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International Development Law and Human Rights

Do you want to engage in critical debates, dialogues and discourses?

You will consider the relationship between development, human rights and global justice. You will critically consider visions and practices of human rights, development, gender and social justice, and civil society activism. You will develop skills in social and legal policy analyses, state governance reform, human rights law, reflexive public advocacy or cause lawyering, and working with people’s movements. You will:

  • develop a combination of theoretical analysis and practical application in the area of contemporary global legal development
  • develop your knowledge of key areas of international development law and human rights law
  • develop both theory and practice skills in international development law and human rights law

If you wish to, you can specialise in a particular area of study. This is reflected by the cluster structure of this LLM which you can find on the modules tab.

Term 1 - The core module and 3 optional modules
Term 2 - The core module and 3 optional modules
Term 3 - Dissertation

The programme also includes research and writing skills sessions to help you prepare for writing your dissertation.

The core module is taught over the first two terms, alongside six optional modules. We are proud of the wide variety of modules we provide and the diverse international nature of our staff and student body.

The modules are organised into 5 specialist clusters: Comparative Human Rights; Gender; Globalisation; Governance; and International Justice.

You can find full details on our wide range of modules and which clusters they fall under on our module pages. Please check to make sure that the modules you are interested in are listed as running for your year of study.

If you wish to gain a specialism, you are required to undertake at least one module from the relevant cluster, and to write your dissertation on a topic relevant to that specialism.

Your course will be assessed by essay rather than examination. The core module will be assessed by both an individual presentation and your dissertation.

If you are a diploma student, you will only need to take the taught elements of the course and do not need to write a dissertation. Your core module will instead be assessed by an individual presentation.

You will be given feedback after your assessments each term.

If you want to study with us part-time, the programme is studied over a two year period instead of one. You'll attend classes alongside our full-time students in the usual weekday lecture timetable, only you'll do fewer modules per year. The lectures you attend and therefore the days you'll be on campus depend on the modules you take and the days they've been timetabled.

In your first year you'll usually take the core module and four optional modules (two per term), and in your second year you'll usually take the remaining two optional modules and complete your dissertation.

We do everything we can to make it possible for you to study for an LLM part-time and hold down a job, provided your employers are amenable, so this structure is flexible.

Academic fees for 2018-19
  Full-time Part-time
Home / EU Students £8,170 £4,085
Overseas Students £17,500 N/A

The fees listed above do not include the cost of any required textbooks.

Learn more about other costs to help you plan your budget.

We scored 91% for our teaching in the 2015 Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey, 7% higher than the sector average, and consistently score highly across every category.
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LLM in IDLHR 2011-2012

The year was a truly enriching experience… and I was offered a job right after graduation…

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Mode of Study
Full-time: 1 year
Part-time: 2 years
7 months
Key Facts
Start Date 1 October 2018