LLM in International Human Rights Law

Brunel University London, United Kingdom
LLM in International Human Rights Law
Next enrollment cycle September 2024 See all cycles
Total Cost KES 3,704,956
Course Accredited By NA
1 Years On Campus Postgraduate Degree

The Brunel International Human Rights Law LLM is designed for graduates wishing to develop the specialist skills needed for a career in this dynamic field of law.

  • Through a detailed analysis of the theory, history and development of human rights, and an exploration of the mechanisms of human rights protection you will acquire a comprehensive understanding of international human rights law and its interconnection with international criminal and comparative criminal law.
  • The course places particular emphasis on the radical transformations in international human rights law since the beginning of the 21st century, with the establishment of the International Criminal Court, the on-going process of the United Nations reform, and the post 9/11 shift to a more ‘security-at-all-costs’ approach to criminal process values, especially with regards to the war against terror.

You will explore key contemporary issues, such as:

  • Human rights advocacy and global governance though NGOs and non-State actors
  • The European system of human rights protection
  • Group rights and the rights of minorities and indigenous peoples
  • The challenges posed by international migration and the protection of migrants, asylum seekers and refugees
  • Women’s rights and the rights of the child, including protection for victims of human trafficking
  • Sexual and gay rights
  • The right to development and “third- generation” rights
  • With human right issues featuring more and more prominently in public debates and institutional policy considerations, employers are looking for job candidates with the specialist training needed to keep up with the new realities. Your International Human Rights Law LLM will give you that expertise and make you a sought-after
  • Prospect by law firms, businesses and government bodies.

Enrollment Cycles

  • September 2024
  • January 2025

Entry Requirements

UK entry requirements

  • A 2:2 (or above) UK Honours degree, or equivalent internationally recognised qualification, in Law or a related subject (International Relations, Political Science, Criminology, and Criminal Justice).
  • Other related disciplines and qualifications will be considered.
  • Entry criteria are subject to review and change each academic year.

EU and International entry requirements

  • If you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, you must prove knowledge of the English language so that we can issue you a Certificate of Acceptance for Study (CAS). To do this, you will need an IELTS for UKVI or Trinity SELT test pass gained from a test centre approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and on the Secure English Language Testing (SELT) list. This must have been taken and passed within two years from the date the CAS is made.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6.5 (min 6 in all areas)
  • Pearson: 59 (59 in all subscores)
  • BrunELT: 63% (min 58% in all areas)
  • TOEFL: 92 (min 20 in all)
  • The International Human Rights Law LLM consists of compulsory and optional modules and a 15,000-word dissertation.
  • Full-time students should complete four modules per term, excluding the dissertation. Part-time students should complete two modules per term, excluding the dissertation. 
  • This course can be studied 1 year full-time, 2 years full-time with placement or 2 years part-time, starting in September. Or this course can be studied 15 months full-time, 27 months full-time with placement or 27 months part-time, starting in January.

Year 1

  • LX5634 European System of Human Rights Protection
  • LX5635 - Foundations of International Human Rights Law
  • LX5614 - Theory and Practice of International Human Rights
  • LX5641 - Regional Systems of Human Rights Protection: Americas, Africa, Asia
  • LX5500 - Dissertation


  • LX5544 - Comparative Criminal Justice
  • LX5602 - Corporate Governance and Corporate Social Responsibility
  • LX5612 - World Trade Organisation (WTO) and Human Rights Law
  • LX5616 - Privacy and Data Protection
  • LX5661 Energy Law
  • LX5553 - The Migrant and the Law
  • LX5637 Multiculturalism and Human Rights
  • LX5656 Refugee Policy and Practice: The European Experience
  • LX5608 - International Human Rights and Islamic Law
  • LX5629 - Public International Law
  • LX5543 - International Criminal Law
  • LX5528 - International Environmental Law

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