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This programme enhances your career by bringing together two highly connected areas of law. You are taught by a top 5 UK School of Law (The Good University Guide 2019)

Human Rights law is widely applied across many areas of law. When it is combined with Criminal Justice it gives you two dimensions to practising law and a wider approach in consultancy. 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. There are constant debates about how the law is applied around the world and changes to government, exit and entry to group legal agreements can all affect the way in which the law is written and interpreted.

The degree gives you the greatest possible chance of options in two areas of law which are in constant demand. It further allows you to choose a range of specific options in a level of detail to support a range of career options. You are taught by recognised academics who have contributed to the Centre for Criminological research at Oxford amongst other contributions to research at international level. The Law School at Aberdeen has been in existence since 1495 and brings with it experience which wins it awards and allows it to have substantial rankings in the UK. The School of Law benefits from several areas of research strength which include the Centre for Private International Law, and The Civil Law Centre, the Centre for Energy Law. It further provides groups of interest in Commercial Law and Intellectual Property, Criminal Law and Justice, Energy and Environmental Law, Legal History and Scots Law, Public International Law, Public Law and Legal Theory. It is a member of the Scottish University Law Clinic Network. There are several seminars throughout the year which you are welcome to attend.

The programme offers 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 and use of force between states. 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


  • The Politics of Human Rights
  • Issues in Criminal Justice
  • International Law: A Time of Challenges

Semester 2

  • International Human Rights Law


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

Semester 3

  • Master of Law Dissertation

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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

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