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    1 year full-time; 2 years part-time; 3 years part-time

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  • Last Updated

    14 September 2018

Course content

Our LLM in Human Rights examines the contemporary challenges facing global society and their impact on human rights from the local to the international. 

You will gain an in-depth understanding of the challenges for human rights and possible responses through legislation, policy and practice.

Choose from a diverse range of modules, with a practical focus, taught by human rights experts.

Key Features of LLM in Human Rights

Our LLM in Human Rights offers:

  • A programme designed around high calibre research - The College’s REF 2014 impact case study on children’s human rights achieved the highest possible rating of 4*
  • Academics who have strong relationships with external partners in the field of human rights
  • An interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary approach
  • A focus on diverse challenges in human rights
  • Opportunities to address a range of human rights topics across a number of thematic areas

Human Rights Course Structure

The Human Rights courses consists of taught modules (compulsory and optional), and a dissertation.

Compulsory modules will examine the international human rights framework, introduce research methods on human rights and discuss accountability for human rights, including impact assessment.

In the most recent Teaching Quality Assessment conducted by the UK Quality Assurance Agency, teaching at the Swansea University School of Law was awarded the highest possible rating of ‘Commendable’.

Our teaching approach is underpinned by the following objectives:

  • Developing knowledge and understanding of human rights as a holistic project, paying close attention to the nature of human rights across law, policy and practice
  • A focus on how human rights may be effectively translated in to practical application
  • Incorporating and facilitating experiential learning
  • Giving students the opportunity to engage with projects to provide hands-on experience

Modules are assessed using a variety of methods, giving students the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge, understanding and application skills. These include: coursework (essays, problem questions, reports, briefings), examination, one-day examination and presentations.


Modules on the Human Rights course may include:

  • International Human Rights Law
  • Human Rights Implementation
  • Researching Human Rights
  • Street Law
  • Rights and accountability: technology and law
  • Human Rights and the Environment
  • Trade, Investment and Human Rights
  • Human Rights and Terrorism Online
  • Research with children
  • Human Rights, Asylum and Migration
  • Human rights, Humanitarian Intervention and Global Justice: Moral Problems International Politics

Extra-curricular Activities

Human Rights students are provided with the opportunity to take part in a number of extra-curricular activities to enhance their understanding of human rights. These vary year-on-year, but can include:

  • Guest lectures by expert practitioners
  • Workplace learning through voluntary work and/or placement
  • Involvement in collaborative research projects with research partners
  • Engagement with the College’s projects (e.g. Cyberterrorism Project, Wales Observatory, Centre for Environment and the Sex Work Consortium)

Careers and Employability

Careers in Human Rights:

  • Specialist human rights lawyer
  • Human rights institutions
  • International human rights bodies
  • Public sector- government, civil service, political and policy advice
  • Private sector- global business and business sector
  • Non-governmental sector e.g. UNICEF, Amnesty or Save the Children
  • Research and academia

Meet our student

‌“The LLM in Human Rights is a very interesting and challenging course that explores different areas of human rights whilst being able to focus on your own specific area of interest to prepare you for future careers.

In the second semester, I am looking forward to specialising in children’s human rights. Although I haven’t previously studied law before, I’ve found that the skills I learnt in my Education Studies degree are transferable, such as writing a dissertation. Simon is a great lecturer and is great at explaining everything!”

Rebecca, LLM in Human Rights

Visit the Human Rights LLM page on the Swansea University website for more details!




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