LLM by Research 

The LLM by Research is a flexible route to a masters qualification on the basis of independent research work in international law.

This LLM programme is ideal preparation for doctoral study or those wishing to enhance their career prospects within the legal profession.

For this degree, you are required to write a thesis of up to 30,000 words in an area of your choice. You will develop legal expertise, research, and writing skills. 

We welcome proposals in any area of international law.

Please contact law-pgr-director@glasgow.ac.uk to discuss your application.

Visit https://www.gla.ac.uk/postgraduate/research/law/ to apply.

Why this Programme?

The LLM by Research promises:

Academic Excellence


Why choose Glasgow?

Law has been taught and researched at the University of Glasgow since the 15th Century. Our Law School is ranked No.3 for Law in the UK by the Complete University Guide 2020 and No.1 Law School in Scotland.

By choosing to pursue your LLM by Research at the University of Glasgow, you will benefit from the Glasgow Centre for International Law and Security’s: 

Supervision Areas

The LLM by Research is a unique opportunity to conduct independent research work in an area of your choice. At the GCILS, our breadth of expertise covers all areas of international law.

Our specialist research areas include:

  • International law of global security
  • International economic law
  • The laws of armed conflict
  • Law of international organisations
  • Cybersecurity and new technologies
  • International criminal justice
  • The settlement of international disputes
  • The law of international development
  • International investment law
  • International human rights law
  • International courts and tribunals
  • International legal theory

Browse our research supervisors or specialist research areas to find out more about the areas in which we offer supervision. 


Discover what our alumni say about the LLM by Research in International Law and what it brought to their career.

Eleni Methymaki – Bridge to Doctoral Study
“My LLM by Research in International Law at Glasgow was an opportunity to work with real experts in the field and become part of an enriching community of researchers. I gained experience in the challenges and satisfactions of research study, and it was a great springboard for my next steps.”

Eleni Methymaki, LLM by Research Graduate (2018), DPhil Candidate in Law (University of Oxford)

Luca Thieme – Career Progression in Private Practice

“The LLM by Research is the degree that I am most proud of and that arouses the curiosity of those who read my business card. My topic of research became a door opener to my first position as data protection expert in the police sector in Germany. In my current position, advising clients in English is part of my daily business, as well as working on tight deadlines and keeping a high standard of argumentation. The LLM by Research has helped me enhance these skills. I also enjoyed the discussions with the other research students and attended workshops on academic writing and soft skills that proved to be very useful. Glasgow became my second home where I go back once a year to meet with the good friends I made in 2017.”

Luca Maria Thieme, LLM by Research Graduate (2017), Lawyer (Gleiss Lutz, Germany)

Entry Requirements

The School’s LLM by Research programme aims to attract exceptionally talented and strongly committed students to pursue independent research.

Entry requirements for the LLM by Research are generally a strong first degree in law or a cognate discipline, and demonstrated language proficiency. Students must also submit a research proposal, CV and references. Read our advice about writing a research proposal for postgraduate study in law. View English Language requirements for applicants whose first language is not English.


Prices are based on the annual fee for full-time study. For up-to-date fees please visit: https://www.gla.ac.uk/postgraduate/research/law/