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Human Rights LLM

  • Level(s) of Study: Postgraduate taught
  • Start Date(s): September 2023
  • Duration: One year full time, two years part time
  • Study Mode(s): Full-time
  • Campus: City Campus
  • Entry Requirements:
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Introduction:

  • 100% of NTU's research submitted to the Law Unit of Assessment was assessed to be world-leading or internationally excellent in terms of research impact (REF 2021).

Nottingham Law School has significant academic expertise in the areas of human rights. The course parallels the historical and contemporary significance of these aspects of law, in particular their growth as topics of both domestic and international importance over recent decades.

Why choose this course?

  • Study the key international principles in human rights law that may influence the development of policy.
  • Explore expressive rights such as the freedom of religion, politics and art.
  • Benefit from strong links to our Centre for Rights and Justice
  • Study full-time or part-time.
  • Attend an International Summer School and explore Law from a European perspective.
  • Scholarships available.
  • Individual modules can be studied for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) awards. Contact us for details.
  • 94.4% of our Nottingham Law School postgraduates are in work or further study within 15 months of finishing their degrees (of those available for work or study, latest Graduate Outcomes Survey 2017-18).

What you’ll study

The LLM Human Rights is based on the significant expertise of academic staff in Nottingham Law School, particularly from its Centre for Rights and Justice. The course will help you develop a strong analytical understanding of the key legal issues in the area, with a particular focus on European and international human rights and key aspects of international justice systems.

LLM Human Rights permits specialisation within the field, whether in the study of more traditional human rights systems or in the expression of the rights of particular groups. There exists a particular emphasis on the resolution of post-conflict human rights and criminal matters.

You will study six taught modules followed by a dissertation.

Core module

Human Rights

This module aims to evaluate the international structures and mechanisms for the protection of human rights, and evaluate the procedural and substantive protection afforded to human rights by international institutions.

Optional modules

The Refugee in International Law

This module will examine the position of the refugee in international law and how refugees are protected.  The module will develop knowledge of public international law, international humanitarian law and international human rights law. The module will focus on a critical study of the development of refugee law in international law and state practice – with a particular focus on state practice which limits obligations to refugees and restricts solutions.

Human Rights and Criminal Justice

To identify and explain the nature and significance of international human rights standards and their impact upon criminal justice.

Public International and Humanitarian Law

To develop knowledge and critical understanding of the international legal frameworks governing use of force, conduct of hostilities and protections of civilians in times of armed conflicts.

Terrorism and International Response

The module provides a unique opportunity to gain crucial awareness of such long-standing issues such as the distinction between ‘terrorists’ and ‘freedom fighters’.  Key issues are introduced and developed within appropriate theoretical and critical legal frameworks which facilitate analysis both of violent incidents having an international dimension in general, and of non-state violent group atrocities specifically.

Global Innovation and Intellectual Property

This module critically develops the key issues underpinning innovation and the discipline of patent law, including their application in UK and internationally, often in a public health and sustainable development context.

Victimisation and Criminal Justice

To explore the normative and pragmatic role of victims at various stages throughout the criminal process; to evaluate the extent to which existing criminal justice structures can protect the rights and meet the needs of victims; to investigate the viability of restorative processes as an alternative means of protecting victims’ rights; to examine the case for ‘mainstreaming’ restorative justice as an alternative to conventional justice; to consider future directions on law and policy reform in the light of international standard-setting and harmonisation.

International Criminal Law

The module provides a critical insight into the development and application of international criminal law, via a focus on the four "core" international crimes (genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and the crime of aggression), the evolution of relevant institutions (from the Nuremberg trials to the permanent International Criminal Court), and contemporary issues in applying the law.  Students exit the module with a good working knowledge and critical insight into this area of law and its application.

Expression Rights:  Art, Politics and Religion

This module explores issues in relation to freedom of expression and other expressive rights, for example, the right to manifest religion or belief, the right to vote and the right to peaceful assembly

  • You can select up to five modules from any subject area. We do advise you to select modules from the above options if possible.

Dissertation

The dissertation is an extended piece of academic work, independently researched and written. You will be supported in your work by one-to-one supervision from a tutor expert in the chosen field. Subject to academic suitability and the availability of an appropriately expert tutor, you may select your own area of study for the dissertation phase of the course.

