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LLM International Human Rights Law (distance learning)

Explore the birth of international human rights concept, thinking and the struggle to balance competing rights. This course supports a wide range of professionals including solicitors, activists and researchers.

Overview

This course will provide you with a detailed understanding of the concepts and issues around international human rights. You will examine the international legal system and human rights legal system. In addition to studying core modules, you will be able to choose from a wide variety of optional, insightful modules, enabling you to tailor your studies and specialise in your chosen area of interest.   

This course is particularly suitable for solicitors and barristers, activists, campaigners and researchers involved in human rights issues. It is also designed for those working in organisations with public functions and need to comply with human rights obligations, as well as human rights professionals in international organisations, non-governmental organisations (NGO) and those with a keen interest in Human Rights Law. Graduates are able to develop into legal work relating to human rights, policy analysts and diplomatic services. 

Key features

  • Develop your own personal pathway. This course combines one core module with a diverse range of optional modules
  • Study at your own pace. Enjoy flexible distance learning, with the option to exit at one of several points with a postgraduate award
  • Differentiate yourself in the job market. Gain a competitive edge by increasing your knowledge of human rights law
  • Boost your employability. Improve your career and employability options in a globalised job market

“As a full-time member of The Royal Navy, I can never guarantee on living or working in the same location for a long period of time. Therefore, I needed a course where I could continue working full-time, whilst gaining a qualification I required for a drastic career change. De Montfort University was one of the few Universities that offered a distance learning version of this course. I am very satisfied with my experience of the course and have an ongoing and supportive relationship with the tutors and my dissertation supervisor”

Joshua Mounsey

 

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  • UK
  • EU/International

Institution code: D26

Programme codes:

M20071
M20072 (15-month course)

Start date: September 2022

Duration: Two-and-a-quarter years by distance learning. An accelerated 15-month course is available

Location of study: Distance learning

Fees and funding: 

Fees and funding: 2022/23 fees for UK students: £8,950

2022/23 accelerated course fees: £9,200

Find out more about additional costs and optional extras associated with this course.

Institution code: D26

Programme code: 

M20071
M20072 (15-month course)

Start date: September 2023

Duration: Two-and-a-quarter years by distance learning. An accelerated 15-month course is available

Location of study: Distance learning

Fees and funding: 

Fees and funding: 2022/23 fees for EU/international students: £8,950

2022/23 accelerated course fees: £9,200

Find out more about additional costs and optional extras associated with this course.

Entry criteria

Applicants will normally hold an undergraduate degree in any subject with a minimum pass of 2:2, or equivalent overseas qualification, or an appropriate professional qualification. Some background knowledge of law is useful , but a degree in law is not essential.

English Language requirements

If English is not your first language, an IELTS score of 6.5 (including a minimum of 5.5 in each component) or equivalent is normally required.

English language tuition is available at DMU both before and during the course, if required.

Structure and assessment

 

Course modules

Teaching and assessment

Teaching contact hours

 

Course modules

International Human Rights Law – explores the birth of international human rights thinking and the struggle to balance competing rights. You will also examine the international legal system and human rights legal system

You will also select elective modules which might include:

Dissertation
You must also undertake a dissertation, providing an invaluable opportunity to work in depth on a particular aspect of the law. You will need to apply and enhance your technical knowledge and critical awareness in a subject of your choice. In order to obtain the LLM in International Human Rights Law your dissertation must have an international human rights theme.

Note: All modules are indicative and based on the current academic session. Course information is correct at the time of publication and is subject to review. Exact modules may, therefore, vary for your intake in order to keep content current. If there are changes to your course we will, where reasonable, take steps to inform you as appropriate.

Teaching and assessment

The LLM is studied by distance learning and is fully assessed by coursework and a dissertation. The distance learning mode involves optional attendance at online study days during the period of study. The course is structured in a way that allows you to exit at one of several points, if desired, each with a postgraduate award.

Teaching contact hours

This is a distance learning programme and the overriding student-learning experience is guided self-study. Guidance is received from academic staff via the programme materials which are designed for self-study, telephone, Skype and e-mail communication, and by optional attendance at online Study Days.

For each module of study you will be provided with a set of electronic materials online to work through in the form of a module handbook. One 15 credit module requires approximately 150 hours of personal study. Each module is supported by a tutorial during the online Study Days subject to student demand. Assessment is through coursework and a dissertation.

Facilities and features

Hugh Aston Building

You will have access to our purpose-built Hugh Aston Building, equipped with lecture theatres and classrooms, break-out spaces for group work, quiet study zones for individual work and IT labs. Wherever possible, students will be given home access to specialist software.

You’ll also have access to the building’s new £5.5 million extension called The Yard, which provides more than 22,000 square metres of extra space. This is designed to facilitate your learning experience with large and airy breakout spaces, a new Student Advice Centre, and a balcony on the top floor. The Yard also features more comfortable classrooms and self-study spaces, allowing you to carry out independent study as well as group work.

Library services

On campus, the main Kimberlin Library offers a space where you can work, study and access a vast range of print materials, with computer stations, laptops, plasma screens and assistive technology also available. 

As well as providing a physical space in which to work, we offer online tools to support your studies, and our extensive online collection of resources accessible from our Library website, e-books, specialised databases and electronic journals and films which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose. 

We will support you to confidently use a huge range of learning technologies, including Blackboard, Collaborate Ultra, DMU Replay, MS Teams, Turnitin and more. Alongside this, you can access LinkedIn Learning and learn how to use Microsoft 365, and study support software such as mind mapping and note-taking through our new Digital Student Skills Hub. 

The library staff offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching, reference management and assistive technology. There is also a ‘Just Ask’ service for help and advice, live LibChat, online workshops, tutorials and drop-ins available from our Learning Services, and weekly library live chat sessions that give you the chance to ask the library teams for help.

Learning zones

Our Learning Zones and The Greenhouse also provide space for group or individual work and study.

There are 1,600 study places across all library locations, more than 700 computer stations, laptops to borrow, free wi-fi and desktop power outlets.

You can also book rooms with plasma screens, laptops and DVD facilities for group work and presentations, secure an individual study room with adjustable lighting or make use of our assistive technology.

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This course equips you to enter legal and other work relating to international human rights issues.

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