LLM in International Human Rights Law and Development


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Program Description

Human rights and the law is a huge growth area, evolving and expanding in response to new developments, threats, and evolution in our thinking as a society. It has great significance for major global challenges such as war, terrorism, gender, migration and climate change, and interfaces quite significantly with impacts from science and innovation.

This new LLM in Human Rights and Development is designed to provide you with an understanding of human rights in its multi-layered form, with a critical emphasis on its complementarity with development.

The course offers a wide range of modules that are contemporary, academically rigorous and skills oriented. You'll gain core knowledge of the wider context framing law and policy in this field, whilst having the flexibility to tailor your degree to suit your particular interests and career aspirations by choosing from a range of specialist human rights law and development modules.


The University of Bradford is ranked 301-400 in the world for Business and Economics in the 2019 Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

Entry requirements

  • 2:2 or above in any subject, or relevant work experience at the graduate level.

English language requirements

  • IELTS at 6.5 or equivalent with a minimum of 5.5 in each sub-test.

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course.

What you will study

An intensive 2-week induction at the beginning of the course ensures that all students, including those from non-law and/or international backgrounds, are taught the core concepts and academic skills necessary to achieve the learning outcomes.

Students take 180 credits of modules comprising a taught element of 120 credits, and a 60 credit dissertation.

Students will be required to take 40 credits of core modules covering subjects on Principles of Regulation and Enforcement, and Sustainable Development Law in Business and Society which will explore core themes and provide the necessary background and wider context of the study of this subject.

In addition, students will be required to take a total of 60 credits of modules from the followings(20 credits each) which will provide specific and in-depth knowledge in specialist aspects of human rights and development:

  • Public International Law
  • International Human Rights Law
  • International Humanitarian Law
  • Gender Law
  • Migration & Asylum Law
  • Peacekeeping and Peace Building
  • Business Human Rights and Environment
  • Governance for Development

The final 20-credit module of the LLM in International Commercial Law is an elective which can either be chosen from the list above, from a wider pool of postgraduate modules from the School of Law or from other departments such as the School of Management.

Please note that for 2020 entry, the module information is subject to change.



  • Foundations of Law and Skills (LAW7029-R)
  • Sustainable Development Law in Contemporary Business & Society (LAW7030-B)
  • Regulatory Theory and Practice (LAW7035-B)
  • LLM Dissertation (LAW7032-E)


  • Public International Law (LAW7044-B)
  • International Human Rights Law (LAW7043-B)
  • International Humanitarian Law (LAW7019-B)
  • Law and Gender (LAW7038-B)
  • Immigration and Refugee Law (LAW7023-B)
  • Business, Human Rights and Environment (LAW7041-B)
  • Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding (PES7046-B)
  • Governance for Development (DEV7035-B)
  • International Criminal Law (LAW7046-B)
  • Elective

Learning and assessment

You will be taught in small groups in an interactive and engaging learning environment.

You will have the opportunity in some modules to be involved in clinical legal education, where you gain practical experience working with real-life cases whilst supported by academics.

The course is also enhanced by visiting guest speakers from all walks of life, including the legal professions, academia, and businesses.

The Law Clinic

Our law clinic gives students an opportunity to put theory into practice. Students work in our law clinic advising members of the public in conjunction with the Citizens Advice Bureau and CHAS@StVincent's.

Students are trained to interview and advise members of the public on any aspect of law. Working as part of a team, students discuss the case and decide whether the client is in need of legal advice. Under the guidance of the Clinic Director, students then prepare advice for their client.

Students also have the opportunity to receive formal training on immigration law, leading to the award of OISC (Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner) Level 1 and 2 qualifications, through collaboration with CHAS@StVincent's. This gives students the opportunity to be involved in giving immigration advice whilst earning recognised qualifications.


Our students have the opportunity to get involved in a range of internal and external mooting competitions.

Mooting complements students' legal education and is a great way to learn how to use the law to create persuasive legal arguments. Students have to analyse problems, research the law, prepare written submissions and present their arguments to a trained lawyer or judge.

The competition imitates the procedures followed in appeal courts and is a great chance for students to put their skills and knowledge into practice.

Career support

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes, there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

Career prospects

Our courses are shaped by the School of Law International Advisory Board, made up of leading figures in the judiciary and legal practice, academia and wider industry and society who advise us on the skills and competencies needed in the current and future workplace. This feeds into the design and delivery of our courses, ensuring our students gain knowledge and experience that is not only academically rigorous but valued by employers.

Last updated Mar 2020

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