LLM Human Rights and Justice

Nottingham Law School has significant academic expertise in the areas of human rights and justice. The course parallels the historical and contemporary significance of these aspects of law, in particular, their growth as topics of both domestic and international importance over recent decades.

About the LLM Human Rights and Justice

The LLM Human Rights and Justice is based on the significant expertise of academic staff in Nottingham Law School, particularly from its Centre for Conflict, Rights and Justice.

The course will help you develop a strong analytical understanding of the key legal issues in the area, with a particular focus on European and international human rights and key aspects of international justice systems.

Why choose this course?

  • Study the key issues in European and international human rights and justice.
  • Explore bodily integrity rights such as the right to life, procedural rights such as the right to a fair trial, and expressive rights such as the freedom of religion.
  • Benefit from strong links to our Centre for Conflict, Rights, and Justice
  • Study full-time or part-time.
  • Attend an International Summer School and explore Law from a European perspective.
  • Scholarships available.
  • Individual modules can be studied for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) awards.


You will study six taught modules followed by a dissertation.

Choose from:

  • Public International and Humanitarian Law
  • Terrorism and International Response
  • Victims' Rights and Restorative Justice
  • Human Rights in Europe
  • Theory and Principles of International Law
  • Expression Rights
  • Human Rights and Criminal Justice
  • Discrimination Law in Employment
  • International Criminal Court and International Crime
  • Data Protection and Privacy

You can take up to two modules from another subject area, excluding Oil, Gas and Mining Law, but we advise you to select modules from the above options if possible.

You will start your dissertation after completing these modules.


In each case, modules are assessed through one piece of coursework. This usually takes the form of a problem- or essay-style question but will vary by module. You can submit and receive feedback on assessments over the course of each module.

The dissertation is 18,000 to 20,000 words and is researched and written independently under the guidance of an expert academic.

How do I study?

The academic year for the LLM courses is split into three parts: two ten-week terms (Term One runs from the beginning of the academic year until the Christmas vacation, Term Two between Christmas and Easter) and the summer period.

Full-time students – who complete the course over one academic year – study three modules in each term and complete the dissertation over the summer.

Part-time students – who complete the course over two academic years – study three modules across Terms One and Two in each year (six in total), beginning work on researching their dissertation during the first summer period and completing it during the second.

On the full-time and part-time modes, modules are taught throughout the week. Depending on your timetable you may be expected to attend on more than one day. Modules may exceptionally be rescheduled due to course needs.

Seminars are led by academics but will usually require you to carry out extensive guided preparatory work and will often involve short presentations or other contributions.

Entry requirements

The UK

  • A good law degree, 2.2 or above.
  • Applicants whose first degree is not Law will be required to provide evidence of commitment to the LLM subject that they wish to study.
  • Applicants from other disciplines will be welcomed in appropriate circumstances, particularly if they have experience in the area, even if not as lawyers.

We specify these minimum entry requirements, but we will assess you individually on your ability to benefit from the course. We sometimes offer places on the basis of non-standard entry qualifications, and industrial or professional experience.


We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our UG and PG degrees. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

Foundation courses

If you need to do a foundation course to meet our course requirements please visit Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). If you’re already studying in the UK at a school or college and would like to know if we can accept your qualification please visit our foundation courses page.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. For this course, we usually require one of the following:

  • IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each skill.
  • An equivalent English language qualification.
Program taught in:
  • English

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1 - 2 years
6,500 GBP
Full-Time and £3,250 Part-Time for Home/EU students - £12,900 Full-Time and £6,450 Part-Time for International Students
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