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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Law

  • Start Date

    January, September

  • Course Duration

    1 year full time, 2 years part time

  • Course Type

    LLM

  • Course Fees

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Human rights and the law is a huge growth area, evolving and expanding in response to new developments, threats, and evolution in our thinking as a society. It has great significance for major global challenges such as war, terrorism, gender, migration and climate change, and interfaces quite significantly with impacts from science and innovation.

This new LLM in Human Rights and Development is designed to provide you with an understanding of human rights in its multi-layered form, with a critical emphasis on its complementarity with development.

The course offers a wide range of modules that are contemporary, academically rigorous and skills oriented. You'll gain core knowledge of the wider context framing law and policy in this field, whilst having the flexibility to tailor your degree to suit your particular interests and career aspirations by choosing from a range of specialist human rights law and development modules.

What you will study

An intensive 2-week induction at the beginning of the course ensures that all students, including those from non-law and/or international backgrounds are taught the core concepts and academic skills necessary to achieve the learning outcomes.

Students take 180 credits of modules comprising a taught element of 120 credits, and a 60 credit dissertation.

Students will be required to take 40 credits of core modules covering subjects on Principles of Regulation and Enforcement, and Sustainable Development Law in Business and Society which will explore core themes and provide the necessary background and wider context of the study of this subject.

In addition, students will be required to take a total of 60 credits of modules from the following s(20 credits each) which will provide specific and in-depth knowledge in specialist aspects of human rights and development:

  • Public International Law
  • International Human Rights Law
  • International Humanitarian Law
  • Gender Law
  • Migration & Asylum Law
  • Peace keeping and Peace Building
  • Business Human Rights and Environment
  • Governance for Development

The final 20-credit module of the LLM in International Commercial Law is an elective which can either be chosen from the list above, from a wider pool of postgraduate modules from the School of Law or from other departments such as the School of Management 

Learning and assessment

You will be taught in small groups in an interactive and engaging learning environment.

You will have the opportunity in some modules to be involved in clinical legal education, where you gain practical experience working with real life cases whilst supported by academics.

The course is also enhanced by visiting guest speakers from all walks of life, including the legal professions, academia, and businesses.

Career support

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

Career prospects

Our courses are shaped by the School of Law International Advisory Board, made up of leading figures in the judiciary and legal practice, academia and wider industry and society who advise us on the skills and competencies needed in the current and future workplace. This feeds into the design and delivery of our courses, ensuring our students gain knowledge and experience that is not only academically rigorous but valued by employers.

Study support

You will be allocated a personal tutor - someone with whom you will be able to talk about any academic or personal concerns. Staff responsible for the administration of the LLM are available to help you with day-to-day queries about the programme.

We are a small, dedicated and friendly Law School, allowing our academic and support staff to get to know students personally, and offer individual support and teaching. We make sure that your time with us is as rewarding as possible, and do everything we can to help you reach your potential.

The Law Library has dedicated support from our Law Librarian, who will be able to provide you with guidance on the use of legal databases, OSCOLA referencing or finding a book in the library.

As well as offering access to key textbooks and other materials in hard copy, the law library also subscribes to three of the key legal databases:

  • Westlaw
  • Lexis Library
  • Hein Online

You'll therefore have 24 hour electronic access, on and off campus, to the majority of material you require to successfully complete your programme. Where tutors require you to read material which is not as readily available, it will be made available to you though Blackboard. You are encouraged to also consult other collections as there is interesting and useful material on all of the topics studied available from a variety of disciplines, and you will therefore be introduced to the library as a whole rather than just specific collections as part of this programme.

The Library includes self-issue and self-return facilities, photocopiers and printers, areas for silent study and social learning, and wireless access throughout the building. There is an information desk, a special computer laptop bar, and areas for social learning in the upper Atrium on Level 1. The building incorporates full disability access.

LLM students also have access to social spaces including Postgraduate Common Room and the Weir room.

Research

Our core research theme is law as a driver for change in a global society. This reflects the expertise of our academic staff, and our commitment to contemporary and practically relevant research which is global in context and oriented towards ensuring sustainable and resilient societies, including within the context of human rights.


Visit the International Human Rights and Development - LLM page on the University of Bradford website for more details!

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