Taught course

Human Rights

Swansea University · College of Law and Criminology

Entry requirements

A good initial degree in Law or cognate discipline. Candidates with relevant experience are also encouraged to apply. We welcome applications by prospective students from around the world and look for evidence of previous study that is equivalent to the entry requirements stated above. If English is not your first language you will need an acceptable pass in an approved English Language qualification to make sure you get the full benefit from studying at Swansea. We consider a wide range of qualifications, including the Swansea University English Test, the British Council IELTS test (with a score of at least 6.5 and 6.0 in each component) and TOEFL (with a score of at least 88 and at least Listening: 21, Reading: 22, Speaking: 23, Writing: 21).

Months of entry


Course content

Take advantage of one of our 100 Master’s Scholarships to study at Swansea University, the Times Good University Guide’s Welsh University of the Year 2017. Postgraduate loans are also available to English and Welsh domiciled students. For more information on fees and funding please visit our website.

Students pursuing the LLM Human Rights will benefit from a programme designed around high calibre research and impact in human rights. Students will also benefit from academics' strong relationships with external partners working in the field of human rights, giving the programme a distinctive approach centred on the implementation and application of human rights.

Uniquely the programme addresses diverse challenges in human rights faced by law and policy, and by practitioners at the global, regional, State and sub-State levels. The approach focuses on how these challenges might be effectively managed through law and policy.

The programme offers:

  • The opportunity and choice to address a range of human rights topics and challenges across a number of thematic areas, with teaching by expert researchers in the field.
  • A multidisciplinary approach reflecting the reality of human rights in practice.
  • A practical and practice focused philosophy.

Modules typically include:

  • Human Rights and Environment, Climate Change and Sustainability
  • Trade, Investment and Human Rights
  • Human Rights and the Media
  • Human Rights and Family Law
  • Human Rights and Identities
  • Accountability for Human Rights Implementation
  • Impact Assessment and Human Rights
  • Children’s Human Rights
  • Human Rights and Poverty
  • Human Rights, Migration and Human Trafficking
  • Human Rights and Criminal Justice
  • Human Rights and Terrorism on-line
  • Human Rights and Medical Law
  • Human Rights and Employment

Information for international students

Since its foundation in 1920, Swansea University has embraced opportunities to think globally. The vibrant mix of nationalities and cultures on campus greatly enriches our learning and teaching environment. We understand the type of support our international students need to help them settle into student life in a new country.

Fees and funding

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out more about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page: www.swansea.ac.uk/postgraduate/scholarships/

Qualification and course duration


part time
36 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Dr Simon Hoffman
+44 (0)1792 513004