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Human Rights Law LLM

Course Description

The University of Bristol LLM offers a variety of possibilities to study law at an advanced level and the opportunity to specialise in particular areas. There are a number of specialist programmes enabling you to study a set of related units that, together, provide a more in-depth knowledge and understanding of those themes. Alternatively, you can opt for a broader and more general set of unit choices. In all cases, you are encouraged to explore at a deeper level your chosen areas of law and to see how those legal fields operate in different contexts, considering the relevant issues theoretically and practically and from a range of perspectives.

We offer an exciting and stimulating set of degree programmes, each of which prepares you for many different possible careers. If you have an interest in studying law at a level beyond your undergraduate degree and are seeking to enhance your analytical, research and legal writing skills, you will find Bristol’s LLM to be a challenging and rewarding experience.

We have a large and vibrant international community and University of Bristol LLM students benefit from small class sizes taught by world-leading experts.

This programme offers a range of units suitable both for those with some previous knowledge of human rights law and for those seeking an introduction to specific human rights law issues. Units cover the traditional fields of human rights law (eg International Law and Human Rights) and more specialist areas (eg Employment Rights, International Law of Labour and Welfare Rights, Migration Law, Privacy Law).

Programme structure

Part one - You may study four units from the following list, or three units from the list and one further unit chosen from any of the other LLM programmes:
-European Human Rights Law
-General Principles of International Law
-Individual Employment Rights
-International Criminal Law
-International Law and Human Rights
-International Law and Use of Force
-International Law of Labour and Welfare Rights
-Migration and Work
-Migration Law and Policy - International, European and Human Rights Dimensions

Assessment is by examination and/or essay. Please view our programme catalogue for further information on the course structure and units available. Please note that unit choices are subject to change depending on staff availability.

Part two - In the spring term, you will choose a dissertation topic within the field of human rights law for approval by the Law School. After passing part one, you start work on your dissertation for submission by September. You must pass both parts to obtain an LLM and may not proceed to part two until you have passed part one.


Many of our graduates go into legal careers specialising in human rights law and a number go on to work for non-governmental organisations or international organisations such as the United Nations.

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

Entry Requirements

An upper second-class honours degree in Law or a degree with an adequate law component. Overseas students with equivalent qualifications should supply a transcript of their examination results (an official English translation if the original is in a language other than English). Recognised Prior Learning is currently not accepted. Previous or professional experience is not required.

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