LLM by Research

The LLM by Research is a flexible route to a masters qualification on the basis of independent research work, which may be focused on 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 in an area of your choice. You will develop legal expertise, research, and writing skills. 

We welcome proposals in any area of international law.

Why this Programme?

The LLM by Research promises:

Academic Excellence


Supervision Areas

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

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




“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)

“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)

For more information visit the programme website