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Human Rights (LLM)

Course Description

Concentrate on the study of human rights law and policy in its social, political and philosophical context on this exciting postgraduate degree.

This course responds to the needs of students seeking an LLM Human Rights course, equipping you with both doctrinal knowledge and a sophisticated theoretical understanding of human rights. The LLM also encourages critical reflection on how to best promote human rights in practice.

See the website http://www.reading.ac.uk/ready-to-study/study/subject-area/law-pg/llm-human-rights.aspx

Modules include:

• Israel/Palestine: International Law and Human Rights Questions
• Human Rights Issues in Natural Resources
• International Human Rights
• The Use of Military Force
• Research Methods for LLM Students.

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

What career can you have?

The skills gained by undertaking a postgraduate law degree are in great demand from both legal and non-legal employers. LLM Human Rights Law will be an asset for students seeking employment in domestic and international human rights organisations, United Nations agencies, legal practice and international advocacy in the human rights field, international courts and tribunals, human rights NGOs, the public service (in the areas of social welfare, immigration, foreign relations, humanitarian aid, international development, etc), law reform agencies, the media (journalism and broadcasting), security, academia (with further postgraduate study) and business (in such fields as human resource management and corporate social responsibility).


The University of Reading School of Law is a leading UK law school with a world-class reputation.

Ranked joint 7th, along with Cambridge, for world-leading research and international excellence and 11th out of all UK law schools in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (2008).

A dynamic and international learning environment with teaching supported by first class research with renowned experts across the main fields of national, European and international law.

Active career development and co-curricular opportunities including an annual 'Working Internationally' career’s forum and a series of guest lectures by practitioners.

Collaborative teaching and research in our Centre for Commercial Law and Financial Regulation and strong links with the Graduate Institute of Political and International Studies, Henley Business School, and the International Capital Market Association (ICMA) Centre.

Double Master’s courses offered with a wide range of leading partner universities worldwide, including Peking University and Renmin University in China, ALBA in Greece, MGIMO in Russia, Hanyang University in South Korea and CYCU and National Taipei University in Taiwan, amongst others.

Visit the Human Rights (LLM) page on the University of Reading website for more details!

Entry Requirements

You are normally required to have a good undergraduate Honours degree (or equivalent from a university outside the UK). If you have other qualifications and a number of years' relevant work experience then you also be eligible to apply. Standard requirement is a 2:1 or higher in an undergraduate degree. However, our participants come with a variety of relevant legal and non-legal experience and all applicants are considered on individual merit.

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