Why this course?
This programme offers graduates in law and related disciplines, or those with relevant professional qualifications, the opportunity to develop a detailed understanding of human rights law at UK, European and international levels.
The programme is intended to provide invaluable training and insights for those who have either a professional or academic interest in an evolving human rights culture.
There are three potential exit points from the course, Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma and Masters. Assuming satisfactory performance, it's possible to change between these exit points. For example, a student who initially registers for the certificate may opt to continue studying to the Diploma or Masters qualification. Likewise, a student originally registered for the Masters can transfer to the certificate or Diploma.
The Human Rights Law programme may be completed over two years (part-time), or over one year (full-time).
The LLM is awarded on successful completion of six modules and a 15,000-word dissertation on a topic chosen in consultation with a supervisor.
Successful completion of six modules will qualify you for the award of Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip). A Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) is awarded on completion of three modules.
The dissertation is written over the summer and submitted on the last day of the academic year.
A recent innovative feature of this programme is the opportunity for you to undertake a field dissertation within a governmental or non-governmental organisation with an international focus. It can be either in the UK, or more likely, overseas.
This opportunity is offered on a competitive basis and typically lasts for up to 12 weeks. It's delivered through our partnership with Challenges Worldwide, an organisation with extensive international experience in volunteer work placements.
Work completed for the placement will focus on a specific area of law relevant to, or actually form the subject of your dissertation.
LLM students on the programme have travelled to countries such as India, Guatemala and Uganda to undertake projects in areas including right to water, law reform, developing sexual harassment policy and freedom of assembly.
The University of Strathclyde provides comprehensive travel and health insurance for all participants in the Field Dissertation. We also pay for the costs of your placement. Students are responsible for the costs of flights, visas, and accommodation and living expenses while overseas. Such costs have tended to be in the region of £1,500 to £2,500 per student.
Our library has a wide range of law reports, legislation, serials and monographs. It also has duplicate sets of key law report series, houses extensive collections in government publications and other related areas.
You'll have access to a wide range of electronic information sources which can be accessed from home, including all the major legal databases.
There is an annual LLM Human Rights Dissertation Prize sponsored by Taylor and Kelly (a leading human rights law firm in Scotland).
You'll study the following core modules:
- International Human Rights Law
- European Human Rights Law
- Human Rights in Comparative Perspective
- Human Rights Protection in the UK
- Legal Research (LLM /PgDiploma only)
- Transitional Justice & Conflict Transformation
- UK & EU Environmental Law
- Equality Law
You may, with the consent of course directors, also choose a class from other Law Masters programmes and/or relevant classes from other non-law Masters programmes. Choices include classes from:
European Human Rights Law
The European Convention on Human Rights is the most influential regional human rights treaty. This class looks at the case law of the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg and evaluates the substantive guarantees of the ECHR in areas such as fair trial, privacy and freedom of expression.
International Human Rights Law
Human Rights Protection in the UK
Human rights protection is a global concern. This class examines civil and political rights along with economic, social and cultural rights, and assesses the range of international monitoring and supervision regimes. Topics covered include the major international treaties and bodies. It also looks at the challenges to human rights in transitional societies as well as the right to self-determination.
Human Rights in Comparative Perspective
The Human Rights Act 1998 is a major constitutional development in the UK. This class examines the on-going transformation in legal culture, the expansion in judicial power and the value of human rights litigation in achieving social change.
The proliferation of Bills of Rights in modern democracies has generated a variety of human rights standards as national courts adopt different approaches to rights conflicts. This class examines comparative perspectives on topical issues such as migrant protection.
Learning & teaching
This course is taught mainly through face-to-face teaching. Each class is delivered through two-hour weekly seminars, which students are required to attend.
Full-time students are required to take three modules per semester, with part-time students taking three modules over two semesters. The face-to-face seminars will normally be held in the evening from 6pm to 8pm. A few classes may be held during the day.
The teaching and extra-curriculum activities on the LLM are supported by the Law School’s Centre for the Study of Human Rights.
In addition to regular Law School staff, external staff teach on the programme including:
- Alan Miller, the current Chair of the Scottish Human Rights Commission
- Tony Kelly, a prolific human rights lawyer
Both are visiting professors in the Law School. Our faculty also includes experts in human rights and transitional justice, immigration law, equality, employment and labour law.
Classes will be assessed by a mixture of written exams, presentations and course work comprising research essays typically of 3,500-4000 words. There will be two-hour weekly seminars for each class. Although coordinated by a tutor these will be student-led and interactive.
A First or Upper Second-Class Honours degree in any discipline (some law content recommended). Entry may be possible with other qualifications, especially where the applicant’s work experience is relevant to the course.
For postgraduate studies, the University of Strathclyde requires a minimum overall score of IELTS 6.5 (no individual test score below 6.0) or equivalent. Tests are valid for two years.
Pre-sessional courses in English are available.
If you’re a national of an English speaking country recognised by UK Visa and Immigrations (please check most up-to-date list on the Home Office website) or you have successfully completed an academic qualification (at least equivalent to a UK bachelor's degree) in any of these countries, then you do not need to present any additional evidence.
If you are from a country not recognised as an English speaking country by the United Kingdom Visa and Immigration (UKVI), please check our English requirements before making your application.
Pre-Masters preparation course
The Pre-Masters Programme is a preparation course for international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the entry requirements for a Masters degree at University of Strathclyde. The Pre-Masters programme provides progression to a number of degree options.
To find out more about the courses and opportunities on offer visit isc.strath.ac.uk or call today on +44 (0) 1273 339333 and discuss your education future.
You can also complete the online application form.
To ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers today.
Fees & funding
- LLM/PgDip - £6,300
- PgCert - £3,150
Rest of UK
- LLM/PgDip - £6,300
- PgCert - £3,150
How can I fund my course?
There are several scholarship opportunities available for students applying for this course. Opportunities include:
To recognise academic achievement, the Dean's International Excellence Award offers international students a merit-based scholarship of up to £3,000 for entry onto a full-time Masters programme in the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences.
Check our Scholarship Search for more help with fees and funding.
Students living in Scotland can find out more about funding from the Student Awards Agency Scotland.
Students ordinarily resident in England may be eligible to apply for a loan of up to £10,000 to cover their tuition fees and living costs. Students resident in the EU may also apply.
The fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.
Our graduates can, and have progressed to research studies like MPhil and PhD in Human Rights Law leading to an academic career.
Students may also go on to work with international non-governmental organisations in the area of human rights advocacy, practice and promotion like Amnesty International.
Qualification from the course is also relevant to careers in international human rights organisations, like UN agencies for example.
Where are they now?
Many of our graduates are in work or further study.*
Job titles include:
- Contracts Manager
- Judicial Assistant
- Procurator Fiscal Depute
- Research & Policy Officer
- Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service
- Scottish Consortium for Learning Disability
- Scottish Prison Service
- Supreme Court
- The Scottish Government
*Based on the results of the national Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey (2010/11 and 2011/12).
In order to leave enough time for visa processing, international students are advised to apply as early as possible and preferably by the end of July.
Human Rights Law
Qualification: LLM, Start date: Sep 2016, Mode of delivery: attendance, full-time
Human Rights Law
Qualification: PG Diploma, Start date: Sep 2016, Mode of delivery: attendance, full-time
Human Rights Law
Qualification: PG Certificate, Start date: Sep 2016, Mode of delivery: attendance, part-time
Human Rights Law
Qualification: PG Diploma, Start date: Sep 2016, Mode of delivery: attendance, part-time
Human Rights Law
Qualification: LLM, Start date: Sep 2016, Mode of delivery: attendance, part-time