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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Law

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

    12 months full time | 24 months part time

  • Course Type

    LLM

  • Course Fees

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  • Last Updated

    15 January 2019

Overview

This advanced course in human rights taught by international experts offers a unique and distinctive focus on the theories and practice of rights, producing a vibrant environment for exploring this significant area of law and policy.

You’ll explore different domestic, regional and international human rights legal systems to analyse how rights have been legalised, developed and enforced through the theory and practice of human rights.

You’ll investigate the law relating to the protection of life and human dignity, freedom from torture and other ill treatment, freedom of expression, and human rights with regard to media organisations, terrorism, health care, the family and disabled people.

Research and professional insight

You’ll benefit from the expertise of leading academics in a stimulating research environment. Our research groups include:

Course content

The compulsory modules studied will give you the opportunity to:

  • examine the concept of rights in political philosophy
  • explore global and local human rights concerns
  • investigate the impact of international human rights
  • analyse the relevance of international human rights to domestic law.

Compulsory modules will also enable you to hone your legal research and writing skills, which you’ll be able to demonstrate in your dissertation – an independent piece of research on your chosen topic.

You’ll also benefit from our Support in Academic and Personal Development programme. This runs alongside your taught academic programme in semester one and is specifically designed to complement the School’s induction activities and ongoing academic skills support for students, both home and International .

If you’re a part-time student, you’ll take three compulsory modules and choose one or two optional modules in your first year. You’ll then take the compulsory dissertation module and one or two optional modules in your second year to complete your programme.

Course structure

For more information and a full list of typical modules available on this course, please read International Human Rights Law LLM Full Time in the course catalogue

For more information and a full list of typical modules available on this course, please read International Human Rights Law LLM Part Time in the course catalogue

Modules

Compulsory modules

  • Postgraduate Legal Research Skills
  • Dissertation

You must then choose a minimum of 60 credits from the options below:

  • European Human Rights
  • International Human Rights
  • Global Human Rights Advocacy
  • Human Rights and Disabled People

Optional modules (selection of typical options shown below)

  • Central Issues in Criminal Law
  • Security and Justice
  • EU Discrimination Law
  • Cyberspace Law: Contemporary Issues
  • Cyberlaw: Regulation of Cyberspace
  • Food Security, Climate Change and the Law
  • Globalisation and Crime
  • International Banking Law: The Regulatory Framework
  • International Banking Law: Capital Markets and Loans
  • The International Law of Foreign Investment
  • World Trade Organisation Law
  • Digital Environment: Law, Technologies & Human Rights
  • Contemporary Issues in Intellectual Property: Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Cultural Expressions
  • Contemporary Issues in Intellectual Property: Health, Food and Biotechnology
  • Global Governance through Law
  • Insurgency
  • Terrorism
  • Counterterrorism

Learning and teaching

This programme is taught through a range of weekly lectures and seminars held on a two-weekly basis. You’re strongly advised to attend the weekly lectures on international human rights and international law, particularly if you’ve not previously studied international law.

Independent study is integral to this programme – not just to prepare for classes but to develop research and other critical skills. You’ll be expected to carry out advanced levels of legal research and participate fully in seminars.

Assessment

Most modules are assessed by essays. This is usually the most effective method for you to showcase your advanced legal research.

Applying, fees and funding

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component.. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

Improve your English

International students who do not meet the English language requirements for this programme may be able to study our postgraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.

To find out more, read  about our postgraduate pre-sessional English course.

How to apply

Application deadlines

UK/EU students: 31 July

International students: 30 June

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APPLY (PART TIME) 

This link takes you to information on applying for taught programmes and to the University's online application system.

 If you're unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

Documents and information you will need include:

  • Original or certified copies of your transcripts
  • Original or certified copies of your degree certificate
  • Original or certified copy of your IELTS/TOEFL results (if English is not your first language)
  • Details of two referees.

Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

Fees

  • UK/EU: £9,000 (total)
  • International: £19,000 (total)

Read more about paying fees and charges.

For fees information for international taught postgraduate students, read Masters fees.

Scholarships and financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There may be help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more at Masters funding overview.

The School of Law usually offers a number of scholarships each year.

Find out more about the scholarships we offer.

Career opportunities

Students who have graduated from this degree often choose careers that centre on or involve understanding and applying human rights law and developing policies at organisational level. Further training is required but many also go on to practise as lawyers or legal advisors.

Our alumni include people working at the European Commission, United Nations, non-governmental organisations and in the government sector. Others have chosen to follow academic careers.


Visit the International Human Rights Law LLM page on the University of Leeds website for more details!

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