International Law – Master’s Degree

International Law - Master's Degree

Course Title:

International Law – Master’s Degree


Course Description:

The MA in International Law allows students to study international law and its application in a broad range of international law, such as the general principle of international law, private international law, international institutions, environmental law, comparative law, human rights and international humanitarian Law. This course would also examine the definition and source of international law, the historical development of international law, state responsibility and individual responsibility under international law. This course is designed not only to introduce the students to the general fields of international law, but also to provide an understanding of how legal structures and processes operate globally.


Course Objectives:

The Key theme of this course is that students develop analysis and assessment of legal arguments. The course will help students develop their ability to write clear research essays and dissertations and critically assess differing perspectives on theoretical debates. Students should develop an independent thought and the confidence to challenge the accepted wisdom. They should learn to identify issues and formulate questions for further research through independent work. Additionally, the students are encouraged to use their previous experience and knowledge in addressing legal global issues in the contemporary application of international rules and principles.


Course Structure:


This is an interactive course involving lectures, tutorials, seminars, workshops, discussions and group work activities. 

All the modules related to this course in Year 1 are delivered in your home branch of the University. As per institutional arrangement for this course, the students are required to spend one term of their studies in Oxford Branch of the University. Therefore, Azad University in Oxford (AUO) delivers 6 specialised modules (units) of this course.  Additionally you are provided with 2 modules of Specialised English Language for this course during your stay in Oxford. The rest of your modules for year 2 are delivered in your home branch, as per university approved modules by the Ministry of Science, Research and Technology.


Teaching, Learning and Assessment:


All modules in AUO are taught by qualified staff in English. You will be learning in a stimulating and friendly atmosphere where you will be able to develop a wide range of disciplinary and professional skills.

Teaching methods include lectures, seminars, group work, and individual and group presentations.

During term time we host a series of weekly research seminars where guest speakers from other universities and from outside the academic sector give presentations on research themes of interest to International Law students. 

Assessment is by coursework and examination. Coursework includes essays, group projects and individual seminar presentations and research projects. Some modules involve an element of examination at the end of the term, but others are assessed solely on the basis of your work during the term.