PGCert International Human Rights Law

University of Nottingham - Faculty of Social Sciences

Program Description

PGCert International Human Rights Law

University of Nottingham - Faculty of Social Sciences


Knowledge of the international human rights system has become an essential requirement for those working to improve human rights around the world. This distance-learning programme has been designed to allow you to study part-time to fit around your commitments.

You will be provided with a thorough grounding in human rights law and systems, as well as the opportunity to pursue more specialist interests such as the rights of the child and international criminal law.

This course is designed to ensure that you obtain a sound theoretical understanding of human rights law, as well as the latest knowledge of how international human rights standards and systems operate in practice.

The course is supported by the Human Rights Law Centre, which is led by Professor David Harris and Professor Dominic McGoldrick.

Key facts

  • This distance-learning programme can be studied anywhere in the world, with an intensive residential weekend at the University of Nottingham
  • Consistently ranked among the world's top law schools, placing in the worldwide top 100 in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018
  • 81% of our research considered world-leading or internationally excellent in the latest Research Excellence Framework
  • 96% of law postgraduates in work or further study within six months of graduation

Course details

You will complete 30 credits of core modules and a further 30 credits from a choice of optional modules.


This course is predominantly delivered by distance learning and designed to be studied part-time to fit around your commitments. For each module, you will be provided with extensive materials including basic text, case studies, further reading and self-test questions.

You will have access to a reading pack of core academic articles for each module. All material is provided online, and there will be academic support and a discussion forum for each module.

Intensive residential sessions

There will be one intensive residential weekend held at the University of Nottingham. This provides the opportunity to develop your understanding through traditional face-to-face teaching (lectures, seminars and workshops). These will be delivered mainly by academic staff from the University of Nottingham, with some sessions also presented by guest lecturers.

The intensive teaching sessions constitute an important element of the programme, helping to ensure it is of the same high quality as the school's full-time programmes. You are strongly encouraged to attend, although this is not compulsory.



• United Nations Law

• Regional Human Rights Law

Optional modules

• Business and Human Rights

• International Criminal Evidence

• The Protection of Refugees and Displaced Persons in International Law

• The Rights of the Child

• Women's Rights

• Current Human Rights Issues

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. The above list is a sample of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.


Providing advanced training in international human rights law, this course provides the opportunity to enhance your experience and career prospects in this field.

Employability and average starting salary

96% of postgraduates from the School of Law who were available for employment secured work or further study within six months of graduation. £19,800 was the average starting salary, with the highest being £42,000.*

* Known destinations of full-time home postgraduates 2016/17. 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.

Entry requirements

2:1 (or international equivalent) in law, humanities or social sciences; applicants with other relevant qualifications or experience also considered

English language requirements

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

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated November 1, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Online
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Sept. 2019
2 years
Part time
3,420 GBP
United Kingdom - Nottingham, England
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