LLM in Human Rights


Program Description


Our LLM in Human Rights examines the contemporary challenges facing global society and their impact on human rights from the local to the international.

You will gain an in-depth understanding of the challenges for human rights and possible responses through legislation, policy and practice.

Choose from a diverse range of modules, with a practical focus, taught by human rights experts.

Key Features

Our LLM in Human Rights offers:

  • A programme designed around high calibre research - The College’s REF 2014 impact case study on children’s human rights achieved the highest possible rating of 4*
  • Academics who have strong relationships with external partners in the field of human rights
  • An interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary approach
  • A focus on diverse challenges in human rights
  • Opportunities to address a range of human rights topics across a number of thematic areas


The courses consist of taught modules (compulsory and optional), and a dissertation.

Compulsory modules will examine the international human rights framework, introduce research methods on human rights and discuss accountability for human rights, including an impact assessment.

Optional modules can include:

Asylum and Immigration, Children, Climate Change and Sustainability, Criminal Justice, Family Law, Identities, Media, Medicine and Human Rights, Migration and Human Trafficking, Poverty, Terrorism online, Trade, Investment and Human Rights.

Entry Requirements

If you’re passionate about Human Rights we want to hear from you! We welcome applications from students around the world.

Ideally, you’ll hold a 2:1 undergraduate degree, or equivalent, in a relative area (such as law, criminology, politics or sociology – other disciplines may also be relevant).

We also consider candidates with a 2:2 degree based on overall performance.

Candidates with relevant experience are strongly encouraged to apply.

If English is not your first language, you will need an acceptable pass in an approved English Language qualification. We consider a wide range of qualifications, including the Swansea University English Test, the British Council IELTS test (with a score of at least 6.5 and 6.0 in each component) and TOEFL (with a score of at least 88 and at least Listening: 21, Reading: 22, Speaking: 23, Writing: 21).

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2019/20 are as follows:

UK/EU International
LLM Full-time £7,000 £15,400
LLM Part-time £3,500 £7,700
LLM Part-time £2,350 £5,150

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3%.

Additional Costs

Students may incur additional costs during the course of the programme, which is not covered by tuition fees. These can include but are not limited t: stationery, books, printing, thesis binding and photocopying costs.

Careers and Employability

  • Specialist human rights lawyer
  • Human rights institutions
  • International human rights bodies
  • Public sector - government, civil service, political & policy advice
  • Private sector - global business & business sector
  • Non-Governmental sector e.g. UNICEF, Amnesty or Save the Children
  • Research and academia
Last updated October 2018

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