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Get a Master's Degree while you are in Bilbao

Some of the 1st semester subjects that you can take as an exchange or visiting student at our Law Faculty may also be, when applicable, be recognised as equivalent to all the 1st semester subjects on our LLM Master’s in International Legal Studies (60 ECTS credits, full taught in English – some subjects are also taught in Spanish). In this way, if you plan out your 1st semester subjects well, and you add the crash course totalling 30 ECTS that will be held between January and March, you will also be awarded an LLM Master’s in International Legal Studies.

How does it work?

It is very simple: the subjects you take as an exchange or visiting student will be recognised at your home university and all the 1st semester subjects on our LLM Master’s in International Legal Studies can also be recognised.

This Master’s degree lasts two semesters:

  • First Semester (September – January): This first semester (where your studies as an exchange or visiting student can be recognised almost entirely) lasts 4 months and includes subjects worth 24 ECTS credits (plus 6 ECTS for the Master's Dissertation).
  • Second Semester (January-March): The second semester is held intensively and lasts two months and a half. It includes subjects worth 30 ECTS that you must add to your previous studies (they are not part of the exchange programmes, as they are exclusively taught on the LLM Master’s programme.

Therefore, if you plan your 1st semester subjects well (choosing four subjects that could be, when applicable, be recognised as equivalent to the four first semester subjects on the Master's) and you add the 30 ECTS crash course that will be held between January and March and the Master's Dissertation, worth 6 ECTS credits, you will be awarded an LLM Master’s in International Legal Studies from the University of Deusto.

BA subjects that are recognised as equivalent to those on the Master's course

In the first semester you will have to choose four subjects from list below. Remember that these subjects are also part of the exchange programme in which you are taking part. Therefore, they can also be recognised at your home university if you have your tutor’s approval:

Primer semestre: septiembre-enero
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  • Biomedicine and Law (6 ECTS)
  • Constitutional Law and Comparative Legal Systems (6 ECTS)
  • European Contract Law (6 ECTS)
  • International Protection of Human Rights (6 ECTS)
  • International Trade Law (6 ECTS)
  • Political and Economic Integration of the European Union (6 ECTS)
  • You must choose four subjects from this list.
  • They can be recognised as equivalent to all the 1st semester subjects on our LLM Master’s.
  • If you have your tutor’s approval, these can be part of your mobility scheme and therefore, recognised as such at your home university.

Remember that you must also enrol in the first semester and start writing your Master’s Dissertation (6 ECTS), which is not part of the exchange programe in which you are taking part:

FIRST SEMESTER: September-January
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  • Dissertation (6 ECTS)
  • You must sign up for this subject.
  • It is not part of your study exchange programme.
  • It is exclusively taught on the LLM Master of Laws.

In the second semester, you have to choose and sign up for five more subjects that are only taught on the LLM Master of Laws (they are not part of the study exchange programme in which you are taking part):

SECOND SEMESTER: January-March
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  • Environmental Law and EU Policies on Sustainable Development (6 ECTS)
  • European Competition Law (6 ECTS)
  • European Economic Constitutionalism (6 ECTS)
  • How to make business in Europe (6 ECTS)
  • International organizations and Transnational Law (6 ECTS)
  • Law and Diversity in a Global Context (6 ECTS)
  • Migration, Asylum and Refugee Law (6 ECTS)
  • Regulation, public procurement and international trade (6 ECTS)
  • Transitional Justice & International Criminal Law (6 ECTS)
  • Transparency, Public Accountability and International Tax Law (6 ECTS)
  • You must choose five subjects from this list.
  • They are not part of your study exchange programme.
  • They are only taught on the LLM Master of Laws.

How long will I have to stay in Bilbao to do the crash course?

If during your stay as an exchange or visiting student in the 1st semester you enrol for BA subjects totalling 24 ECTS that, when applicable, may be recognised as equivalent to those on our LLM Master’s in International Legal Studies postgraduate programe, you will only have to stay in Bilbao until mid-March, as the subjects in the 2nd intensive semester (30 ECTS) are taught from early January to mid-March. Once you have successfully completed all the subjects, you will have to defend your Master's Dissertation at a viva examination, either in person or, as the case may be, using videoconferencing facilities from your own country. Once this has been successfully completed, you will be awarded an LLM Master’s in International Legal Studies from the University of Deusto.

