Human Rights, LL.M.

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  • Programme outline
  • Key facts
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding

About

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.

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 University of East London's 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.

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

Option Two

  • Dissertation (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

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Academic Requirements

  • 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

Part-time:

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

Funding

Postgraduate Loans (PGL)
From the academic year 2016/17, the Government will for the first time provide a loan for postgraduate Masters study. The Postgraduate Loan (PGL) will 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.
Eligibility

Loans will be available to UK Nationals (and individuals with settled status in the UK) who:

  • have been ordinarily resident in the UK and Islands for three years on the first day of the first academic year of their course;
  • are most recently resident in England;
  • have not moved to England from elsewhere in the UK and Islands solely for the purpose of attending the course

Students may be eligible if they are an EU national or they have residency status as:

  • EEA or Swiss migrant worker
  • as a family member of any of the above or;
  • the child of a Swiss national
  • the child of a Turkish worker

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