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Human Rights (LLM)

Course Description

Programme description

As a field of academic study, human rights cuts across a wide variety of disciplines. It sits at the heart of law, political science, theology and history.

This programme is designed to provide you with a theoretical and practical understanding of international human rights law in its broader political context, with a particular emphasis on the relationship between human rights and conflict resolution.

It offers the possibility of exploring the role of human rights globally and the international and domestic machinery that promotes and enforces rights. You can also focus on how academic debates connect to the practice of human rights.

The University is home to four closely cooperating Global Academies in the areas of justice, health, development and environment and society, which together address crucial global challenges that span the ambit of civil, political, social, economic and cultural rights.

The Academies’ structure offers a year of surrounding events and activities, which can act as a supplement to learning and creates a unique academic space for learning about human rights. Our strength of research in these areas means that it can offer a unique programme in human rights with a particular focus on issues of conflict resolution.

We offer a placement scheme as an alternative to the written dissertation option, which provides some experience of human rights activities outside of the University.

Programme structure

The programme offers a wide range of subjects across human rights, law, crime and criminal justice, as well as options from other disciplines. This enables you to tailor the programme to meet your specific interests.

The programme structure for 2017/18 is currently being finalised. You will take a total of 120 credits in taught courses, 60 in each semester, which may include the following:

International Human Rights Law
EU Competition Law
Fundamental Issues in International Law
International Criminal Law
European Labour Law
Family Law in Comparative Perspectives
Human Rights Law in Europe
Human Rights and Conflict Resolution
International Climate Change Law
Risk and Regulation: Health and the Environment
Contemporary Issues in the Law and Policy of e-Commerce, the Digital Economy and International Information Governance
Corporate Social Responsibility and the Law
EU Climate and Energy Law
International and European Media Law
Interstate Conflict and Humanitarian Law
Mental Health and Crime

There may be other course options available from other Schools, to be confirmed in September.

You will also complete a 10,000 word dissertation or work placement worth 60 credits.

Career opportunities

The LLM in Human Rights has been conceived as a gateway into a range of employment opportunities and specialised academic work, which may include: government legal advice, international governmental and non-governmental organisations, private legal practice, advocacy work in a range of advocacy organisations or human rights consultancy.

Visit the Human Rights (LLM) page on the University of Edinburgh website for more details!

Student Profiles

Tercentenary Awards for Excellence - 7 Awards

Thanks to kind sponsorship as part of the Edinburgh Law School Tercentenary campaign, Edinburgh Law School is pleased to be able to offer 7 Tercentenary Awards for Excellence of £5,000 towards tuition fees in any LLM or MSc programme offered by the School, starting in September 2017 (including distance learning programmes).You must have applied for study at Edinburgh Law School before applying for this award.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£5,000 towards tuition fees


Any applicant accepted for a place on any of the LLM or MSc programmes offered by the School (including Online Distance Learning programmes) for 2017/18 entry.

Application Procedure

Applications should be made by completing the Edinburgh Law School Scholarship application form.To apply please visit: http://www.law.ed.ac.uk/postgraduate/scholarships/scholarships_and_funding_for_LLMMSc/tercentenary_awards_for_excellenceCompleted applications should be sent to [email protected] no later than 5pm on 31 March 2017.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

A minimum of a UK 2:1 honours degree or its international equivalent. If English is not your first language you must also provide a valid English Language Certificate.

Course Fees

For 2017/18 Entry: £10,800 (UK/EU) £19,300 (International)

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