Taught course

International Law: Crime, Justice and Human Rights

University of Birmingham · Birmingham Law School

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a good Honours degree in law, or a degree in another discipline augmented with a pass in the Common Professional Examination.

Months of entry


Course content

This programme draws upon Birmingham Law School's research strengths in International Law, International Humanitarian Law, Criminal Law and Justice, and Human Rights, enabling students to develop expertise in a wide range of relevant International law subjects.

You can study modules in international, transnational and European criminal law and justice alongside more nationally rooted specialisms and a breadth of human rights modules. Through our long-standing dedicated counter-terrorism modules, and those focusing upon specific theoretical or practical criminal justice issues (ranging from restorative justice to mentally disordered offenders) as well as our specialist human rights modules, we offer our students a unique opportunity for broad study and in-depth specialisation.

You follow a modular programme (180 credits in total), which comprises six taught modules (20 credits each) and a dissertation of 15,000 words (60 credits); the latter to be submitted at the end of the year of study. The modules normally available are:

  • The Death Penalty in Law and Practice
  • European Criminal Law and Justice
  • European Human Rights Law
  • Homicide
  • Human Rights and Criminal Justice
  • International Criminal Law
  • International Human Rights Law
  • International Humanitarian Law
  • International and European Legal Responses to Terrorism
  • Law of International Organisations
  • Public International Law
  • Theory of Criminal Law
  • Transnational Criminal Law

You can also choose up to two optional modules from those available on the General LLM; you can also choose one module from those offered by the Political Science and International Studies department.

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Fees and funding

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Birmingham Law School offers a range of scholarships. For full details, visit: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/schools/law/courses/llm/scholarships.aspx

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate enquiry service
0121 414 5005