Programme Specification for the 2015/6 academic year

LLM LLM International and Comparative Public Law

1. Programme Details

Programme nameLLM LLM International and Comparative Public Law Programme codePTL1LAWLAW02
Study mode(s)Full Time
Part Time
Academic year2015/6
Campus(es)Streatham (Exeter)
Programme start date


NQF Level7 (Masters)

2. Description of the Programme

This programme exposes Public Law to the wider international dimensions within a rigorous comparative context. The programme examines Public Law problems from a variety of perspectives, including that of international organisations, European institutions, human rights, civil liberties and refugees. It also investigates how different national systems cope with similar Public Law problems yet arrive at different solutions.

The principal advantage of this programme is that it offers an opportunity to address these problems and issues at each of these various levels. The degree provides a unique qualification if you are interested in pursuing a career in public service in both the national and international sectors or in non-governmental organisations.

As part of the LLM programme you will have the opportunity to visit the institutions of the EU in Strasbourg, Luxembourg and Brussels for a week, usually during the Spring Term. Although not obligatory, this accompanied tour is regarded as an important part of the educational activity of LLM students who are encouraged to participate, as it is an invaluable chance to see at first hand the workings of these institutions. The cost of the tour in 2010 was £365.

The method of teaching is by small seminar groups. You will be expected to prepare papers in advance on a given topic which you will then present at the following seminar, under the guidance of the appropriate module supervisor.

3. Educational Aims of the Programme

1. To provide students with the opportunity to address the problems and issues of comparative public law at European and international levels, taking account of substantive as well as institutional factors.
2. To afford students exposure to several systems of public law thereby enabling them to look at and criticise their own and other systems of public law from an informed perspective.
3. To enable students to identify, locate and critically appraise legal materials from more than one jurisdiction and also from international sources.
4. To enable students to assimilate extensive documentary legal and non-legal materials; to extract from them the material points, and to make judgments autonomously as to their relevance.
5. To enable students to apply the principles of domestic and international law and legal rules to solve and analyse practical problems in an international context.
6. To encourage students reason logically, supporting the process with authority.
7. To provide students with the necessary intellectual and practical legal skills, such as analysis, problem-solving and legal reasoning, to enable them independently to achieve an understanding of any branch of international public law even if they had not previously studied it.
8. To provide students with the opportunity to enhance and develop their writing skills by completing a dissertation and their oral communication skills by presenting seminar papers.
9. To prepare students for employment in private practice, corporate or public employment relating to international trade by developing their transferable and problem-based learning skills.

4. Programme Structure

The programme is studied over one year, in 3 x 10 week terms, and is University-based throughout that time; in addition to the 3 terms, students have a 4 month period in which to complete a dissertation. The programme is divided into units of study called modules. Modules have a credit rating of 15, 30 or 60 credits (15 for half-modules over 1 semester, 30 for full modules over 2 semesters, 60 for the final dissertation) and 180 are required for this programme.

Part Time Study:

Part-time study is possible only if you live in the Exeter area as attendance at seminars is compulsory. Part-time study over a longer period is possible by negotiation with the School.

5. Programme Modules

The following tables describe the programme and constituent modules. Constituent modules may be updated, deleted or replaced as a consequence of the annual programme review of this programme. Details of the modules currently offered may be obtained from the College web site

You may take option modules as long as any necessary prerequisites have been satisfied, where the timetable allows and if you have not already taken the module in question or an equivalent module. Descriptions of the individual modules are given in full on the College web site.

Tour of the European Union and European Community Institutions

3rd - 9th February 2013


This one week tour, offered by the School of Law, presents a fantastic opportunity to see at first hand the workings of the institutions of the European Union and European Community in Strasbourg, Luxembourg and Brussels.

Places are limited to 40 and are allocated on a first come, first served basis.

See our photo slideshow of previous tours


There are some things which are priceless in life and this tour was one of them. Everything was very well organised and the whole tour was excellent value for money. Indeed the week spent on the Tour was the best week of my postgraduate study at Exeter. l would, therefore, highly recommend it as it was such a great experience.

