Human rights has emerged as the dominant discourse through which political, social and economic challenges are articulated. Is the rise of human rights as emblem of resistance and political horizon a reflection of the exponential rise of human need and suffering, or is it a convenient means of deflecting more radical political demands and transformation? What are the mechanisms through which various crises are made intelligible through human rights? What about the convergence of human rights and corporate social responsibility (CSR) and the implications of the growth of 'business and human rights' in international media?
These are just some of the questions we consider in this exciting and innovative Master’s programme, offered through an intensive classroom-based model. Leading to the award of an LLM or MA Human Rights, the distinctive focus of the programme is on theoretically informed and multidisciplinary approaches to human rights. It is also practical, setting out the impact of human rights on business, with some case studies. It aims to expose you to a critical and contextual engagement with the subject.
You will study human rights in their political, legal, sociological, anthropological and philosophical contexts, and you will be introduced to a wide variety of approaches to research across a range of disciplines, and to the theoretical frameworks for advanced legal scholarship. You will also take specialist courses, choosing from a wide range of subjects in the area of human rights.
This Human Rights (Intensive) course at Birkbeck, University of London is especially aimed at more established participants in human rights practice across the spectrum of professional, NGO, governmental and inter-governmental activity, as well as CSR professionals in the private sector, who wish to take time to reflect and to deepen their understanding.
Careers and Employability
Graduates can pursue careers in the legal profession, government and the public sector, and research or journalism. Possible professions include human rights lawyer, barrister, or human resources officer. This degree may also be useful in becoming a researcher, journalist, or trading standards officer.
- Issues in International Law and Human Rights
- The History and Philosophy of Human Rights
- Children's Rights and Childhood
- Cultures of Human rights (Intensive)
- Equality and the Law
- Futures: the Globalisation of Human Rights (Intensive)
- 12 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- StartingApply anytime.
You are strongly advised to apply now, to ensure there are still places on your chosen course and to give you time to complete the admissions process.
More informationGo to the programme website
DisciplinesSociology International Law International Development View 336 other Masters in International Law in United Kingdom
- A second-class honours degree in law, the humanities or social sciences; other good honours degrees will be considered.
- Relevant experience may take the place of academic qualifications. Your personal statement as to why you want to take the programme, and your academic and/or professional references will also be important.
International16800 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 16800 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
EU/EEA11000 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 11000 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
Check the programme website for information about funding options.
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