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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Law

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

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

  • Course Type

    LLM

  • Course Fees

    Please visit our website for the Human Rights course fee information.

  • Last Updated

    30 July 2019

The LLM in Human Rights will give you the knowledge and skills to deal with some of the biggest challenges facing society today, opening up exciting career opportunities in the field of human rights.

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

This LLM programme in Human Rights is taught by human rights experts and designed around outstanding research – our impact case study on children’s human rights achieved the highest possible rating in the latest independent assessment of research quality (REF 2014).

Why Human Rights at Swansea?

As a Human Rights student at the Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law, you will be part of a globally recognised law school, with a thriving academic environment committed to excellence in teaching and research, and offering an exceptional student experience.

  • Swansea University is ranked 26th in the UK for research quality and 22nd for research impact (REF 2014)
  • Our impact case study on children’s human rights achieved the highest possible rating of 4* (REF 2014)

Your Human Rights experience

You will gain the knowledge and experience to develop into a 21st century lawyer or legal service practitioner with specialist and in-depth understanding of human rights issues.

The Human Rights course offers:

  • A programme designed around high calibre research
  • 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 various thematic areas

You will also learn through:

  • Guest lectures by expert practitioners
  • Workplace learning through voluntary work and/or placements
  • Involvement in collaborative research projects with research partners
  • Engagement with the School’s projects, such as the Cyberterrorism Project, Observatory on Human Rights of Children, Centre for Environment and the Sex Work Consortium

Human Rights employment opportunities

Graduates of the LLM in Human Rights are well positioned for stimulating and rewarding career opportunities. Your future could lie in a traditional or specialist role in an area such as:

  • Specialist human rights law
  • Human rights institutions
  • International human rights bodies
  • Public sector – government, civil service, political and policy advice
  • Private sector – global, national or local business
  • Non-governmental sector, such as UNICEF, Amnesty and Save the Children
  • Research and academia

Human Rights modules

You will study taught modules and complete a dissertation.

Modules on the Human Rights course may include:

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

How you're taught on the Human Rights course

A programme designed around high calibre research, the LLM in Human Rights allows you to choose from a diverse range of modules, with a practical focus.

Taught over one year full-time or two or three years part-time, you'll gain a range of skills in a supportive environment on the Human Rights course.

The Human Rights courses consists of taught modules and a dissertation.

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, Observatory on Human Rights of Children, Centre for Environment and the Sex Work Consortium)

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

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