What Will You Study

This scheme is intended to appeal to students who wish to study International Human Rights Law at Masters level, with the research focusing on a distinct although relatively broad specialism.

The required courses, combined with appropriate options, lay a strong foundation in the basics of international human rights which are of increasing importance today. The coursework requirements will develop research skills, and lay a basis for a dissertation, which is the main assessed component of the programme. Graduates completing the programme will be equipped to engage in more specialised practical or academic research in this field.

This scheme offers two optional pathways, the programme of which will be confirmed by the student at registration:

  • Studying five modules with a 20,000 word dissertation
  • Studying six modules with a 15,000 word dissertation

Core modules:

  • International Human Rights Law
  • International Law

One of the following human rights options:

  • Rights of Peoples
  • The Right to Adequate Food as a Human Right
  • International Criminal Law


Optional modules:

(Subject to change; choose two)

  • Environmental Law
  • European Union Law
  • Gender, Sexualities and Human Rights
  • Independent Research Module
  • International Criminal Law
  • International Environmental Law
  • International Family Law
  • International Terrorism and the Law
  • Law and Global Health
  • Law of International Organisations and Institutions
  • Rights of Peoples
  • The Right to Adequate Food as a Human Right
  • Transitional Justice

Any other LLM module may be taken with permission from the Director.