LLM Human Rights Law

The University of Nottingham - Faculty of Social Sciences

Program Description

LLM Human Rights Law

The University of Nottingham - Faculty of Social Sciences

LLM Human Rights Law

The modules at the heart of the LLM Human Rights Law provide a thorough grounding in human rights law, and many of the more specialised topics are cutting edge and innovative, such as 'Business and Human Rights', 'Economic and Social Rights' and 'Rights, Humans and Other Animals'.

The school has a particular strength in human rights law. Many staff are internationally recognised for their research in the area. They have advised governments, collaborated with various international organisations including the United Nations and the Council of Europe, and joined forces with NGOs in their human rights advocacy work. This blend of academic endeavour and practical work is often brought to the classroom, so that you can see how human rights law can have an impact on the ground.

The school is also home to the Human Rights Law Centre, one of the world's most respected academic human rights institutions. It carries out its work through research, training, publications and capacity building, collaborating with governments, inter-governmental organisations, academics, students and civil society; alongside implementing programmes in Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East. The Centre is a focal point for student activity in human rights. It hosts an annual international student conference and a human rights film series, and, internship bursaries and research assistance opportunities.

Having completed the LLM Human Rights, many of our students obtain jobs with the United Nations or other international organisations, governments and non-governmental organisations.

Key facts

  • The School of Law was ranked 41st best law school in the world, and 9th in the UK, by the QS World Rankings by Subject 2016
  • Since its introduction in 1987, our LLM programme has continued to grow in popularity and prestige and now attracts some 140 to 160 students each year, from more than 50 countries, confirming its status as one of the leading LLM programmes available
  • Research-led teaching means that you will be exposed to current issues, advanced debate, and innovative thinking and regular guest seminars and lectures, delivered by distinguished scholars and practitioners complement teaching in the school
  • Dedicated resources for students in the school, including a Legal Skills Advisor who delivers workshops and one-to-one sessions, a Law School computer room, and a Law Reading Room in the Hallward Library, contribute to a unique and positive learning experience
  • The school enjoys professional relationships with international institutions, leading UK law firms, private industry and consultancies, government departments, both foreign and domestic, and non-governmental organisations

Course details

You must complete at least 90 credits worth of modules from the qualifying specialist module options for the Human Rights Law LLM. The remaining 30 credits required to complete the taught stage of the degree can be chosen from the full suite of modules offered across all of our LLM programmes.

In addition, you must choose a dissertation topic which falls within the field of human rights law. Guidance and support on deciding a dissertation topic and designing your project will be provided through bespoke workshops and one-to-one support.


The LLM programme operates small group seminar teaching wherever possible, allowing for an integrative and interactive learning experience. You are encouraged and expected to prepare for, and participate in, seminars so that you get the maximum benefit from these teaching sessions.

Modular assessments

All taught courses are assessed by examination or essay, or a combination of both. All assessments take place at the end of the spring term.

Practice assignments, workshops on issues such as exam technique and time management, as well as one-to-one sessions with the Legal Skills Advisor are offered throughout the academic year to prepare you for these assessments.


Qualifying module options

  • Business and Human Rights
  • Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice
  • Detention and Imprisonment in the International Criminal Justice System
  • Economic and Social Rights
  • The European Convention on Human Rights
  • International and Comparative Penal Law and Human Rights
  • International Criminal Evidence
  • International Criminal Law
  • International Human Rights Law
  • International Humanitarian Law
  • Law, Development and the International Community
  • Mental Disability and International Human Rights
  • Minorities and International Human Rights
  • Philosophical Foundations of Human Rights and Criminal Justice
  • Principles of Public International Law
  • The Protection of Refugees and Displaced Persons in International Law
  • Regional Human Rights Law
  • Religion and International Human Rights
  • Rights, Humans and Other Animals

The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. This list is an example of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.


Our postgraduate students move into an extraordinarily wide range of careers. Many graduates either go into the legal profession or return to their previous legal careers with their experience and prospects enhanced by their experiences on the course. A large number also work with NGOs, or return to their countries with the relevant skills to help add to the future development of that country.

A selection of graduates progress onto our PhD programme each year, in order to progress their academic career. These students often choose to stay at The University of Nottingham beyond their doctorate, with a number of our current academics having completed both the LLM or Masters and PhD programmes with us before becoming members of staff.

Average starting salary and career progression

In 2015, 93% of postgraduates in the School of Law who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £27,031 with the highest being £40,800.*

  • Known destinations of full-time home higher degree postgraduates 2014/15. Salaries are calculated based on those in full-time paid employment within the UK.

Career prospects and employability

The acquisition of a masters degree demonstrates a high level of knowledge in a specific field. Whether you are using it to enhance your employability, as preparation for further academic research or as a means of vocational training, you may benefit from careers advice as to how you can use your new found skills to their full potential.

Our Careers and Employability Service will help you do this, working with you to explore your options and inviting you to attend recruitment events where you can meet potential employers, as well as suggesting further development opportunities, such as relevant work experience placements and skills workshops.

Entry requirements 2.1 (or international equivalent) in law, humanities or social sciences

IELTS 7.0 (with no less than 7.0 in writing, 6.5 in reading and 6.0 in speaking and listening)

If these grades are not met, English preparatory courses are available

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated October 16, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
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Sept. 2017
1 - 2 years
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6,630 GBP
Start date Sept. 2017
United Kingdom Nottingham, England
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Duration 1 - 2 years
Price 6,630 GBP
HEU Fees: £6,630 / International Fees: £15,140