Taught course

International Human Rights

Birmingham City University · School of Law

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:2 on a UK degree in law (e.g. LLB), or minimum 2:2 on a UK degree which includes law as a substantial component (e.g. BA Law and Management), or an equivalent overseas qualification. IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum score of 6 in each category), or equivalent will also be required for international students whose first language is not English.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

Our LLM International Human Rights examines the impact of international human rights standards on national constitutions and laws, with particular focus given to the conflict between international standards and national provision.

The course will expose you to the fundamental aspects of international human rights and provide you with the opportunity to critically examine different systems of law at a higher level. In addition, our LLM provides an opportunity to acquire, or build upon existing skills gained from your undergraduate course - enhancing employment opportunities in the legal profession and providing a basis for progression to doctoral studies.

We have active student-led Legal, Mooting and Debate Societies. Our Student Mooting Society is one of the most successful in England. Our students have reached five finals in the past six years and have regularly beaten teams from some of the country’s most prestigious universities. In the past 10 years, we have beaten eight of the elite Russell Group of universities, including Cambridge, Oxford and Warwick.

Continuing Professional Development

The LLM is accredited for Continuing Professional Development purposes by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board.

What's covered in the course

The LLM International Human Rights also provides you with an opportunity to assess how international human rights law offers protection to different categories of vulnerable groups. You’ll also study the new and emerging area of law and catastrophe.

We’ll develop your ability to analyse and evaluate the principle features of international human rights, as well as being able to synthesise complex legal issues, arguments and discourse. You’ll learn how to communicate complex and abstract ideas in an articulate and confident manner, as well as developing a host of transferrable skills that employers crave.

The key areas on International Human Rights covered on the LLM modules include:

  • research methods
  • the United Nations human rights system
  • regional human rights systems
  • women’s rights
  • children’s rights
  • the rights of refugees
  • the relationship between business and human rights
  • environmental rights
  • criminal justice
  • the right to life

Information for international students

Proficiency in written and spoken English is required. English Language requirement for international students whose first language is not English: IELTS 6.5, or equivalent. English language support is available.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Postgraduate students must find ways of funding their tuition fees and living costs rather than relying on government grants and loans. We offer further information on possible financial support.

Qualification and course duration


full time
6-8 months
part time
12-16 months


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Course Enquiries Team
+44 (0)121 331 5595