- Pursue an international law MA that does not require a first degree in law.
- Explore future careers in government agencies, the armed forces, international organisations, NGOs, law firms and multinational corporations.
- Develop the critical skills required to analyse legal issues surrounding armed conflicts, terrorism, modern warfare, security of international investments and transactions, and security of intellectual property.
Master of Arts (MA)
How long it takes:
1 year (full-time); 2 years (part-time)
Distance learning/ Campus
Find out more about
Newcastle Law School
Course unit details
You will be doing 180 credits in total, 120 of which will be taught course units and the remaining 60 credits in the form of two research papers (30 credits each).
Course units are worth 15 or 30 credits each. You will be required to select course units to a total of 120 credits, and so must choose a minimum of four course units or a maximum of eight course units.
The course has a compulsory research component, in which you must submit two research papers of 7,000-8,000 words each (each worth 30 credits). The taught element of the degree course will total 120 credits and the research element will total 60 credits, therefore 180 credits for the MA. The first research paper must be within the area of a semester one course unit that you have chosen, and the second research paper within the area of a semester one or semester two course unit you have taken.
Course unit list
The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.
|Subjects and Actors of International Law||LAWS70021||15||Mandatory|
|Sources of International Law||LAWS70431||15||Mandatory|
|International Institutional Law and the Use of Force||LAWS70451||15||Mandatory|
|MA Research Paper One||LAWS70901||30||Mandatory|
|MA Research Paper Two||LAWS70902||30||Mandatory|
|Academic Skills for Legal Studies||LAWS50000||0||Optional|
|PG International Courts and Tribunals||LAWS61082||15||Optional|
|Cyber-Security and International Law||LAWS70462||15||Optional|
|International Criminal Law and Justice||LAWS70472||30||Optional|
Academic entry qualification overview
MA applicants must hold a minimum Upper Second class honours degree, or the overseas equivalent, in a relevant subject.
Those applicants who do not satisfy the entry requirements for direct entry onto our MA course may wish to be considered for entry onto the Postgraduate Diploma course.
In exceptional circumstances candidates who do not have first degree, but who can demonstrate professional competence, may be admitted on the Postgraduate Diploma course. Transfer to the MA, if requested, will be considered based on marks obtained in the taught component, and is dependent upon the student reaching Master’s level in the taught modules.
- IELTS – overall score of 7, including 7 in writing with no further component score below 6.5;
- TOEFL IBT 103 with 28 in writing and no further score below 25 in each section. TOEFL code for Newcastle is 0757.
- Pearson – overall 73 with 73 in writing and no further score below 66
Scores are valid for 2 years.
Please note that CAS statements are issued only when all conditions of the offer have been satisfied, PDF copy of passport received and the offer accepted.
- MA (full-time)
UK/EU students (per annum): £9,500
International students (per annum): £19,000
- MA (part-time)
UK/EU students (per annum): £4,750
International students (per annum): £9,500
- PGDip (full-time)
UK/EU students (per annum): £6,334
International students (per annum): £12,667
- PGDip (part-time)
UK/EU students (per annum): £3,167 per annum
International students (per annum): £6,334
You’ll show your progress through a combination of written essays, problem-solving assignments and presentations.
All students take our core modules, but please note that the availability of optional modules is subject to demand.
This is a specialised master’s offering you training for a range of legal careers in government agencies, the armed forces, international organisations, NGOs, law firms and multinational corporations.