The School’s LLM programmes in human rights are exciting and rewarding degree programmes which attract a diverse student body, including international students, students who are qualified legal practitioners and students with extensive experience in the statutory, community or voluntary sectors. The teachers on the programme have experience of working for the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission, the United Nations Working Group on Minorities; Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young Persons, the Inter American Court of Human Rights, the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the Council of Europe and Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, the Women in Politics programme and the Geneva based Centre on Housing Rights and Evictions, amongst others. This diversity among both staff and students allows the students and teachers on the course to learn from each other and makes for a vibrant academic experience.
1 year full-time / 2 years part-time
A number of activities are organised for postgraduate Human Rights Students, see further details of Activities for LLM Human Rights Students
Normally a 2:1 Honours degree or above or equivalent recognised qualification in Law, Social Sciences, Humanities or a cognate discipline.
"I had always been interested in human rights campaigning and activism, but studying human rights law provided me with intellectual and professional skills which were necessary to pick up interesting jobs. Queen’s University was a great place to study; the facilities, lecturers, internship opportunities, general learning environment, financial and academic support were excellent. I have recommended the course to several colleagues and friends." Louise Dear, Scotland
Organisation of the LLM Programmes
The LLM programmes are offered on a modular basis. To complete a degree students must have successfully passed modules amounting to 180 credits.
Students must also take 30 credits from the following modules:
In addition, students must take optional modules to a total of 60 credits from the following:
Please note that not all optional modules are available every year.
For further information on module content please see the course handbook.
Students must also complete a dissertation (60 credits) of between 15,000 and 20,000 words on an approved topic.
All modules are primarily assessed by way of an essay. For 30 credit modules this will normally be an essay of up to 6000 words, for 15 credit modules this will be generally an essay of up to 3000 words. The dissertation should be between 15,000 and 20,000 words in length and must normally be submitted by mid-September of the student's final year.
Programme coordinator: Professor Brice Dickson
Some funding opportunities exist for our Taught Masters programmes