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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas


    Social Work

  • Start Date

    September, January

  • Course Duration

    1 Year Full Time, 2 Years Part Time

  • Course Type


  • Course Fees

    English Language Requirements

  • Last Updated

    08 February 2018

Course content

Your programme of study

Human Rights and Criminal Justice are both relevant if you are working internationally or with people who are international especially but human rights law probably pertains to many disciplines within law in different guises in relation to the various rights which humans have rights to enjoy. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948 as a response to some of the issues within the second world war. The UK Human Rights Act was passed a lot later in 1998 to provide equality, fairness, dignity and respect. There are civil rights and political rights and each country has a different interpretation of these rights. When combined with criminal justice the emphasis is on fair treatment in relation to human rights.

The degree gives you the greatest possible chance of a range of careers as it is split between Human Rights and Criminal Justice but within this you can study oil and minerals, humanitarian law, use of force criminal law which allows you the greatest choice of careers within law, civil service, diplomacy and negotiation, policing, human rights NGOs and advocacy groups and more. The programme has a strong emphasis on law, politics and Human Rights areas such as education, health, housing and family rights. You develop unique insights that align with employment options within this area of law.

Courses listed for the programme

Semester 1

  • Critical Legal Thinking and Scholarship


  • Oil and Minerals for Good
  • The Politics of Human Rights
  • Criminological Theories
  • Issues in Criminal Justice

Semester 2

  • International Human Rights Law


  • Criminal Evidence and Proof
  • Criminal Law
  • International Criminal Law
  • The Use of Force in International Law
  • International Human Rights Law
  • International Humanitarian Law

Semester 3

  • Master of Law Dissertation

Find out more detail by visiting the programme web page

Why study at Aberdeen?

  • You are taught in a top 10 ranked Law School in the UK (The Complete University Guide 2018)
  • 98% of students felt their LLM added value to their career prospects, 97% would recommend it to others
  • You are taught in small groups with access to the law library, and European Documentation Centre

Where you study

  • University of Aberdeen
  • Full Time and Part Time
  • 12 Months and 24 Months
  • September or January

International Student Fees 2017/2018

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  • International
  • EU and Scotland
  • Other UK

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*Please be advised that some programmes also have additional costs.


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Visit the Human Rights & Criminal Justice LLM page on the Aberdeen University website for more details!





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