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Master of Laws (LLM) in International Human Rights Law by Distance Learning

Improve your career with a Postgraduate human rights law online learning course - Find out more!

Course start date: 13th September 2019 (Application deadline: 1st September 2019). Delivered by tutored distance learning

De Montfort University

This innovative course has been designed to provide the opportunity for the advanced study of Human Rights Law in an international context
and use will be made throughout of case studies and cutting edge documentation providing you with thorough coverage of this fascinating
area of law. You will have the opportunity to converse with leading experts in International Human Rights Law including Professor Trevor
Buck author of the key textbook, ‘International Child Law’.

DMU International Human Rights Law team

This unique programme will enable you to:

  • Analyse, interpret and apply the laws regulating international human rights
  • Gain a competitive advantage in difficult market conditions - increase your skills at this crucial time
  • Achieve a recognised UK university qualification while combining full-time employment with study
  • Learn from key industry practitioners and academics and benefit directly from their insight and invaluable commentary
  • Apply your learning and new skills to your work immediately and help further your career
  • Tailor the programme to your needs by studying your own unique combination of modules from this and other De Montfort LLM programmes
  • Study at a faster pace – follow the 'accelerated route' and complete the LLM in 15 months
  • Achieve the level you choose – postgraduate certificate and diploma levels also available

EU Referendum Statement: UPDATE

In light of the outcome of the recent EU Referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union we wanted to reassure you that DMU remains as committed as ever to academic excellence as well as welcoming students from all countries, whether from Europe or the wider world.

De Montfort’s flexible programmes will ensure that when changes happen you'll be in a position to understand and act on them immediately.

Find out more in the course prospectus.

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The course commences with an induction weekend in Leicester which takes place on 13th-15th September 2019, and the Core Module, (worth 30 credits) is then studied from September 2019 through to the end of December 2019 and is assessed by written coursework.

From January to December 2020, students choose two 30 credit modules or one 30 and two 15 credit modules (giving a total of 90 credits for the first year of study).

In the second year, January to December 2021, students take either one 30 credit module or two 15 credit modules and write a 15,000 word dissertation on a topic of their choice on a legal issue within the context of human rights law.

See this year's modules.

Students will all study the Core Module and will then specialise by choosing from the optional modules listed below. Please see the Course Structure section for a full explanation.

Core Module

International Human Rights Law

Optional Modules

  • International Child Law
  • Freedom of Religion and the Rights of Minorities in International Law
  • European Convention on Human Rights
  • International Law
  • Negotiated Study
  • Social Justice
  • International Humanitarian Law
  • Gender, Sexuality and Human Rights
  • The Protection of Refugees in International Law

And you can tailor the course to fit your specific job role and industry by selecting modules from other LLM programmes as well. See Flexible Study Options box for further information.

The International Human Rights Law courses form part of a wider LLM programme at Leicester De Montfort Law School and for added flexibility, in addition to the Human Rights modules available, students may choose to study modules from the other LLM pathways:

Sports Law
Employment Law and Practice
Environmental Law and Practice
Food Law
International Law
Medical Law and Ethics
Business Law / International Business Law
Available modules from other courses include:

Issues Relating to the Creation and Saving of Life; Mental Health; Expert Evidence; Issues Relating to the Termination of Life; Medical Negligence; Consent and the Situation of Incapacitated Patients; Patient Safety, Quality  and Professional Regulation in Healthcare Law; Alternative Dispute Resolution; People Management within Organisations and Equal Opportunities in the Workplace.

To gain a named award in International Human Rights Law, the Core Module plus one full 30 credit module from the Human Rights Law modules must be studied. Thereafter, there is free choice across all modules.

See the International Human Rights Law modules.
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Trevor Buck, Professor of Socio-Legal Sudies, Leicester De Montfort Law School
Trevor Buck

Professor of Socio-Legal Sudies

Leicester De Montfort Law School

The learning experience at De Montfort University was positive and has served as a significant resource in my career and personal growth

G. Hayburn, LLM Distance Learning graduate

This programme is designed for lawyers and non-lawyers, and is ideal for solicitors and barristers in private practice and in-house.

 Key practice areas include:

• Prison Law
• Immigration and Detention
• European Law
• Human Rights Law
• Asylum Law
• Nationality Law
• Personal Injury
• Clinical Negligence
• Disability
• Public Law
• Civil Liberties
• Discrimination
• Health and Social Care

The programme is also fundamental for:

•  Activists; Campaigners and Researchers involved in human rights issues

•  Those working in organisations with ‘public functions’ and who need to comply with human rights obligations

•  Human Rights Professionals in the UN and other international organisations and NGOs, i.e. Human Rights Field Officers, Legal Officers / Lawyers, Directors / Managers, Communications / Press Officers, Campaign Managers / Officers, Project Managers and Finance Officers / Managers / Financial Directors

Students can undertake to do the course following the Accelerated Route and complete their LLM in 15 months. Students will enrol in September 2019 along with the other students on the programme and study the Core Module until the end of December 2019. Accelerated Route students will then undertake to study all of their modules and write their dissertation within the remaining 12 months (January to December 2020).

This is a very intensive but rewarding route and successful students will graduate with their LLM at the end of 15 months. Accelerated Route students are supported through the allocation of a special director of studies who will provide additional support and advice during their studies.

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The course commences with an optional induction weekend on 13th and 14th September 2019 at Leicester De Montfort Law School. After that there are a number of further optional study components throughout the course. The Induction Weekend is intended to assist students in their choice of optional modules, allow meetings with course tutors and fellow students and provide useful introductory sessions especially for those students who do not have a degree in law or some other relevant legal qualification. The other sessions will concentrate on additional areas that will be useful to students throughout their studies. These additional sessions will offered through a combination of face to face and webinar format.

The LLM has given me a greater depth of knowledge of my work and increased my confidence to be able to take on greater responsibilities.

F. Wright,

 LLM Distance Learning graduate

Ready to apply?

Do not delay your application as places are limited.

Apply online here

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Irene Antonopoulos

Conrad Nyamutata, ,
Conrad Nyamutata

Trevor Buck, Professor of Socio-Legal Sudies, Leicester De Montfort Law School
Trevor Buck

Professor of Socio-Legal Sudies

Leicester De Montfort Law School

Irene Antonopoulos, ,
Irene Antonopoulos

Conrad Nyamutata, ,
Conrad Nyamutata

Trevor Buck, Professor of Socio-Legal Sudies, Leicester De Montfort Law School
Trevor Buck

Professor of Socio-Legal Sudies

Leicester De Montfort Law School