If you are interested in EU law this tour is indispensable. Likewise, friends whose subject was not law gained a tremendous amount from the Tour. l learnt so much which l am sure l couldn't have learned from seminars. We visited most of the major institutions of the EU and three different countries. We had a lot of fun, tried culturally different and delicious food, and overall spent a great time making very good and new friendships. It was like a dream tour.

Koray Sogut, International Business Law


Tour programme

We aim to try and visit most of the following institutions in addition to allowing you free time to explore the cities.


  • The Council of Europe
  • European Court of Human Rights
  • European Parliament


  • Court of Justice of the European Communities
  • European Investment Bank


  • European Commission
  • Committee of the Regions
  • European Economic and Social Committee
  • Council of the European Union (Council of Ministers)


Approximately £370 per person which includes:

  • Outward travel: Eurostar from London - Strasbourg
  • Return travel: Eurostar from Brussels - London
  • Six nights bed and breakfast accommodation sharing twin bedded rooms (two nights in Strasbourg, one night in Luxembourg, three nights in Brussels)
  • Transport by coach between Strasbourg - Luxembourg - Brussels
  • At least two group lunches
  • Travel insurance

Please note: transport to and from London, transport in Strasbourg, drink and meals en route, plus lunches and dinner during the tour are excluded from the price, with the exception of two or three lunches.

Stage 1

The LLM International and Comparative Public Law is available for study 12 months full-time over three terms and is University-based throughout this time. The taught components of the programme are delivered in the first two terms; you then have a four-month period in which to complete your dissertation. The final stages of your dissertation, betweeen the end of the third term and the submission date in September, may be undertaken at a distance.

During the programme you will study 180 credits, comprised of a number of optional modules plus a dissertation.

Compulsory Modules

Compulsory module 

Dissertation 60

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
LAWM640 Dissertation 60Yes

Optional Modules

Optional modules

You will choose a number of either 30 or 15 credit optional modules, to a total of 120 credits, from a regularly updated selection. There is also the opportunity to select up to 60 credits of study outside of your Law programme, with optional modules offered by the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, as well as Politics and International Relations.

Recent modules are shown below.

European Political Integration (Politics Department) 30  Terms 1 and 2
International Human Rights Law 30 Terms 1 and 2
Socio-Legal Research Skills 30 Terms 1 and 2
International Criminal Law - Institutions 15 Term 1
Censorship, Markets and Human Rights 15 Term 1
European Constitutionalism 15 Term 1
Approaches to Research in Law (ESRC) 15 Term 1
International Criminal Law in Practice - The Hague Trip 15 Term 1
Human Rights and the UN - Study Trip 15 Term 1
International Legal Theories 15 Term 1
European Convention on Human Rights  15 Term 1
International Humanitarian Law 15 Term 1
European Comparative Law 15 Term 2
Immigrants and Refugees in the European Union  15 Term 2
International Criminal Law - Crimes and Criminal Responsibility 15 Term 2
Human Rights and International Business Policy 15 Term 2
Human Dignity and European Constitutionalism 15 Term 2
European Law in Practice - Visit to Brussels 15 Term 2

