Taught course

International Human Rights Law LLM

Brunel University, London · Politics, History and the Brunel Law School

Entry requirements

A UK first or second class Honours degree or equivalent internationally recognised qualification in Law. Other related disciplines and qualifications will be considered and in such cases assessed on an individual basis by the Postgraduate Director and an interview may be required.


Months of entry

January, September

Course content

International Human Rights Law LLM is a unique programme designed to enable students to progress to become human rights practitioners and specialists in this dynamic area of law. Students will be expected to critically engage with many of the human rights issues that feature strongly in public debate today, and gain a deep understanding of international human rights law, as well as its interconnection with international criminal and comparative criminal law. This course places particular emphasis on the radical transformations that international human rights law has experienced since the beginning of the 21st century, with the genesis of the International Criminal Court, the on-going process of the United Nations reform and the post 9/11 shift to a more securitarian approach to criminal process values, especially regarding the war against terror.

Brunel Law School has an excellent reputation in this field. The International Human Rights Law Review - a peer-reviewed international journal - is edited at Brunel Law School. The School is able to attract a number of leading guest speakers to support further debate and learning’s around the complexity of human rights, and provides students with a wider variety of perspectives particularly in the international context. This is a challenging programme that is at the forefront of thinking in International Human Rights Law.The course in complimented by Brunel Law School's Centre for Human Rights, in which all students on this course are encouraged to participate. The programme is taught by leading academics with a wide range of expertise in human rights practice, policy, activism and governmental, international and non-governmental organisations. As a result, the programme is research-led, and some of the reading required for the programme based on books published by Brunel's academics.

Typical modules may include:

  • Public International Law
  • Theory and Practice of the European Convention on Human Rights
  • International Environmental Law
  • Comparative Criminal Justice
  • Counter-terrorism and Human Rights
  • Corporate Governance and Corporate Social Responsibility
  • International Human Rights and Islamic Law
  • World Trade Organisation (WTO) and Human Rights
  • Regional Systems of Human Rights Protection: Americas, Africa, Asia

* Please note these modules are subject to change

The course is aimed at graduates from all over the world who are keen to develop an expertise in the evolving discipline and develop a career in international human rights law.

The course is aimed at graduates from all over the world who are keen to develop an expertise in the evolving discipline of international human rights law. Students will have the opportunity to critically engage with many of the human rights issues that feature strongly in public debate today. The course aims to:
* Enable graduates to develop an expertise in the corpus and complexities of international human rights law.
* Equip graduates with critical and analytical skills in the complex field of international human rights law.
* Empower graduates to demonstrate through original research the application of knowledge, practical understanding and critical appreciation that can contribute to the discourse on international human rights law.

Postgraduate students enjoy many benefits studying with us:
* A vibrant, friendly academic community with students and staff from the UK and over 100 countries.
* An outstanding reputation for research: 50% of our research was rated as world-leading or internationally excellent in the latest RAE.
* Students are encouraged to take an active part the activities of our seven research groups and centres, producing cutting edge knowledge of specialist legal subjects. The Centres host compelling international seminars and conferences which our students take part in.
* Robust student support services including a dedicated law study skills tutor and free in-sessional English language support for international students.
* A dedicated law library open around the clock, with access to online resources such as Hein onLine, Lexis-Nexis and Westlaw.
* Access to our award-winning Placement and Careers Centre for professional development support, which enhances the School's impressively high graduate employment rate.
* Study in a London law school situated on a campus-based university featuring over 100 clubs and societies, some of the best sports facilities of any university in the city, and competitively priced, modern on-campus accommodation.
* Participation in a network of leaders in industry and academia and our growing international alumni network.

Information for international students

English Language Requirements IELTS: 6.5 (min 6 in all areas) Pearson: 58 (51 in all subscores) BrunELT: 65% (min 60% in all areas) Visit our dedicated web pages for international students: www.brunel.ac.uk/international

Fees and funding

UK students
£9,500 full-time; £4,750 part-time
International students
£15,750 full-time; £7,875 part-time

Read about funding opportunities available to postgraduate students

Qualification and course duration


part time
24/27 months
full time
12 / 15 months


full time
9 months
part time
18 months

Course contact details

Brunel Course Enquiries
01895 265599