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Human Rights and Criminal Justice

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Key Programme Information

Entry Year

2017

Programme length *

1 year(s)

Places available

Approximately 45

Attendance

Full-Time, Part-Time

Faculty

Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

School

Law

* 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time.

Overview

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LLM Human Rights and Criminal Justice

Speaker -  Professor Brice Dickson , Programme Director

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This LLM programme is an exciting and rewarding degree course which attracts a diverse student body: students who are qualified legal practitioners and students with extensive experience in the statutory, community or voluntary sectors nationally and internationally. The diversity among both staff and students allows the students and teachers on the programme to learn from each other and makes for a vibrant academic experience.

The Human Rights element of this programme focuses on both international human rights law, including at regional levels in Europe, Africa and the Americas, and concentration on the practice of human rights, especially in the contexts of discrimination, armed conflicts, terrorism and migration.

The Criminal Justice component allows students to explore the inter-relationships between crime, justice and society in comparative context. Modules assess criminal justice policies and institutions from an interdisciplinary perspective and allow for in-depth analyses of topical issues in criminal justice and criminology at local, national, regional and international levels.

Why Queen's?

Research-led Teaching

Research and teaching is led by the Human Rights Centreand the Institute of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Both organise an active, annual speaker and conference series, with talks by academics and practitioners, as well as visits to institutions dedicated to human rights issues in Belfast, and a field trip to human rights institutions, eg European Court of Human Rights and the UN (Geneva).

Placement/internships

The Centre has strong contacts with local NGOs and other human rights institutions and can assist students with internship/voluntary work.

Course Details

Programme Content

The programme is delivered through a series of taught modules and culminates in the submission of a dissertation on an original topic.

Compulsory modules

  • International Human Rights Law

Plus choice of:

  • Crime, Justice and Society; or
  • Criminal Justice Processes
  • Dissertation (15,000-20,000 words)

Optional modules

  • Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice
  • Equality and Discrimination
  • Humanitarian Law and Human Rights in Times of Conflict
  • Justice in Transition
  • Migration and Human Rights
  • Protecting Human Rights in Europe, Africa and the Americas
  • Theoretical Criminology

Methodology mini-modules

  • Approaches to Legal Research
  • Concepts of Human Rights
  • Making Knowledge Work
  • Criminal Justice and Criminology Methods 1

Assessment & Feedback

Assessed essays and dissertation.

Learning and Teaching

Morning and Afternoon.

Entry Requirements

Normally a 2.1 Honours degree or above or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University in Law, Social Sciences, Humanities or a cognate discipline (eg Archaeology, BA Liberal Arts etc).

Exemption from these requirements may be considered for those applicants who hold a Masters degree (or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University) OR for those applicants with a 2.2 Honours degree (or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University) along with a minimum of 2 years of relevant experience.

Admission under the Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL) may be considered for this course. Please visit http://go.qub.ac.uk/RPLpolicy for the University's Recognition of Prior Learning Policy and information on application procedures.


 

Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL)
Admission to the programme(s) under Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL) is permissible in the following circumstances:

  • A lower level of performance in an Honours degree, in combination with suitable experience acceptable
  • Applications demonstrating significant experiential learning in combination with a sub-Honours degree level qualification
  • Applications demonstrating significant experiential learning alone

 

International Qualifications

For information on international qualification equivalents please select Your Country from the list on our International Students website.

Additional Information for International Students

International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes.

Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required.

*Taken within the last 2 years.

For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see: qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this programme, our partner INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability to entry to this programme. Please click the links below for more information:

  • English for University Study - an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level
  • Pre-sessional English - a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English

How To Apply

Applicants for Postgraduate programmes are strongly advised to carefully read the important information and follow the steps set out here before submitting their application via the Postgraduate Direct Applications Portal.

If you have queries on course content please contact the school representative below.

Professor Brice Dickson
School of Law
Tel: 028 9097 5122
Email: pglawenquiries@qub.ac.uk
WWW: www.law.qub.ac.uk

How To Apply

Queen’s University Belfast Terms and Conditions 2017 Entry
The terms and conditions that apply when you accept an offer of a place at the University on a taught programme of study.

Career Prospects

This LLM provides a knowledge base for criminal justice and human rights-related careers, often in governmental bodies, national human rights institutions and international and national civil society organisations, as well as with criminal justice agencies, such as the police service, prison service or probation board. It also provides an excellent base for a research degree such as a PhD, which in turn may lead on to an academic career.

Queen's postgraduates reap exceptional benefits. Unique initiatives, such as Degree Plus and Researcher Plus bolster our commitment to employability, while innovative leadership and executive programmes alongside sterling integration with business experts helps our students gain key leadership positions both nationally and internationally.

Queen's postgraduates reap exceptional benefits. Unique initiatives, such as Degree Plus and Researcher Plus bolster our commitment to employability, while innovative leadership and executive programmes alongside sterling integration with business experts helps our students gain key leadership positions both nationally and internationally.

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Fees & Funding

There is a range of funding and scholarship options available to those considering study at Queen's.

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For tuition fee information see www.qub.ac.uk/Study/PostgraduateStudy/TuitionFees/

Postgraduate loans
From the academic year 2017/18, the Department for the Economy will provide a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500 per NI / EU student for postgraduate study. Tuition fee loan information.

A postgraduate loans system in the UK offers government-backed student loans of up to £10,280 for taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. Criteria, eligibility, repayment and application information are available on the UK government website.

For fees and funding information please see the University's Graduate School website

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