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Human Rights LLM, PGDip, PGCert

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Distance learning available


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1 year (full-time), 2 years (part-time)

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Examine power and inequality with our hands-on human rights law master’s

Investigate systems and challenge injustice with our human rights law master’s. You’ll analyse current issues and build practical skills while covering topics like:

  • The Equality Act (2010)
  • gender, inequality, and the law
  • race
  • jurisprudence
  • business law.

Our postgraduate human rights law degree suits both law and non-law graduates.

Learn in Legal London

St Mary’s is only a 30-minute train ride to London’s legal district. Therefore, you will have numerous opportunities to visit:

  • the Supreme Court
  • Old Bailey
  • Royal Courts of Justice
  • The Law Society
  • Parliament
  • the Inns of Court.

Commitment to social justice

Our human rights law LLM is part of our commitment to social justice through the Bakhita Centre for Research on Slavery, Exploitation and Abuse. Through this research centre, you can:

  • influence policy and practice
  • network with policymakers, campaigners, and international experts
  • access resources.

Devoted and experienced lecturers

You will learn from experienced and enthusiastic staff (such as Daniela Nadj and Sonal Khamajeet) here to support your personal and professional growth.

A diverse community

You’ll study within a diverse community, providing varied perspectives and an unrivalled network.

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Severyna Magill

Course Lead - Human Rights LLM and Law (Conversion) LLM

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Course content


The modules listed below are the modules that were available to students in the 2023/24 academic year and are illustrative of what may be offered for 2024/25. 

Please note: it is possible that a module listed on the website will not be able to run due to reasons beyond our control. For more information please refer to our course information disclaimer.

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Entry requirements

Applicants are standardly required to have a minimum of a 2:2 undergraduate honours degree or equivalent qualification from an overseas institution. 


Previous degree

Additional requirement information

We welcome applications from graduates of law and non-law degrees.

Applicants without an undergraduate degree who have relevant professional experience/qualifications, or who can otherwise demonstrate their potential to successfully undertake Master's level study, will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

International Requirements

International students should check our country-specific pages for equivalents. If English is not your first language you will need to achieve an IELTS score of 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in any section.

We now accept IELTS Indicator test results as proof of your English language level.

Further Information

For more information about entry requirements please email

Fees & funding

September 2024





Additional costs

Your tuition fees will cover the cost of all mandatory elements of your programme. Additional costs could be incurred depending on optional modules chosen and other projects undertaken.

For further information about additional costs please see our additional costs webpage

Alumni discount

A 20% tuition fee discount is available for our alumni (undergraduate and PGCE) planning to study this Master's degree. Those studying for a PGDip of PGCert are not eligible for the discount.


You can check on the UK government website to see if you may be eligible for a loan of up to £12,167 to help with course fees and living costs while you study a postgraduate programme.

Home and international students may also be eligible for external sources of funding. International students should check their eligibility for our International Scholarship.

For more information, please look at our postgraduate funding page.

How the degree is taught

Contact time - 24%

Independent study - 76%

*Contact time includes 9% of guided learning

Assessment methods

Variety of methods are used to assess your work throughout the degree. These may include:

  • essays
  • problem case scenarios
  • podcasts
  • presentations.

Career opportunities

Should I study a postgraduate law degree?

The study of this LLM degree demonstrates that the you have achieved advanced intellectual skills and professional expertise in Human Rights Law.

The degree will enable you to develop a wide range of generic key transferable skills that are useful in any career path. You'll be able to demonstrate to an employer that you have advanced skills in:

  • legal research and writing
  • analysis
  • critical evaluation and logical thinking
  • written and verbal communication.

Jobs with a law degree

SolicitorBarristerProbation ServiceSocial WorkCILEXInsuranceBankingNGOsGLSUNPolicyGovernance Charity sectorAcademic

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