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International Human Rights

The Specialism in International Human Rights Law is designed for students from all backgrounds who have an interest in the intersection between human rights and international law. It will enable students with this to develop a career in human rights law or to embark on policy-oriented careers in government and non-governmental organizations at the domestic and international level.

The Specialist LLM in International Human Rights draws from the expertise of The City Law School's team of experienced human rights scholars. It gives you an opportunity to examine intellectually the subject from various angles - minority protection, human rights at times of war, the prosecution of international criminals, to name a few.

This masters degree helps you appreciate and understand how international law intervenes to protect human rights and where the gaps are in international law.

The Specialist LLM in International Human Rights provides the opportunity to study some of the most significant issues in international human rights protection facing the world today. You will have guidance and expert academic support to examine a number of important issues in international human rights protection law, including how the law of war and armed conflict protects the civilian, how minority protection is being regulated by international law, the remedies available in international criminal law, and the extent to which the rights of indigenous people are safeguarded by international law.

Entry requirements

LLM: We are interested in receiving applications from individuals with at least an upper second-class honours undergraduate degree in law (roughly equivalent to a B or B+) from a recognised international institution. Applicants with a good undergraduate degree in another subject will also be considered.

INTO City, University of London
Don't meet the entry requirements? INTO City, University of London offers a range of academic and English language programmes to help prepare you for study at City, University of London. You'll learn from experienced teachers in a dedicated international study centre.

These programmes are designed for international students who do not meet the required academic and English language requirements for direct entry. To prepare for this degree course, learn more about the Graduate Diploma in Law.

Kaplan International College London
City works in partnership with Kaplan International College (KIC) London to provide preparatory courses for international students. Pre Masters courses at KIC London offer comprehensive support to students wishing to complete their postgraduate study at City. Progression to this degree is guaranteed if you complete the KIC London Pre-Masters course at the required level.

Course modules

As with all LLM specialisms at City, University of London, you may take either five modules and a shorter dissertation (10,000 words) or four modules and a longer dissertation (20,000 words). All modules are of the same duration and are taught per term (September - December or January - April) rather than the whole academic year. If you take four modules you will take two per term in each term and if you take five modules will have three in one term and two in the other. Dissertations are written during the summer term when there are no classes.

Specialism Modules:

Choose from the following 30-credit modules:

Comparative Constitutional Law
Public International Law
International Criminal Law: the Practitioner Perspective
International Criminal Law: Crimes and Institutions
International Human Rights in Law and Practice
International Law and the Global Economy
Law and War
Minorities and Indigenous Peoples in International Law
For your remaining modules you can choose from more than 50 modules covering a diverse range of subjects.

Assessment methods

This course is taught by leading academics as well as visiting practitioners including barristers and solicitors who work in private practice and in legal departments of major companies.

All modules are structured as ten weekly two-hour seminars which comprise both lectures as well as interactive tutorials. All modules are supported by our online learning platform - Moodle. Assessment is by way of coursework which comprises 100% of the final mark in each module. Each module carries the same weight in terms of the overall qualification.

You will be allocated a dedicated supervisor for your dissertation who will help you develop a specific topic and provide support in terms of resources, content and structure.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
LLM Part-time September 2019 6,375 (Year 1) EU 2 Years
LLM Part-time September 2019 6,375 (Year 1) Northern Ireland 2 Years
LLM Part-time September 2019 6,375 (Year 1) Scotland 2 Years
LLM Full-time September 2019 12,750 (Year 1) England 1 Years
LLM Part-time September 2019 8,925 (Year 1) International 2 Years
LLM Full-time September 2019 17,850 (Year 1) International 1 Years
LLM Full-time September 2019 12,750 (Year 1) Scotland 1 Years
LLM Full-time September 2019 12,750 (Year 1) Northern Ireland 1 Years
LLM Full-time September 2019 12,750 (Year 1) Wales 1 Years
LLM Part-time September 2019 6,375 (Year 1) England 2 Years
LLM Part-time September 2019 6,375 (Year 1) Wales 2 Years
LLM Full-time September 2019 12,750 (Year 1) EU 1 Years

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