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Human Rights Law, LL.M.

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  • 12 months
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University rank #173 (QS) Belfast, United Kingdom
This Human Rights Law programme at Queen's University Belfast 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. 
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Overview

In particular, we consider ways in which human rights could be protected more effectively so that people everywhere can realise their full human dignity.

The focus is on international and comparative human rights law (including at regional levels in Europe, Africa and the Americas). 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.

The protection of human rights at the international level is a relatively new branch of law. 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. These standards are not always fully implemented and the mechanisms for trying to get them implemented are sometimes defective.

The School has more than 25 years' experience in delivering a Human Rights Law programme at Queen's University Belfast. The focus is on international and comparative human rights law with a concentration on the practice of human rights, especially in the contexts of discrimination, armed conflicts, terrorism and migration.

Career Development

We are dedicated to student employability and our strong industry links mean over 94% of Queen's postgraduates are in employment or further study six months after graduation. 

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

  • Human Rights in Practice
  • International Human Rights Law
  • Dissertation
  • Equality and Discrimination
  • Transitional Justice
  • The Legacy of Conflict
  • Global Ethics

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
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

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    90

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class
Recommended score: Lower 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 Lower Second Class 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).

General Requirements

  • 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 Master's 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.

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Tuition Fee

  • International

    20800 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 20800 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    6140 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6140 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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