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LLM International Criminal Justice & Human Rights

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  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas

    Business & Management


  • Start Date

    September, January

  • Course Duration

    12 months

  • Course Type


  • Course Fees


  • Last Updated

    09 November 2018


Do some crimes cry out to be prosecuted trans-nationally? Can human rights make the world a better place? Or is there no hope of criminal justice ever operating effectively at the international level, or of human rights rhetoric leading to real improvements in the way governments treat their people? Whatever your views, if these questions resonate with you, this programme is for you.

Whether you are passionate about international criminal justice and human rights or sceptical about them, you will become fully informed on the underlying issues and be able debate them at a sophisticated level with others.

The international criminal justice side of the programme aims to provide you with a detailed understanding of the key contemporary issues in the field. Organised crime, terrorist activity and regional civil wars transcend national boundaries, impacting far beyond the interests of individual nation states.

The effective detection, investigation and prosecution of crime is increasingly dependent on closer harmonisation and co-operation among global institutions. The human rights dimension of the programme seeks to develop your understanding of the main global systems for the protection of human rights, and your appreciation of the main arguments for and against the universality of human rights, in concept and in practice.

This is a programme both for those interested in the practicalities of criminal justice and human rights at international level and for those seeking to develop an academic expertise in these areas as part of a career in teaching and/or research.

You will have close contact with staff members experienced in and dedicated to their subject. You will have the opportunity in small seminar groups for real engagement with their ideas and the ideas of your fellow students as you develop and articulate your own thinking on international criminal justice and human rights.

Dundee Law School

Dundee Law School is widely recognised as an excellent place to study. Both the Guardian and Times league tables placed Dundee as the top Law School in Scotland and in the top 10 in the UK, building on particularly strong results in the National Student Survey, which has repeatedly ranked Dundee as first in Scotland. Over the last two national reviews of research, Dundee is the only institution in the UK to have had all of its submissions rated as “internationally excellent” or “world-leading”. 

Our commitment is to provide high-quality instruction, with a focus on practical relevance, to prepare you for a successful career, at home or abroad. We offer an induction programme at the start of each semester, to ensure that you have the necessary understanding of the UK and European legal systems and of what is required of you in a study environment seeking to develop independent learning

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

The University of Dundee has been given a Gold award – the highest possible rating – in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

Read more about the Teaching Excellence Framework

Teaching & Assessment

How you will be taught

You will be taught through a mix of lectures, seminar discussions and tutorials, with an emphasis on seminars that build on reading done on the basis of the specific reading lists provided.

What you will study

You will take three modules in each semester, plus Legal Research Skills (taught in two blocks at the start of each semester) and will present a Dissertation (written over the summer).

Not every module will be available in every year, depending on staff availability and student demand.

 Core modules

And at least three from:

The remaining 60 credits from a list of optional modules which include:

How you will be assessed

You will be assessed through a combination of exams and essays. The courses taught by Law share a common pattern; those in the autumn semester are assessed by exam and those in the second semester by essays. In each case you will be given a chance to practice this style of assessment and given feedback on your performance before the formal assessment.

This pattern ensures that you will gain experience of different styles of assessment, testing both breadth and depth of knowledge and developing writing skills in advance of tackling your dissertation. Your dissertation is assessed wholly on the basis of the final text that is submitted and Legal Research Skills by a combination of a short essay and a presentation.


The programme is a valuable preparation for a career in one or more of the international bodies for the administration of criminal justice or the furtherance of human rights, or in national institutions which interface with the international bodies. Equally, the programme would be a natural springboard for an academic career specialising in these fields, an obvious next step being doctoral studies.

Your Application

You apply for this course via the UCAS Postgraduate website which is free of charge. You can check the progress of your application online and you can also make multiple applications.

You'll need to upload relevant documents as part of your application. Please read the how to apply page before you apply to find out about what you'll need.

Visit the LLM International Criminal Justice & Human Rights page on the University of Dundee website for more details!




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