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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

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  • Last Updated

    29 March 2019

You are taught by a top 5 ranked UK School of Law (The Good University Guide 2019) and international academics, researchers and consultants with an impressive portfolio of knowledge to enhance your learning experience.

You develop a very clear understanding about human rights law and how it affects a range of different areas of life. This is a specialist programme focusing purely on human rights from the Geneva Convention of 1949 to additional protocols of 1977 and each country interpretation and their justification in the use of force. You look at recent force in Kosovo, Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria and Ukraine. You also look at the protection of natural resources globally and how human rights law has shaped politics. Careers can be within legal professions in defending the rights of others, diplomacy and negotiation at international level, civil service, government, NGOs and more.

You study social and economic rights and conflicts within education, health, housing, and family with options to study International Human Rights Law. The programme makes you highly employable within this specialism. This programme develops in depth understanding of The Politics of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law. You are taught by internationally recognised academics and you will have access to seminars and other events at the School of Law. Research centres include: Centre for Energy Law, Centre for Private International Law, and The Civil Law Centre. The School has well defined 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 and academics contribute to debates, journals and papers.

Human Rights Law is applied to many specialist areas of law. It is constantly debated in light of political change and it is often in the spotlight due to the potential challenges groups and individuals can face when there is conflict or change at local and global level. You can work in many types of organisations which include NGOs, governments, consultancy and more. This is an international subject and the LLM allows you to apply your learning at international level.

Courses listed for the programme

Semester 1

  • Critical Legal Thinking and Scholarship


  • The Politics of Human Rights
  • International Law: A Time of Challenges

Semester 2

  • International Human Rights Law


  • The use of Force in International Law

Semester 3

  • Dissertation

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Why study at Aberdeen?

  • You study in a top 10 ranked Law School in the UK (Complete University Guide 2018)
  • 98% of students felt their LLM added value to their career prospects, 97% would recommend their course to others
  • Study with over 40 other nationalities in the Law School

Where you study

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

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