About the course

The LLM International Development Law is perfect for you if you would like to study international law from an Islamic perspective. The course includes two compulsory modules – International Development Law and Islamic Finance Law – which will give you a solid foundation on which to build as you specialise in the area of international development. These will be combined with two modules of your choice from a wide range of options.

The International Development Law module considers the global issues of poverty eradication, human rights fulfilment and sustainable economic growth, and the related challenges. It also examines the foundations of international development law and seeks to offer a critical understanding of the political, economic and social context of global developmental challenges.

When Islamic Finance appeared in the banking sector in the 1970s, it wasn’t expected to survive. Not only did it survive, but it also weathered the storm of the financial crisis better than the conventional global finance market. The Islamic Finance Law module considers the lessons that can be learned. This cutting-edge module also examines the justifications for intellectual property rights from an Islamic perspective, and analyses the success of Islamic finance, seeking to understand how we can apply this learning to intellectual property and international trade.

We also offer a range of other Master of Law pathways.

Fact sheets 2018 Course fact sheet 1 LLM Masters Degree in Law Semester A Entrants 2018 Course fact sheet 2 LLM Masters Degree in Law Semester B Entrants
Programme specifications 2018 Programme specification 1 LLM Masters Degree in Law

Why choose this course?

The University of Hertfordshire is known for its great links with industry and its high-quality teaching, which is supported by cutting-edge research and practice and delivered by specialists at the forefront of their disciplines. The LLM International Development Law is regularly reviewed to ensure that its content is up to date and pertinent to current developments and challenges in the international arena.

Our innovative, practical teaching methods will equip you with the knowledge and skills you need – the intellectual, transferable, interpersonal and practical skills that will set you on the path of your chosen career with confidence. You can combine similar pathways if you wish, and graduate with a named joint pathway as well.

In addition to the compulsory and optional modules, we offer exciting co-curricular opportunities to further enhance your skills.

Course details


Successful completion of the LLM International Development Law will provide you with the necessary knowledge and skills to work in the area of international development, whether in an international organisation, in government, civil society, the private or public sector, or in academia or research. Your skills will be highly applicable within the international context, as you will have gained a sound knowledge of Western legislation as well as laws pertaining to Asia, the Middle East and North Africa region, and Africa.

Teaching methods

The programme is taught via a range of innovative methods, from class seminars to group discussions, role plays to debates, to enable you to learn in the way that is most suitable for you, and to give you practical experience in a variety of contexts. Independent study is crucial, of course, to consolidate and deepen your understanding.

The compulsory modules are assessed by way of written assignments, giving you opportunities to apply your learning and demonstrate what you know. Case studies will be used in the Islamic Finance Law module.

A peer mentoring scheme is also on offer, offering further opportunities to develop skills of mentoring, teamwork and leadership.


  • Level 7
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Dissertation 60 Credits Compulsory
    Islamic Finance Law 30 Credits Compulsory
    International Development Law 30 Credits Compulsory
    Research Methods and Skills 0 Credits Compulsory
    Alternative Dispute Resolution 30 Credits Optional
    Banking Law 2 30 Credits Optional
    Public International Law 2 30 Credits Optional
    Intellectual Property 2 30 Credits Optional
    International Commercial Law 2 30 Credits Optional
    Legal Risk Management, Governance and Compliance 30 Credits Optional
    Company Law 2 30 Credits Optional
    International Environmental Law 30 Credits Optional
    International Energy Law 30 Credits Optional
    Medical Law and Ethics 30 Credits Optional
    International Human Rights Law 30 Credits Optional
    Private International Law 30 Credits Optional
    Emerging technologies and law 30 Credits Optional
    Data Protection Law 30 Credits Optional
    International Electronic Communications Law 30 Credits Optional
    Corporate Governance 30 Credits Optional
    Employment law 30 Credits Optional
    International Financial Law 2 30 Credits Optional
  • Fees & funding

    Fees 2019

    UK/EU Students

    Full time
    • £8400 for the 2019/2020 academic year
    Part time
    • £700 per 15 credits for the 2019/2020 academic year

    International Students

    Full time
    • £12650 for the 2019/2020 academic year
    Part time
    • £1050 per 15 credits for the 2019/2020 academic year

    Discounts are available for International students if payment is made in full at registration

    *Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.

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    Other financial support

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    Living costs / accommodation

    The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.

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    Entry requirements

    A first degree in Law (or a subject in a related discipline, such as Business, Political Science or International Relations) at a minimum of 2:2. Or, an overseas qualification which is equivalent to a UK Honours degree, minimum 2:2 classification.

    You must also satisfy the University’s English language requirement for the course, which is a GCSE grade 4 or above (Grade C or above under the old grading structure), or IELTS at 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each band. For country specific qualifications, please visit our Your Country page.

    Please contact Admissions Tutor at lawadmissions@herts.ac.uk to discuss entry requirements further.

    How to apply

    Course length
    • Full Time, 1 Years
    • Part Time, 2 Years
    • University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield


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