You'll learn about issues central to the work of human rights scholars and practitioners including states and non-state actors as perpetrators and duty-bearers; standard-setting versus implementation; and the interaction between law, policy and advocacy at local, regional and global levels.
Whether you are a mid-career professional or recent graduate, our LLM enables you to acquire the substantive knowledge, versatile skills and valuable networks necessary to work in the human rights field.
- work on real human rights issues in partnership with international and local NGOs, UN mechanisms or governmental bodies;
- undertake fieldwork in Kuala Lumpur or York and acquire valuable socio-legal skills;
- learn from the experiences of human rights defenders based at the Centre for Applied Human Rights and from the interactions with an international student body;
- benefit from the interdisciplinary expertise of staff at the Centre for Applied Human Rights and York Law School whose research informs teaching and shapes international policy.
Careers and skills
We provide career advice, networking opportunities, hands-on experience and personalised reference letters to help you find good jobs with human rights NGOs, humanitarian and development organisations, policy think-tanks, national governments, and UN agencies.
Previous students have gone on to work for:
- The Bar Council
- Defence for Children International
- Development NGOs in West Africa
- East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Network
- Egyptian human rights NGOs
- European Union Special Representative's Office in Afghanistan
- Foreign and Commonwealth Office
- Human Rights Watch
- National Human Rights Commission of Korea
- Pakistan's judicial sector
- UK-based NGO working with sub-Saharan children affected by HIV/AIDS
- United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
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- Legal Systems: Sources and Operation
- Applying International Human Rights Law
- The Practice of Fieldwork
- Human Rights Placement
- International Human Rights Laboratory
- Research Skills and Methods
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- 12 months
- 24 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- StartingApply anytime.
Applications can be submitted year-round, but we recommend you apply as early as possible as entry to many courses is competitive.
DisciplinesInternational Law Legal Studies View 500 other Masters in Legal Studies in United Kingdom
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- 2:1 or equivalent. We will also consider a 2:2 with at least three years' relevant work experience. Some academic study or practical experience of law is desirable, but not required.
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International18700 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 18700 GBP per year during 12 months.
National8440 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 8440 GBP per year during 12 months.
- UK: £4,220
- International/EU: £9,350
Living costs for York
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.
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Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.