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Your programme of study

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.

Courses listed for the programme

Semester 1

  • Critical Legal Thinking and Scholarship


  • Oil and Minerals for Good
  • The Politics of Human Rights

Semester 2

  • International Human Rights Law


  • International Humanitarian Law
  • The use of Force in International Law
  • International Human Rights Law

Semester 3

  • Dissertation

Find out more detail by visiting the programme web page

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

International Student Fees 2017/2018

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


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