International Human Rights Law and Practice, LL.M. | University of York | York, United Kingdom
12 months
22250 GBP/year
9990 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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Human rights abuses still occur, despite growing numbers of international treaties and organisations dedicated to their eradication. The International Human Rights Law and Practice programme from University of York engages you in a critical, nuanced and interdisciplinary examination of this paradox.

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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.

The International Human Rights Law and Practice programme from the University of York is distinctive because you will:

  • 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.

Career opportunities

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

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • 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 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Applications can be submitted year-round, but we recommend you apply as early as possible as entry to many courses is competitive.


IELTS admission requirements IELTS
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT

Other requirements

General requirements

  • 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.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    22250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 22250 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    9990 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9990 GBP per year during 12 months.


  • UK: £4,995
  • International/EU: £11,125

Living costs for York

646 - 1124 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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