Political, social and economic challenges are frequently articulated through the language of human rights. Is the rise of human rights discourse an emblem of hope and a political horizon, mobilising resistance to human need and suffering? Or do human rights claims deflect more radical political demands and block real transformation? Can the manifold crises of contemporary life be made more intelligible through the frame of human rights?
These are just some of the questions taken up in this degree. We are proud to offer this exciting and innovative Master’s degree, leading to the award of an LLM or MA Human Rights . The distinctive focus of the Human Rights course at Birkbeck, University of London is on theoretically informed and multidisciplinary approaches to human rights. It aims to expose you to a critical and contextual engagement with the subject. You will study human rights in their legal, political, sociological, anthropological and philosophical contexts.
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.
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.
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- AIssues in International Law and Human Rights
- The History and Philosophy of Human Rights
- Advanced Contemporary Issues in Islamic Law: Theory and Practice
- Advanced Intellectual Property Law
- Commons, Public Space and the Law
- Constitutional Law in Practice: Regional Perspectives
- Cultures of Human Rights
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- 12 months
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DisciplinesSociology International Law International Development View 487 other Masters in Sociology in United Kingdom
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A second-class honours degree (2:2) or above in law, the humanities or social sciences; other subjects will be considered.
- Applications are reviewed on their individual merits and your professional qualifications and/or relevant work experience will be taken into consideration positively. Your personal statement as to why you want to take the programme, and your academic and/or professional references will also be important. We actively support and encourage applications from mature learners.
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International17700 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 17700 GBP per year during 12 months.
National11580 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 11580 GBP per year during 12 months.
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Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.