Applicants will normally have a degree in Law, a related social science discipline (such as Criminology, Politics and International Relations, Sociology, Anthropology, Media & Communications, Economics or Psychology) or a humanities degree (such as English, History, Philosophy or Art).
We also accept applications from people with professional, transferrable experience working in:
- Criminal justice and human rights organisations
- The civil service or other governmental positions
Students will normally be expected to have an upper second-class honours degree or its equivalent.
There is some flexibility where applicants demonstrate exceptional commitment or abilities to study for the degree because of their possession of other qualifications, or because they have relevant experiences that would qualify them for the programme.
Months of entry
The LLM in International Human Rights equips you with advanced knowledge and expertise in human rights law, giving you access to our internationally leading faculty, eminent legal experts and some of the foremost human rights organisations in the UK.
Why study LLM International Human Rights at Goldsmiths
- The LLM in International Human Rights introduces you to the history, theory and practice of international human rights law.
- We’ll focus on the strengths as well as identifying and critiquing the limits of domestic and international human rights.
- You’ll master the instruments and institutions that make up the international system of human rights protection from around the world, exploring their potential for reform.
- You’ll explore some of the most cutting-edge human rights debates of our times, from gender identity to AI-based predictive policing.
- You’ll learn from important legal thinkers, internationally leading barristers and politicians. Our Law faculty and Visiting Professors are some of the greatest legal minds of our generation.
- We’re focussed on employability, and you’ll have the opportunity to gain practical experience through taking placements and law clinics modules (for credit). Our Careers Service is here to support you every step of the way.
- You’ll have the opportunity to collaborate with renowned legal scholars, eminent legal practitioners and NGOs working in the field of International Human Rights, including the foremost human rights organisation, Liberty, that leads our pioneering 'NGO Advocacy, Litigation and Practice' modules.
Study 21st century Law, and Law in context
As well as compulsory modules that provide you with a foundational knowledge of human rights law theory and practice, you’ll have the opportunity to choose from a wide range of specialist human rights modules delivered by the department of Law (module details below).
To diversify your studies, you’ll also be able to choose relevant optional modules from the Department of Politics and International Relations.
Our curriculum has been built for the 21st-century landscape of Law, including subjects from Feminist Approaches to Law to NGO Advocacy in a polarised world to Environmental Challenges, Social Justice and Human Rights. You can find our full module list below.
Our students learn the law in action while helping local communities and developing crucial professional skills. Through our placement modules focussing on human rights and criminal justice, or by participating in Law Clinics.
Students currently have the opportunity to learn invaluable practical skills by taking part in the University of London Refugee Law Clinic or the Law and Policy clinics covering a wide range of topics.
Our leading researchers
You'll have unique access to influential legal thinkers who have undertaken high-level legal and policy work in government departments, international courts, prestigious research centres, boutique law firms and some of the top NGOs and human rights organisations in the UK. Find out more about our leading researchers.
Harvard Law School course
We are the first department outside the United States to offer free access to Harvard Law School’s pioneering Zero-L course.
Taught by 18 leading Harvard Law faculty members, it has hours of video lectures, vocabulary, and periodic comprehension checks that you can take at your own pace. The course modules cover a range of topics, including introduction to the legal profession, History of the American Constitution, separation of powers and federalism, stages of litigation and citizenship rights.
Materials developed by Goldsmiths Law academics to support the delivery of Zero-L direct you to key areas of interest in the programme and give you support to understand how Zero-L strengthens your understanding of English law and helps you to develop legal skills.
Study abroad, international court visit and our Athens Summer School
We take our students on an annual international court visit. Read our blog to learn more about our visit to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg on February 2023, where students attended a Grand Chamber hearing and participated in a workshop with the UK Judge at the Court, Tim Eicke KC.
We organise an annual summer school in Athens, in collaboration with leading Universities there. The week-long intensive programme provides a range of courses (in e.g. refugee law and migration studies, EU law, criminal law, law and technology), connects our students with high-profile institutions and authorities there, such as the British Ambassador and British Council in Greece, as well as giving them unprecedented access to cultural visits and experiences.
In recent years, our students have also attended summer schools at the University of Geneva and Amsterdam Law school.
Students are supported through substantial Department of Law scholarships to participate in our summer school and international court visit. Funding is reviewed on a yearly basis. To find out more about funding and other global opportunities at Goldsmiths, visit our Study Abroad pages.
Student life and student support
You'll belong to a close-knit community, and will be supported by a network which includes academic personal tutors, career advisers, disability officers and other student support staff. We work in small groups in lectures and research seminars, and immerse in legal London as a group on a regular basis. The legal, institutional and cultural experiences you will gain in the LLM Law will stay with you forever.
Find out more about student life and studying in London, explore 'a day in the life' in the Law department, and visit the Department of Law Instagram page for a behind-the-scenes look at what it's like to study Law at Goldsmiths.
Contact the department
If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Dimitrios Giannoulopoulos.
Information for international students
We accept a wide range of international qualifications. Find out more about the qualifications we accept from around the world.
If English isn’t your first language, you will need an IELTS score (or equivalent English language qualification) of 6.5 with a 6.5 in writing and no element lower than 6.0 to study this programme. If you need assistance with your English language, we offer a range of courses that can help prepare you for postgraduate-level study.
Fees and funding
Find out more about postgraduate fees and explore funding opportunities. If you're applying for funding, you may be subject to an application deadline.
In addition to your tuition fees, you'll be responsible for any additional costs associated with your course, such as buying stationery and paying for photocopying. You can find out more about what you need to budget for on our study costs page.
There may also be specific additional costs associated with your programme. This can include things like paying for field trips or specialist materials for your assignments. Please check the programme specification for more information.
Goldsmiths alumni going on to study one of the LLM pathways in the Department of Law will be eligible for this additional fee waiver.
Qualification, course duration and attendance options
- full time12 months
- Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
Course contact details
- Course Enquiries