Public International Law, LL.M.

Public International Law, LL.M.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
  • English (schedule IELTS)
University rank #59 (ARWU) ,
The Public International Law programme from the University of Groningen is designed to provide an optimal mix to ensure the realization of our goals in the field of knowledge dissemination and the training of academic, legal and practical skills.


Imagine a peaceful, prosperous and environmentally sustainable world society respecting human dignity and social justice.  Would this be possible without international law?  Do not dream, make it work!  Allow yourself to become a good international lawyer by getting  to know the achievements and shortcomings or international law today.  Develop ideas about how to improve international law and acquire  skills to advise your government, an international organization, a company, individuals, or groups.

The Public International Law programme from the University of Groningen offers some flexibility in the range of courses that can be chosen. Students can opt for a peace & security, an economic/environmental or a dispute settlement profile. The master's thesis allows you to spend considerable time to study a topic of your choice under the supervision of an experienced staff member. 

Job prospects

There are opportunities in legal departments of international organizations or foreign ministries, but also in many national governmental institutions and ministries, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, internationally operating enterprises and academic institutions, be it in the field of trade & investment, environment, energy, or human rights. In larger law firms and legal companies expertise in public international law is relevant for international cases and arbitrations.


Programme Structure

Courses included:
  • International Human Rights Law 
  • International Institutional Law 
  • Advanced International Law 
  • Settlement of International Disputes 
  • UN Peacekeeping and Peace Enforcement 
  • International Humanitarian Law 
  • International Law in Practice 
  • Refugee and Asylum Law 
  • Master's thesis 
  • International Trade and Development Law 
  • Investment and International Law 
For more information, please visit the programme website.

                    Detailed Programme Facts

                    • Programme intensity Full-time
                      • Full-time duration 12 months
                    • Credits
                      60 ECTS
                    • Languages
                      • English
                    • Delivery mode
                      On Campus

                    English Language Requirements

                    You only need to take one of these language tests:

                    • Minimum required score:


                      The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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                    • Minimum required score:


                      The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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                    Academic Requirements

                    • Grade average - GPA equivalent to 7/10 (Dutch grading scale)
                    • Grade list 
                    • Knowledge minimum - basic knowledge of public international law, on a similar level as the course Public International Law and elementary knowledge of European Law
                    • English Proficiency (TOEFL, IELTS, CAE or CPE)
                    • Previous education - LLB or equivalent
                    • Reference letter - 1 academic reference should be provided
                    • Written request - Applicants must send a motivation letter (max. 650 words). The letter should be written by the applicants themselves; it is not allowed to submit an (official) translation.
                    • Curriculum vitae 

                                                              Tuition Fee

                                                              • International Applies to you

                                                                14200 EUR/year
                                                                Tuition Fee
                                                                Based on the original amount of 14200 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
                                                              • EU/EEA Applies to you

                                                                2006 EUR/year
                                                                Tuition Fee
                                                                Based on the original amount of 2006 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
                                                              We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

                                                              Living costs for Groningen

                                                              • 750 - 1000 EUR/month
                                                                Living Costs

                                                              The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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