The School of Law at the University of Nottingham is proud of its human rights programme. Our world class team exposes students to the most exciting and important ideas and developments in the field. All of the senior human rights teaching staff have international reputations; they have also amassed second-to-none experience of human rights policy making and practice in the framework of such organisations as the United Nations and the Council of Europe.
The modules at the heart of the programme provide a thorough grounding in international human rights law. Many of the more specialised topics are cutting edge and innovative, such as, for instance,”Mental Disability and International Human Rights” and “Rights, Human and Other Animals”. One module, “International Human Rights Field Operations: Law in Practice”, is the only course of its kind in the world.
The learning experience is greatly enhanced by the wide international background of the student body, bringing together talented and committed people from across the globe, many of whom have considerable experience of human rights work. We also try to assist students with internships and other work to gain experience of human rights in practice. Many of our students, after completion of their degree, obtain jobs with the United Nations or other international organisations, with governments or non-governmental organisations, or otherwise in the field of human rights.
The learning environment at Nottingham is greatly enhanced by the exciting programme of guest lectures, delivered by distinguished scholars and practitioners. We regularly host groundbreaking conferences and other events that contribute to the development and the application of the international legal standards.
The University of Nottingham Human Rights Law Centre (within the School of Law) is one of the world’s best known and respected academic human rights institutions. It carries out its work by means of research, training, publications and capacity building. It collaborates with governments, intergovernmental organizations, academics, students and civil society, and has implemented programmes in Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East. The Centre offers numerous services for LLM students, including an annual international student’s conference, a human rights cinema series, a student’s law journal, internship bursaries and research assistance opportunities. You can visit the Human Rights Law website for more information.
The study of human rights law is an area of established expertise and activity at Nottingham. It has a bright and exciting future of which we warmly hope you will be a part.
Since its introduction in 1987, our LLM programme has continued to grow in popularity and prestige. Offering a wide and diverse range of over 50 options, the programme now attracts some 150 to 180 candidates each year, from more than 50 countries, confirming its status as one of the leading and most exciting LLM programmes available.
We also offer LLM pathways in the areas listed below, as well as a more general LLM (Master of Laws) qualification:
You will take 120 credits’ worth of full and/or part-time subject options during the taught components of this course.
You will conclude the LLM Human Rights Law by undertaking a 60-credit dissertation; this is an extensive piece of independent research in a subject of your choice. You will benefit from the support of a dedicated project supervisor, the School of Law’s Skills Programme, as well as the generic research skills training offered by the University’s Graduate School.
The LLM Human Rights Law can be taken on a full-time basis over 1 year or part-time over 2 years.
In order to qualify for the LLM, you must take four full-year options (120 credits in total), or the equivalent number of full and half options in the taught element of the programme. Full options comprise eighteen two-hour seminars, held during the Autumn and Spring Terms. Half-options comprise nine two-hour seminars, held in either the Autumn or Spring Terms.
All seminars offer dedicated teaching, open only to postgraduate students, including postgraduate research students, where an option is relevant to a student’s doctoral research.
The precise availability of individual options differs from year to year, depending on the availability of staff to teach them, but in a typical session LLM students are able to choose from around a dozen full-year options (30 credits) and up to 50 half-year options (15 credits) over the programmes. In addition, LLM students may elect to take up to two half-year options in relevant modules offered by the School of Politics as part of its MA in International Relations.
To qualify for a particular specialist degree, candidates must choose at least three full options (or their equivalent in full and half options) from the list of qualifying options within the relevant specialisation. Students may choose any full module (or equivalent half modules) within the LLM programme as their fourth, “free” option.
In addition, the candidate must choose a dissertation topic within the relevant area of specialism. The dissertation is worth 60 credits and taken over the summer period towards the end of the course for submission in September.
Assessment for options is by essay, examination or a combination of both.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.
No work experience is required.
Together with the ISIC Association and British Council IELTS we offer you the chance to receive up to £10,000 to expand your horizon and study abroad. We want to ultimately encourage you to study abroad in order to experience and explore new countries, cultures and languages.
Studying at Nottingham is an experience that goes far beyond traditional lectures. A flexible approach to teaching combines established teaching methods, such as tutorials, with interactive and web-based methods.