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
LAWM635 Immigrants and Refugees in EU 15No
LAWM670 European Convention On Human Rights 30No
LAWM671 International Human Rights Law 30No
LAWM672 International Refugee Law 15No
LAWM684 International Humanitarian Law 15No
LAWM035 European Legal Theories II 15No
LAWM048 International Security Regulations 15No
LAWM049 Foundations in Law and Critique 15No
LAWM051 Legal Aspects of International Finance 15No
LAWM610 Transnational Commercial Law 30No
LAWM616 European Company Law 30No
LAWM618A Comparative Comm Conflict of Laws 15No
LAWM619 Islamic Finance and Banking Law 15No
LAWM631 Human Rights and International Business Policy (MRes in Socio-Legal Research programme) 15No
LAWM632 International Environmental Law 15No
LAWM645 EC Consumer Protection 15No
LAWM646 EC Consumer Protection and Advertising 15No
LAWM648 European Constitutionalism 15No
LAWM649 European Private Law 15No
LAWM658 Corporate Finance Law 15No
LAWM659 Regulation of Financial Markets 15No
LAWM664 Islamic Law and Human Rights 15No
LAWM666A EC Internal Market Law 15No
LAWM668 International Intellectual Property Law 15No
LAWM669 Transnational Corporate Governance 15No
LAWM673 Copyright Law and Policy 30No
LAWM692 Principles of International Trade 15No
LAWM696 Patent Law and Policy 15No
LAWM687 Socio-Legal Research Skills 30No
LAWM686 Approaches to Research in Law 15No
LAWM008 European Convention On Human Rights 15No
LAWM663 European Comparative Law 15No
LAWM708 European Law in Practice: Visit to Brussels 15No
LAWM052 Human dignity and European constitutionalism 15No
LAWM060 International Criminal Law - Institutions 15No
LAWM058 Censorship, Markets and Human Rights 15No
LAWM703 International Criminal Law in Practice-The Hague Trip 15No
LAWM704 Human Rights and the United Nations-Study Trip 15No
LAWM061 International Criminal Law - Crimes and Criminal Responsibility 15No
Total Credits for Stage 1


6. Programme Outcomes Linked to Teaching, Learning and Assessment Methods

Intended Learning Outcomes
A: Specialised Subject Skills and Knowledge
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

1. Demonstrate a thorough knowledge and a critical understanding of key elements of national, EU and international public law.
2. Follow and understand current developments in national, EU and international public law.
3. Know and practise the principles and techniques of advanced and autonomous research.
4. Apply the principles of law and legal rules to solve and analyse practical problems in an international public law context.
5. Understand and explain the interaction between different subject areas in International Public Law as well as the interaction between national, European and international public law.
6. Have an understanding of some of the relevant social, economic, political and cultural contexts within which international and domestic Public Law operates.

Seminars: library tuition: essays: dissertation.

Assessed essays: dissertation.

Intended Learning Outcomes
B: Academic Discipline Core Skills and Knowledge
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

7. Identify, locate and retrieve legal materials at both domestic and supra-national level in paper, electronic and on-line form.
8. Apply national and supra-national legal knowledge to a practical situation of limited complexity and to draw reasoned and arguable conclusions from it, supported by legal authority and sound and logical argument.
9. Synthesise information from a number of primary and secondary legal and other sources; appreciate their relative value; and separate the relevant from the peripheral: understand the interaction between 2 or 3 levels of regulation.
10. Analyse, evaluate and interpret the principal source materials of national, EU and international law relevant to public law.
11. Make a critical judgement of the merits of particular arguments and make a reasoned choice between alternative solutions or arguments.
12. Work independently in planning and undertaking assignments.
13. Research the law independently.

Seminar papers: presentations: essays: word processing and other information technology.

Coursework (formative assessment): assessed essays;
dissertation providing evidence in writing of the
student's skills, knowledge and capacity to critically
evaluate as independent learner.

Intended Learning Outcomes
C: Personal/Transferable/Employment Skills and Knowledge
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

14. Manage time effectively and prioritise tasks by working to strict deadlines.
15. Take responsibility for one's own learning by planning and managing tasks with limited guidance; identifying their own resources and seeking and making use of feedback.
16. Perform assigned academic tasks and co-ordinate them with other students.
17. Work effectively as part of a team in producing and presenting seminar papers.
18. Communicate effectively to others when participating in seminar discussions.
19. Evaluate and assess his or her own abilities performance and understanding, to reflect on his or her own learning and to seek advice and feedback.
20. To use some electronic information management tools, such as word processing, email, the internet and some other electronic retrieval systems.
21. Utilise problem-solving skills in theoretical or practical contexts.
22. Be aware of key career opportunities and the need for forward planning.

- Transferable skills permeate every activity within the programme content and assessment - essays, dissertation, presentations, word processing and other IT skills.
- A distinctive feature of the programme is its emphasis on research-based assessment methods (essays, dissertation) rather than formal written exams. The programme involves the students in both independent study and group work in the form of seminar discussions and presentations. As the students come from various jurisdications, their learning takes place in a comparative perspective.