If I cannot stay in Bilbao to do the crash course in the 2nd semester, could I maintain my enrolment and return the following year?

Don't worry. If you cannot stay in Bilbao until March to obtain your LLM Master’s in International Legal Studies (either because you must return to your home university to finish your studies or for any other reasons), you will still be able to sign up for the subjects in the 2nd intensive semester even until the following year (in this case you will only have to attend classes for 2 months and a half, the full duration of the 2nd semester).

 

Can I only enrol in the crash course in the 2nd semester?

If you do not want to gain a Master’s degree, but you prefer only to obtain a specialisation diploma in International Legal Studies, you can enrol for 30 ECTS subjects in the 2nd intensive semester (January – March). Once you have completed your studies, the University of Deusto will issue a Certificate as evidence that you have successfully completed our Advanced Program in International Legal Studies.

What are the fees to do the Master’s degree for an exchange or visiting student?

For exchange students (Erasmus+, Bilateral or SICUE)

1st semester free
All the 1st semester subjects are completely free. Remember that they are part of your study programme as an exchange student.
You only have to pay the fee for the 6 ECTS of the Master’s Dissertation, as this is not part of your study programme as an exchange student.

2nd intensive semester
However, there are some financial terms for the 2nd intensive semester (Advanced Program in International Legal Studies), as they are not part of the Erasmus+, Bilateral or SICUE programme agreements.
For further information, please send an email to: law@deusto.es

 

For visiting students

1st Semester
You will not have to pay any other fees other that your enrolment fees as a visiting student (these fees are based on the number of ECTS credits you enrol for, which should not be less than 24 ECTS if you do the Master's course). There are some specific financial terms to enrol for the 6 ECTS of the Master’s Dissertation.

2nd intensive semester
There are some financial terms for the 2nd intensive semester (Advanced Program in International Legal Studies).
For further information, please send an email to: law@deusto.es

Further information: A Master’s degree with three specialisation diplomas

Depending on the subjects of your choice, students can choose one of these three specialisation diplomas on the LLM Master’s in International Legal Studies:

  • Specialisation Diploma in Public International Law
  • Specialisation Diploma in Transnational Law and Trade
  • Specialisation Diploma in International Legal Studies

LLM Master’s with Specialisation in Public International Law

If you would like to obtain this specialisation diploma, you should choose the following subjects:

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FIRST SEMESTER SECOND SEMESTER
  • Biomedicine and Law
  • Constitutional Law and Comparative Legal Systems
  • International Protection of Human Rights
  • Political and Economic Integration of the European Union
  • Dissertation
  • Environmental Law and EU Policies on Sustainable Development
  • Law and Diversity in a Global Context
  • Migration, Asylum and Refugee Law
  • Transitional Justice & International Criminal Law
  • Transparency, Public Accountability and International Tax Law

LLM Master’s with Specialisation in Transnational Law and Trade

If you would like to obtain this specialisation diploma, you should choose the following subjects:

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FIRST SEMESTER SECOND SEMESTER
  • Constitutional Law and Comparative Legal Systems
  • European Contract Law
  • International Trade Law
  • Political and Economic Integration of the European Union
  • Dissertation
  • European Competition Law
  • European Economic Constitutionalism
  • How to make business in Europe
  • Regulation, public procurement and international trade
  • International organizations and Transnational Law

LLM Master’s with Specialisation in International Legal Studies

If you would like to obtain this specialisation diploma, you should choose the following subjects:

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FIRST SEMESTER SECOND SEMESTER
Choose four subjects from:
  • Biomedicine and Law
  • Constitutional Law and Comparative Legal Systems
  • European Contract Law
  • International Protection of Human Rights
  • International Trade Law
  • Political and Economic Integration of the European Union
Compulsory subject:
  • Dissertation
Choose five subjects from:
  • Environmental Law & EU Policies on Sustainable Development
  • European Competition Law
  • European Economic Constitutionalism
  • How to make business in Europe
  • International organizations and Transnational Law
  • Law and Diversity in a Global Context
  • Migration, Asylum and Refugee Law
  • Regulation, public procurement and international trade
  • Transitional Justice & International Criminal Law
  • Transparency, Public Accountability and International Tax Law

Full syllabus of the subjects on the LLM Master’s in International Legal Studies

Do you need more information?

 For further information, please send an email to: law@deusto.es