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Human Rights (LLM)

  • Full time & Part time available
  • £9,300 (UK/EU) £15,850 (International)
  • Law
  • September
  • 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time
  • 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 2016/17 will consist of 180 credits, comprising taught courses worth 120 credits and a 10,000 word dissertation (or work based placement) worth 60 credits.

Each semester you will take 60 credits of mandatory, core and option courses.

Mandatory course (20 credits):

International Human Rights Law (semester 1)

Core courses (choose 60-100 credits):

EU Competition Law
Fundamental Issues in International Law (40 credits)
International Criminal Law (40 credits)
European Labour Law (20 credits, semester 2)
Family Law in Comparative Perspectives (20 credits, semester 2)
Human Rights Law in Europe (20 credits, semester 2)
Human Rights and Conflict Resolution (20 credits, semester 2)

Option courses (choose 0-40 credits):

International Climate Change Law (20 credits, semester 1)
Risk and Regulation: Health and the Environment (20 credits, semester 1)
Contemporary Issues in the Law and Policy of e-Commerce, the Digital Economy and International Information Governance (20 credits, semester 2)
Corporate Social Responsibility and the Law (20 credits, semester 2)
EU Climate and Energy Law (20 credits, semester 2)
International and European Media Law (20 credits, semester 2)
Interstate Conflict and Humanitarian Law (20 credits, semester 2)
Mental Health and Crime (20 credits, semester 2)

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

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 - 5 Awards

Edinburgh Law School is pleased to be able to offer five Tercentenary Awards for Excellence of £2,000 towards tuition fees in any LLM or MSc programme offered by the School, starting in September 2014 (including distance learning programmes, and also the MSc in European Union Politics and Law and the MSc in Global Crime, Justice and Security, both of which are offered jointly with the School of Social and Political Studies).

Value of Scholarship(s)

£2,000 towards tuition fees


Students should meet the criteria for entry to the LLM/ MSc programmes.

Application Procedure

Deadline: 30th April 2014.You must have already applied to study an LLM or MSc programme before you apply for this scholarship.Once you have applied for your chosen programme of study, you should download and complete the School Scholarships application form. This can be downloaded from the Law School website.Completed application forms should be emailed to [email protected] by the deadline date above.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

A UK 2:1 honours degree or its international equivalent.

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