See above.

7. Programme Regulations

University Regulations on the number of credits to be taken and at what level for each stage of the programme can be found in the Credit and Qualifications Framework.


Condonement is the process that allows you to be awarded credit (and so progress to the next stage or, in the final stage, receive an award), despite failing to achieve a pass mark at a first attempt. You are not entitled to reassessment in condoned credit. Regulations on condonement can be found in the Handbook for Assessment, Progression and Awarding for Taught Programmes.

Assessment and Awards

For undergraduate degrees assessment at stage one does not contribute to the summative classification of the award. Details of the weightings for each year of all programme lengths can be found in the Handbook for Assessment, Progression and Awarding for Taught Programmes.


Full details of assessment regulations for undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes and the classification of awards can be found in the Handbook for Assessment, Progression and Awarding for Taught Programmes.

You can also read details of Generic Marking Criteria.

8. College Support for Students and Students' Learning

Personal and Academic Tutoring

It is University policy that all Colleges should have in place a system of academic and personal tutors. The role of academic tutors is to support you with individual modules; the role of personal tutors is to provide you with advice and support fo the duration of your programme, and this support extends to providing you with details of how to obtain support and guidance on personal difficulties such as accommodation, financial difficulties and sickness. You can also make an appointment to see individual teaching staff.

Information on the College Personal Tutoring system, library provision, ELE resources and access to College support services can be found on the College webpages for current students.

Student Staff Liaison Committee (SSLC)

SSLCs enable students and staff to jointly participate in the management and review of the teaching and learning provision.

9. University Support for Students and Students' Learning

Learning Resources

The University Library maintains its principal collections in the main library buildings on the Streatham and St Luke's campuses, together with a number of specialist collections in certain Colleges. The total Library collection comprises over a million volumes and 3000 current periodical subscriptions.

IT Services

A wide range of IT services are provided throughout the Exeter campuses, including open-access computer rooms, some of which are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Helpdesks are maintained on the Streatham and St Luke's campuses, while most study bedrooms in halls and flats are linked to the University's campus network.

Student Support Services

The University provides many support services including health and wellbeing, multifaith chaplaincy, family support, the Students' Guild and international student support.

10. Admissions Criteria

All applications are considered individually on merit. The University is committed to an equal opportunities policy with respect to gender, age, race, sexual orientation and/or disability when dealing with applications. It is also committed to widening access to higher education to students from a diverse range of backgrounds and experience.

Candidates for undergraduate programmes must satisfy the undergraduate admissions requirements of the University of Exeter.

11. Regulation of Assessment and Academic Standards

Each academic programme in the University is subject to an agreed College assessment and marking strategy, underpinned by institution-wide assessment procedures.

The security of assessment and academic standards is further supported through the appointment of External Examiners for each programme. External Examiners have access to draft papers, course work and examination scripts. They are required to attend the Board of Examiners and to provide an annual report. Annual External Examiner reports are monitored at both College and University level. Their responsibilities are described in the University's code of practice. See the University's TQA Manual for details.

12. Indicators of Quality and Standards

Certain programmes are subject to accreditation and/or review by professional and statutory regulatory bodies (PSRBs).

13. Methods for Evaluating and Improving Quality and Standards

The University and its constituent Colleges draw on a range of data to review the quality of education provision. The College documents the performance in each of its tuaght programmes, against a range of criteria on an annual basis through the Annual Student Experience Review (ASER).

Subject areas are reviewed every five years through a College Academic Audit scheme that includes external contributions.

14. Awarding Institution

University of Exeter

15. Lead College / Teaching Institution

College of Social Sciences and International Studies (CSSIS)

16. Partner College / Institution

Partner College(s)

Not applicable to this programme

Partner Institution

Not applicable to this programme.

17. Programme Accredited / Validated by


18. Final Award

LLM LLM International and Comparative Public Law

19. UCAS Code


20. NQF Level of Final Award

7 (Masters)

21. Credit

CATS credits


ECTS credits


22. QAA Subject Benchmarking Group

23. Dates

Origin Date


Date of last revision