Entry requirements

A UK 2:1 honours degree or its international equivalent.

If you do not have a law background, we will take into consideration high-level academic study in international relations and relevant professional or voluntary work.

All applicants must also meet our English language requirements.

Months of entry


Course content

As a field of academic study, human rights cuts across a wide variety of disciplines. It sits at the heart of law, political science, theology and history.

This programme is designed to provide you with a theoretical and practical understanding of international human rights law in its broader political context, with a particular emphasis on the relationship between human rights and conflict resolution.

It offers the possibility of exploring the role of human rights globally and the international and domestic machinery that promotes and enforces rights. You can also focus on how academic debates connect to the practice of human rights.

The University is home to four closely cooperating Global Academies in the areas of justice, health, development and environment and society, which together address crucial global challenges that span the ambit of civil, political, social, economic and cultural rights.

The Academies’ structure offers a year of surrounding events and activities, which can act as a supplement to learning and creates a unique academic space for learning about human rights. Our strength of research in these areas means that it can offer a unique programme in human rights with a particular focus on issues of conflict resolution.

We offer a placement scheme as an alternative to the written dissertation option, which provides some experience of human rights activities outside of the University.

Information for international students

To find out about the support offered to international students at Edinburgh from arrival to graduation visit: http://www.ed.ac.uk/studying/international

Fees and funding

Visit Scholarships and Student Funding Services at: http://www.ed.ac.uk/student-funding

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Edinburgh Law School Postgraduate Office
+44 (0)131 650 9821