This advanced course in human rights taught by international experts offers a unique and distinctive focus on the theories and practice of rights, producing a vibrant environment for exploring this significant area of law and policy.

This programme will give you advanced knowledge, greater understanding and critical insights into current systems of human rights legal protection and human rights debates.

You’ll explore different domestic, regional and international human rights legal systems to analyse how rights have been legalised, developed and enforced through the theory and practice of human rights.

You’ll investigate the law relating to the protection of life and human dignity, freedom from torture and other ill treatment, freedom of expression, and human rights with regard to media organisations, terrorism, health care, the family and disabled people.

Study Details:

12 months full time

Module Details:

Year 1

Compulsory modules

  • International Human Rights 30 credits
  • European Human 15 credits
  • Postgraduate Legal Research Skills 15 credits
  • Dissertation 60 credits
  • Human Rights and Disabled People 115 credit

Optional modules (selection of typical options shown below)

You will choose 45 credits from the below:

  • Central Issues in Criminal Law 15 credits
  • Rethinking Policing 115 credits
  • International Criminal Law 15 credits
  • Intercultural Business and Organisational Communication 15 credits
  • Security, Conflict and Justice 30 credits
  • Cyberlaw: Regulation of Cyberspace 15 credits
  • Inequalities, Law and Justice 30 credits
  • International Banking Law: The Regulatory Framework 15 credits
  • International Banking Law: Capital Markets and Loans 15 credits
  • The International Law of Foreign Investment 15 credits
  • World Trade Organisation Law 15 credits
  • Digital Environment: Law, Technologies & Human Rights 15 credits
  • Contemporary Issues in Intellectual Property: Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Cultural Expressions 15 credits
  • Contemporary Issues in Intellectual Property: Health, Food and Biotechnology 15 credits
  • Global Governance through Law 30 credits

Programme Funding

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Student Destinations

Students who have graduated from this degree often choose careers that centre on or involve understanding and applying human rights law and developing policies at organisational level. Further training is required but many also go on to practise as lawyers or legal advisors.

Recent graduates have gone on to work in the UK and overseas in a range of organisations including the Ministry of Defence; Women for Women International; Deafblind Association of Zambia; the Office of the Commissioner for Human Rights and beyond. Many also pursue further study by commencing PhD research.

Our other alumni are working at the European Commission, United Nations, non-governmental organisations and in the government sector.


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Entry Requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in law or a relevant social science.

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