Please note modules run subject to sufficient student numbers.

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How you’re taught

The academic year for the LLM courses is split into three parts: two ten-week terms (Term One runs from the beginning of the academic year until the Christmas vacation, Term Two between Christmas and Easter) and the summer period.

Full-time students – who complete the course over one academic year – study three modules in each term and complete the dissertation over the summer.

Part-time students – who complete the course over two academic years – study three modules across Terms One and Two in each year (six in total), beginning work on researching their dissertation during the first summer period and completing it during the second.

On the full-time and part-time modes modules are taught throughout the week. Depending on your timetable you may be expected to attend on more than one day. Modules may exceptionally be rescheduled due to course needs.

Seminars are led by academics but will usually require you to carry out extensive guided preparatory work and will often involve short presentations or other contributions.

Assessment

In each case, modules are assessed through one piece of course work. This usually takes the form of a problem- or essay-style question, but will vary by module. You can submit and receive feedback on assessments over the course of each module.

Your dissertation will be assessed through a research based written assignment of 12,000 words. The topic that you choose for your dissertation should be relevant to the course specialism and the chosen title will be subject to approval by the Course Leader.

Additionally, you will complete a reflective report consisting of pre-set questions, each with a maximum word count attributed to it; approximately 250 words, i.e. 1000 words in total. Your reflective report will be assessed by way of competence or non-competence.

Expert Teaching Staff

Our courses are taught by academics with significant subject expertise. The School’s vocational focus and strong links with the legal profession mean that many of our academic staff members have extensive practical experience. The courses also have a strong research base. Our academic staff actively research and publish, and many are recognised as being among the leading experts in their fields.

Research Expertise

We have a number of internationally recognised experts in a wide range of legal areas. We also have a Centre for Rights and Justice. To find out more visit our research page.

Research informed teaching

By daring to think differently our research is tackling real-world issues. The subjects you will study with us are informed by our research so you can be sure your knowledge will be cutting-edge in your field. In the last Research Excellence Framework (REF 2021) - the UK's system for assessing the quality and impact of research in universities - we’re proud that 100% of NTU's Law submission was assessed to be world-leading or internationally excellent.

Staff Profiles

Tom Lewis

Professor

Nottingham Law School

Tom is Professor and Director of Nottingham Law School’s Centre for Rights and Justice. He teaches Public Law and Human Rights at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Alexandra Kastrinou

Head of Department

Nottingham Law School

Alex is the Head of Postgraduate Portfolio at Nottingham Law School, encompassing the Legal Practice Course, the Barristers Training Course, the Postgraduate Diploma in Law and the Academic Masters.

Peter McTigue

Senior Lecturer

Nottingham Law School

Dr Peter McTigue

Loretta Trickett

Professor

Nottingham Law School

Loretta is a Professor in Criminology and Criminal Justice at Nottingham Law School.

Jonathan Doak

Associate Dean for Research

Nottingham Law School

Jonathan Doak

Careers and employability

Your future career

Career development is an integral part of the programme and our careers team run a series of workshops where you can identify methods and strategies to enable you to pursue your career goals.

Due to the School's excellent reputation within the legal profession, our graduates are highly sought-after and recognised for the depth and relevance of their knowledge.

Continuing professional development (CPD)

Practitioners can study individual modules from the LLM programme for CPD awards.

Nottingham Law School offers a suite of practice-based practitioner programmes specifically designed to meet the personal development needs of legal practitioners. We offer courses that qualify for CPD with the Solicitors Regulation Authority, in-house training and bespoke programmes. These courses are highly flexible and can be delivered throughout the year both nationally and internationally.

While this course does not currently offer placements we do encourage our students to pursue placement opportunities.

Find out about the opportunities available through our pro bono and University volunteering schemes.

Learn a new language

Alongside your study you also have the opportunity to learn a new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have.

Learning a new language can:

  • enhance your communication skills
  • enrich your experience when travelling abroad
  • boost your career prospects.

Find out more about the University Language Programme.

Re:search Re:imagined

To us, research is about more than writing papers and proposing new ideas. By daring to think differently, we’re disrupting the research landscape and finding the answers to the questions that really matter. From social media addiction to sustainable farming, we’re inspiring the brightest minds to rise up and find solutions to some of the most significant global challenges facing society.

