Taught course

International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law

University of Essex · School of Law

Entry requirements

2.1 honours degree in law, or in a related discipline, and/or substantial practical experience in a field related to the course.

Months of entry


Course content

Our LLM International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law builds on the success of our long-established LLM International Human Rights Law, and our expertise with respect to the protection of human rights in situations of acute crisis. You critically examine how international law protects individuals in such situations, with core modules exploring the rules of general public international law most relevant to the study of human rights, humanitarian law and international peacekeeping, together with the international machinery for the protection of human rights, the international law of armed conflict and international refugee law.

This LLM should appeal if you looking to work with humanitarian organisations in the field or have experience and want to examine the legal aspects of your work in more detail. It would be of interest if you are a member of the military seeking to broaden your understanding of the international law pertaining to peacekeeping and other types of military operation, or a member of governments or international organisations responsible for establishing peacekeeping or other humanitarian operations.

Our School of Law has an international reputation for providing a legal education of the highest quality. In particular, in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE, December 2008) 90 per cent of our research was rated as of 'internationally excellent' or 'internationally recognised' quality.

Information for international students

IELTS 6.5 with at least 6.0 for the writing component.

Fees and funding

We offer many funding opportunities to support talented postgraduates, ranging from research council studentships and University scholarships to awards funded by charities and other external organisations. For more information, visit our website at: www.essex.ac.uk.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations25
Written coursework / continuous assessment15
Dissertation50 (15000 words)
Foundation essay10

Course contact details

Graduate Administrator
+44 (0)1206 872 719