Human Rights, L.L.M.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
  • Tuition
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We have a particularly strong track record of expertise in researching and teaching human rights. It is part of our wider strength in international law. This Human Rights programme is offered by the University of East London.


On this master’s course you will gain regional, national and international perspectives on the issue of human rights, which continues to pre-occupy politicians, NGOs, the media and big business. The Human Rights programme is offered by University of East London.

As conflicts displace millions of people and minorities suffer at the hands of oppressive regimes, what role is there for international law – and can such a thing as human rights be upheld and enforced?

If you are fascinated by these and other questions and motivated to understand what’s going on in the world, this course is for you.

It’s likely that you will have a background in law, social sciences, advocacy or journalism, but wherever you come from you will be passionate about the issues covered by this popular course.

You will be taught by leading researchers and if you want to keep on working and earn while you learn, you can. All of our classes take place in the evening, with lectures also made available as podcasts and posted online.

Your future career

The LLM Human Rights degree is a highly useful and sought-after qualification if you have studied law before and want to take the next step in becoming a solicitor or barrister.

If, after taking this master’s course, you decide that a legal career is for you but you did not study law as an undergraduate, you will need to take a law conversion course to embark on your legal journey. The LLM Human Rights is not a qualifying law degree.

Good legal minds are required in all lines of business, but this particular qualification will leave you well placed to follow a career with a national or international public institution or NGO focusing on human rights. If you become a solicitor, you will have the option of working in a legal firm or as an in-house lawyer within a corporation in any sector.

You may see this legal qualification as a key way of helping you in your current role – or as a passport to a change of career. This could be in the charity/voluntary sector, in business, research, policy-making, the public sector or teaching. Alternatively, you may decide to continue with your studies and pursue an academic career.

Whatever career path you take, you will be equipped with advanced research skills and the ability to analyse and apply critical thinking to any legal or business problem.
You will have high-level communication skills as well as the demonstrable ability to work as part of a team, debate, make a case and deliver a presentation effectively.

To enhance your career prospects, we run a dedicated employability programme for students in the School of Business and Law. Called 'Employ', it includes employability workshops, skills training sessions, guest speaker events, voluntary work, student ambassador roles and work experience opportunities.

Programme Structure

What you'll learn

You will gain a solid grounding in international law and human rights before having the chance to specialise in an area of particular interest to you.

You will explore different concepts, ideas, doctrines and systems for how human rights can be implemented and enforced in national and international contexts. And you will develop a critical understanding of the topic in the light of broader issues such as colonialism, racism and sexism, gaining insights into the social, political and economic context in which human rights law operates.

The choice of nine optional modules includes Islam and Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law, War and Human Rights, Business and Human Rights and International Refugee Law.

Throughout the course you will develop the research skills expected of a postgraduate student and put these to use in your own studies, which will include a 15,000-word dissertation on a topic of your choice within the area of international human rights.

  • International Human Rights (core)
  • Current Issues and Research in International Law (core)

Optional modules available include;

  • International Criminal Law 
  • Islam and Human Rights 
  • Democracy and the Rule of Law 
  • International Refugee Law 
  • Business and Human Rights 
  • War and Human Rights 
  • Law and Development
  • Critical Perspectives of Counter-terrorism
  • Critical Perspectives on Terrorism

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Study intensity Part-time, Full-time
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration part-time 24 months
  • Credits
    180 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score: 6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Lower Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Lower Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

  • Minimum 2:2 Honours in Law, Social Sciences or Humanities or relevant degree.
  • We would normally expect you to have Grade C in GCSE English and Maths.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • GBP 12480 International
  • GBP 9660 EU/EEA


  • EU/EEA: £1,610 Per 30 credit module


£10,000 to fund your Masters Programme under the Postgraduate Loans (PGL) scheme

Postgraduate Loans (PGL)

The Postgraduate Loan (PGL) provide non means-tested loans of up to £10,000 to taught and research masters students.  It will be paid to students as a contribution towards tuition fees, living costs and other course costs.

Applications are made directly through Student Finance England 


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  • if you’ve studied on a postgraduate course before
  • your course
  • your age
  • your nationality or residency status

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