Birkbeck, University of London

Course Introduction

A range of national and transnational crises are addressed through welfare'centred models of responding to human need, suffering and 'deviance'. These crises include people seeking asylum, populations in need arising out of conflicts or natural disasters, populations subject to pandemics, and communities in social and economic crisis. This programme offers you the opportunity to study the legal and wider social and economic structures that determine the responses to these crises. There is an increasing privatisation of formerly state'based responses to social and economic crises. There is also a globalisation of strategies and mechanisms of governance: A transnational flow of technologies for addressing social welfare demands and needs. This is the only programme in the UK that responds to these developments by combining the focus on governmental responses to human suffering and need with the study of private sector organisations delivering services to populations in crisis. Human need and suffering is increasingly the catalyst for local and transnational protest movements. This programme brings Birkbeck's avowedly critical approach to questions concerning the 'commons', as well as to the political and juridical questions concerning natural resources, water and food.

Course Modules

You take 2 compulsory modules and 4 option modules, one of which can be a dissertation. Compulsory modules: The legal regulation of welfare services: Global perspectives; UK public and private law: Accountability for delivery of welfare services. Option modules (choose 4): Advanced international economic law, justice and development; asylum support: global perspectives; cultures of human rights; introduction to international economic law, justice and development; introduction to the law of international finance; issues in international law and human rights; risk, rights and responsibility: Governing epidemics and regulating health; the history and philosophy of human rights; dissertation (LLM LDHW Intensive). You may also take option modules from other intensively taught LLM programmes such as Human Rights or International Economic Law, Justice, and Development.

Course Additional Entry

Good 2nd'Class Honours degree in law or a related discipline. We welcome other relevant qualifications and appropriate professional training and experience.We welcome students with degrees other than law. Excellent English language skills are essential. If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, the requirement for this programme is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 7.0, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub'tests.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
1 year
Full Time
LLM £14,075  Academic year. First year overseas fees
1 year
Full Time
LLM £7,950  Academic year. First year home fees
2 years
Part Time Evening
LLM £7,050  Academic year. First year overseas fees
2 years
Part Time Evening
LLM £3,975  Academic year. First year home fees