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International Human Rights Law LLM

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Subject area: Law
Mode of study

1-year full-time (September); 15-months full-time (January); 2-years part-time (September); 27-months part-time (January)

PG code

M130PINTHRLW

Start date

January, September

Location of study

Brunel University London campus

Overview

The Brunel International Human Rights Law LLM is designed for graduates wishing to develop the specialist skills needed for a career in this dynamic field of law.

Through a detailed analysis of the theory, history and development of human rights, and an exploration of the mechanisms of human rights protection you will acquire a comprehensive understanding of international human rights law and its interconnection with international criminal and comparative criminal law.

The course places particular emphasis on the radical transformations in international human rights law since the beginning of the 21st century, with the establishment of the International Criminal Court, the on-going process of the United Nations reform, and the post 9/11 shift to a more ‘security-at-all-costs’ approach to criminal process values, especially with regards to the war against terror.

You will explore key contemporary issues, such as: 

  • human rights advocacy and global governance though NGOs and non-State actors 
  • the European system of human rights protection 
  • group rights and the rights of minorities and indigenous peoples 
  • the challenges posed by international migration and the protection of migrants, asylum seekers and refugees 
  • women’s rights and the rights of the child, including protection for victims of human trafficking
  • sexual and gay rights 
  • the right to development and “third- generation” rights

You can choose to study full-time (one year) or part-time (two years) and to begin your course either in September or in January.

With human right issues featuring more and more prominently in public debates and institutional policy considerations, employers are looking for job candidates with the specialised training needed to keep up with the new realities. Your International Human Rights Law LLM will give you that expertise and make you a sought-after prospect by law firms, businesses and government bodies.

Enquiries

Contact our Enquiries team.
Course Enquiries: +44 (0)1895 265599 (before you submit an application)
Admissions Office: +44 (0)1895 265265 (after you submit an application)


Course content

The International Human Rights Law LLM consists of compulsory and optional modules and a 15,000-word dissertation.

Full-time students should complete four modules per term, excluding the dissertation. Part-time students should complete two modules per term, excluding the dissertation. 

Optional modules are indicative and available subject to numbers.

Compulsory modules

Term one:

  • European System of Human Rights Protection 1 or 2
  • Foundations of International Human Rights Law  1 or 2

Term two:

  • Theory and Practice of International Human Rights 1
  • Regional Systems of Human Rights Protection: America, Africa, Asia 1

* The superscript 1 or 2 indicates which year of study each module will normally take place in for part-time students.

Optional modules

Term one:

  • International Human Rights and Islamic Law 2
  • Public International Law 1 or 2
  • International Humanitarian Law 2
  • Multiculturalism and Human Rights 2
  • International Criminal Law 2

Term two:

  • International Environmental Law (15 credits) 2
  • Corporate Governance and Corporate Social Responsibility (15 credits) 2
  • World Trade Organisation (WTO) and Human Rights Law (15 credits) 2
  • Human Rights of Women (15 credits) 2
  • Counter-terrorism and Human Rights (15 credits) 2

* The superscript 1 or 2 indicates which year of study each module will normally take place in for part-time students.

Read more about the structure of postgraduate degrees at Brunel and what you will learn on the course.

Entry criteria 2019/20

  • A 2:2 (or above) UK Honours degree, or equivalent internationally recognised qualification, in Law or a related subject (International Relations, Political Science, Criminology, and Criminal Justice).
  • Other related disciplines and qualifications will be considered, and in such cases assessed on an individual basis by the Postgraduate Director, and an interview may be required.

Entry criteria are subject to review and change each academic year.


International and EU entry requirements

If your country or institution is not listed or if you are not sure whether your institution is eligible, please contact Admissions

This information is for guidance only by Brunel University London and by meeting the academic requirements does not guarantee entry for our courses as applications are assessed on case-by-case basis.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6.5 (min 6 in all areas)
  • Pearson: 58 (51 in all subscores)
  • BrunELT: 65% (min 60% in all areas)

You can find out more about the qualifications we accept on our English Language Requirements page.

If you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, you must prove knowledge of the English language so that we can issue you a Certificate of Acceptance for Study (CAS). To do this, you will need an IELTS for UKVI or Trinity SELT test pass gained from a test centre approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and on the Secure English Language Testing (SELT) list. This must have been taken and passed within two years from the date the CAS is made.

Should you wish to take a pre-sessional English course to improve your English prior to starting your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider for the same reason.

We offer our own BrunELT English Test and have pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet requirements or who wish to improve their English. You can find out more information on English courses and test options at the Brunel Language Centre.

Teaching and learning

Brunel Law School is research driven and was ranked 14th in the UK for REF Intensity in Law in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF2014). Through their research, our lecturers are at the forefront of domestic and international legal scholarship, which means your education will be innovative, inspiring and truly up-to-date.

Your International Human Rights Law LLM modules will be delivered through seminars, with two hours of teaching per module a week alongside your own self-directed study. Optional modules have class sizes of 10-12 students, and compulsory modules have class sizes of around 25 on average.

You’ll also learn through:

  • research centre activities and research trips
  • contributing to newsletters
  • making oral presentations
  • attending law film screenings
  • participating in debating events and reading group sessions.

You will receive your timetable in advance of the course starting. Part-time study is based on a full-time timetable, with one less module per semester.

Should you need any non-academic support during your time at Brunel, the Student Support and Welfare Team are here to help.

Assessment and feedback

Modules are assessed by combinations of coursework, contribution to seminars, oral presentations and ‘seen’ examinations. In the final year you are also required to write a dissertation.

Read our guide on how to avoid plagiarism in your assessments at Brunel.

Fees and funding

Fees for 2019/20 entry

UK/EU students: £10,140 full-time; £5,070 part-time

International students: £16,850 full-time; £8,425 part-time

Some courses incur additional course related costs. You can also check our on-campus accommodation costs for more information on living expenses.

January 2019 fee

 UK/EU students: £9,750 full-time, £4,875 part-time

International students: £16,200 full-time, £8,100 part-time

 

Read about funding opportunities available to postgraduate students

UK/EU students can opt to pay in six equal monthly instalments: the first instalment is payable on enrolment and the remaining five by Direct Debit or credit/debit card.

Overseas students can opt to pay in two instalments: 60% on enrolment, and 40% in January for students who commence their course in September (or the remaining 40% in March for selected courses that start in January).

Fees quoted are per year and may be subject to an annual increase. Home/EU undergraduate student fees are regulated and are currently capped at £9,250 per year; any changes will be subject to changes in government policy. International and postgraduate fees will increase annually in line with RPI, or 5%, whichever is the lesser.

There is a range of financial support available to help you fund your studies. Find out about postgraduate student funding options.