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Human Rights Law, LL.M.

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  • 12 months
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University rank #180 (QS) ,
The protection of human rights at the international level is a relatively new branch of law. Since World War Two, there has been a huge growth in the number and variety of human rights standards set out in international treaties, in national constitutions, and in other so-called 'soft law' documents.

About

This LLM provides students with an opportunity to gain an in-depth appreciation of global human rights standards and the interrelationship between international standards and national practice. In particular, we consider ways in which human rights could be protected more effectively so that human beings everywhere can realise their full human dignity.

The School has more than 25 years' experience in delivering an LLM in Human Rights Law. The focus is on international and comparative human rights law (including at regional levels in Europe, Africa and the Americas) with a concentration on the practice of human rights, especially in the contexts of discrimination, armed conflicts, terrorism and migration. 

The School's joint expertise is harnessed so as to provide a vibrant and relevant course which will stimulate the hearts as well as the minds of students who are taking it.

Human Rights Law Highlights

Career Development

  • The Centre has strong contacts with local NGOs and other human rights institutions and can assist students with internship/voluntary work.

Student Experience

  • Human rights research and teaching has been carried out under the auspices of the Human Rights Centre at Queen's since 1990. The Centre has strong links with civil society organisations, statutory human rights bodies and international human rights institutions and networks, and organises a speaker series and a number of conferences annually. It participates in the Utrecht Network of Human Rights Centres and the Venice-based Masters in Human Rights and Democratisation and also has links with universities worldwide. The Centre co-ordinates field visits to institutions dedicated to human rights issues in Belfast, eg NI Human Rights Commission and the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland. During the summer, the Centre organises a field trip to human rights institutions abroad, eg the European Court of Human Rights and the UN (Geneva).

Career Prospects

Graduates have found jobs in the UN, the EU and the Council of Europe, as well as statutory bodies and a wide range of international and national NGOs. Others have found the LLM to constitute an extremely valuable addition to their work as legal professionals. Furthermore, this Masters provides an excellent base for further study towards a research degree such as a PhD, which in turn may lead on to an academic career.

 

Programme Structure

Courses Included:

  • Human Rights in Practice
  • International Human Rights Law
  • Dissertation (15,000-20,000 words)
  • Approaches to Legal Research
  • Theories and Methods of Human Rights
  • Key Debates in Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Equality and Discrimination
  • Transitional Justice
  • Migration and Human Rights
  • Comparative Human Rights
  • Counter-Terrorism and Human Rights
  • Business and Human Rights

                      Detailed Programme Facts

                      • Programme intensity

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

                        Full-time
                        • Full-time duration 12 months
                        Part-time
                        • Average part-time duration 24 months
                      • Credits
                        180 alternative credits
                      • Languages
                        • English
                      • Delivery mode
                        On Campus

                      English Language Requirements

                      You only need to take one of these language tests:

                      • Minimum required score:

                        90

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                        6.5

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                      Academic Requirements

                      You need the following GPA score:

                      Required score: Upper Second Class

                      Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper 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).

                      Normally a 2.1 Honours degree or above or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University in Law, Social Sciences, Humanities or a cognate discipline. Exemption from these requirements may be considered for those applicants who hold a Masters degree (or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University) OR for those applicants with a 2.2 Honours degree (or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University) along with a minimum of 2 years relevant experience.Admission under the Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL) may be considered for this course.

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                      Tuition Fee

                      • International Applies to you

                        15700 GBP/year
                        Tuition Fee
                        Based on the original amount of 15700 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
                      • EU/EEA Applies to you

                        5500 GBP/year
                        Tuition Fee
                        Based on the original amount of 5500 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
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                      Living costs for Belfast

                      • 561 - 890 GBP/month
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