LLM Human Rights

Human Rights

About LLM Human Rights

Programme duration: 1 year full-time/2 years part-time Programme starts: October or January

LLM Human Rights at the University of Reading concentrates on the study of human rights law in its social, political and philosophical context. By taking the LLM Human Rights, students will acquire the specialist knowledge and skills required to succeed as professionals, scholars and leaders in the field of human rights law and policy. The LLM Human Rights responds to the needs of students seeking an LLM Human Rights programme that will equip them both with doctrinal knowledge and a sophisticated theoretical understanding of human rights, and that will encourage critical reflection on how to best promote human rights in practice

LLM Human Rights features a combination of compulsory and optional modules, providing flexibility and allowing you to tailor this programme to meet your own interests and ambitions. Modules on offer cover a broad range of different human rights subjects, including international human rights law, European human rights, international children's rights, human rights & natural resources, as well as gender, sexuality & rights.

As well as specific knowledge of human rights law, this programme will develop your ability to think both analytically and critically and to produce reasoned arguments encompassing policy, existing practice and knowledge at an advanced level. It will also develop your practical transferable skills including the ability to conduct independent research, both online and offline; time management, verbal and written communication, presenting and planning.

LLM programme content

LLM Human Rights features compulsory and optional modules spanning a broad range of areas. A total of 180 credits must be completed, with taught modules accounting for 120 credits and a dissertation for the remaining 60 credits.

Compulsory modules

  • Dissertation (60)  
  • Research Methods for LLM Students (10)

Optional modules

Optional modules totalling at 110 credits must be chosen from within the School.

A note for full-time January entrants: Please note that the Dissertation submission date falls at the end of the Summer, whereas you will study some of your taught modules in the (subsequent) Autumn term. You may wish to bear that in mind when choosing a Dissertation topic.

Staff teaching on this LLM programme

Career prospects

The skills gained by undertaking a postgraduate law degree are in great demand from both legal and non-legal employers. LLM Human Rights Law will be an asset for students seeking employment in domestic and international human rights organisations, United Nations agencies, legal practice and international advocacy in the human rights field, international courts and tribunals, human rights NGOs, the public service (in the areas of social welfare, immigration, foreign relations, humanitarian aid, international development, etc), law reform agencies, the media (journalism and broadcasting), security, academia (with further postgraduate study) and business (in such fields as human resource management and corporate social responsibility).

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