With innovative module options, this course will expose you to the most exciting ideas and developments in international human rights law.
You will be provided with a thorough grounding in human rights law, as well as the opportunity to pursue more specialist interests such as economic and social rights, business and human rights, or imprisonment and human rights.
The School of Law has a particular strength in human rights law. Many academic 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 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 human rights film series, as well as internship bursaries and research assistance opportunities.
- Consistently ranked among the world's top law schools, placing in the worldwide top 100 in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017
- 81% of our research considered world-leading or internationally excellent in the latest Research Excellence Framework
- 96.6% of law postgraduates in work or further study within six months of graduation
- Dedicated resources including legal skills advice through workshops and one-to-one sessions, computer room, and law reading room in the Hallward Library
- Links to leading firms in London and the regions, private industry and consultancies, and governmental institutions and non-governmental organisations across the UK and wider world
You will complete a minimum of 90 credits of specialist optional modules. The remaining 30 credits can be chosen from the full selection of optional modules available on the LLM programme. You will also undertake a 60-credit dissertation.
Guidance and support on choosing a human rights law dissertation topic and designing your project will be provided through bespoke workshops and one-to-one support.
We teach in small-group seminars where possible, allowing for an integrated, interactive learning experience. You are encouraged and expected to prepare for, and participate in, seminars so that you get the maximum benefit from them.
You will be assessed by examination or essay, or a combination of both. All assessments take place at the end of the spring term.
Practice assignments, guidance on exam techniques, time management workshops, and one-to-one legal skills advice sessions are offered throughout the academic year to prepare you for these assessments.
Qualifying module options
- Business and Human Rights
- Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice
- Critical Issues in International Criminal Justice
- Detention and Imprisonment in the International Criminal Justice System
- Economic and Social Rights
- The European Convention on Human Rights
- Imprisonment and 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 Rights of the Child
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 graduates move into a wide range of careers. Many go into the legal profession or return to their previous legal careers with specialist knowledge and enhanced prospects. Others successfully seek employment with international organisations as well as international and local NGOs.
Some graduates further their academic career by progressing onto our PhD programme. These students often choose to stay at the University of Nottingham beyond their doctorate, with a number of academics becoming members of staff after completing their LLM/masters and PhD with us.
With an advanced law degree from the University of Nottingham, you will be well-placed to pursue your career ambitions and realise your goals.
Employability and average starting salary
96.6% of postgraduates from the School of Law who were available for employment secured work or further study within six months of graduation. £23,214 was the average starting salary, with the highest being £32,000.*
* Known destinations of full-time home postgraduates 2015/16. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.
Career and professional development
Whether you are looking to enhance your career prospects or develop your knowledge, a postgraduate degree from the University of Nottingham can help take you where you want to be.
Our award-winning Careers and Employability Service offers specialist support and guidance while you study and for life after you graduate. They will help you explore and plan your next career move, through regular events, employer-led skills sessions, placement opportunities and one-to-one discussions.
2:1 (or international equivalent) in law or a relevant humanities or social science discipline
English language requirements
IELTS:7.0 (no less than 7.0 in reading and writing, and 6.5 in speaking and listening)
Academic English preparation and support
Accredited by the British Council for the teaching of English in the UK, the University's Centre for English Language Education provides high-quality preparation and support.
Our presessional courses take your English language and academic skills to the level you need to progress to postgraduate study without taking IELTS again. A specialist 10-week law course is also available.
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Last updated November 10, 2017