offer some further work placement opportunities across London.

Placements and internships greatly improve graduate employment prospects, and those who take part achieve excellent academic results through applying their learning in a professional setting.

Our specialist Employability Service and London location ensure that every year our students and graduates gain prestigious placement opportunities.

The Sheppard Library

Our library is open 24 hours a day during the term and includes:

  • Over 1,000 study areas with rooms for group study and over 600 computer spaces
  • 350,000 books and e-books and more than 24,000 online journals
  • Free laptop loans, Wi-Fi and printing.

Student support

We offer lots of support to help you while you're studying including financial advice, wellbeing, mental health, and disability support.

Additional needs

We'll support you if you have additional needs such as sensory impairment or dyslexia. And if you want to find out whether Middlesex is the right place for you before you apply, get in touch with our Disability and Dyslexia team.


Our specialist teams will support your mental health. We have free individual counselling sessions, workshops, support groups and useful guides.

Work while you study

Our Middlesex Unitemps branch will help you find work that fits around uni and your other commitments. We have hundreds of student jobs on campus that pay the London Living Wage and above.

Financial support

You can apply for scholarships and bursaries and our MDX Student Starter Kit to help with up to £1,000 of goods, including a new laptop or iPad.

We have also reduced the costs of studying with free laptop loans, free learning resources and discounts to save money on everyday things. Check out our guide to student life on a budget.

Dr Susan Pascoe
Associate Professor of Law

After achieving First Class Honours in her LLB degree at University College London, Dr Pascoe qualified as a solicitor and undertook work in a wide range of areas including conveyancing, matrimonial work, probate and litigation; she still maintains her name on the roll of solicitors. Dr Pascoe subsequently completed a PhD at King's College London and has a range of publications in property and conveyancing law.

Mariette Jones
Senior Lecturer in Law and Programme Lead for LLB

After qualifying as an attorney of the High Court of South Africa, Mariette embarked on an academic career focusing primarily on commercial law. She is currently the Programme Leader for the University’s LLB programmes, and lectures Tort, UK Company Law and Comparative Corporate Governance.

Professor William Schabas
Professor of Law

Professor William Schabas is a Professor of International Human Law and Human Rights at Leiden University, distinguished visiting faculty at Sciences Po in Paris and Honorary Chairman of the Irish Centre for Human Rights. He is the author of more than 20 books in the fields of human rights and international criminal law. Professor Schabas drafted the 2010 and 2015 United Nations quinquennial reports on the death penalty. He was a member of the Sierra Leone Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

  • David Eniolorunfe Oshame

    LLB Law student

    I was motivated to study the LLB as, not only is it a prestigious course, I felt it was the best option for me to achieve my goal of becoming a lawyer. I was also confident the course would allow me to work in a large number of organisations either as a legal practitioner, legal advisor or legal representative after I graduate.

    Every aspect of the course has been really exciting, as you can apply what you learn in modules to everyday legal issues. Most importantly, the course has improved my ability to think logically and it has taught me about the importance of precision in my work, which is essential if I'm going to work in the field of Law.

  • Jane-Bridgette Gathinji

    LLB Law student

    This course provides the opportunity to learn the foundations of our legal system and opens up many opportunities post graduation, including the option of exploring work as a solicitor or legal secretary.

    During this course I've learnt a lot, including Protection Laws that I never knew existed. I've had the chance to moot and take part in practical, case-based, projects. This course has been a great stepping stone to educating me on the rights and laws of the people, and I hope I'll be able to use this knowledge in helping and support those less fortunate in the world.

We’ll carefully manage any future changes to courses, or the support and other services available to you, if these are necessary because of things like changes to government health and safety advice, or any changes to the law.

Any decisions will be taken in line with both external advice and the University’s Regulations which include information on this.

Our priority will always be to maintain academic standards and quality so that your learning outcomes are not affected by any adjustments that we may have to make.

At all times we’ll aim to keep you well informed of how we may need to respond to changing circumstances, and about support that we’ll provide to you.

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