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

  • A good law degree, 2.2 or above.
  • Applicants whose first degree is not Law will be required to provide evidence of commitment to the LLM subject that they wish to study.
  • Applicants from other disciplines will be welcomed in appropriate circumstances, particularly if they have experience in the area, even if not as lawyers.

We specify these minimum entry requirements, but we will assess you individually on your ability to benefit from the course. We sometimes offer places on the basis of non-standard entry qualifications, and industrial or professional experience.

Recognition of Prior Learning

NTU may admit a student with advanced standing beyond the beginning of a course, through an assessment of that student's prior learning, whether it is certificated or uncertificated. Our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy outlines the process and options available to these prospective students, such as recognising experiential learning or transferring to a similar course at another institution, otherwise known as credit transfer.

All prospective students who wish to apply via Recognition of Prior Learning should initially contact the central Admissions and Enquiries Team who will be able to support you through the process.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please contact our Admissions Team or call +44 (0)115 848 4200.

Recognition of Prior Learning

NTU may admit a student with advanced standing beyond the beginning of a course, through an assessment of that student's prior learning, whether it is certificated or uncertificated. Our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy outlines the process and options available to these prospective students, such as recognising experiential learning or transferring to a similar course at another institution, otherwise known as credit transfer.

All prospective students who wish to apply via Recognition of Prior Learning should initially contact the central Admissions and Enquiries Team who will be able to support you through the process.

International qualifications

We accept qualifications from all over the world – check yours here:

Postgraduate preparation courses (Pre-Masters)

If you don’t yet meet our entry requirements, we offer Pre-Masters courses through our partner Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC), based on our City Campus:

Foundation courses

If you need to do a foundation course to meet our course requirements please visit Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). If you’re already studying in the UK at a school or college and would like to know if we can accept your qualification please visit our foundation courses page.

English language entry requirements

You can meet our language requirements by successfully completing our pre-sessional English course for an agreed length of time, or by submitting the required grade in one of our accepted English language tests, such as IELTS:

Would you like some advice on your study plans?

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

Fees and funding

Home fees for 2022 entry - 2023 course fees to be confirmed

Study route Home fees
One year (full-time) £7,700
Two years (part-time) £3,850

Please note that if you are considering a course that runs over more than one year, the tuition fee is for the first year of study. The course fee for the second year may be subject to annual review.

Funding your studies

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there’s no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our fees and funding pages will answer all your questions.

You might be able to get a scholarship to help fund your studies. We award scholarships to those students who can demonstrate excellent achievement, passion and dedication to their studies.

Please take a look at our postgraduates’ guide funding page for information about sourcing grants, bursaries and scholarships, and much more.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service.

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2494

International / EU fees for 2022 entry - 2023 course fees to be confirmed

Study route International / EU fees
One year (full-time) £15,850
Two years (part-time) £7,925

Please note that if you are considering a course that runs over more than one year, the tuition fee is for the first year of study. The course fee for the second year may be subject to annual review.

Funding your studies

Scholarships

We offer scholarships of up to 50% of your tuition fee. You can apply for your scholarship when you have an offer to study at NTU.

Living costs

Get advice on the cost of living as an international student in Nottingham and how to budget:

Paying fees

Find out about advanced payments, instalment plan options and how to make payments securely to the University:

Would you like some advice on your study plans?

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

How to apply

Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow the instructions for applying. Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.

Writing your application

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. Make sure you include as much information as possible, including uploading evidence of results already achieved, as well as a personal statement.

Keeping up to date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process - so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU in our postgraduates’ guide.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please contact our Admissions Team or call +44 (0)115 848 4200.

Good luck with your application!

Apply online through our NTU applicant portal.

Application advice

Apply early so that you have enough time to prepare – processing times for Student visas can vary, for example.  After you've applied, we'll be sending you important emails throughout the application process – so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Writing your personal statement

Be honest, thorough, and persuasive – we can only make a decision about your application based on what you tell us:

For advice on applying for a visa please visit our visa information page.

Postgraduate research

If you’re applying for postgraduate research please visit our Research pages for information about our research areas and how to make your application.

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Keeping up to date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process - so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Would you like some advice on your study plans?

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

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