International Human Rights Law (PGDip), LL.M.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
  • English (book IELTS)
University rank #361 (QS) ,
The LLM inInternational Human Rights Law (PGDip) from Oxford Brookes University offers the opportunity to gain a critical understanding of the history and theoretical underpinnings of international human rights, international and regional human rights systems, and the practical application of human rights norms in a range of contexts.


This course combines rigorous legal education with a contemporary and global perspective and is ideally suited to students from a law, history, politics, or other social sciences background.

It is designed to provide the specialist skills and in-depth knowledge that will be attractive to employers in the areas of international legal practice and international development as well as those who intend to pursue careers in international governmental and non-governmental organisations.

Course length
  • Full-time: LLM: 12 months, PGDip: 9 months
  • Part-time: LLM: 24 months, PGDip: 18 months
Why choose this course?
  • It enables you to specialise in areas such as international criminal law, the laws of armed conflict, humanitarian intervention and post-conflict reconstruction, international development and globalisation, refugee and migrant law, and the promotion and application of human rights as part of legal reform in the developing world.
  • It is ideal for those who intend to pursue careers in international governmental and non-governmental organisations, as well as in government and academic posts. Recent graduates from this course have gained positions in international organisations, such as UNICEF.
  • You can enhance your CV and career prospects by developing specialisations that go beyond the standard human rights law subjects of a LLB or other law degree.
  • Your course tutors, fellow students and alumni are drawn from countries around the world giving you the opportunity to build a truly international network of contacts.
  • All members of the LLM course team are active researchers and encourage students to become involved in their respective areas of research by teaching specialist modules in which they have expertise and by supervising dissertations in their specialist subjects.
  • Special support is provided for international students, particularly those whose first language is not English, to ensure that they find their feet quickly and are able to participate fully.
  • The 2015 Times/ Sunday Times Good University Guide places the School of Law at Oxford Brookes in the top 30 of all the UK’s university Law Schools.
  • You will benefit from a range of teaching and learning strategies, from case studies to interactive seminars, presentations and moots.
  • Oxford has much to offer lawyers and as one of the world's great academic cities, it is a key centre of debate, with conferences, seminars and forums taking place across a range of international law topics within the University, the city of Oxford and in nearby London.

Programme Structure

Students studying for the LLM in International Law are required to complete the compulsory modules in International Human Rights: Law & Institutions, the compulsory module in International Law (20 credits), and the compulsory module in Advanced Legal Research Methods (20 credits) during the first semester.

In semester two you take the compulsory module in International Human Rights: Law & Practice (20 credits). In addition you can choose any two of the listed options below (20 credits each, totalling 40 M-level credits):

  • International Law
  • International Human Rights Law: Law and Institutions
  • International Human Rights Law: Law and Practice
  • Advanced Legal Research Methods

In Semester 2 you can choose any two of the following options (20 credits each, totalling 40 master's level credits):*

  • International Criminal Law
  • International Humanitarian Law
  • International Refugees and Migrants
  • European Union Law
  • International Environmental Law
  • International Labour Law
  • Law, Globalisation and Development
  • Corporate Governance and Corporate Social Responsibility
  • International Intellectual Property Law
  • Dissertation

*Please be aware that availability of options may vary from year to year subject to staff availability and student demand.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 12 months
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Credits
    60 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

Students will normally be required to have (or to be expecting) a good honours degree, or an equivalent degree awarded by a university outside the United Kingdom. The degree may be in Law or in a related discipline. We welcome applications from both non-Law graduates and work experience-based candidates.

If you are new to the academic study of law you will be advised to read a number of recommended texts by way of induction before the course begins. You are also encouraged to attend the induction sessions provided in the week prior to the beginning of the course.

English Language Requirements

An IELTS minimum score of 6.5 (with 6.0 in reading and writing) is required.

International applications

Preparation courses for International and EU students

We offer a range of courses to help you to meet the entry requirements for this course and also familiarise you with university life. You may also be able to apply for one student visa to cover both courses.

  • If you need to take a pre-master's course to help you to meet both the English language and academic entry requirements for your master's course, you can take our two year master’s course. This course combine the pre-master's diploma and your master's in one application. You can apply for one visa for the two years of study.
  • If you need to improve your English language, we have pre-sessional English language courses available to help you to meet the English language requirements of your chosen master’s.

If you are studying outside the UK, for more details about your specific country entry requirements, translated information, local contacts and programmes within your country, please have a look at our country pages.

How to apply

You apply for this course through UCAS Postgraduate.

Through UCAS Postgraduate, you should use the UKPASS portal to make your application, which will then be forwarded directly to our Admissions Office. You should send supporting documentation to us directly using the email addresses on the UKPASS application form.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    13100 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13100 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    6520 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6520 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
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  • Home / EU full-time on-campus fee: £6,520
  • Home / EU part-time on-campus fee: £3,330
  • International full-time on-campus fee: £13,100

Living costs for Oxford

  • 939 - 1530 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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